Male writers

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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?

You may have noticed that I am on a bit of review slump these past 3 weeks. I reviewed almost every book I read except manuals and guidebooks of course, and with 4 books in queue, I was getting a bit pressurised. All is well, once I start, I can’t stop. First up is this … Continue reading


When the ground beneath our feet gave way (After the Quake: Haruki Murakami)

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami is my first Murakami short stories. At 132 pages, it is a thought provoking read. String from the central theme, each of these stories, as their collective title suggests, takes place in the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake, but because none of them is directly linked to it, they allow Murakami … Continue reading

JLit Book Group Discussion: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn is organising a Japanese Literature Book Group discussion of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima. Since I read the book, I’ll join in with the discussion and answer some of these questions. What did you think of the novel? Did you enjoy it? Why, or why … Continue reading

Between Budapest and Rio De Janeiro (Chico Buarque: Budapest)

This post is a scheduled post. By the end of today, 25 October, I would be leaving Budapest and heading to Vienna. It seems apt to introduce you a book I read before I embark on my travel titled, Budapest. José Costa is a Brazilian writer, except he is a ghost writer. José Costa attended … Continue reading

When Beauty led to destruction (Yukio Mishima: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion)

You have very much figure out that I am a fan of Mishima by now. This is my third Mishima book and I have resolved to fork out money to buy the rest of his backlist because I badly want to read them all and because my local libraries don’t stock every Mishima’s title. I … Continue reading

Milan Kundera: Identity

Milan Kundera is up there on my favourite author list with his The Unbearable Lightness of Being. When I saw “Identity” on the library shelf, it takes a superhuman’s willpower not to resist the temptation to pick this one up. It is only 152 pages and because I wish to explore the depth of the novel, … Continue reading

Mergers and Acquisitions by Dana Vachon

Spenser was the oldest, proudest bank on wall street, but it had entered into the early stages of a low decline around the time I was hired, it was in all honesty this trend toward mediocrity that best explains my hiring. – Quinn This is not a book that teaches you on how to evaluate … Continue reading

Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw and Indonesian Independence Day

The story opens with the 16-year-old Adam helplessly looking on as his adoptive father Karl is seized by soldiers at their remote island home in the eastern Indonesian archipelago. Karl, a Dutch Indonesian artist who pledged himself to be the citizen of the new country after its independence in 1949, has nurtured Adam, an orphan … Continue reading

Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe

Changeling is published in the USA 3 months earlier than UK. As you can see, the cover of the UK edition is beautiful, with sort of transfer sheet for baking with dotted yellow flowers as outer flap and the vertical title, a typical layout of the kanji characters seen in far eastern novels (In the background … Continue reading

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Opening paragraph: Eyes mark the shape of the city. Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair. In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature –or more like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Countless arteries stretch to the ends of … 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)