Skip to main content

So I went to the Times Warehouse Sale...

Been busy of late (which is why I'm blogging and doing my laundry at 3am), but I did manage to take time off to visit the Times Warehouse Sale. I couldn't resist... I blame mum.

Loads of good books to be had for RM8 each, which I don't know is a good thing or a bad thing.

Anyway, managed to drag myself away with:
  1. The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin
  2. Ten Novels and Their Authors by W. Somerset Maugham
  3. number9dream by David Mitchell
  4. Literary Occasions: Essays by V.S. Naipaul
  5. The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman
  6. The Book That Changed My Life edited by Diane Osen
  7. Sideways by Rex Pickett
  8. Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
  9. The Language of Threads by Gail Tsukiyama
  10. Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton

Comments

  1. Get The Samurai's Garden if you can (it was also available at the sale). It's Tsskiyama's better book.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks Sympozium! But I already have it.

    Funny story about that actually. I bought it at Kinokuniya (RM50+) on the Friday that the Payless sale started. (A gift for gf.) On Saturday when I went to the Payless sale, I saw it being sold for RM12. Here it's only RM8.

    Sheesh. Someone's laughing at me from up there.

    ReplyDelete
  3. good choices, ted

    jealous of the naipual and the maugham. you will love 'the viceroy of ouidah'.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm very much looking forward to reading the Naipaul book. I did a quick glance through and it looks like a very interesting read!

    I managed to read through the first essay in the Maugham one: "The Art of Fiction". I thought his views were a little outdated (something about there only being two viewpoints in fiction - first-person and omniscient) but it was still an interesting read.

    ReplyDelete

Post a comment

Popular posts from this blog

HOWTO: Get Rid of Silverfish

The bane of every book collecting person: the Silverfish. DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!! How to get rid of them? If one book has been infected, place it inside an air-tight plastic bag along with some silica gel desiccant. The silica gel is important to get rid of moisture, because you will now place the sealed plastic bag with the book in it inside the freezer. Leave it in there for a couple of days so that those bugs catch their death of cold. If you're feeling particularly paranoid, (like I usually am) feel free to leave the plastic bag in there for a week. If they're not dead, then you might likely have an infestation of zombie silverfish , which is out of the scope of this blogpost. But what if a whole colony of silverfish decided to invade your whole bookcase? Then you have to make sure you're ready for war. Place a generous amount of silica gel (or if you can find it, diatomaceous earth) behind your books at the back of the shelves so that moisture levels remain low.

Hitting 1000.

Last night Sharon quoted Raman of having said to writers when they bring him their manuscripts for publishing, "How many books have you read? Have you read a thousand books? If not, get out and go read a thousand books, then come back with your manuscript." His point being, you've got to have read a lot if you want to be a writer. And I thought to myself, a thousand books isn't so bad. I've probably read more. Er...Wrong. After some quick calculations, we determined that if a person read a book per week, it would take around 20 years to reach a thousand. I'm a slow reader. I'm only 25. There's no way I've read 1000 books my whole life! When I got home I counted the books in my house. I estimate I own around 300 books, probably another 300 left at my parents's house. That's only around 600 books that I own... and a lot less that I've read! So with that number in mind, I have resolved to start keeping track of my book reading. I ne

REVIEW: Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami.

UPDATE: My Wind/Pinball review can be found here . ISBN: n/a Publisher: n/a Paperback: 160 pages In Murakami fan circles, simply owning a copy of Pinball, 1973 is a mark of hardcore-ness. Like Hear the Wind Sing before it, Haruki Murakami does not allow English translations of Pinball, 1973 to be published outside of Japan. Back in the 80s, Alfred Birnbaum translated it into English and Kodansha published it as a novel for Japanese students who wanted to improve their English. While the English edition of Hear the Wind Sing continues to be reprinted and sold in Japan (and available for a moderate sum via eBay, see my review ), Kodansha stopped its reprint runs of the English edition of Pinball, 1973 and has now become a collector's item, fetching vast amounts of money on auction sites and reseller stores. Last time I checked, the cheapest copy went for USD$2500. Of course, Murakami addicts or the curious can always download a less than legal PDF of the book, painst