July 9, 2004
I wouldn't recommend Shanghai Baby, but wouldn't actively deter anyone from picking it up. Reading like a Chinese version of an early Bret Easton Ellis novel, the book is too predictable and (in my opinion) either poorly written or shabbily translated. The cultural transition of Chinese youth was at times fascinating, but I was expecting that theme to be further developed. This book is a good vacation read, but unfortunately not much more.
As I wait on my cooking selection to be delivered, my next book will consist of three chapbooks. I have raved about Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books about albums before, and will read three of these short tomes (because 33 1/3 * 3 =100, it makes sense to me) as my next book: