Adios, Señor: Two by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I still feel a bit sad whenever I remember that renowned author and Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away recently. I first encountered Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 100 Years of Solitude, which is probably his most well-known novel.  Like most, I was amazed by his writing style and use of magic realism.  After 100…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

John Saturnall’s Feast

I wouldn’t consider it a Christmas book, but reading Lawrence Norfolk‘s John Saturnall’s Feast (2012) seems fitting this time of year when everyone is busy feasting and celebrating holiday traditions. John Saturnall’s Feast is a historical fiction that begins in 1625 in a small village in England.  Though he has never known another home, John…

At a Glance: J.J. Abrams’ “S”

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and since I usually post something for the occasion, the bookish thing I’m thankful for this year is The Book Depository, an online bookstore that sells books at a reasonable (even cheap) price, and ships anywhere in the World, free of charge. My latest book from The Book…