It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Actually, it’s Tuesday already, but, whatever…. I’m trying to read, without much success, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Both books have been highly recommended, and I was already a bit interested in both prior to the good reviews, so I don’t know why I still can’t really…

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…


Man Booker Longlist for 2014

The Man Booker Prize Longlist for 2014 was recently announced, with 13 books, including a few by American writers.  This is the first time that non-British writers are being considered for the prize. I admit that I’ve not read any of the 13 novels – a few of which have not actually been released to…



I’ve been struggling all weekend to come up with a passable review of Max Barry’s 2013 thriller, Lexicon.   The problem isn’t because I didn’t like it – I liked it just fine.  As a matter of fact, I quite enjoyed it and thought it was fresh and original, though a bit confusing at times – it’s…