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Monday, June 24, 2019

Review: Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good by Kevin Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have followed Kevin Smith for many years now not as much as to follow his movies or shows or blogs or podcasts. But enough that I have seen his older stuff at least till Red State and I see his YouTube videos of his, I love the passion which he brings to the movie reviews. Dude just loves movies and comics he is my people. So I had this so I had to read it. This is circa 2011 Kevin Smith who had discovered Weed and was an active smoker, was fatter, didn't have his heart attack 2019 Kevin Smith has managed his weight now, I think he is not smoking pot now and I am happy for him.

Coming to this book, it was funny and crass and all kinds of offensive this wasn't a self help book or a book full of advice, this was just a memoir of 2011 Kevin Smith who had directed Cop Out and was unhappy and had directed Red State and was happier.

I liked the book and for most part it was a fun short read and it was fun all right. If you are in mood to read a light, offensive, crass memoir by a genius then do pick it and then as always just Keep on Reading.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review: Lord of Chaos

Lord of Chaos Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can see the potential this has to become what I heard before starting it that it sags in the middle or drops in quality in the middle books and what not but journey taken is fun and reading a big series is fun unto itself though I agree that this would be the biggest book series with a continued story otherwise the biggest series I have read so far is Jack Reacher series where I have read 22 or 23 books so far.

Coming back to this book, this was a long and slow book where nothing would happen at all for multiple pages hell even chapters like another reviewer said this book or story in this book picks up almost after the half way through. Good thing that Perrin was back along with all the other characters. Listening to the story is it's own fun.

But As much as I am committed to see this series to the end I shall once again take a break from the series to read some other stuff and would return to the 7th part after the little detour to other tales.

So yeah if you like fantasy then do jump to the bandwagon but remember this is the 6th book in a 14 book series it's not a standalone book so start from the beginning or you wouldn't get half the things happening and already very less things happen :P so read this read more and just Keep on Reading.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Review: The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If the first book was kinda sorta inspired by LOTR then the second one is surely not the one to do that because between the first and the second book I finished the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy. So I can now at least tell when the other fantasy works are inspired by the great modern classic.

The second part starts after the events of the first book now the team is back in a kingdom relaxing when a legend becomes real and the title of the book comes true as the team goes in the hunt of the horn after it is stolen along with Matt's dagger which is dangerously attached to him. The action moves through cities and countries and is full of action.

The book is also full of Rand's struggle to try to run away from his destiny and so are his friends who are with him but later not when he tries to push them away with some harsh words. I liked this one and the action and emotions are wonderful and also the older fantasy is somehow different. I would continue now onto the next book in the series and after this there are still 14 books remaining, a long series indeed. Don't know how long these characters will be with us.

So yes it is worth picking up these initial books to get into this legendary series and always remember to just Keep on Reading .

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Review: The Return of the King

The Return of the King The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So thus ends my journey to the middle earth in the original prequel and trilogy and sometimes later I shall go back through the other works to get deeper into the lore of it all. Also would watch Stephen Colbert geeking about LOTR.

If you have been following my reviews you would know that the decision to read this series stemmed from my reading of the first book of the 'Wheel of Time' series by Robert Jordan. People had written too much about it being like Fellowship and so I had decided to pause the Wheel of Time after the first book while I finished the Hobbit and LOTR. And like I said here I am.

I liked this one the best as it was shorter and full of action and had flushed out roles or Eowyn, Merry and Pippin. I also liked the detailed history which gave much more information about the middle earth and it was definitely an interesting read after the main story ended.

I also liked the twist at the end where the battle hardened hobbits now have to save Shire and it was masterfully. Solid end to a solid trilogy and I would now probably watch the movies as I could never enjoy them fully before and now in any case I try to read the source material first before watching any movie and TV Series, so hopefully now that I am versed with the journey taken by Frodo and gang I will again give it a go to the Movie Trilogy for I never completely saw any movie in the series and would look to remedy that now.

Yes definitely pick this series and always remember to just Keep on Reading .

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: The Two Towers

The Two Towers The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had to remind myself of the two books in 1 book funda to remember why Frodo was missing in the first half of the book. This book had much more action compared to the last one and much more Gollum. I would definitely re-read this series in future and then maybe my ratings change after all one should leave a chance for improvement. Probably it's also due to the fact that the series is not unspoilt for me for I might not have seen the trilogy but have seen enough and after more than 15 years the movie trilogy too have become part of pop-culture. Since the important parts are already known the rest of remains kind of drag sometimes but overall it's a nice addition to the story and I liked all the description.

I am not the one to embellish the review with too much awesome stuff as I am not yet there as a reviewer so would just like bow out with a simple thanks for reading the review and probably liking it and Yes my whole hearted suggestion to go for the single edition or 3 books edition of 6-7 parts edition you do have to read this series and then just Keep on Reading .

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one series which I wanted to read for so long but somehow skipped so far and I haven't even finished the movie trilogy having seen only the first part and to tell you the truth the end of the story and many more details have (I wouldn't call them spoilers) now become the part of pop-culture. And like I said in my review for Hobbit I finally started reading this series after I finished the first book on the 'Wheel of Time' series.

Coming back to the book, like the start of the book makes clear this is not a trilogy but a single story divided into 6 parts which are presented as three books with book containing 2 books. Fellowship of the Ring is where the story begins and move forward but once again for me it hit the critical part where I have seen the movie which has much more action and at least the first book is lighter on action. Though other details are so wonderful that you just can't refrain from appreciating it. The writing the poems the description all was magical.

The part about the action is not just for this book but rather it's a common peril for the stories or books written 50 years or so ago movies based on them is full of action and original story would be something else entirely. Here at least that much was true but I was dismayed that Boromir doesn't say 'I doesn't simply walk into Mordor' I kept on hoping that the line would come up but alas never did or I missed it big time. I don't like to write long reviews and saying like to is wrong as I am not sure that I would be able to write wonderful reviews like Anish and few other awesome reviewers.

I liked reading this book and can't seem to think of a good reason for skipping this series so far but I am just happy that finally I would be able to find the elements inspired by LOTR in other books but even more than that I want to ensure that I do not miss up on wonderful stories just because I had some preconceived notions about it. But now it would be no longer and I have already started up on the next part.

This one is a no-brainer if you have so far like me skipped this series then finally let go and jump all in and then just Keep on Reading.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Review: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had wanted to read the books for so long but somehow it was always left for later. I am talking about LOTR, I bought a used copy of 'The Hobbit' and it also stayed there without being read and that was true till now I started it and then finished it in one day. I liked the illustrations too but they weren't too clear in my copy as it was close to 30 year old now merely few years less than me.

The story is known to all so as usual I am not going to repeat it and just go about my general feeling about the story and how can my feelings be any different. This was a kid's book and I am a kid after all but poor kids of 1937 to get such a tough book. But the magical adventure of Bilbo the hobbit was fun I enjoyed every moment of it.

If somehow you are on wire about it then wonder no more go ahead get it and always remember to just Keep on Reading .

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