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Uprooted

Uprooted is a fantasy novel by Naomi Novik, published in 2015.  Inspired by fairtytales and folklore, Uprooted tells the tale of a young woman, Agnieszka, from a valley that’s surrounded by a dark and mysterious forest known simply as the Wood.  The Wood is home to many evil spirits and creatures ready to abduct, kill,…

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The Woman in the Dunes

I’ve read a few novels written by Japanese writers, and though most of them were pretty strange, Kobo Abe‘s The Woman in the Dunes really takes the cake! Published in 1962, The Woman in the Dunes, or Suna no Onna (Sand Woman) in Japanese, tells the strange and horrifying tale of a man who goes…

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2015: Year in Review

Seeing as it’s already February, you probably thought you’d seen the last of these “Annual Reading Overviews” everyone feels compelled to post at the end/start of the year. Sorry, but you have to put up with one more!  I just don’t feel like I can move on with my new reading year without making an…

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Undermajordomo Minor

Technically, my first book of the year is Patrick DeWitt‘s new novel, Undermajordomo Minor.  I say “technically,” because though I finished reading it sometime in the 2nd week of January, I actually started reading it during the last days of December. Undermajordomo Minor was released in 2015, 4 years after DeWitt’s hit novel, The Sisters Brothers,…

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A Fine Balance

I’ve been a bit remiss in updating my blog lately; partly because of the Holidays, partly because a lot of things have happened in my life lately, but a big part of it also has to do with laziness. I realized that I did not post a December Book Loot earlier this month either, but…

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A Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies

I first heard about Bibliotherapy a few months back in an article that showed up on my Facebook news feed.  According to the article, Bibliotherapy is the practice of soothing emotional, mental, (and possibly physical?) ailments through books.  Bibliotherapists (yes, it’s a real job), listen to their patients’ problems, then prescribe certain books – non-fiction,…

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November Book Loot

Ten books for the month of November, some of which I bought abroad personally, and others I bought abroad, online.   Early November, I went to Hong Kong and visited a branch of their wonderful bookstore, Page One; went home with the following:  One the Road – Jack Kerouac – I hate to admit that…

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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Japan, 1936.  An eccentric artist named Heikichi Umezawa is found dead – murdered, in his locked studio.  Along with his dead body, detectives also find his journal, or “Will,” describing a gruesome project he had planned to carry out.  A staunch believer of astrology and the occult, Heikichi writes in his journal that his obsession over woman has…

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October Book Loot

I try to post something on here at least once a week, but recently, because I haven’t been reading as much, it takes me about 2 weeks before I can post anything. I still don’t have a book review to post – though I will have one soon, so here’s my book loot for the past month:…

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Frankenstein

The problem with Classic novels is that, over time, they spawn countless movie/tv adaptations or inspire stage plays, musicals, and other novels,  so much so that many people believe that from watching a movie adaptation or two, they already know what the story is about without having to actually read the original book.  I mentioned…