Author: ctarda

  • Sabrina


    My second graphic novel. A story about suffering but also of conspiracies and human cruelty. I am not in a position to judge the graphic side of the story, but if this was a “regular book” it would be a 4.7 out of 5. And that’s how I’m going to rate it. 4.7 out of…

  • Raven Black

    Raven Black

    The first in the Shetland / DI Perez series. I read this because months ago we watched one random season of the TV series, and I was curious about it. For some reason, I found it difficult to get through the book, so I am not sure whether I will continue reading the series. 3.5…

  • Killing and Dying

    Killing and Dying

    My first graphic novel! I’d say this was moving. And a bit unsettling. As mentioned, my first graphic novel, I think I might try to continue exploring the genre. 4.5 out of 5 stars Killing and Dying at

  • Reading List. Week 8, 2024

    Reading List. Week 8, 2024

    I haven’t posted one of these in a while. In between the Lunar New Year break, some vacation travel, some meetup travel and a general feeling of being tired of work, I haven’t read a lot of work-related stuff lately.

  • Criminal Record

    Criminal Record



    I don’t watch much TV, but when I do… it seems to be on Apple’s TV+ (or whatever it is called, there is a long post to be made about all things Apple that have TV in the name) Anyway, shows on TV+ tend to be pretty high quality, Criminal Record was no exception. Image…

  • Moscow Exile

    Moscow Exile

    The fourth in the Joe Wilderness series, which I enjoyed as much, if not more, as the previous three. (third | second | first) As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I refuse to get bored by stories in Cold War Berlin. 4.5 out of 5 stars Moscow Exile at

  • Mr Mercedes

    Mr Mercedes

    It looks like I might actually like Stephen King’s books. I picked Mr. Mercedes because I liked Holly and I read somewhere that Holly was a “secondary” character in Mr Mercedes. 4 out of 5 stars Mr Mercedes at

  • The Cofee Academïcs

    The Cofee Academïcs

    Yes, with an ï. The coffee could be the best in town, Fuel permitting, and the food is pretty good (the avo and chicken toast is chef’s kiss). The location in DB, although remote, has plenty of seating, and there are always dogs waiting outside, which is a plus. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  • TGIF


    A pretty large coffee shop (for HK standards). All day breakfast looks very nice, but there is something called Cjocolate Cravings that I would kill for. And the coffee is great. Aircon is set to freezing though, which is very Hong Kong. 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Espresso Remedy

    Espresso Remedy

    A hole in the wall kind of shop, with a couple of benches next the wall in a pretty steep down slope. Very Hong Kong. The coffe is great. The spot is particularly good for people watching. 4 stars out of 5.

  • Full Dark House

    Full Dark House

    The first book in the series of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Fun, very British at times, but a bit difficult to follow for me. I liked it, but I don’t think I’ll read more books in the series for now. 3 out of 5 stars. Full Dark House at

  • Phuket


    A couple of postcard-ish photos taken in Phuket over the CNY break.

  • Blank


    A writer faces an impossible deadline. 3 out of 5 stars Blank at

  • The Lost Man

    The Lost Man

    One of those stories that unfold slowly but steadily. And that ends in a completely different place that one would expect at the start. 4.6 out of 5 stars The Lost Man at

  • The Woman On The Ledge

    The Woman On The Ledge

    I am glad I didn’t abandon this book (I almost did abandon it at around the 20% mark) A story of women helping each other. 4 out of five stars The Woman On The Ledge at

  • Corey Fah Does Social Mobility

    Corey Fah Does Social Mobility

    I was very intrigued by the description of the (A novel that celebrates radical queer survival and gleefully takes a hammer to false notions of success) but after going 20% into it, I noticed that I had no idea of what was going on. I will blame this one on the language barrier, but I…

  • I Will Find You

    I Will Find You

    An innocent father serving life for the murder of his own son receives evidence that his child may still be alive. I have read all of the Myron Bolitar series (from the same author) so I was looking forward to this one, but it didn’t do it for me. I found it borking, predictable, and…

  • Reading List. Week 5, 2024

    Reading List. Week 5, 2024

    It looks shorter than usual, but that’s partially because there is a book in it. Yeah, I read a book!

  • One-on-Ones are an opportunity 

    One-on-Ones are an opportunity 



    Here is something I posted in an internal blog at work. Good one-on-one meetings tend to take the form of a conversation that goes both ways, where both people in the room want to get clarity, identify friction and opportunities and get and deliver feedback. It is easy to drift into a dynamic where the…

  • I’m a Fan

    I’m a Fan

    Wow. Like a punch in the face. 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’m a Fan at