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The Bone Clocks

When I was recommended┬áThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, I wasn’t really expecting a whole lot. It’s been too long for me to remember the last time I read a work of fiction written after the turn of the millennium and what I had been hearing about books, at least popular ones for adults, wasn’t […]

The Book of the New Sun

There is something to be said about an author that Neil Gaiman, arguably one of the best writers of fantasy fiction alive today, calls the “greatest living fantasy writer.” And when that author writes what is considered to be his magnum opus, what is there to say about that? If you listen to other critics, you hear things like “Fantasy’s Ulysses” or the best book by “Our Melville”. Yet if such a book is so amazing that Ursula K. Le Guin gushes about it, why isn’t it a best seller like Sandman or Lord of the Rings? Such was the dilemma when I picked up The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. Highly praised does not always equal very good. Would this monster of a book live up to expectations?


A while back, my brother gave me a book to read. I think I had been lamenting the state of my love life at the time and probably making disparaging remarks about the fairer sex. At any rate, into my hands he thrust a small paperback with the picture of a, to me, not very attractive lady on the front. Inside the cover, he had placed a note, written on some torn notebook paper, which said, “Read this and learn the ways of women!”

Sailor Moon

It takes a special kind of book to make me read it more than once. The Count of Monte Cristo for example, is one of those rare examples of literary work which somehow strikes home and delivers something unexplainable that compels me to relive the adventures and personal stories of my favorite characters. And even as good as Monte Cristo is I have only read it twice. In fact, I can count on two hands the number of books I have read more than once and can count on one hand the number of books I have read more than twice. So, a week ago, when I put Usagi is Dead down for the twelfth time, I decided that maybe I should devote some time to writing a review for it.