Anime, the best kind of distraction…

Took some days off to catch up on some reading (among other things), so of course, I was distracted right away by this… On the bright side, it’s kinda book/reading related… It’s about a manga writer, Kishibe Rohan, who goes to interesting places to look for inspiration for his next one-shot manga. In the anime,…

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m going to celebrate my blog’s 7th anniversary by writing my 329th post!  Ok, I realize that number is nothing special but what the heck, right? Anyway, I didn’t realize that the last book I talked about on here was The House of the Spirits.  It seems like forever since I finished that book, but…

The Woman in the Dunes

I’ve read a few novels written by Japanese writers, and though most of them are 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…

March Book Loot

I only read one book in March because I was buddy-reading Middlemarch with a couple of people, but that didn’t stop me from buying new (and used) books to read sooner or later.   Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe White Teeth – Zadie Smith Dept.…

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan was the Booker Prize winner for 2014.  It mainly follows the life of Dorrigo Evans, a boy from a small town in Australia, who grew up to become a doctor and soldier, and later suffered at the hands of the Japanese as a Prisoner of War during…

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Last August 12, Haruki Murakami released his latest English-translated novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.  I was one of the many who was looking forward to this novel, his first after the strange chunkster 1Q84.  Without knowing anything about it, I was intrigued by the new novel’s title – who was Tsukuru…

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…

Revenge

Revenge, by Yoko Ogawa, is a collection of 11 disturbing short stories about seemingly ordinary people with ordinary lives.   Though each story seems mundane, there lies beneath the surface the deeper, darker side of the human mind filled with strange desires and unspeakable emotions. The 11 short stories, though each one distinct and independent, are…

February Book Loot

Slim pickings in February: 1.  Night  (Elie Wiesel) – I haven’t seen this in bookstores for a while.  I think they published a new edition with some corrections… 2.  Revenge (Yoko Ogawa) – I ordered this book from The Book Depository and I got it in less than a month!  This book piqued my interest…