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Death and The Flower

The name Koji Suzuki might not ring a bell for most non-Japanese people, but they might be familiar with his horror novel The Ring, which was turned into a movie in Japan, and later, in the United States. The Japanese movie version of The Ring (and its sequel/prequel), was probably the scariest horror movie I’ve ever…

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Pure

Pure, by Andrew Miller, was the Costa Book of the Year in 2011.  I’d never really paid much attention to the Costa Awards, formerly the Whitbread Awards, but apparently, the prize is given annually to outstanding novels by writers from the U.K. and Ireland, with emphasis on a novel’s readability and entertainment factor.  So, basically, it’s a…

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Detective Story

Detective Story is a short but heavy novel written by Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002. Just a little over 100 pages long, Detective Story is a letter written by Antonio Martens while currently in jail and waiting for his execution day. The novel is set in an unnamed country…

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The Hundred Foot Journey

So despite my earlier rant about being in a reading rut and contemplating whether or not to give up on the two books I’ve been reading, I pushed on and eventually finished Richard Morais’ The Hundred Foot Journey. Though not exactly a great piece of literature, The Hundred Foot Journey, it is, at least, not the worst…

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January Book Loot

Despite my recent reading rut, I did manage to buy quite a number of books in January.  I’ve already read one of the books in that pile (The Hundred Foot Journey), and currently reading another (Pure). I’m looking forward to starting Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, starting with Annihilation, because I’ve ready so many good…

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Wolf Hall: The Mini-Series

For those of you who missed it, BBC Two aired its first episode of the Wolf Hall mini-series, an adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, last Wednesday, January 21. **Warning:  May contain spoilers** The 6-part mini-series which combines the the first and second book of the series chronicles the…

Reading Rut…

2015 is off to a bad start in terms of reading.  The books I’m reading this month are turning out to be either very mediocre or seemingly pointless, and I’m not all that motivated to continue. I’m about a hundred pages into Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, and about 70 pages into Richard Morais’ A Hundred Food Journey,…

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Small Memories

I’m not a big fan of Jose Saramago, and I don’t usually read memoirs / autobiographies / biographies, so imagine my surprise when, after seeing a copy of his memoirs Small Memories, and browsing through it, I was drawn into it, and afterwards really enjoyed it. I’ll admit that before Small Memories, I have never successfully read…

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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

India’s Most Private Investigator, Vish Puri and his slew of sleuths are back in Tarquin Hall‘s second book in the Vish Puri series, The Case of the Man who Died Laughing.   Like in the first novel, The Case of the Missing Servant, Vish Puri must solve a murder. But unlike the Case of the Missing…