James Scudamore – Heliopolis

Ludo, born in the favela of Heliopolis (a shantytown), is “lucky.” He’s escaped a life of squalor, on being formally adopted by the extremely rich Carnicelli family, who have also hired his mother as a cook in their farmhouse. When she had nothing but a handful of beans to her name, the tough nugget of [...]

Muriel Spark – Loitering With Intent

There’s a thin line between reality and fiction; they oft’ reflect each other very closely, so much so that the line is indiscernible. But – what happens when reality starts imitating fiction? That’s the basic premise of Spark’s 1981 novel, starring Fleur Talbot: an aspiring writer in London in the 1950s. She’s writing her first [...]

David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet

In terms of books being confusing and complex, this one ranks right up there. New characters being introduced every couple of pages, the story taking dramatic turns, changing from showing corruption while trading in the 18th-19th century to a surreal adventure story, and there’s a love story thrown in, just for good measure as well. [...]

Sarah Waters – The Night Watch

Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch is the third novel I’ve read by her, and it’s as different as the previous two as it can be. While one was a gothic ghost story set in Warwickshire (The Little Stranger), the other was a Victorian thriller (Fingersmith). And then we have this: a book set (mostly in) [...]

David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas

In January 2009, I was introduced to the wonderful world of David Mitchell by a friend, who lent me the surreal number9dream – a book I absolutely loved. She proceeded to lend me Cloud Atlas next, and it’s been sitting abandoned on my unread shelf for about a year now, as I’ve been reluctant to pick [...]

Terry Pratchett – Equal Rites

Terry Pratchett’s Equal Rites is the third book of the Discworld series, and, it’s the first Discworld book that I have read. Equal Rites explores the world where women cannot be wizards, and men cannot be witches. However, when a dying wizard visits a blacksmith, things in the wizarding world are about to change. The [...]

The Complete Booker in 2010

The Complete Booker originated in 2007, to bring together book lovers and book bloggers interested in reading winners of The Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Next year, they’re hosting the Complete Booker in 2010 Challenge, with five levels of participation: Winners Circle:  read at least 6 winners Contender:  read at least 6 shortlisted nominees Longshot: read at [...]

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 [...]

The Sci-Fi Challenge

Mish @ Stage and Canvas is hosting the Sci-fi challenge, which basically encourages the participants to read “3.14 or 8 sci-fi books from August 28 2009 to August 8 2010″. I quite enjoy sci-fi, despite it not being a genre that seems to feature a lot on this blog. So, taking on this challenge makes [...]

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