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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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Classic Comix Review: Daredevil Born Again – One of the grittiest and best comix ever


My NSFCCDP friend m.poulet suggested I get a little more up to speed on my classic comix and he strongly recommended Frank Miller’s Daredevil. I found Daredevil Reborn on a recent business trip and was blown away. I remember the … 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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Theatre Review: “L’importance d’être sérieux” at the Théâtre Montparnasse


Don’t be put off by the poor translation of the title of the Oscar Wilde classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” (I would have used the word “sincère” rather than “sérieux” personally), this new translation by Jean-Marie Besset with direction … 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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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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