• According to Hector and the people he met during his travels, happiness is doing a job you love; being with friends and family, and making sure they want for nothing (among other things)....

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I’m probably one of the last people to read Daphne du Maurier’s famous suspense romance novel, Rebecca.  I’ve known about it for ages and it’s been recommended to me by a lot of people.  The book itself was published in 1938, which was a surprise because I always thought it was published sometime in the 1980′s. … Continue reading


The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

Once upon a time,  after the Big Bang but before the Permian Era, a man from the Land of  Nord traveled to the opposite side of the world, where he met and fell in love with a South Pole woman. Thus began the extraordinary tale of the Storyteller from Nord, in Isabel Greenberg’s graphic novel, … Continue reading


Silent House

A few months ago I was excited to see what I thought was Orhan Pamuk‘s new book, Silent House.  I later learned that Silent House wasn’t a new book.  It’s actually the second book Pamuk ever wrote, but was just recently translated to English. In Silent House, the story of  a Turkish family  slowly unfold, told from … Continue reading


Two by Haruki Murakami

As far as Murakami books go, After Dark (Afuta daku in Japanese)  and South of the Border, West of the Sun are two  of his  more “normal” novels . Normal in a sense that there are no talking cats, alternate universes, or little people.  Although, just because they are without seemingly supernatural creatures or events, … Continue reading


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Even before finishing a book, I think of how I’m going to review it, of what I can say about it.  Sometimes what I want to say comes naturally, but other times it’s not so easy.  I especially find it difficult to write about books I liked. Reviewing books that I disliked for one reason … Continue reading

Books Loved By Everyone…Except Me!

You know – those books that make it on everybody’s “top _ books” and “books to read before you die” list; books that (most) critics rave about; books bloggers call “amazing,” or “the best book I’ve ever read…”; books everyone, and their neighbour, has read and raved about; books recommended to you by everyone as … Continue reading


The Golem and the Jinni

Golems, a part of Jewish folklore, are anthropomorphic creatures made from clay or earth, brought to life by Rabbis knowledgeable in arcane dark arts; to be bound and controlled by a master. golems possess great physical strength and are in tuned to their master’s thoughts, desires, and wishes.  Though golems are designed to follow a … Continue reading

My Top (not quite) 100 Books

I’ve been thinking about making this list for a while now, but I didn’t think I could actually pick 100 books. Well, I was right, I couldn’t make 100, but I was close. While assessing all the books I’ve read, I was glad to know that I’ve actually read more than 100 books.  Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

2013 survey

2013 End of the Year Book Survey…and Then Some

This is my last post for the year, so of course, here’s a list of all the books I read in 2013 which includes a novels from a Nobel Laureate (2012), a Pulitzer Prize recipient, (2013), a Man Booker Prize recipient (2013), a failed nom de plume, a former spy, and a couple of novels … Continue reading


How To Read J.J. Abrams’ “S.”

Earlier this month I wrote something about S., the new project announced by J.J. Abrams in October that turned out to be a novel (written with Doug Dorst).  S. is a truly unique book in that it’s the novel, Ship of Theseus, written by a V.M. Straka – a fictitious novel, with an equally fictitious … Continue reading

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