Conversations With the Dead

There are these things in my head and they trickle like cold water into my heart. I suspect I feel more than I used to, yet less than I did yesterday when your letter came.

Reading your news, I could see what I needed to do, but the moment it was back in its envelope, I was back to normal. Is that normal?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers I Love

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is a freestyle one about book covers. I’m gonna be boring and post ten book covers I love. The Dracula one may not even be the a published book: I think it’s a competition entry, but I would surely buy an edition with that cover.

Top Three Tuesday:Books I Wish Were Part of a Ten-Book Series

It seems that every fantasy and sci-fi book that’s been published in recent years has been a trilogy, at very least. So, I sometimes take it for granted, when I read a new book belonging to these two genres, that there’ll be another two books to enjoy once I’ve finished the first. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish), I’m listing three books that I wish were part of longer series.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartmann – I realised it wasn’t going to be a trilogy when I got to the end of the sequel Shadow Scale and eagerly asked my book merchandiser friend (who had recommended Seraphina in the first place) when number three was due to be published. She said there was only going to be two books and I was crushed.

But perhaps not as crushed as when I found out that …

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison is a standalone.

The Imperial Radch series is a trilogy, but I want more books.

In all three cases, it’s my attachment to and interest in the books’ main characters that make me want more stories about them. Just re-reading the books that exist would be like looking at pictures of a friend and never learning anything new about their lives.

I will not lie down

I am sitting here, in front of my computer, trying to kill time. In about 50 minutes I shall have to drive out to fetch my son home from his shift at Coffee Bean. (Public transport is practically non-existent where he is, and if he tried to take a bus, he probably wouldn’t get home til after 1am).

I would like to lie down til it’s time to leave, but these days I can’t lie down without falling asleep and I don’t want to fall asleep because it’s a pain be lovely and comfy and asleep in bed and then have to wake up and drive somewhere.

I used to hardly ever sleep. I guess I am now playing catch-up.

Feather farms



Back in the 70s in Canossian Convent Primary School in Segamat, Johor, my friends and I used to keep feathers between the pages of books and feed them pencil shavings. I always thought we were the only crazy ones doing this until I read about it in Shih-Li Kow’s novel The Sum of Our Follies.

Now, looking it up on Google I see a couple of blog posts about the ‘hobby’. I believe the bloggers are from Singapore and Malaysia. I wonder if the madness was confined to these two countries ….