Category Archives: Book and film reviews

Stay with Me, by Ayobami Adebayo

Stay with Me, by Ayobami Adebayo came out in 2017 and received good reviews. I picked it up the other day in our university library. A decent read, it is a domestic drama set against backdrop of Yoruba culture and … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Recent reading, novels and short stories

Harp of Burma, Michio Takeyama. 1946. For our book club (whose rule is under 200 pages). Not politically correct by any means, this tale of a Japanese company towards the end of the Burma war in 1944 was apparently intended … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Recent reading: Beard, Twain, and Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker, Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea. Short stories set in the future. Billed as sci-fi, but these did not appeal to me as much as I had hoped. Nicely done, small moments of human insight. When … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Recent stories in The New Yorker

I must say the past few months have, in my opinion, been generally excellent, with many stories that I think are extremely well crafted and profound (many deal with rape), and very little of the silly stuff (yes, I’m looking … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Just one quick thought on The OA

People who knew me back in 2010ish era knew that I liked Lost a lot until the last season. The opening scene with Desmond remains an all-time favorite piece of cinema. I mentioned back then several times: the only way … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Recent reading: Pnin, Ancillary Mercy, The Other Wind, The Right and the Power

I use this blog partly to recall books and papers I have read, but lately I have not been taking the time, so now I have to play catch-up.  Here are three books I finished in last few weeks. Pnin, … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Recent reading roundup

I have been slacking.  For Christmas I got several novels. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Excellent big sci-fi opera, with genetic engineering and big questions. The Peace War by Vernor Vinge. I started skeptical but got drawn in. By … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews