It’s Monday….

…so what am I reading?  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scot Lynch. It’s strange because up until a few days before I bought this book, I had no plans of reading it.  I’ve never even heard of it.  Before I actually started reading this, I saw it somewhere online, maybe at the bookdepository site.  I…


The Devil’s Workshop

The Devil’s Workshop (2014) is the third book in Alex Grecian’s Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad series, about the adventures of the inspectors and constables of Victorian London. The third book takes place in late April, 1890, less than a year after the events of the 1st and 2nd novel.  Inspector Walter Day’s wife Claire is pregnant…


Love at First Read

When you’ve read a particular author’s oeuvre (or most of it), do you tend to favor the very first book you read? I’ve been thinking about this for some time, and I think that in my case, my “first encounter novel” of a particular  writer is usually the one I end up liking most. I…

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Snow Country

Snow Country, or Yukiguni, is a short novel by Japanese writer and Nobel Prize Winner Yasunari Kawabata.  Published in 1935, the story, about a man from Tokyo and a provincial geisha, is not as remarkable as the setting where the story takes place.  The novel opens with the protagonist, Shimamura, on a train bound for a…

First Impressions on Outlander

Started reading Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander the other day.  Got to about chapter 3 ’till I became a bit bored with the pacing and the story.  I decided to switch to the audiobook version but wasn’t thrilled with the voice of the narrator, which I thought sounded a bit too old for Claire.


Tales of Moonlight and Rain

According to Japanese folklore, ghosts, spirits, and supernatural creatures appear on rainy days or  at dawn when the moon is still bright, which explains the title of Ugetsu Monogatari, or Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari, published in 1776, a collection of 9 short stories about ghosts, demons, ghouls, and the supernatural.  Since being published, Ugetsu Monogatari has…


The Shape of Water

After reading a review on of the latest book in Andrea Camillieri‘s allegedly popular Inspector Montalbano series, I decided to do a little detective work on my own about the author and the series, which I later learned was already 17-books long (and counting).  The article on was about the 17th, and latest…

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My Top 10 Anime Movies

Originally posted on Musings from Three Time Zones:
I’m a big fan of anime, or Japanese animation. Anime series are usually 24 or 26 episodes per season, and a series gets renewed depending on its popularity. Anime stories are usually adapted from manga, or Japanese comic books, and range from science-fiction/fantasy, to historical, and even present/slice…


The Salinger Contract

The Salinger Contract (2013) by Adam Langer is a literary-themed mystery/thriller.  It is a story within a story, and a book about books. Narrator, Adam Langer, (same name as the author) used to be a journalist and book editor who wrote feature articles about writers, but since his magazine folded several years ago, he’s been a…