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This was my first Julian Barnes book, and I don't think it will be my last. I'm curious about his other works now. I think I rather enjoyed myself even though there were few real characters and a perplexing ending. The themes of the novel are those of memory, history, self-awareness, and mortality. I think given the shortness of this novella, Barnes tackled a lot in a short period of time. An excerpt from the…

BTT this week is about fictional characters: Are there any fictional characters whom you have emulated (or tried to)? Who and why? What literary character do you feel is most like you personality-wise (explain)? I don't think I have tried to emulate any character specifically, I have admired and respected some characters as I would some people in real life. For some reason, the narrator in Gilead comes to mind. Also, when I was very…

It's been awhile since I did the Sunday Salon. I'm not even sure if it'll go though so this is a test post of sorts. So I have not been reading books very much this week, but I plan to do some reading today and tomorrow. Here are the books in the To Be Read queue: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes Timeless (Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger Girl Reading by Katie Ward…

Lansinoh Lanolin has had a high rating and repurchase rate on MUA for awhile now. I've known about it for a year, but was hesitant to purchase it just as a lip balm for the night. Still, after working the calculations, the quality of the product and how long it would last (one 56g tube, probably over a year), it is better value than most lip balms and the Vaseline I was using on lips…

My first Booking Through Thursday in over three years! This is one of my favourite Memes. Patricia asked: Ever read a book you thought you could have written better yourself? My immediate answer is "probably", but I am not a writer. I have low regard for my ability to do so. I have done creative writing as a teenager, dabbled for fun in it again as a university student, and I even done a couple…

My first post about an Asian Drama. In the last year, I have watched and enjoyed Asian Dramas more. While I have watched them growing up, it was only recently that I actively sought and enjoyed them. I don't watch a lot of them and there have been months where I don't watch one. I am familiar with some Chinese dramas. I mostly watch Korean dramas now, but veer away from melodramas and like romantic…

From 2007 to 2009, a Wordpress weblog existed here at aquatique.net. It was hacked in early 2009 and at the time, I was doing my Masters degree and had no time to fix it. Since then, I've put off due to life and general procrastination. It always did come back to my mind though because I knew all my entries were in my database though I had deleted most things. When I finally got around…

This is a book about math. I am not quite sure how to review it given my ineptitude in this subject. In recent years, I've made more of an effort to read more math(s) and science books. My background is purely in the social sciences, and to be honest, I once failed high school math and almost failed math at least two other times too. The math and I are not best mates, but I…

I knew Jeremy Irons was in this series, but Derek Jackobi and Colm Feore too? That pushed me into watching and also seeing a snippet of some of the production values. Though, they aren't the only reasons I stayed. I don't watch a lot of Showtime shows (Homeland was the other one I watched and liked recently), but I know they made this one to replace The Tudors essentially. I saw a few eps of…

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (01 02 2012) - What is there to say really; it was fine. I feel the director didn't take it all too seriously and there was some nice visuals in there actually. I also think that the two leads had even better chemistry than the previous films.   Ladies in Lavender (10 02 2012) - This movie is sweet and sentimental. Not much seems to actually happen, and…