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Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

After receiving a mysterious letter from a notary who had been dead for six-months, Armand Gamache, the suspended head of the Sûreté du Québec arrives at a rundown farmhouse in a secluded area on a snowy evening. There Armand finds out that he along with Myrna Landers, his neighbour in Three Pines and Benedict Pouliot, […]

The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith: The Third Person

The Third Person is one of the shorter works in Ali Smith’s anthology, and I feel like it might be related two other stories – The Second Person and The First Person – which I’ll be reading later. The Third Person is written in an interesting format. It’s a bunch of different stories/ moments in […]

Lost Mars: The Golden Age of the Red Planet Edited by Mike Ashley

I’ve neglected the British Library Science Fiction Classics series ever since I read Moonrise, so now I’m trying to play catch-up. 😀 Lost Mars edited by Mike Ashley contains ten stories focusing on one of Earth’s planetary neighbors, and it’s an insightful read if you are interested in finding out how SciFi writers’ perceptions of […]

The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith: Present

It is late at night in the middle of November when the story’s unnamed narrator tries to find some peace and quiet in a roadside pub. At this time of the day, only a barmaid and a man are hanging around the pub. The man is a shameless flirt trying to lure the barmaid who […]

Little Culinary Triumphs by Pascale Pujol

I’m glad I chose Little Culinary Triumphs to start my new reading year. Set in Montmartre, it’s a stellar novel both well-written and absorbing! The story’s protagonist is Sandrine Cordier, a civil servant who loves cooking. Sandrine’s childhood dream had been to open up her own restaurant. But with two grandmothers who had spent their […]

The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith: The Child

Next up in The First Person and Other Stories is The Child, and it is just as amusing as True Short Story! It begins at a Waitrose supermarket where the story’s unnamed narrator – a young woman – goes to do her weekly shopping during her lunch break. The most extraordinary thing happens to her […]

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories Edited by Martin Edwards

When I saved this anthology to be read on Christmas Eve, I could imagine myself sitting by the window, enjoying the snowfall, while indulging in some crime classics and a hot brew. Alas, Michiganders didn’t have a White Christmas this time around – in fact not a whiff of snow yet – nonetheless, this book […]

The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith: True Short Story

I’m on to my next short story collection, and this time my pick is The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith. In its first story, our narrator’s name is also Ali. Ali is at a cafe when she overhears two men at the next table talking about literature, and literature being a subject […]

The End of the End of the Earth: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

I’ve been a big fan of Jonathan Franzen ever since I read Freedom back in 2012. I think some of you would know how stingy I am with book ratings. The number of books that have received 5 stars from me is less than two dozens, and Freedom is one such ‘rare’ books to make […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Fatherland

Fatherland, the final story in The Refugees, recounts the meeting of two half-sisters for the first time in their lives. Phuong is twenty-three-years-old when her namesake, who has now taken the name Vivien, visits Vietnam from America. Vivien is the daughter Phuong’s father Mr Ly had with his first wife. After the fall of Saigon, […]

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

I adored this book as much as Sebastian Faulks’s recent novel Paris Echo! Now I’m ashamed to admit that this is the first time I read one of Tatiana de Rosnay’s novels too. I’m yet to read her renown novel Sarah’s Key – so I guess this will serve as another reminder that I haven’t […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Someone Else Besides You

Thomas, the protagonist in Someone Else Besides You, the penultimate story in The Refugees is a divorced, second-generation Vietnamese American. Thomas’s ex-wife, Sam had wanted to have a child with Thomas. But when she couldn’t get Thomas to agree to it, she had gone her separate way, although they still loved each other. Thomas’s marriage […]

The Long Take by Robin Robertson

This year, for the first time in the Man Booker award history, a book of verse made it to the shortlist. Now I only read VERY little poetry – I can’t even remember the last time I read a poem – because it is usually a struggle for me. More often than not, I end […]

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Americans

In The Americans, the protagonist is James Carver, a sixty-eight-years-old American veteran pilot who had fought in the Vietnam war. Although James had flown a B-52, “an ungainly blue whale of a plane,” carrying bombs over the region during the war, he had never been to Vietnam before. But now with his daughter, Claire living […]

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler

What a marvelous story! Therese Anne Fowler who brought the fascinating life of Zelda Fitzgerald into the limelight with her previous novel Z: The Beginning of Everything has returned with the life story of another remarkable woman. This time around Fowler’s focus is on Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, an American socialite in the Gilded Age […]