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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: The Boys #2

The Boys #2 The Boys #2 by Garth Ennis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This finishes the very first story arc "The Name of the Game", we meet the entire team of the Boys while Butcher is trying to bring Hughie to the fold. In the books design of Hughie was based on action Simon Pegg and the show actually got Simon Pegg for the role of Hughie's dad. So that was fun and I am already loving how wild this book is from the mind of writer of 'Preacher'.

have always loved comics, and I hope that I will always love them. Even though I grew up reading local Indian comics like Raj Comics or Diamond Comics or even Manoj Comics, now's the time to catch up on the international and classic comics and Graphic novels. I am on my quest to read as many comics I can. I Love comics to bit, may comics never leave my side. I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

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Review: The Boys #1

The Boys #1 The Boys #1 by Garth Ennis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As I don't live in US my introduction to graphic novels has been very less and late and though I loved Preacher I only came to know about this series when I came to know about the series and if you read my reviews then you already know that I prefer to read the source material before watching the adaptation so I watched first episode of the series and I have just read the first issue and I can tell that the show is much more changed and I loved the effects and style of the show but obviously since drawing is cheaper than animation the writers can go wild with the graphics and Garth sure did go wild in the very first issue. And I am eagerly waiting to read the entire series now.

I have always loved comics, and I hope that I will always love them. Even though I grew up reading local Indian comics like Raj Comics or Diamond Comics or even Manoj Comics, now's the time to catch up on the international and classic comics and Graphic novels. I am on my quest to read as many comics I can. I Love comics to bit, may comics never leave my side. I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska Looking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-reading books has it's own charm and especially if it's a new edition of an old favorite I loved rereading Harry Potter books and loved re-reading this 10th Anniversary edition of the first book by John Green. I had last read it more than 4 and a half year ago in Feb 2015. I have been watching John and Hank's vlogBrothers videos even before I knew who John was and I am a Proud NerdFighter for many years now. So coming back to this book was fun and you don't realize how much of the book you have forgotten till you re-read it. Of course I knew the major points but I was surprised to see that I only remembered the broad points and the things that I knew still hit me as hard as it had hit me the first time. Probably that's the strength of good books. I can proudly say that I have read all of John's and Hank's books but I might not be able to remember all of them in details as I last read till TFIOS back in 2015 and then Turtles All the Way Down when it came and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing just few days back. So is it time to re-read all of John Green's books? As much as I would like to do so one thing which makes it difficult are my TBR Bookcases which contain more than 1000 books which are unread so I always push myself to finish new books some of which are waiting on TBR since I bought them 12 years ago. I am so bad :).

Being 10th Year anniversary edition it contained the original drafts of few scenes which showed how different were the scenes originally written and how far did the book develop. There is also an interview with the author and then a small letter by Michael Cart who was chairman of Printz Award Committee which had selected this book as the recipient of Michael L. Printz award. I am not writing about the plot or story because you can always find that in Goodreads or Wikipedia it's about my feeling for this book and I love it, in fact I liked it better in my second run through of the book and I am glad to have given the time to read it again. I have started watching the vlogbrothers videos too and loving every second of it.

So I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone whether you love YA or not after all I turned 37 yesterday but I felt every emotional beat of this book another matter is I love YA books. So in case you still haven't read it pick it and if you read it way back maybe pick your old copy again read it and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: Past Tense

Past Tense Past Tense by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have now read all of Jack Reacher books available barring few short stories here and there. So now again the wait for the next book starts. This wasn't always the case it was fun when I picked up this series of 20 books and read them one by one but then just like most series I caught up with it and now must wait for the regular release.

Coming back to the book this is a typical Jack Reacher thriller where Reacher goes to a place on slightest of thoughts this time it was to be the town where his father grew up but when he checked he was told that no Reacher lived in the town, and thus Reacher's quest begins. Along with Reacher there is a couple from Canada who are traveling to US looking for a better future but they find themselves stuck in a seedy motel with seedier owners.

Like I said it was a typical Reacher book so of course I loved it but again there were few pacing issues in the beginning but boy when it begins to move does it fly. Here the stakes are slightly personal as Reacher is trying to get information about his father and does find something shocking but it's all fun and I am again left waiting for the next Reacher book.

So pick it now or read the entire series if you are missing so far and then just Keep on Reading.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: An Unsuitable Boy

An Unsuitable Boy An Unsuitable Boy by Karan Johar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My colleague asked me "Why are reading this Gay's book?" Unfortunately there are many people who are like this and my colleague is no different. Yeah I know he is homophobic and an Idiot but unfortunately that shouldn't be criteria to ever pick a work whether it's music, movies or books. Now coming to the book this is a no-hold bars, no nonsense, unapologetic and honest way Karan Johar one of the most successful movie makers in Bollywood today. I loved this book and one extra star is to combat all those biased idiots like my colleague who will just mark this down because Karan is Gay well if he is even then it's none of your business. In fact if you believe him he is almost Asexual. Well again his sexuality has no bearing on what he does and what he does is I love sometimes and sometimes I completely ignored as I am doing to most of the Bollywood stuff but coming to the book this is wonderful in it's honesty and narration.

Like always I rate books on the basis of how much fun they were and how they made me feel. This was lot of fun and if my schedule would be any less hectic I would also have finished it in one or two sittings. Do pick this if you like Karan or no maybe you will end up learning a thing or two. So till then next time you know what to do just Keep on Reading.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: A Century Is Not Enough: My Roller-coaster Ride to Success

A Century Is Not Enough: My Roller-coaster Ride to Success A Century Is Not Enough: My Roller-coaster Ride to Success by Sourav Ganguly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lot of things came together to make it so that as Ganguly started his career I also started watching regular cricket and I would forever be grateful for his contribution towards transforming the Indian Cricket Team and giving some many wonderful performances, and I was even able to see his century live in Gwalior with my Mom and brother. Well so of course I had to get the book when I saw this so I got it and I read it. It was a nice read and unlike others I didn't feel that the book was written poorly but it was written nicely enough. Like the recent autobiographies from Indian cricketers this one is also on the leaner end with only about 260 pages. As you all my might have noticed already I now tend to shuffle between multiple books and also what with being busy with photography it took me a little longer to finish than it should have.

Coming to the book the tone of the book I agree is preachy with Dada directly talking to young cricketers and normal chums like me or you "Life Lessons" as he liked to call them. As I said that lot of things came together to make it so that I have seen most of the matches or least kept track of them and it was easy as just like it to bring back the memories of the matches or innings mentioned in the book.

So in the end don't let the positive reviews sway you nor let the negative reviews scare you away from this book, give it a chance and see for yourself if you like this life story or not, in any case read this or not just remember to Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Review: Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this immediately after A Bend in the Road so Garrett's wife's death is very similar to Miles' wife but here there was no mystery but lot of love and sadness. The story starts while a success columnist who at 36 is divorced with a 12 years old son is vacationing and comes across a message in a bottle and the content is so full of raw emotions that she can't help but cry. And soon somehow it finds way to her column and soon she finds there are other letters which people found similarly to her and curious she wants to meet the guy who has so much love in his heart. So she finds the guy Garrett with the help of her Boss/Friend Diane who was a kick-ass character whom I liked a lot, Theresa not so much.

This book is seeped in emotions and like most/all of Sparks's books in set somewhere around North Carolina there are sea, beaches, boats and vacations and flings and romances along the way but like so often happen the reality and egos soon come between them and then there are the understanding and misunderstandings they have to go through all in all it was a typical Sparks book which is also tinged by tragedy here and there and I am already kinda getting over it but when I have promised myself to go through as many of these books as possible then I shall do so.

May be if you are still missing the Sparks in your lives then pick one of these books maybe you will find something to love so love and read and love and enjoy and just keep on reading.

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