Book Review # 83: The Subtle Knife

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Publishing Date: 1997 Number of Pages: 288 Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Bildungsroman Synopsis The intrepid young Lyra has passed through a shimmering portal in the sky and finds herself in a beautiful, haunted otherworld – Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant […]

Book Review # 80: The Golden Compass

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Publishing Date: 1996 Number of Pages: 351 Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Bildungsroman Synopsis Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars in Jordan College, her daemon familiar always by her side. But the moment she hears hushed talk of Dust, an extraordinary particle, she’s […]

Book Review # 79: Of Mice and Men

Book Specs Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Pearson Education Limited Publishing Date: 2011 Number of Pages: 118 Genre: American Fiction, Modern Classic, Tragic Realistic Fiction Synopsis Of Mice and Men is a poignant tale of the extraordinary friendship between two itinerant workers in the harsh depression years of 1930s America. George and his large, simple-minded friend […]

Book Review # 76: Sputnik Sweetheart

Book Specs Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Philip Gabriel Publisher: Vintage Publishing Date: April 2002 Number of Pages: 210 pages Genre: Magical Realism, Romance, Suspense Synopsis K is madly in love with his best friend, Sumire, but her devotion to a writerly life precludes her from any personal commitments. At least, that is, until she meets […]

Book Review # 75: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Book Specs Author: Douglas Adams Publisher: Del Rey Publishing Date: 2005 Number of Pages: 216 Genre: Scientific Fiction, Adventure Novel Synopsis Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Perfect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide […]

South Korea Day 9: Transforming the Village

October 30, 2017 From Haeundae Beach area, Joy and I rode the subway to Seomyeon station. It underground station is intersection of Busan Subway Lines 1 and 2 and is connected to underground shopping malls such as the Lotte World Underground Shopping Center of Busan and Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center. The area surrounding the station […]

Book Review # 74: The War of the End of the World

Book Specs Author: Mario Vargas Llosa Translator: Helen R. Lane Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: August 2008 Number of Pages:  568 pages Genre: Historical Novel Synopsis Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history […]