Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for Xinhua News Agency (新华社).

OCBOBWD - Sadly, I retired this as my blog’s domain name on 12.12.18.

Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 29-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Book Reviews


Dystopian novel Animal Farm by George Orwell

If dystopian novels are too complicated, just use animal metaphors

Dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell

Living in China doesn’t seem so bad after reading this

Dystopian Drug Novel A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

Drugs plus California in the 90s never seemed more appealing

Dystopian novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

There’s a good reason why mathematicians don’t often keep journals

Dystopian Novel The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

A unique blend of life, love, and destroying human reproduction

Dystopian Classic Novel The Trial by Franz Kafka

You think the DMV is bad? Bureaucracy at its finest

True Crime Novel Midnight in Pekin by Paul French

A girl’s death, a city in turmoil - it’s true crime!

Dystopian Classic Novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Genetically modifying babies seems like the inevitable direction we’re going


the novel Fatherland by Robert Harris

A riveting, alternative history with an über amount of German

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Learning to accept yourself is easier when ‘thought’ than said


A rugged Roman Gladiator road-trip with a Chinese twist


Hope, regret, what if, and probably - is love really ‘real’?