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…

Lexicon

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…

Google Says…..

This statistic is both wonderful and depressing at the same time.  Millions of books (and counting…) out there and I will only be able to read a few hundred in my lifetime, if I’m lucky. Oh well, at least I know I’ll never run out of books to read! Happy reading (and blogging), everyone!  

The Wind Rises

The anime movie, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), released in Japan in 2013 is the last film directed by Studio Ghibli‘s Hayao Miyazaki before he retired in September of the same year.  The story is based on the real life of Jiro Horikoshi, the aircraft engineer who designed the Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero, which…

The World Cup Bar Scene

Originally posted on The Misanthropologist:
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the World Cup brings people together. Even in countries where football is not a popular sport, bars which show live broadcasts of the World Cup games are packed with people. Watching a game live in a bar is always exciting, with people energetically…

The End of The Affair

Over the weekend I successfully finished listening to The End of the Affair – my first ever audio book.  The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, was published in 1951.  The audio book I listened to was narrated by distinguished British actor Colin Firth. Told from the 1st person perspective of a writer, The End…