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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

I love short stories, but I have my qualm about short stories. I don’t always get the ending. Sometimes I feel like I’m left with a cliff hanger and with so many questions on my head that it bothers me for weeks. More often I come out of it feeling like “That’s it?” Jhumpa Lahiri … Continue reading

The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell

One cold January day, 13th January 2006 to be exact, the police are called to a sleepy hamlet town called Hesjovallen, Sweden where they find the victim or a save murder lying in the now. Going from house to house they uncovered 18 more bodies that died in the most horrific situation.  Judge BIrgitta Roslin … Continue reading

The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa

The Girl who played Go, the first of Shan Sa’s books to be translated from French into English – is set against the brutal backdrop of war-torn Manchuria in the 1930s, a prelude to World War II. In the Square of a Thousand Winds, snow falls as 16-year -old Chinese girl beats all-corners at the … Continue reading

Red Dust by Ma Jian

In 1983, a China where Deng Xiao Ping inroduced economic reform and clamping down on “Spiritual Pollution”. Ma Jian turned 30. Ma Jian was a propaganda photographer. With his long hair, jeans and artistic friends, he was put under surveillance from his work unit and the police. His ex-wife Guo Ping is seeking custody of their … Continue reading

Chinese Whisper – The true story behind Britain’s hidden army of labour

You know the people in this book. You’ll remember the harassed waitresses from your local Chinese restaurant. You’ve noticed those builders across the street working funny hours and without helmets. You’ve bought bootleg DVDs from the DVD sellers.  You’ve eaten the lettuce they picked, or bought the microwave they assembled. The word ‘cockle pickers’, ‘Morecambe … Continue reading

Peony in Love

Love is of source unknown, yet it grows ever deeper. The living may die of it, by its power the dead live again. Love is not love at its fullest if one who lives is unwilling to die for it, or if it cannot restore to life one who has died. And must love that … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)