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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

John Burdett, The Godfather of Kathmandu

This description of the fourth book in John Burdett's Royal Thai Police series is for Kara. Sorry for the wait, ! So, let's recap: in the first book in this series, Sonchai, an addict turned Buddhist arhat (saint) turned non-corrupt - because he has renounced all material things, not because ...

Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Summer of the Ubume

You should probably just read manticore's reviews, here and here (spoilers). But since I'm doing a bit of housecleaning around here, I'll post my notes on this book: First in a Japanese mystery novel series. Famous because of the way it was published: Natsuhiko Kyogoku wrote the book ...

John Burdett, Bangkok Haunts

Very mixed feelings about this book. Possibly I'd feel differently if I'd read the proceeding book in this series, Bangkok Tattoo, instead of skipping straight here from Bangkok 8 (Bookoff! didn't have Tattoo). On some level, it's inevitable that the second, third, etc. books in an ongoing ...

Bangkok 8: WTF?

Posted a review of Bangkok 8 (first in the bestselling Royal Thai Police mystery series by John Burdett) to , 's community for weird fiction. Puu originally started this community for Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Summer of the Ubume which I also read this week (thoughts to come). Here's an ...

A Case of Two Cities, Xiaolong Qiu

I picked up this book from Borders because Tin mentioned that she'd read the series. But she didn't say anything about liking it, come to think of it. ^^ R teased that I am disappointed in her taste, which might be right, though I knew beforehand that as long as ...

January 1st 2013
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My 2012 In Review

I didn't write much this year - or not much fiction anyway. I wrote my masters thesis, and though it could have been much better I am content with the way it came out.  In nonfiction land, I signed on as a contributor to The Hooded Utilitarian. Though I don't have ...
November 12th 2012
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Big Bang @ Prudential Center, 12/9/12

As promised on tumblr. This is very long, so I apologize in advance. ^^ BTW, I'm sitting in a cafe in New Brunswick next to someone using "Fantastic Baby" as a ringtone, and it turns out she was also at the show on Friday. Small world! The New York ...
September 12th 2012
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I turned in my master's thesis. It's kinda weak - I wrote the conclusion in 24 hours including searching for supporting references - but it's a personal milestone for me since it's the longest thing I have ever finished, more-or-less on time. It's 50 pages without references or appendixes (but ...
July 19th 2012
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Olympics, etc.

I am so totally out of the Olympic loop - though I heard there's an outdoor screen at the Castle Museum gardens in York that's doing public screenings of Olympic events, so I might go to that. I missed the torch when it passed through a few weeks ago. ...
July 15th 2012
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6-years-too-late review of disposable teen comedy, John Tucker Must Die

Saw this with M. It's really not too bad... if you ignore the ending, aha. Especially the casting for John Tucker is good: at first you are like, what do any of these girls see in this guy? But by the end you are like, hmm, ...


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