Haruki Murakami – A Wild Sheep Chase

The amazing thing about Murakami’s books is, you never know what you’re going to get – when that bridge between reality and surrealism will get crossed, and, what avenues the surrealism will take. Past experiences with Murakami have also taught me that the story is not going to be like anything I’ve read before. Experience […]

Challenge Wrap Up #3 – Take A Chance Challenge

I just about finished the Take A Chance Challenge in the nick of time, and I have to say, it’s been fun! The randomness of this challenge led to me being pleasantly surprised a couple of times, and slightly disappointed a couple of times. I created a list of the nine books I’d read as […]

David Guterson – East of the Mountains

Background: This is the final book read, as part of the Take A Chance Challenge hosted by Jenners. Challenge#7, i.e. Random Bestseller reads: Go to Random.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2008 for the max. and then hit generate. Then go to this site and find the […]

John Christopher – The Death Of Grass

Background: While this month, my blog entries seem to be focused a lot on the Take A Chance challenge, it’s only because the challenge is up end of month, and I am actually trying to finish it. After this, I only have one more challenge to tackle, and I’ve already started the final book (David […]

Diminished

Background: The Take A Change Challenge is due to end 30th November, and I still have three challenges to complete. I’m half way through one of the books, and did start the second one, but put it on hold. Anyway, Challenge#8 (aka Lit Riff)  says: Choose a song and then write a brief story that […]

Susan Hill – The Beacon

Background: I ended up picking this book for the Take A Chance Challenge#5. You might have noticed that in my original book selection, I had opted for Mary Higgins Clark’s Just Take My Heart. However, that book is not out in paperback yet, so… I went back to the phone book and found the name […]

Natsuo Kirino – Out

Desperation leads one to do strange things; things one would not do under normal circumstances – things one would not even consider. This is the essence of one of the bleakest books I’ve read this year: Out. Natsuo Kirino’s bestseller follows four women working in a bento-box factory, who turn their lives upside down, as […]

Orson Scott Card – Ender's Game

I picked up this book as part of the Take A Chance Challenge, under Challenge#3: Birth Year Book: “Find a book that was published or copyrighted in the year of your birth. Read the book and write about it.” For better or for worst, I was born in 1985, and as I haven’t read much […]

Japanese Literature Challenge 3

I’ve seen a couple of blogs link to Belleza’s Japanese Literature Challenge 3, and despite the fact that I’m a little late, I reckon it would be fun to join in – specially as I already have two Japanese books lined up for the next couple of months. Also, after looking at the challenge’s button, […]

Challenge Wrap Up #2 – The 12 Country Challenge

I don’t have a fancy map for this, I’m afraid, but I have completed my self-assigned twelve country challenge. And, I’m pretty sure I’m going to hit the 15 country mark, so, a pat on the back, from me to me. So, without much further ado, here’s my final list (if I do read more, […]

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