Tag: Books: Translated Texts


Review: Kieli, Vol. 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness (Book & Manga)

Posted 10 January, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Kieli, Vol. 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness
By: Fukako Yabei

Kieli is a reclusive girl isolated by her ability to see ghosts. Her only friend is her “roommate,” Becca, the precocious spirit of a former student still residing in Kieli’s dorm. Everything in Kieli’s life changes suddenly when the girls meet the handsome but distant Harvey who, like Kieli, can see ghosts. He also turns out to be one of the legendary Undying, an immortal soldier bred for war now being hunted by the Church. When Kieli joins Harvey on a pilgrimage to lay to rest the spirit of a corporal possessing an old radio, as unlikely as it seems, she feels she may have finally found a place where she belongs in the world. And in Kieli, Harvey may have found a reason to live again.

I actually read the manga (published by Yen Press first and fell in love with the story that my brother and I picked up the book when it was released. What’s awesome is that this is a 9-volume series and the manga only covered the first book—so that means more adventures with Kieli and Harvey! ūüôā

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Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Book & Movie)

Posted 9 January, 2010 by Lianne in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
By: Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

I’ve been hearing about this book throughout all of last summer and lots of recommendations for this book came from GoodReads and the bookstores and so forth. So when I noticed that it was out in paperback, I decided to check it out. Read More

Review: All Our Worldly Goods

Posted 10 November, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

All Our Worldly Goods
By: Irène Némirovsky

Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and the family patriarch, the tyrannical industrialist Julien Hardelot, provoking a family feud which cascades down the generations. This is Balzac or The Forsyte Saga on a smaller, more intimate scale, the bourgeoisie observed close-up, with Némirovsky’s characteristically sly humour and clear-eyed compassion. Full of drama and heartbreak, and telling observations of the devastating effects of two wars on a small town and an industrial family, Némirovsky is at the height of her powers.

Okay, firstly I’ve been very busy this semester with schoolwork and course readings and research and all the rest but despite of this, I’ve managed to read quite a bit (my solace from all my work). One of the books I’ve read quite recently was All Our Worldly Goods. It’s my first book by Irene N√©mirovsky, whom I heard wonderful things about through her unfinished work, Suite Francaise. I’ll try to keep this review as spoiler-less as I can ūüėČ

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Review: The Angel’s Game

Posted 4 August, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Angel’s Game
By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Mart√≠n, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed-a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

When I found out that another of Zafon’s books was coming out, I became really excited as I had enjoyed his previous book, The Shadow of the Wind (which easily became one of my favourite books ever). At first I told myself that I would wait for it to come out on paperback (to match my other book) but after seeing it everywhere, I succumbed and bought the hardcover (for a good price, I might add) *blushes*

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Review: Hunting and Gathering

Posted 9 June, 2009 by Li in Books / 2 Comments

Hunting and Gathering
By: Anna Gavalda

The book caught my attention because I had watched the movie Ensemble C’est Tout starring Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet. I liked the movie so I decided to check out the book. Firstly, I dunno where “Hunting and Gathering” came from “Ensemble C’est Tout”; it baffles me but I have given up wondering since, lol.

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