Posts by Sharlene

Reader. Book blogger. Parent. Eater of foods aplenty. Tea drinker. Crocheter

Library Loot (October 20 to 26)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library? Claire has the linkup this week

What I got from the library this week:

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place. 

The Weatherman Vol 1 – Jody Leheup

The future’s only hope has a zero percent chance…

Local weatherman and fun-loving amnesiac Nathan Bright was just a normal guy living the good life on terraformed Mars. But the past Nathan didn’t know he had comes back to murder him when he’s accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history–an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth.

Confused, terrified, and ill prepared for life as the galaxy’s most wanted, Nathan’s fate lies in the hands of Amanda Cross, the disavowed government agent assigned to his case. Together the unlikely duo will have to rely on each other as they battle their way through the solar system in search of the truth buried in Nathan’s lost memory…and the key to stopping the real enemy from carrying out a second extinction-level attack.

A full-throttle, wide-screen, science fiction epic about the damage we do in the name of justice and what it truly means to be redeemed…you don’t want to miss THE WEATHERMAN!

I borrowed volumes one to four of this series. But here’s just the synopsis for vol 1.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol 1 – Brandon Montclare

LUNELLA LAFAYETTE IS AN INHUMAN PRETEEN GENIUS WHO WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD! 

That job would be a lot easier if she wasn’t living in mortal fear of her latent Inhuman gene. There’s no telling what she’ll turn into – but Luna’s got a plan. All she needs is an Omni-Wave Projector. Easy, right? That is, until a red-scaled beast is teleported from the prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call…today! Together they’re the most Marvelous Team-Up of all – the Inhuman Moon Girl and time-tossed Devil Dinosaur! But will they be BFFs forever, or just until DD’s dinner time? And Lunella soon learns that there are other problems with a having a titanic T. Rex as a pet in the modern-day Marvel Universe. School, for one. Monster hunters are another – especially when they’re the Totally Awesome Hulk! Then there’s the fact that everyone’s favorite dino didn’t journey through time alone. Beware the prehistoric savages known as the Killer-Folk – New York City’s deadliest tourists! Can Lunella handle all this turmoil… and keep herself from transforming into an Inhuman monster? 

Low Road West – Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Five teenagers must band together to survive after being stranded in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma in a near-future where war has touched down on American soil.

When five teenage refugees are stranded in an irradiated Oklahoma wasteland while trying to survive an exodus from the war-torn East Coast, they take shelter in a ghost town that is much more than it seems. The strange, unnatural threats they face there will make them question what they think they know about death, about reality, and especially about family as they learn to rely on each other if they’re ever going to make it to the sanctuary of San Francisco.

Grace – Tiffanie DeBartolo

A moving graphic biography for music lovers, Grace: The Jeff Buckley Story is painstakingly researched and created in collaboration with Jeff Buckley’s estate.

California, 1991. All his life, people have told Jeff Buckley how much he looks like his father, the famous ’60s folksinger he barely knew. But Jeff believes he has gifts of his own: a rare, octave-spanning voice and a songwriting genius that has only started to show itself. After he falls in love with a mysterious girl in New York, he sets out to make a name for himself outside his father’s shadow.

What follows are six turbulent years of music, heartbreak, hope, and daring—culminating in a tragedy that’s still reverberating in the music world today. 

It’s Monday (October 18, 2021)

Some things last week:

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I’m so happy that it’s persimmon season! I only like these fuyu persimmons though.
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Made ratatouille pasta of sorts.

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Backyard Korean BBQ with meats from HMart

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We played Settlers of Catan for the first time – we’ve only played Catan Jr before this!
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And tried some Gyeongdan (Korean rice cake balls). There’s red bean paste inside.

Currently…

Reading:

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Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson

Watching:

Last week, I started and finished watching Squid Games! That was quite a ride! Violence aside, it’s such a visual feast. I especially loved that pink room with all the stairs.

Listening:

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten

Eating and Drinking:

I had homemade sourdough toast with butter for breakfast. Also, my usual tea.

Cooking:

After a warm weekend, it’s back to slightly colder weather. We even had rain last night and this morning! So I’ll try to cook some warmer weather fare…chicken stew? Baked rice?

Last week:

I read:

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Dial a for Aunties – Jesse Q Sutanto

Quiet in Her Bones – Nalini Singh

I posted:

Library Loot (October 13 to 19)

Fave Book Settings #TopTenTuesday

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

Library Loot (October 13 to 19)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week? Link-up above or let us know in the comments below.

What I got from the library this week:

I’m still on that creepy book kick! That’s all I seem to be reading these past weeks…

The Broken Girls – Simone St James

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . . 

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

I listened to a sample and was intrigued by the narrator’s somewhat creepy voice. Sten is Swedish and has written several other books. But this looks like the only one translated into English so far.

The Lost Village – Camilla Sten (audiobook)

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened.

But there will be no turning back.

Not long after they’ve set up camp, mysterious things begin to happen. Equipment is destroyed. People go missing. As doubt breeds fear and their very minds begin to crack, one thing becomes startlingly clear to Alice:

They are not alone.

They’re looking for the truth…
But what if it finds them first? 

Fave Book Settings #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Favorite Book Settings

A bookstore

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

This is a library in Singapore called library @ orchard

A library

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The restaurant at a hotel in Phuket. Really good food! (this was in 2018)

A restaurant

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney

A photo taken from the rooftop of the National Museum

Singapore

Some of you may know that I’m from Singapore, so I’m always interested in books set there. And please don’t say Crazy Rich Asians.

Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

A beach in Phuket

Southeast Asia

Since Singapore is part of Southeast Asia, books set in Southeast Asia also catch my eye. It’s not so easy to find books set in Southeast Asia, but recently, there have been more.

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (set in Malaysia)

In the Country by Mia Alvar (set in the Philippines)

Not invented at all, but this was a photo I took last summer when the smoke from the wildfires was so bad that our skies were orange for most of the day. This was taken mid-morning. It was still that dark.

Invented worlds

Some of my favourite books are those set in worlds unlike (or sometimes a bit similar to) ours

His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin

Ok so obviously not a photo of a boarding school. Because I don’t have any, so instead, here’s a photo of the kids section of a library in Singapore.

Boarding school

As a kid, I was fascinated with boarding schools. Probably because I loved reading Mallory Towers by Endid Blyton.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Library Loot (October 6 to 12)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

It’s Wednesday again! So that means it’s time to share your library haul with us. Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Dial a for Aunties – Jesse Q Sutanto

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—”Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!“—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

The Girl in Red – Christina Henry

A postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic “Little Red Riding Hood”, about a woman who isn’t as defenseless as she seems.

It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined. 

Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods….

It’s Monday (October 4, 2021)

Hi and happy Monday. Hope you had a good weekend. Last week started out with nice chilly autumn weather. But then towards the weekend, it was back to summer weather again. So we took advantage of the warm weather and did a lot of swimming. The pool isn’t heated though so the water was still cold!

Some things last week:

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Grapes and pomegranates at the farmers market. I don’t really like pomegranates though..! But I did see one stall that had persimmons and quickly picked some up.
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Xiaolongbao and what the restaurant called “snowflake dumplings” which are joined together with some lace-like batter.
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Sheng jian bao (top) which are soup dumplings that are panfried so the bottom is crispy. The bottom box has green onion pancakes that are rolled with lettuce and thinly sliced beef.

Currently…

Reading:

Quiet in Her Bones – Nalini Singh

Watching:

Well, last week I rushed my way through the K-drama Reply 1994. It left Netflix on September 30 so I wanted to finish it! And I did! Phew. It was a great show! If you enjoy slice-of-life type series with ordinary people, great storylines, good humour, some romance, the 3 Reply series (Reply 1997, Reply 1994, Reply 1988) are really great ones to watch. My favourite was Reply 1988. I loved how the storylines involved not just the high schoolers but also their siblings and parents, who all lived in this one street in Seoul. The director and writer of this series are also responsible for Hospital Playlist, which is currently on Netflix, and also an incredible series.

Listening:

The Flight Attendant – Chris Bohjalian

(I’m finally on the last stretch!)

Eating and Drinking:

I had some pulut hitam or sweet black glutinous rice porridge for breakfast.

Cooking:

Oh I am clueless…what to cook this week? I do have some yellowtail collar (hamachi Kama) so I might grill that in the oven. Serve it with some rice and vegetables. It’s a favourite dish in our family, something that we used to order at Japanese restaurants. A few years ago, I discovered that I can easily make it at home. The Asian supermarket here sells a pack of frozen hamachi kama (it’s the part just below the head of the yellowtail fish) for a decent price. Definitely cheaper than ordering it at a restaurant. It’s also easy to cook in the oven. The only other ingredient you need is salt!

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This is an old photo, but thought I’d put it up in case you’ve not had Hamachi Kama before.

Last week:

I read:

The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune

My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing

The Taking of Jake Livingston – Ryan Douglass

I posted:

Library Loot (September 29 to October 5)

Top Books with Plant Covers #TopTenTuesday

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

Library Loot (September 29 to October 5)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Library Loot Day! Let us know what you got from the library in the link-up above or comments below.

Oh boy, we are in the last days of September already.

What I got from the library this week:

Finally reading this one~

The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

In this gripping thriller set in New Zealand, New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes you into the twisted world of an exclusive cul-de-sac located on the edge of a sprawling forest.

My mother vanished ten years ago.
So did a quarter of a million dollars in cash.
Thief. Bitch. Criminal.
Now, she’s back.
Her bones clothed in scarlet silk.

When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife tired of her wealthy husband. But now her bones have turned up in the shadowed green of the forest that surrounds her elite neighborhood, a haven of privilege and secrets that’s housed the same influential families for decades.

The rich live here, along with those whose job it is to make their lives easier. And somebody knows what happened to Nina one rainy night ten years ago. Her son Aarav heard a chilling scream that night, and he’s determined to uncover the ugly truth that lives beneath the moneyed elegance…but no one is ready for the murderous secrets about to crawl out of the dark.

Even the dead aren’t allowed to break the rules in this cul-de-sac.

A locked room mystery!

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders – Soji Shimada

Japan, 1936. An old eccentric artist living with seven women has been found dead- in a room locked from the inside. His diaries reveal alchemy, astrology and a complicated plan to kill all seven women. Shortly afterwards, the plan is carried out: the women are found dismembered and buried across rural Japan.

By 1979, these Tokyo Zodiac Murders have been obsessing a nation for decades, but not one of them has been solved. A mystery-obsessed illustrator and a talented astrologer set off around the country – and you follow, carrying the enigma of the Zodiac murderer through madness, missed leads and magic tricks. You have all the clues, but can you solve the mystery before they do?

Top Books with Plant Covers #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

It’s actually a freebie. So this week, inspired by a recent read, Wicked Plants by Briony Morrow-Cribbs, I’m going to go with Books with Plants on the Cover (but no plant-related titles).

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These are books that I haven’t read yet. Let me know what you’d recommend!

Clock Dance – Anne Tyler

Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver

Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell

The Book of Koli – M.R. Carey

The Ensemble – Aja Gabel

Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

Burnt Sugar – Avni Doshi

These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong

The Bass Rock – Evie Wyld

Tyler Johnson Was Here – Jay Coles


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

It’s Monday (September 27, 2021)

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Woke up this morning to find that it’s actually raining. What a wonderful way to start a Monday. We’ve been so in need of rain. I know it’s a drizzle and won’t do much to water levels, but it’s better than nothing…

Some things last week:

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It’s been ages since we bought charsiu (roasted pork) and duck.
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The Chinese eatery also has a ton of dim sum
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The kids wanted doughnuts for breakfast…
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Earlier in summer, we joined a tennis club (it also has a swimming pool and very small gym). And what I like about this place is its location, the club is surrounded by redwoods and set against the hills. There are usually horses up on the hills.

Currently…

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Watching:

Reply 1994

It’s so interesting that all the shows in the Reply series (Reply 1997, Reply 1994, Reply 1988 – by the same producer/director and writer of Hospital Playlist) use the same actor and actress for the father and mother roles. The rest of the actors are different. Some make cameos in the other Reply shows.

Listening:

The Flight Attendant – Chris Bohjalian

Eating and Drinking:

Cooking:

It may be a bit chilly and rainy this morning but looks like it’s going to heat up again from Thursday. I guess I might as well make some baked or roasted foods earlier in the week. Maybe a baked rice or baked pasta. And I’ve been wanting to make a potato gratin.

Last week:

I read:

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The Heart Principle – Helen Hoang

How We Fall Apart – Katie Zhao

I posted:

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin #RIP

Library Loot (September 22 to 28)

Books on My Fall 2021 TBR List #TopTenTuesday

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin #RIP

It actually felt like autumn this morning. The air was fresh and cool. The fog lingered over the school field. There was a smell of Autumn as I took a walk around the neighbourhood.

Of course it’s all temporary. It’s going to hit 31C later today and it’s already warming up.

But ah, I am glad to be done with summer. Aside from summer produce, it’s not my favourite season.

That’s why I always dive into the spooky reads once September hits. And there have been quite a few so far. Today, I’ve got this book on my mind, although I finished it a few weeks ago.

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Little Eyes – Samanta Schweblin

This defies genre. A story about little toys called kentuki. It comes as a crow, dragon, mole, or bunny. It has cameras for eyes, a motor for rolling around. But the weird part is that a stranger controls it. This person is known as the “dweller”. They use their computers to control the kentuki that’s assigned to them. They get to watch and listen to everything that goes on. The kentuki however can’t speak. But some dwellers and keepers manage to communicate eventually.

The “keeper” is the person who buys the kentuki and brings it home. Or maybe someone gave it to them. I mean, I guess it’s meant to be a cute toy. But really it’s all kind of sinister, the thought of someone watching you and your home through the eyes of this toy.

Schweblin is quite good at convincing the reader about the benefits of being a “dweller”. To see the world in a different way. An escape from your life. Like Marvin, a boy in Guatemala, who’s dwelling in a dragon kentuki in Norway. He’s unhappy, his father is always nagging him, and his mother died recently.

Another is a man who buys the kentuki for his son, as his ex-wife wants it for him. But he develops a strange affection for it. His son, meanwhile, hates it.

I’m not sure why anyone would want to buy a kentuki, knowing that someone is there watching. Maybe it’s because it’s a trendy thing at first? Like, everyone has one so I need to have one too. Or it’s out of curiosity? Or they just like being watched?

Little Eyes is written as a series of vignettes. Sometimes a chapter about one dweller. Another chapter is about a keeper. There are many of them around the world. This style of writing might not suit everyone but I enjoyed having a peek into the various lives of characters. But it felt like it lacked something at the end. It has stayed in my mind ever since reading it though, and unsettled me.