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Conrad’s Fate and The Pinhoe Egg

Since this may be my last #MarchMagics related post, I’m going to smush the Conrad’s Fate and Pinhoe Egg questions here. I haven’t got to either books in my reread project, so I don’t remember them as well as I do the others. All I remember is: Conrad’s Fate is about a young Christopher, when Gabriel de Witt was still Chrestomanci. It had more bad parents/guardians and like The Lives of Christopher Chant,  it’s told from the point of view of a kid who doesn’t have access to the right information, or is being manipulated, by the adults around him. I don’t remember much else, having read it only once before. I can’t wait to reread it now!

The Conrad’s Fate question is: If you were to discover a family secret, would you rather it be: a noble title, money, or magic? Continue reading “Conrad’s Fate and The Pinhoe Egg”

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Ten Authors I Wish I could Meet, and 2 I can’t Believe I’ve Met

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is on authors we’ve met, or want to meet. This subject is sometimes a sore spot for me, because I live in a country that is almost always skipped by authors even when they’re doing SEA tours. So the idea of meeting authors I love would fall under the “dream long long” (castle in the air) category, to quote a friend of mine. I do like dreaming out loud, though, so here are some authors I would love to meet:


* Diana Wynne Jones
Since we are talking about fantasies here, I figure I don’t have to stick to living authors. One of my two greatest regrets in life is not writing to her when she was still alive. I don’t even know why I never did – probably because her books were so brilliant and I couldn’t think of anything to say that wouldn’t just be silly fangirling. Continue reading “Ten Authors I Wish I could Meet, and 2 I can’t Believe I’ve Met”

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The Lives of Christopher Chant

I can never decide whether this or Charmed Life is my favourite Chrestomanci book. On the one hand, this book has a young Christopher Chant who thinks he will grow up to be an evil enchanter, and thinks he doesn’t want to be Chrestomanci, and then all these things happen in between and he learns otherwise. I really like that. I REALLY like that – the fact that early on, we realise what is going on even when Christopher doesn’t, and I loved following his story as he slowly learns all these truths about himself and the world/people around him. And, well. On the other hand, there’s Cat Chant, who is one of my favourite characters, and the fact that Charmed Life is the first DWJ book I’ve read. It’s so hard to choose, but I guess that’s okay because I can have both.

Our Christopher Chant question is…

When The Living Asheth gets to World Twelve-A, she needs a new name so that she can hide from The Arm of Asheth. She chooses Millie because of the boarding school books that she adored from Christopher’s world. If you needed a new name, which bookish moniker would you choose?

Continue reading “The Lives of Christopher Chant”


#NewComicBookDay (March 15th)


American Gods: Shadows #1 by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
So far, I’m really liking it. It makes me want to reread the book because a whole month for the next issue feels like too long.

Batwoman #1 by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV & Steve Epting
I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this a whole lot more than I did. There are parts I liked, and I love Kate Kane, but. This looks like it’s going to be yet another grimdark DC. I shall be continuing for the next couple of issues to see if it gets better.

Coady and the Creepies #1 by Liz Prince & Amanda Kirk
The whole vibe of this comic reminds me of Jonesy, which is a thing that I like. I also like the fact that this is a ghost mystery story with an all-girl punk band as the main characters. Continue reading “#NewComicBookDay (March 15th)”

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10 Books I’ve Read in One Sitting

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we’re discussing books we’ve read in a single sitting. I used to love reading in one sitting, and preferred it, but these days even with short books it feels like a luxury. When I do, it’s because the books are really short, or I read them during a long journey:


The Thief and
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Not only did I read these in a single sitting, I read them back to back in a single sitting. It was the best experience ever because these books are brilliant. I was visiting my brother’s family in Singapore and had finished all of the books I brought with me before I went back to KL. My sister-in-law lent me these two titles to read on the train ride – I finished The Thief really quickly, too quick to notice it’s awesomeness, but then I started to read Queen and the realisation slowly dawned… I went back to The Thief and reread the last few chapters before going back to Queen. Finished both books, and when I went to work the next day I bought The King of Attolia. Continue reading “10 Books I’ve Read in One Sitting”


花のち晴れ 花男NextSeason

Hana Yori Dango

Back in the early 90s, Shueisha published a shojo manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) by Yoko Kamio. The title is a pun on the phrase “dango over flowers”, referring to the chewy dumpling-like sweet one might eat during a sakura viewing. The story was typical of the time: a “normal” girl works hard to get into a super elite school, which is ruled by a group of super rich boys. She gets in the leader’s way, and sparks fly. Lots and lots and lots of drama happens before they finally get a happy ending.

The manga ran for 37 volumes, and was pretty popular, ending in 2003. It was so popular, in fact, that it spawned an anime series, an animated film, two live action movies, and about nine TV dramas around the world – and this is just based on a quick wiki search. I know of at least one tv adaptation not listed on the wiki, so there may be more.

The 2005 Japanese tv series was how I got into the whole thing: a friend lent me her VCDs, and I ended up watching the whole thing in one sitting. It was basically my first binge-watch. Continue reading “花のち晴れ 花男NextSeason”