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Book Reviews: George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons: The Wait for Winds of Winter Begins…


I have mentioned before that I had made several attempts at reading the GoT series of books after having become addicted to the HBO show based on them. I felt that the first two books – A Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: A Feast for Crows


My dad gave me the first four Game of Thrones books over two years ago. I have been a fan of the TV show from the very beginning and loved both S02 and So3, but my first attempts at reading the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross – Awesomeness People


Who says history is boring? And who says classical music died with Wagner? Well I have actually always liked history but was largely unfamiliar with 20c classical music until I read Ross’ excellent The Rest is Noise. Alex Ross does … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – Art or Craft?


I know that I am (once again) incredibly late to get on the GoT bandwagon reading-wise. My dad had told me about GoT for some time and I did watch the show from the very beginning of Season 1, I … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Thanks to my friend Maud Newton, I had the pleasure of reading The Song of Achilles, a first novel from Madeline Miller this summer. Maud had created a quarterly subscription service where she would send a book with her own … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Serendipitous Pulp Fiction – Richard Stark vs. Elmore Leonard


I fell into both of these authors of decent pulp fiction completely by accident, thus the serendipity idea in the title. I learned about one of my favorite shows Justified from my NSFCCDP friend m.poulet and I told you about how … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Pastoral by Philip Roth (1997)


It is getting exceedingly rare to find books that are well-written and yet hard-hitting and surprising at nearly every turn. Usually, you get just one (like the nearly unreadable Infinite Jest that I can still not get through) or the … Continue reading

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Classic Comics: Batman, The Dark Knight Returns (1986)


I kind of dropped of reading comics when I was a kid so it was only thanks to the Christopher Nolan trilogy that I went back and read several of the sources of stories used in the movies. I talked to … Continue reading

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Patience is a virtue…and a book review: The Outfit by Richard Stark


I am not normally a very patient person. Some might go to the extreme of calling me impatient in fact. But I am learning. After almost 3 years of struggle, I have seen several of my initiatives come to fruition … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Mario Vargas Llosa’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter – funny and quirky enough to make me want to read more Llosa


Also during my Beijing trip, I was able to read and finish 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. I am familiar with other writers from South America, but this is my first … Continue reading

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