Book Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A whimsical tale of a girl who visted fairyland and meets odd characters. Sounds like a boring fairytale but it was surprisingly a better read that I imagined. Its a very creative setting/environment with out of this world characters.

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Book Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must admit that I looked up this book after hearing news of the movie. It tells the story of an opulent life, of a trader who makes his trade in dubious (illegal) ways, exploiting loopholes and buying and selling (at artificially inflated) prices. As someone who is not familiar with the financial industry, jargons and concepts were well explained in layman terms in this book. The story is a personal one, of how he lost himself in the daily urge to achieve greatness, to be better than the next guy, to keep up the lifestyle. Interesting read.

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Review: Mission Attaché bag by Greenroom136

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I’ve always had a thing for rugged looking messenger bags that can fit laptops and cameras from my days in college, lugging a laptop here and here. The only brand I was familiar with then was Crumpler but that of course was way above my meager means. As I grew older, while I liked how branded handbags looked (Anya Hindmarch is a favourite), I could never justify to myself paying a lot of money (above Rm500) for a bag that I will end up putting on the floor and would stand up to the daily elements. So I stuck with plain black handbags with no brand, at least I tak sakit hati to put it here and there and I could change it as I chose.

Soon however, I wanted to have a bag that I could bring travelling or to put more stuff in for the weekend. I also have a whole lot of stuff that I need want to lug around such as portable chargers and what not so I had to choose a bag that would fit all of it, but yet, not look too masculine (I already had backpacks, why would I want to buy another?).

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DIY : Make your own phone case

So I’ve been using an iPhone 4 for the longest time, and part of the fun of having a popular phone is the abundance of cheap cases. I cleaned up my cupboard recently and tossed out cases that were broken or spoilt. I have some that were given my friends while others were bought.

(Quick promo of the case on the top left – it’s a high quality etched case by local cartoonist/blogger Jian of MiaoWafuPafu and he has various designs for iPhone 4/4s and Samsung S3/S4. Click on this link to check it out!)

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Well today I’m gonna show you how I made the bottom left one. Well not technically made but modified? Well you’ll get it when I explain it more. Continue reading

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first foray into Murakami’s work (yes, slow, I know). But I am, in a word, blown away. Do you know the times when you read a book and plow through it so fast because you were intrigued by it and wished to know the ending, to turn page after page till you reached the end?
1Q84 is NOT that kind of book. On the contrary, I almost didn’t want to turn over the page because I didn’t want to get to the ending. I didn’t want this world in my heads, and built in my head to get destroyed. I didn’t want the magic to end.

I’ve not read 1984, on which this book is (I think) inspired by. That didn’t really matter in 1Q84 though it was very lightly quoted. This story threads together reality and fantasy in a way that is seamless and believable.

It starts off with the story of a young girl who wrote a best selling fiction novel and then spirals off to a spellbinding world of secret cults, mysterious people and explainable happenings. Which is real and what isn’t? Only one way to find out….

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Book Review : World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie WarWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must admit I picked up this book after hearing there was going to be a movie based on it. I’ve always liked the concept of the multiple perspective type of storytelling. I am also a fan of zombie themed movies, books and games so this was a def pick up for me.

Instead of the usual stories of Zombies killing humans and how they survive, World War Z is set in a post-zombie world where “survivors” recall/retell their story of life before, during and after the zombie outbreak. The different views of people from all walks of life and of all types of occupations, from the highest ranking officer to the awkward otaku and from places like China to middle east to US.

An entertaining read.