Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A writer whom no one reads might evoke some sympathy. But a writer whom no one reads, but whose books cause enough hatred that all existing copies must be burned is a promising and interesting start of a narrative. Combined with diverting characters and their melodramas and an atmosphere that immediately reminds one of ghost stories, Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind is an entertaining read.

Jane Eyre

The story of Jane Eyre begins like a fairy tale. A girl orphaned since birth is cast away by surviving kin and is sent to a school that is more like a prison for the obscure and unwanted. In there, she is nearly starved, always freezing, and bored to death with religious rituals, but Jane finds some comfort in the company of fellow student, the believer of endurance, the stoic, Helen.


There's something about a first-person narrative that always satisfies me as a reader, especially when the narrator is an outsider or trying to fit in, with good or bad intentions notwithstanding. It's easier to feel some kinship, some loyalty to a character who is less than perfect. We do prefer suffering because it's familiar. A… Continue reading Rebecca

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is about the deaf-mute, silverware engraver, Mr. John Singer who, after losing his only friend to an institution, finds himself in the company of four lonely strangers: an adolescent girl who dreams of becoming a successful pianist, a jack of all trades who hates the capitalist system, a colored doctor who believes that his race must uplift themselves, and a cafe owner who doesn't say much, but has longings of his own.

In which a zombie comic art captures my imagination

I love this nightmarish comic art. I discovered it from this site while looking for some infographics I need for work. I thought it would make a lovely book cover for Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. THAT IS, if he wrote Robert Neville’s character as a woman. Now that’s one survival story I’d like to read. A…… Continue reading In which a zombie comic art captures my imagination

I Am Legend

I never liked smoking and drinking so much before this novel. Or listening to classical music while toiling away in desperation. I've chopped garlic myself with Pavane in the background when I'm in one of my gourmet cooking moods, but only Robert Neville has made me rethink the pungent smell of garlic that can stay in my flesh.