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Thursday 9 October 2008

Reading Notes

This is a little embarrassing. When I am writing I don’t read thrillers. On the way to the US I read After Dark by Haruki Murakami. On a plane certainly, the book was very amenable, having something of the same sense of night lights and flow.
I have also been reading some of Robert Van Gulik’s Judge Dee series. Van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat who died in the late sixties, one of the first to write historically set mysteries, often using Chinese source material. Set in the 7th Century, they have something of the crime fairy story about them and the traditional puzzle.

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