'I have a deep and abiding love for Escape from Kathmandu '

I have a deep and abiding love for Escape from Kathmandu

Who: H K Frost, a freelance editor and the organiser of Dubai Writers' Group has some recommendations for you


Janice Rodrigues

Published: Fri 27 Jul 2018, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 27 Jul 2018, 2:00 AM

What are you reading now?
The third book in Eliot Pattison's Inspector Shan series, Bone Mountain. Also, Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, which I just started.
Which books changed your life?
Do you have a couple hours? Every book I've read has shaped me in some way, even the ones I've disagreed with philosophically, like Atlas Shrugged. The Red Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson showed me how different points of view can be equally compelling, how the way we approach science can shape us and how important our expectations are. The Mists of Avalon introduced me to third wave feminism and made me question a lot of assumptions I had. And the Harry Potter series taught me how important details are, how easy it is for good people like Ron to still have prejudices they haven't questioned yet - and that they can still change.

Most memorable fictional character (and why)?
For my current mood, I'd pick Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. She's a vivid character who struggles with anxiety, but overcoming it is not her character arc. What she has to do is define herself in terms of her twin and her fanfiction, and find her own voice to express herself. I find her extremely real and I identify with her - also she's a great depiction of how mental health can be a struggle - not a flaw or something to overcome.
A book you think is underrated.
I have a deep and abiding love for Escape from Kathmandu by Kim Stanley Robinson. It's four interconnected novellas that revolve around expats in Nepal who have to: help a yeti escape the city, help a former monk climb Everest without permits, and prevent a highway from ruining a small town! It's a little dated nowadays, but I wish more people knew about it.
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