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Wed Jan 27th, 2016


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09:04 pm - Wot, another wensday?
What did you finish last week?
Singapore Noir
Their Eyes were Watching God
The Queen's Conjuror

What are you reading now?
Well, there's the problem, no? Content creep. Just as reading Aunty Lee meant I had to go read Singapore Noir to get more Aunty Lee and more Singapore, so discovering that Hurston did anthropological work in Haiti means I have to read her book Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica, which I'm now doing in a heavy onion-skin volume of all her anthropological writings. (And I know that this will be followed by a reread of Brown Girl in the Ring. Creep creep creep.)

Equally, having finished Dee's biography, I now must reread The House of Doctor Dee, which is an uneasy book (does Ackroyd write any other kind?) that I associate with too-warm weather in some recent year (though I find no mention of it in the lists. Am probably thinking of some other Ackroyd.)

Otherwise, White Teeth desultorily, and The Buddha in the Attic, my travel reading because it's at least light.

What will you read next?
What's on hand will take me a good while, but Long Hidden is on its way to me in the library system.

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From:i_am_zan
Date:January 29th, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
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More Singapore? Hmmm Zan's Singapore is hot humid and possibly less noir than in the books. ^__^

I hope to track that book down in our library and see what it's like ... I probably don't read enough about our locales. (Times I do I tend to look sideways and say... no-ooo it isn't like that really)

Maybe this year I will read local books! Ahahaha! We'll see how that goes.
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From:flemmings
Date:January 29th, 2016 02:09 am (UTC)
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I fancy your Singapore is a great deal less noir than Singapore Noir, just as my Toronto is less noir than Toronto Noir. The latter is full of betrayed spouses, hot-shot developers, various mafia including S-E Asian ones, and mad doctors, all killing people. The former is full of men betrayed by PRC or half-Japanese beauties, Filipino maids abused by their employers, and Chinese mafia.

Also almost nobody mentions the hot humid weather, except one of the ang moh writers describing an American couple abroad. That was one of the more amusing ones.

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