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Carter, Angela

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

I don’t usually read every single story in an anthology or short story collection. I did a couple of times before but it didn’t work well. I’m glad I did for The Bloody Chamber, because it felt like all the stories belong in the same world, like glimpses of different lives in separate parts of […]

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Henrichon, Niko Vaughan, Brian K.

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon

Pride of Baghdad is graphic novel based on a true story of four lions that escaped from Baghdad Zoo after American bombing in 2003. Since the animals have dialogues, obviously it’s highly fictionalized. One may read it as an allegory of the Iraqis. I just read it as what it is. Do you like Disney’s […]

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Mistry, Rohinton

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

You know that you’ve finished a great book when after turning the last page, you’re still thinking about the characters for days, wondering how they are, if they’re okay, as if they live in the parallel universe, breathing and going through their daily life at this moment. You would ponder about the memories that have […]

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Jackie’s Best Books Ever

I mentioned my plan at the beginning of the year to ask some book bloggers who read A LOT for their best books ever, then I choose one from their list to read. The idea is for them to do the filtering. Hah! My guinea pig is Jackie of Farm Lane Books Blog. Jackie is […]

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Johnson, Kij

The evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the Change by Kij Johnson (Short) and Misc

Do you also find it ironic that the super long title of this post is followed by ‘short’? The evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the Change is a short story by Kij Johnson, which I picked out of Nymeth‘s favorite short stories (check her sidebar). Knowing that it’s about […]

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Did Someone Just Come Back?

I don’t know if you noticed, but I quietly took a blogging break last week. Went to sunny Cairns, driving through rainforest and flood, snorkeling, scuba diving, white water rafting–almost drowning in rapid creek, beaching, sunbathing, facing crocodiles and snakes, and just generally trying to do things I can’t do behind an office desk. I […]

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Boyle, T. Coraghessan

Short Saturday: Chicxulub by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Oh how do I begin? Chicxulub is such a simple story. A man and his wife has the phone ring one night. Their daughter has been in an accident. Everything in the story is like a thunderstorm, sweeping me, like a meteor, hitting with resonating impact. Like Chicxulub, an asteroid that collided with the earth […]

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Marsden, John Tan, Shaun

The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan

If you have been a reader of my blog for .. oh.. about 5 minutes, you’d know that I luurrvv Shaun Tan. After the amazing Tales from Outer Suburbia and The Arrival, I have intended to go through all his back catalogue, even if that means I need to venture into the children’s section of […]