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<h1 class="entry-title"><a href="/book-reviews-for-january-and-february-2011.html">Book Reviews for January & February 2011</a></h1>
<div class="entry-content"><p>This year started pretty well for my reading schedule. I managed to finish two huge books in January, but am on a particularly slow pace since. It also doesn&#8217;t help that I am in Oslo for the first two weeks of Feb getting to know people in Opera as part of my <a href="">new position</a>. So these are all I am left with: </p>
<H3>The Jewel in the Crown</H3>
<p>I was recommended to read this by <a href="">Coldhead</a> (warning loud music and visuals). I am usually not a fan of colonialist literature, but <a href="">The Jewel in the Crown</a> breaks new ground. There are characters of different hues, and the experiences are described vividly, while not portraying a flattering picture of the British Raj. It is very well written and a book (for being so wordy) requires as much to describe the story. I can&#8217;t wait to read the rest of the books in that series.</p>
<h3>Gould&#8217;s Book of Fish</h3>
<p>When I was embarking on my first trip to Australia, good old Coldhead, recommended I read <a href="">Gould&#8217;s Book of Fish</a> in addition to <a href="">Voss</a>. I never got around it, but I finally did! It is incredible (except for the ending). I really cannot describe how amazing it is. I only beg you to read it.</p>
<h3>Tokyo Vice</h3>
<p>This is a horribly written book by someone who was one of the very few white reporters for a Japanese newspaper who worked on the Tokyo police beat. There is an incredible amount of information on how Tokyo&#8217;s police/press work, but it is all suppressed by bad writing. <a href="">Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan</a> is definitely not worth your time unless you have a passing interest in Tokyo Crime scenes.</p>
<h3>Ender&#8217;s Game</h3>
<p>When I finished <a href="">Ender&#8217;s Game</a> I thought it was a plot for a bad science fiction movie, but then I realised it was written more than 30 years ago! It is quite a remarkable modern take on alien invasion with more than a thinly veiled support for wars and war games. I suppose the supporters of the book would claim the ending justifies the pacifist motives of the author, but I think it doesn&#8217;t. It is a nice read to escape the tortures of flying, but I don&#8217;t think it does anything more than be a precursor to game strategies outlined in <a href="'s_Poker">Liar&#8217;s Poker</a>.</p>
<p>As usual, here is my plea for you to recommend books you liked reading this month!</p>
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