Book Review # 47: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

Book Specs Author: Italo Calvino Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Hardcourt Inc. Publishing Date: March 2016 Number of Pages: 260 pages Genre: Postmodernist Fiction   Synopsis If on a winter’s night a traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a […]

A Korean Holiday: South Korea Itinerary (Southern Tour)

For the first part of our 12-day South Korean trip itinerary, click here. Day 7: Off to the South! Gyeongju Historical Tour 7:00 AM Wake up call Fix things for check out 8:00 AM Breakfast 9:00 AM Depart for Seoul Station Book Korean Rail (KTX) ticket for Singyeongju Station 10:50 PM Board KTX 11:00 PM […]

A Korean Holiday: South Korea Itinerary (Northern Tour)

Day 0: Annyeong Hasaeyo Daehan Minguk! 8:00 PM Landing at Incheon International Airport 8:30 PM Clear immigration and retrieve internet card 10:00 PM Ride train to Seoul Station 11:00 PM Arrival at Seoul Station Transfer to Subway Line 4 11:10 PM Alight at Sookmyung Women’s University Station 12:00 PM Check in and settle down Day […]

Book Review # 46: Sense and Sensibility

Book Specs Author: Jane Austen Publisher: Penguin Books Publishing Date: 1995 Number of Pages: 323 Genre: English Fiction, Romance, Bildungsroman Synopsis As the title of Jane Austen’s first published novel suggests, the difference between two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, lies not only in their appearance but also in their temperament. Yet Sense and Sensibility not only contrasts Elinor’s […]

Book Review # 45: Hallowe’en Party

Book Specs Author: Agatha Christie Publisher: Harper Publishing Date: 2001 Number of Pages: 336 Genre: Suspense, Mystery Synopsis At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, […]

Book Review # 44: Water for Elephants

Book Specs Author: Sara Gruen Publisher: Algonquin Paperbacks Publishing Date: 2006 Number of Pages: 335 pages Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands […]

Book Review # 43: Smaller and Smaller Circles

Book Specs Author: F.H. Batacan Publisher: Soho Press, Inc. Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 357 Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Philippine Literature, Crime Fiction Synopsis Payatas, a 50-acre dump in northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement […]