The Bicentennial Man is a collection of short stories curated by Asimov himself, with a bit of a background for each story and how they were commissioned. So the collection, is nothing new and has appeared in other publications before, but they are collated into one under Bicentennial Man. There are common underlying themes of AI here, but a few of the stories are oddballs.

Like any other sci-fi short stories in this format, there are some brilliant ones, average ones and some which are just plain page fillers. Some reviewers have mentioned that two of the best short stories…


It’s a shame that the Brontës died young. Their early departures prevent us from other works that would sit comfortably with their other masterpieces. I don’t have too many more Brontë books that I haven’t read, but I think I will always go back to read Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I think these two books are some of the most emotionally violent books that we consider as classics. Wuthering Heights hit harder, but Wildfell Hall also hit like a ton of bricks.

There is a lot to like about Wildfell Hall that I loved in Middlemarch


I honestly had no expectations, and somehow still, this book screwed with my them. My initial expectations only came from what I can deduct from the title, that is it is about Oscar Wao, some Asian kid maybe, and that he’s going to die young. Spoiler alert, if you haven’t made the same deduction from the title, the only expectation that I got right was that he died young. But for the rest, I’d argue that actually there is nothing wondrous about Oscar’s life. He’s not Asian, he’s American with Dominican background and he’s the biggest you’d ever know if…


Prolific writers often suffer the fame of their more famous works that some of their lesser known works are sometimes forgotten, or automatically perceived as not as good because it’s not as well-known. When we think of Wells, the first books that came to mind are the Time Machine and the War of the Worlds, then maybe if the reader is familiar, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Mind you, Wells also wrote some forgettable fiction, like the New Machiavelli, but his understated works are surprisingly insightful.

Doctor Moreau is a well-thought novel which reflects on human nature. Sounds like a…


“Could fulfilment ever be felt as deeply as loss? Romantically she decided that love must surely reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment, in the lack, not the contentment. Love was the ache, the anticipation, the retreat, everything around it but the emotion itself.”

As in Indian cuisine, there is a particular flavour with Indian literature — that’s not too say that Indian literature tastes like chicken tikka massala, even though some punters would probably draw comparisons, but I guess I can make one. Indian cuisine is flavourful, hearty and a mixture of tons of ingredients in the same…


Books such as The Lovely Bones get so much love and hate that people forget that a novel can both have good and bad to it, and take as it is, there were some things I liked about the book and there were other things that were not so crash hot.

The story is written from the perspective of Susie Salmon who was recently raped and murdered by a creepo in his mid-30s, George Harvey — a mature dude who likes to build dollhouses. The entire novel is looking at the consequences of her death from Susie’s perspective on her…


Like many books that have been adapted to movies and other forms fifty times over, it’s hard not to tarnish your own imagination when reading the novel based on what you have seen on the big screen, the TV or even your niece’s shirt. I am very much guilty of this and I shape the images in my mind on images that I’ve seen in other mediums. In such way I have been corrupted. Disney, I think, has distorted our notion of what the original Jungle Book that we think Mowgli as infantile.

Reading the original, I was surprised by…


The last time I read a Stephen King book, I was 15, more than half a lifetime ago. I still remember the Shining pretty well, and some bits better than others — like the carnivorous hedge animals and that oranges signify danger. Some parts terrified me when I was a teenager, especially the lady in room 237. As a reader, you can remember King’s writing and the events in it vividly, as most of the time he writes lucidly and economically.

However, I cannot admit that IT is economical by any means. Clocking in at almost 1,400 pages, I feel…


Were young people in the 1930s were really like young people today? And by young, I mean my kind of young — not yet geriatric but not a teenager. The 1920s and 30s are well-known for its lost generation who famously go out every night, drink heaps and have endless mindless sex with each other to forget the horrors of the war. The hangover from the First World War would last until the next hair of the dog in World War II, but in between there were a lot of discontented people, especially the young.

It is the same discontented…


Spoilers ahoy!

I got this book online because I made the mistake of thinking that it was Raymond Chandler book, but I honestly never heard of the author before. In this way, I’m kind of glad that I went into the book cold and not knowing what the plot will be and thus not having any expectations. It is probably the best way to read this book: the less you know the better.

Iris Carr is a socialite, one of the post firs world war gentries with enough money from inheritance to live a good life, but also to…

Kit Teguh

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