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Haruki Murakami Bingo

Haruki Murakami Bingo

I came across this neat graphic from the New York Times and love how it (quite literally) illustrates the common themes that run throughout Haruki Murakami’s books. I’ve read everything Murakami has written that has been translated into English and can vouch that these are rather spot on. The vanishing cats are a bit redundant since there’s already a space for Something Vanishing. But lots of things and people end up missing in Murakami fiction. Perhaps that warrants the extra…

None of My Friends Have Read the Book

None of My Friends Have Read the Book

I started this blog for many reasons, one of which was the fact that I am an avid reader, but I don’t have many friends who are as into reading as I am. I often turn to the internet and blogging communities (like Goodreads) to learn what others think of certain books or whether people react to endings or plot developments the way that I do. There is a pain of sorts that comes with reading a great book (or…

A Bookish Tale of Horror: Books to Movies

A Bookish Tale of Horror: Books to Movies

I usually dislike movie adaptations of books. When books are changed into screenplays, much of the detail and experience is cut out in the name of movie magic. For beloved books that I can recite, I cringe when I notice important lines of dialogue have been reconfigured. Most recently, I was disappointed by the film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged. I couldn’t sit through the film, while the novel is one of my favorite all-time books. On the other hand, one…