M-I-K-E 2theD

Bookshelf 1 of 3: 553 books and always growing.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 71% (144 of 203)
Location: The Big Mango, Thailand
Anniversary: 12 Oct
Birthday: 22 Nov
In My Own Words:
2013 = 57 books 2012 = 105 books 2011 = 79 books 2010 = 71 books 2009 = 100 books 2008 = 87 books 2007 = 103 books

I write long-winded reviews for myself because it's a good writing exercise... but if you like them, then good for you (but I won't value your opinion).


Top Reviewer Ranking: 18,435 - Total Helpful Votes: 144 of 203
All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Looking at my collection of fiction shelved in the living room (over 560), science fiction obviously takes up the majority of the shelf space (about 85%). My science fiction collection is general yet diverse: I have a mix of the old and the new, works from male and female authors, slim paperbacks and thick hard covers, the popular and obscure. But one facet of my collection which I'm most proud of is the growing amount of translated work:

* French: Monkey Planet (1963) by Pierre Boulle and Travelling Towards Epsilon (1976) edited by Maxim Jukubowski
* German: Metamorphosis & Other Stories (1971) by Franz Kafka
* Polish: Stanislaw Lem's Solaris (1961), The Cyberiad… Read more
The Naked God: The Night's Dawn trilogy: Book Thre&hellip by Peter F. Hamilton
How do you face 1,332 pages?
How do you confront 469,000 words?
My solution: Dedicate as many waking moments of my day for 16 consecutive days. I could have read four or five normal-sized novels in the same time, but I chose to finish Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy.

I may have glutted on the first two books, requiring two months of recovery before attempting to finish the trilogy; in foresight and hindsight, this was a wise choice. My grasp of the numerous plots didn't slacken and, after all that time away, I had developed a thirst for immersing myself into a thick novel. The only other to-be-read novel in my collection which comes close to rival this length is Roberto… Read more
The Apex Book of World SF by Lavie Tidhar
The Apex Book of World SF by Lavie Tidhar
I was born, raised and educated in America but I've lived more than a third of my life in Thailand, almost my entire adult life actually; it has become my home, the place, people and customs I'm most familiar with. America is a foreign country. When I visit, the weather is unpredictable, the food is terrible and the shows people watch on TV are shameful, indulgent. Anyway, the general atmosphere is oppressive.

Being (what I hope doesn't sound hokey) a global citizen, many of my friends and students come from different backgrounds: Turkey, France, Lao, China, Brazil, Russia, Myanmar, Singapore, Korea, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Portugal... just to name a few off the… Read more