Author: ctarda

  • 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

  • The Pole and Other Stories

    The Pole and Other Stories

    A male pianist and a woman cross paths. I got to around 35% into the book, and it just didn’t click. I am putting it down for now. No score because I didn’t finish. The Pole at

  • Case Histories

    Case Histories

    The first book in the Jackson Brodie series. I liked how three unrelated events unfolded. I will continue reading this series. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Case Histories at

  • Reading List. Week 4, 2024

    Reading List. Week 4, 2024

    This one is long, even though technically I didn’t have much time to read last week.

  • Lightseekers


    A psychologist investigates the public torturing and murder of three young people in Nigeria. A very traditional Mystery, with echoes of the Briafan War. 4 out of 5 stars. Lightseekers at

  • My Life And Hard Times

    My Life And Hard Times

    This book came highly recommended, but it didn’t click, and when I was around 50% into it, I noticed I was just turning pages without paying any attention to what I was reading. This is the second book I abandoned this year. No rating / did not finish. My Life and Hard Times at

  • Hammer to Fall

    Hammer to Fall

    The third book in the Joe Wilderness series (first | second). As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I never grow tired of good Cold War stories, and this one in particular is a ver good Cold War story. I already have the fourth in the reading queue. 4.5 out of 5 stars Hammer to Fall…