Somewhere under the sea in Taiwan, a cable got damaged by an earthquake, and the internet in this part of the world became slower than a crawl down the Federal Highway. The problem will take some days to fix. Those of us internet addicted grind our teeth in frustration, though as Shaolin Tiger pointed out on Monster Blog it might be a good time move away from the keyboard and get a life. (Though, I must say that this morning everything is flowing much better.)
In the scale of bad things, an appaulling internet connection doesn't compare at all to the suffering of those caught in the floods in Johor and Amir makes a plea for donations which I'd like to pass on.
Meanwhile, Kaykay, our book club thorn between the roses, is putting up some pretty good book and film reviews on his blog - all guy stuff, of course. The latest novel under scrutiny is Hannibal Rising, which sounds quite tasty!
Another online review I very much enjoyed reading was Zafar's account of Elmo Jayawardena’s debut novel, Sam's Story which I have to read soon. (It's published locally by Marshall Cavendish.) I met Captain Elmo at the Ubud Readers' and Writers' Festival, and he is not only one of the most important Sri Lankan authors, but someone who sets out to change the world through acts of kindness. Deepika has much more about him here.
Eric highlights some of the local books to look out for in 2007. Ted has been posting all kinds of quirky things. I particularly liked his post on why books will never let you down and the amazing tale of the little Malaysian girl who's read 2,000 books (*gasp*).
Glenda gets shortlisted for an Australian Fantasy award ... again. (And since we've been talking about the Johor floods, do read Glenda's account of some of the manmade causes of them ... we're all too quick to blame acts of God, but poor urban planning and deforestation play a large part in many of the disasters we're seeing in this part of the world.)
And Xeus has a very nasty personal experience ... and immediately sees it as material for a story. (Writers are funny people, y'know!) Lydia describes her book launch for Honk If you're Malaysian! Biggest congrats ... and am so sorry I missed the event.
Any more good book stuff I've missed? Do mention it in the comments.
It strikes me that between us, we have a lot more great literary content than any of the newspapers! And doesn't this in itself make a strong statement for the value of blogging here in Malaysia?