The Scarlet Gospels By Clive Barker

It’s been quite a few years since Clive Barker published a good book for adults. It’s been about 20 years since his heyday, Everville, The Great and Secret Show, Imajica, Sacrament, probably because he’s been active in other creative arts. The Abarat series has been ongoing for the last 13 years, and only three novels have been published so far, out of a predicted five. While I do not doubt the mass market appeal of the young adult market, Clive Barker was renowned for his horror writing in his beginnings, so it has been a while since I’ve seen anything like this in print from him.

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Books of November & December 2009

Romanian version of Kafka on the Shore

Since I started reading again, voraciously, I decided that it was time to finish publishing my complete list of books that I read in 2009. In total, I’ve read 63 books in 2009. For 2010, I’ve only read 5 books, most of them in April and May. At the same time last year, I had read about 25. I think that I’ll continue keeping a list. As long as I read 52 books in 2010, I’ll be happy. I tend to read in spurts. Sometimes, I need a break.

If you must know, I read House of Suns again a few weeks ago. It’s definitely one of my favorite books. I want to read Ilium and Olympos by Dan Simmons again. I also need to stock up on books. One of the reasons why I haven’t read that many books this year is because I haven’t bought any new ones since last year. I’ll go to the library on the weekend to pick up a few nice reads.

November and Decemberreading

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

September and October reading

The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley Archer
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
(Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton)⁵
(Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton)⁵

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Alastair Reynolds & Terminal World

You can read the first chapter of Alastair Reynolds’ new novel Terminal World here. It’s not Revelation Space, but it’s still science-fiction. Reynolds is currently working on his new series of novels called 11k.

Assorted Poirot Quotes

The last few seasons of Poirot were extremely satisfying, especially starting at about season 6 and going onto the latest season, season 12, which is still ongoing if you wanted to know. Things were slightly less interesting in the first few seasons, as I found that the Poirot mysteries needed to be resolved in longer episodes, of either 1.5 hours or 2 hours. The shorter ones are disappointing in the sense that they are less complex, less cerebral.

One of the reasons why I really enjoy Poirot is because of the complexity of the mysteries involved. Poirot is also a very cerebral detective, which makes watching or reading them most enjoying.

Superintendent, I have some very good news! It is that someone tried to kill me!
Poirot in Mrs McGuinty’s Dead

-I cannot say at the moment, I may be wrong.
-Does not happen to you!
-It has happened twice in my career.
-That’s a relief. To be right all of the time might get a little monotonous.
-I do not find it so.
Poirot and a DI in After A Funeral

What you make hop are the little gray cells and they speak to Poirot.

It was bad enough the first time.
Poirot, tasting the sandwhiches in Sad Cypress

I have failed to take into account the madness of the English palette. For gentleman, what we find, we find that we are entering the realms of lunacy. I do not care if our murderer had the palette of a master chef, he could never distinguish between these slurries. Non, it is a fact that these sandwiches are all but indistinguishable.
Poirot in Sad Cypress

Non, non, non, she was murdered, but not by these disgusting sandwhiches.

But of course Hastings, you want to improve your disability on the links?
Poirot to Hastings in Murder on the Links

Et bien M. Roberts, I will tell you the difference. In the will that is missing, you inherit a small fortune. If you can prove you are his son, you inhert a vast one.
Poirot in The Case of the Missing Will

On Literacy In Cyberspace

A great article by Kevin Kelly about literacy vs cyberspace. The main focus of this article was to see the comparison with offline reading and online reading.

I do understand the problem. How does reading a novel in your bed compare to reading blogs through your RSS reader?

First of all, blog readers do follow a lot of blogs. By itself, this means that they aren’t reading every single word. Personally, I tend to separate skimming blogs and reading blogs. Blogs that I read and blogs that I skim.


Not everything is worth to be read. I will read most of the personal blogs, but sometimes they digress and I skim. Most of the blogs I read for work are skimmed. Starred and shelved for later use once something interesting is found. Personally, I find it much more productive to do this through feeds, instead of newspapers.

I don’t think this type of reading compares with reading a book. What we can compare is reading a ebook on a computer/laptop/PDA and reading a book.

I don’t really skim anything that I read in that fashion. I usually prefer buying books in the physical sense, but after the first few hundred books, reading gets expensive, especially if you buy hardcover novels. Ebooks are cheaper and easier to get. I don’t particularly like reading them on my computer though, but hey, it accomplishes what I set out to do.

There is something pleasurable and analog about getting a good book with a cup of tea and leisurely reading. Recently, I’ve read about 5 books in the last week. Some of them physical, some of the electronic.

I think that the most important thing when you get ready to read for reading, is to not be distracted by anything else. By this, I mean that you shouldn’t really read ebooks while being logged on the internet. I disconnect and concentrate solely on the book.

This isn’t always easy, especially when you work from home as a freelance blogger, but it gives you a good respite and refreshens your creative juices. Over the weekend, I’ve managed to read about 4 books. I also got a lot of work done.

My love for reading was fostered at a very young age, when I saw my mother reading voraciously. She in turn taught me the value of reading. Ever since I was a child, I have been reading… voraciously. In time, I developped a personal taste. My mother continued to move on in life, and has now become a published author, which is something I want to accomplish as well.

There is no point in really going on about how fast I read. I do read fast. The better the book, the faster I will read it. There are probably a lot of people out there who read faster than I do.