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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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Review: Moonshadow: The Story of the Total Eclipse

Moonshadow: The Story of the Total Eclipse Moonshadow: The Story of the Total Eclipse by Terry Manners
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a book which was written about 20 years ago it's very surprising that my review is going to the first one also my rating. This was one of the many second hand books I get from the book fairs at cheapo price and the quality was extremely good considering it was 20 years old book now coming to the content of the book the title says it all it's about Total Solar Eclipse. This book is full of amazing photographs covering the phenomenon which has captured human imagination since the beginning of the time. There are few mispronunciations like calling Agra as Accra in the beginning which I caught as well I live in India and most specifically have lived in Agra as well. But yes coming back to the book as all know the solar eclipse happens when moon covers the sun and it's shadow covers the earth hence the name. Chapters are divided with great photos and talk about the past and future eclipses then talk about eclipses in the context of myths and the history also the authors covers the mission to the moon and the space wars. The book also contains few tidbits here and there about moon, people who have been to moon, even some couplets of Shakespeare where he talked about eclipses.

I would like to point out though that the book is little try but again the photos are simply wonderful also this is extremely outdated I mean hubble telescope had just been operational for few years then and the International Space Station was still under planning or construction by the time the book was published and mentions them. So yeah this is smaller coffee table kinda book with glossy papers if you find it get it because most probably you would find it also in the discount bin. So as I am done with this I shall go ahead and read some more and would just Keep on Reading.

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Review: Imperfect

Imperfect Imperfect by Sanjay Manjrekar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like most I know Manjrekar the commentator and know Manjrekar the player but since he played during the time when cable TV was non-existent and 96 world cup is something I remember for Sachin's, Jadeja's batting and India's collapse at Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka. Manjrekar was an average player and he is the first one to accept that. People have criticized the book for being more about his own analysis of his mindset more than the game or other stories but the data is something you can get from records but the stories are what only the person would be able to tell you. So Manjrekar the retired cricketer tells about his father who was a major cricketer and how his fame motivated him to become a cricketer. The chapters are scattered across his life and after a chapter about his tour of 91 in Australia I was getting ready to read about 1992 world cup but no he talks about 1996 world cup and I had to check the 1992 team to see if he even played there then where did that world cup disappear to when that comes in later chapters where he talks about his failures and struggles.

It was nice read and liked it because I had seen some of him as a cricketer and also his well covered clashes with Ravindra Jadeja and other commentators during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Well I liked it so how about you also try something new and give it chance may be you will also learn something new and maybe you would too just Keep on Reading.



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Review: A Bend in the Road

A Bend in the Road A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all this is late late late as I kept on reading the books and missed updating them here on GR. After I finished reading "A Walk to remember", I planned on reading most of Sparks books I could and this was the one I picked after that though I am also reading other books through all this and so on and so and be ready to see about 4-5 book reviews coming one after the other.

Let's come back to the topic this is all about, this book, which is again a love story after all that's what Mr. Sparks is all about the love story where someone has to die at all times. So this here is the person who dies is our hero's wife Missy. Missy dies after a mysterious Hit-and-run. Miles is a deputy sheriff who has a son who is falling behind on his education. Then there is Sarah who arrives to the small town after her tragic divorce. Soon Sarah and Miles meet and they hit it off but there's a secret and I thought that I knew it but later I was sure and correct in guessing the person who was driving the car.

It was nice little book with a nice ending and it was all about growing up and understanding and coming to term with the loss and moving ahead with the life. This one down I am off to the next Sparks book, while you try to pick this I would go ahead and Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: Geekerella

Geekerella Geekerella by Ashley Poston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's a retelling of fairy tale Cinderella and as such there were familiar tropes but no not the old ones but framed in a story around fandom, cons and modern file full of social network and all it's evils. I listened to the Audio-book through audible and it was a great performance. It took a small time to finish as during the weekends I read few other things and watched some videos and slept a lot. Coming back to the book it is based around fandom and as I read it during San Diego Comic Con it added a new dimension to the story what with the Marvel and other panel introducing cast and other details. The show here is a fictional one is the sea of fictional shows called 'Starfield' and he con dedicated to it called ExcelsiCon.

As it's a retelling of Cinderella it follows few familiar tropes but that's what keeps it interesting too. Both the narrators did a good job of bringing the book to life. I don't listen to too many audiobooks but rather Text-to-Speech for my e-Books but since Audible is officially in India and I have got many books from them and hope to continue the membership for a long time. So yeah give this cute book a chance and in any case remember to just Keep on Reading.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My review and story would be similar to others who love the movie but just didn't get the time to read this beauty so far. I finally picked it up and boy oh boy is it different but had so much impact especially due to the fact that I had seen the movie. Of course the movie had to be different as the book is set in the late 1950s as the old protagonist remembers his first love. Also this Landon was different from the movie version is so that probably as per the time he was not a bully or jerk as the movie shows in the start but a shy rich boy. Things are so different that even the play was different and as I am writing it I am listening to the Song "Only Hope" from the movie which is my one of the most favorite song and most probably would watch the movie once more. Last time I watched the movie I wrote the review for it for my movie's review blog and now that I am writing the review for the book I am going to watch the movie again as I just love the movie and just love the song and just love the book now and probably I will keep visiting the song or the movie or the book again too.

Like I said I almost cried multiple times as I already knew the story and it didn't ruin the story or book but enhanced it as you could appreciate the scenes with a different eye. Well if you are like me who has only seen the movie or someone who hasn't watched the movie in either case just give in and experience this life story which is little slow but fits the story perfectly and so remedy and don't like me or Tahera who waited for 19 years to read the book after watching the movie. Well she and I were in the same boat and now in the same boat too.

Yeah what other recommendation do you need than the 5 stars so yeah pick it up read it gobble it up, eat it up, laugh and cry and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why People believe weird things is something I have also wondered a lot when I hear people talking about ghosts or astrology or God. Things are different here in India and you wouldn't find people shouting for creationism or Holocaust deniers here as you neither have prominently christian people here and not too many Jewish people but still we in India have our own laundry list of weird things people believe in. It was a fun read and shocking though I already knew that still so many people believe in supernatural stuff despite so many irrefutable proof. YouTube is filled with stupid videos portraying all kind of weird things you will find flatearthers there, aliens and try all kind of conspiracy theories.

Everyone should read this and more such books and more people should be skeptics after all that's the call of today and only education and more knowledge can pierce through the darkness of superstition and always remember to just Keep on Reading.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories

Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories by Elmore Leonard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had seen the movie a long back with my dearly departed dad and liked it well enough and imagine my surprise when I saw that it was based on the short story by Elmore Leonard now I might have a read a book or two by him but since then I wanted to read the short story or the collection so here I am then. It was nice to read a book set in a different time because for a very long time I was either reading fantasy or the books set in current time so it was refreshing to read the stories set in the wild west of the western movies of Hollywood. The stories are set in various situations involving the classic western characters Military men, bandits, Indians etc. and I liked them well enough of course not all stories were equal but enough were :)

So yeah here it goes and do check as its good for reading to read short stories collections once in a while and then just keep on Reading.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Review: 9 From the Nine Worlds: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

9 From the Nine Worlds: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard 9 From the Nine Worlds: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of course this book didn't have Magnus Chase because it was the time for the rest of the gang to shine. Like the title says this book has 9 stories set in Nine worlds of Norse mythology and has a story set in each World. And the Cover tells you about another common theme Thor is running through all the Nine Worlds to complete 10 million steps to be able to appear on a TV show on Midgard (Earth) and he does all this while wearing only a leather Daily Duke, oh how I wish that it would be on the cover. :D.

The stories are simple and fun and easy to go through in the end there is foldout image of the world tree which is awesome other than that there is complete information in the back about pronunciation and information about the characters if somehow this is the first book you are reading in the series though you shouldn't do that read the trilogy first and then read this companion book. And then just Keep on Reading.

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Review: The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My very first Hemingway read and I can see why he is regarded as one of the greatest writers ever. It's a short novel or rather novella about an old man and the sea and his struggles with the sea. The old man is Cuban fisherman and the story is about how after 84 consecutive days when he can't catch a single fish he finally hooks a giant Merlin and it's about his struggles to get his catch which he does but then the fish is even bigger than boat and then some, sea is presented as a struggle here and it pretty much challenges the old man.

This was a short and wonderful read I would definitely look to read some more Hemingway but now it's time to get back to the world of Magnus Chase :). So pick and read it, it's a very short read so that's that and then just Keep on Reading.

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Review: The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It a fictionalized story set around one of the most infamous murder cases in the US this one starts not with the murder but with the setup of our main character Bucky Bleichert who is a boxer and gets entry to LA police force based on his sports status and Lee Blanchard. Bucky and Lee have a boxing bout after which they both become famous and join LA police force and are tasked as partners. Things move on a simple pace in the 1940s of L.A. until mutilated body of a beautiful girl is found and many lives change.

This was definitely a little slower in the beginning and in few later parts but once the twists and turns start they just don't stop at all and it ends beautifully. Bucky of course was the narrator and he goes through the case which doesn't only consume his career but also consume his entire life. Once again it's a fictionalized story of the Black Dahlia case and don't pick this up thinking of it as a true crime story you would be disappointed.

Well I liked it good enough but wouldn't start another Ellroy book now but rather a classic while few other books are continued on the side, remember to read and then just Keep on Reading.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Review: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow I just wish that movie was this good and really confused about people's tendency to just focus on the name and then ignore the complete story. Granted that books and movies are separate medium and they are simply not replaceable with one another but still one would think that when Hollywood pays for a book then they would try to adapt something more than just the name. Well that's the rant about the movie over and the movie was decent enough but then it would have been called something else. If you have seen the movie and then like me prepare to read a completely different story all together. I have no doubt that this could have been developed as a kick ass book with an explosive end.

While the book's format also lends itself the few issues but they are not too important in the overall scope of things. This is damn good story and I loved it. so yes give it a chance forget about the movie enjoy that as a standalone thing it was. The book is completely different than the movie so hopefully you would enjoy it so read it and then just Keep on Reading.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Review: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead by Max Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ah well I read it before World War Z so maybe I missed something but overall it was way too much fun the tone of the book is like it's written in response to an actual probable threat. It's tone is so much realistic that few times during the book I thought of googling this name or that story. There are zombie tales all around us why don't we know about them because governments and people responsible try to bury the truth so deep that even with a horde of zombies it can't dig it's way out. In some places it was lacking but other than that I liked this one thoroughly and very well could see this in the world of The Walking Dead or Zombieland.

Yeah so you want a fun book about preparing yourself for a fake emergency go ahead but remember it might be little bit dry as the books like these tend to be loved it and going to read World War Z next and then would just Keep on Reading.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Review: MAI: A Graphic Novel

MAI: A Graphic Novel MAI: A Graphic Novel by Sriram Jagannathan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all the thing to know this was a self published graphic novel so kudos to the author for continuing to push his dream forward. This is the story of Malviya "Mai" Iyer a 13 years old girl who is living in a small town in Rajasthan with her family. Mai was a super active kid who was excellent in her studies and extracurricular activities too but she unfortunately lost her hands and almost lost her life in a grenade blast. This is the book which shows her happiness, this is a book which shows her pain, this is a book which shows her struggle and her family's struggles especially her mother. This was a wonderful read and I wish that more and more people know about this great true tale.

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. So you also give a chance to comics and Graphic Novels and Keep on Reading.

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Review: Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman

Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman by Peter J. Tomasi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just read Birthright few days ago so that's fresh in my mind but yeah this was a nice story with good art. Gasp Superman is dead but then another superman from probably an alternate timeline comes and takes over the mantle and he is married to Lois Lane and they have a son together who has both human and Krypton genes and dude is developing new powers everyday. This Kal-El is a grown up version and he and Lois try to continue their family where 1 and half people are super.

And then there is the villain of the arc, the eradicator who is sporting El family mantle of S The Eradicator is hell bent on purifying Superman's Krypton genes his solution just kill the kid but how can that happen when a super angry superman is in his path and super awesome Lois Lane to the scene who wouldn't stop at nothing to save her family. Nice one and good thing is that I have 4 more volumes to go in print and let's see if I get the further volumes or not well it would depend on how the story progresses and also on the price after all money money money.

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. Who didn't know about Superman, Batman, Spiderman growing up it's just that I didn't get chance to read them when they originally appeared so now I am on my quest to read as many comics I can. So you also give a chance to comics and Graphic Novels and Keep on Reading.

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Review: Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One

Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One by Greg Rucka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you read my review of the first volume you might have noticed I had wrote about the fact that all the issues collected in volume one were odd numbered ones. Well so the second volume comes along packing all the even numbered issues plus an issue telling backstory of Barbara Ann Minerva the Cheetah before she became Cheetah and yeah this is another origin story of WW if you saw the movie then you already know half of the story only thing different would be that the movie was set in late 1910s this book is set in modern times. So now I believe that 1-2, 3-4 were launched together to carry two different stories each numbered issue continuing the story so you wanna continue story from issue #1 go to issue #3 and then you wanna continue from #6 then go to #8 and so on and so forth.

As the trend because Diana is a kickass woman she found herself a posse of other kickass women too and all the power to them. Although the art was better here but still the issue continued where in after many wonderful arts suddenly few panels would be way off. But things definitely improved.

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. So you also give a chance to comics and Graphic Novels and Keep on Reading.


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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Review: Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well you like Anti-Heroes did you say? You like different characters? You liked conflicted characters? Well Mark Lawrence heard you all and gave a you kid who at 14 is much more bad-ass, cruel and heartless that you would be hard-pressed to call him a hero or an Anti-Hero no sir Jorg is a villain with a band of villain who go around killing people, raping girls/women, looting them and shocker Jorg is an actual prince who saw the murder of his mother and younger brother and since then his heart is full of hate and he has let hate fester so much that his heart is now dark with hate and he doesn't even think for a second before slitting the throat of someone he was travelling for last few months.

And if you think by the setting and the world that this is fantasy novel set during the middle ages then one interesting line shatters that idea to million nay Billion little pieces and then there was nothing and hopefully things will be explored in the next books.

You wouldn't believe if I tell you how long this trilogy and then next trilogy and the next trilogy by Mr. Lawrence was with me and I was just waiting for I don't know what but it took almost destruction of two books in the latest trilogy that I finally decided to start my journey in the fantasy world created by Mark Lawrence who is amazingly super active on Goodreads. As I finish this I already have the next book in the series King of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #2) by Mark Lawrence out and ready and hope to start it as soon as I reach home. Hey also far warning this is a violent violent book with lotsa violence and sexual crimes and references so tread carefully.

So having provided you the warning, I obviously loved the book and would suggest you to go ahead and enjoy this world and prepare to get lost in bloody adventures of a 14 years old prince who is full of zeal to avenge the crimes against him and then as usual just Keep on Reading.

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Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another Bradbury book down and another will begin, this one though was full of childhood fun and then discovery of something horrific and then the efforts to fight that. A Carnival comes to town during the night and friends Jim and Will find out that the things are not as they might seem and something darker is at hand. There are definitely creepy and unexplained things happening in the carnival and they do find more information and try to fight with parental intervention by one of the parents. The title comes from one of Shakespeare's plays and something wicked indeed came the way.

Well do pick and hopefully remove another classical book from your TBR and then just Keep on Reading .

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So another day another Rebirth issue done and dusted like others said this issue also doesn't explain anything about rebirth thingie but still it was a nice read and as usual I flew through the book, this begins with Diana expressing doubts about her memories and tries to enter few divine places but can't and then something, something, something, Cheetah etc.

The art was very much varied in some panels it's breathtaking, in other places it's passable and in multiple places it's downright ugly. Story was fine and I noticed that this contained the odd numbered issues like 1, 3, 5, 7 and it continued the story so was the story broken every other issues in the normal run 1 had different end 2 had different beginning and end, 3 picks after 1, 4 picks after 2 etc. Well this collection was good time to jump onto the next volume Year One let's see how that fares up.

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. So you also give a chance to comics and Graphic Novels and Keep on Reading.

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Review: Superman: Birthright

Superman: Birthright Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a modern day retelling of Superman's origin set during the modern time well modern time circa 2003 so not to modern as it's 2019 now and the updated time is already 16 years past but still a fun fun read and it was fun read about Supes start in the modern times and we have almost all the major points like his journey as a secret superhero, his initial journey to earth, his search for his truth, creation of his dress, Louis Lane, Jim, Mr. White, Lex Luthor etc. and this deals with Clark's search for the way to use his powers for good and he tries to do that in Metropolis but he has Lex Luthor in his path who does his best to discredit Superman. And it was lotsa fun.

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. So you also give a chance to comics and Graphic Novels and Keep on Reading.

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Review: The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well now I didn't read this book before and haven't seen the movie what with it being around 80 years old now but both were on my list for the longest of times so one is done and dusted and it was just fine and the story was okay and I liked it okay.

So yeah do pick and probably you would like it better and if you have a kid then also give it to them and they would probably like it much better too after all it's a kid's book so yeah read and then just Keep on Reading.

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Review: Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More of a 4.25 or even 4.5 book it was phenomenal read and I had seen the movie based on the book long back and loved it. It was a fun read and though it was a tale of Frank's shenanigan as a Con man it was really surprising to read about his success with his cons. It was really surprising the ease with which he was able to play along in his con game and definitely shows that how intelligent person he was and it was fun.

So yeah watch the wonderful movie but first of all go ahead and read this book and hopefully you would enjoy the movie more I had seen the movie way back so I was able to enjoy the book a lot and would look to watch the movie again. So yeah read this fun little book and then just Keep on Reading .

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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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Review: The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I finally decided to jump into this series. And yes like so many of the readers I was also kinda scared to jump into the series as not only are this series has 14 books but each book is more than 700 pages long so not only the series is long, each book is long too. But nonetheless here I am having started and finished the book.

Though I had heard that series is inspired by TLOR but which fantasy series is not inspired by the legend and this starts like fellowship but soon it is a different tale but the start reminded me about Game of Thrones as well, after all there was talk of Winter, Wolves, there was a Bran and more but again its it's own story and I enjoyed it very much.

The story starts in a village which is very remote from the main kingdom city and this is where our heroes and main characters live and this is where the first murmurings of the danger occur and very soon our band is collected and few more people join and then the merry band of normal people and magical people leave for a distant city and the story moves through the journey and towards the end. But not before going through all kind of trials and tribulations and all the better for it.

This was a nice read and I will definitely continue the series but not before doing something which I should have done a long time ago and that is finally yes finally before continuing with this series I shall be reading 'The Hobbit' and the "The Lord of The Rings" series and finally correct my shortcoming and read this original fantasy series and hopefully that would increase my enjoyment of this series and then Brandon Sanderson's own fantasy series.

So all the planning be there and you all know the saying about Best Laid Plans and all but yes you should definitely start on this wonderful journey and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: Dangerously Hers

Dangerously Hers Dangerously Hers by A.M. Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems like my every review of books from erotica genre is starting with the disclaimer that I am not a regular reader and as such just exploring the genre and this third part of the series follows the story of Jess from the second book who is trying to start a new life on Sonis with the help of Eva and JB she is trying to move ahead in life. Now this is an erotica and as such there are sex scenes here but the best part I liked about is that the author stayed true to the character of Jess and rather that unnecessary sex scenes the most of the story is dedicated to Jess's recovery and her perspective. So yeah this is an erotica where not much of sex is going on but overall it was nice and the story flowed logically.

I also liked the character of Rasha and his cluelessness about the human females :).

I might continue with the genre later but this is time to take a mighty challenge and so next I would be starting the high fantasy series Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and since there are 16 huge books in the series next few updates would be about these books and maybe some other books here and there. But let's return of the book which I am reviewing here. It was very nice and I really liked it.

So yeah if you want to explore the genre do come along this is Sci-Fi and Erotica rolled in one and both are given importance. So pick the first one and move forward in the series and always remember to just Keep on Reading .

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Review: Dangerously Hers

Dangerously Hers Dangerously Hers by A.M. Griffin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems like my every review of books from erotica genre is starting with the disclaimer that I am not a regular reader and as such just exploring the genre and this third part of the series follows the story of Jess from the second book who is trying to start a new life on Sonis with the help of Eva and JB she is trying to move ahead in life. Now this is an erotica and as such there are sex scenes here but the best part I liked about is that the author stayed true to the character of Jess and rather that unnecessary sex scenes the most of the story is dedicated to Jess's recovery and her perspective. So yeah this is an erotica where not much of sex is going on but overall it was nice and the story flowed logically.

I might continue with the genre later but this is time to take a mighty challenge and so next I would be starting the high fantasy series Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and since there are 16 huge books in the series next few updates would be about these books and maybe some other books here and there. But let's return of the book which I am reviewing here. It was very nice and I really liked it.

So yeah if you want to explore the genre do come along this is Sci-Fi and Erotica rolled in one and both are given importance. So pick the first one and move forward in the series and always remember to just Keep on Reading .


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Review: Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For the longest time I thought that this was going to be the first book of poetry which I would read but that didn't come to pass and finally I got to read the book when my friend lent me a copy. So there I was finally reading this wonderful collection of poems where only couple of lines are enough to stir you.

By now although others have already shared but I would do so too the book is divided in 4 portions. And each part contains poems related to the topic and I can go ahead and pick random poems from the book and each hit me with it's mark and loved it to bits. I must admit I was kind of surprised by the 1 and 2 stars reviews by my friends but I loved it and that's reflected in my rating and review. I also wouldn't copy her verses here because they are best where they are in the pages.

Thank you Mahi for giving me chance to experience this wonderful collection. Maybe someday I would also convince myself to buy the book too but may be borrowing is fine too but make sure that if you love poetry or reading then you have to give this collection a chance and always remember to just Keep on Reading .


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: The Fourth Monkey

The Fourth Monkey The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the books which I got after my friend and Colleague Mahi raved about this thriller and trusting her taste after all she is mad about thriller and psycho books and was she right or what. The story moves between different viewpoints and short chapters really push the pace and story forward in a breezing manner.

The Fourth Monkey is supposed to the next character from Gandhiji's 3 Monkeys which tells us 'Do No Evil' and this twisted serial killer abducts people and as per ode to first monkey and it's message 'Hear No Evil' he sends an ear then 'See No Evil' follows as the eye balls, third message 'Speak No Evil' gets you the tongue and the last message result in the dead body being discovered. Nobody knows the first thing about the killer. But then a person commits suicide in front of a city bus and everything found on him confirms that he was the 4MK killer and police finds a diary on the dead body which then runs forward as a perspective too.

The story with police was okay but frustrating as they can't seem to get anywhere but the diary was wonderful. It was a nice little thriller which you would also enjoy if you are a fan of the genre. I loved the pace of the story and also the fact that nothing was clear for a very long time and even when you come to know few things many things still remain clouded.

So if you are looking for a thriller and even if you are not then just pick this beauty and then just Keep on Reading.

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Review: Ashoka The Great

Ashoka The Great Ashoka The Great by Wytze Keuning
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This magnum opus written on Ashoka more than 70 years ago originally in dutch and was lost to time when it was accidentally discovered by Ms. Steur who resurrected the dutch trilogy as a single edition in English bringing the rich tale to us. Like I said this was originally a trilogy but now it's a single huge volume well over 1000 pages.

Book 1 tells the story of young Ashoka who is learning to rule and is also worried about the future of the vast empire which should I rule go to the eldest son sumana but he is not fit for being a king as he is not of strong will and through him the brahmins want to rule.

Book 2 tells the story of Ashoka's assent to the throne and the fights he has to fight and how those fights change his life going forward.

Book 3 tells the story of Ashoka as the world's teacher who is trying to spread the message of peace and Buddha to the entire world.

Like most I was also kind of skeptical about books written by a Dutch author who never visited India but as I started reading my doubts disappeared too. I had this book for many years before I decided to read it and that decision was made while I was listening to a podcast on Ancient India and when it started on the story of Ashoka I finally decided to read this and since then it took me almost a year to finish this book only because it was left unattended for many days on end due to it's huge size but it was always a pleasure to read.

And finally I employed my hybrid method of listening and reading the book as and when feasible and was soon able to finish this wonderful book in all its glory. Like others have also said there is only one word of define the story in these pages and that word is 'Magnum Opus'.

I know this is big book but you can definitely add this beast of a book to your TBR and read and then just Keep on Reading.



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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Review: Gandhi Before India

Gandhi Before India Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unlike few of the people I know I still don't feel like giving up on Gandhi and his philosophies. After all as a proud Indian Gandhiji has been father of our nation. The face we see on every note and it every official place. I must have seen the 1982 movies more than 4 times and yet despite reading about Gandhiji here and there along the years there was no light on his years in South Africa. We only know of the incident in the railway and just that but this first part of Gandhi biography does exactly that and focuses on Gandhiji's life before he arrived back in India after spending 20 years in South Africa. I wanted to read this series including India after Gandhi and the 2nd part of Mahatma Gandhi's biography Mr. Guha wrote.

This book starts with M.K. Gandhi's birth, education, and further life in India, England and South Africa, this focuses on his life till around 45 years of age and his day to day work which brought him back to South Africa after leaving once and how slowly and slowly he became people's leader, people's protector, the Mahatma.

This book also illuminate the person and also focuses on the flaws as accepted by Bapu and his strained relationship with his own family and especially his eldest son. The line which hit me most was just a line in one of articles written by Bapu about Non-violence and denying violence he said that today if we decide to use violence to kill an Englishman then after they are gone we would use the same methods to kill an Indian and those are prophetic words because that's what happened. (No spoiler as everybody knows at least this fact that in 1948 he was shot and killed by a coward.)

This book once again let us know about how an Indian born England trained Lawyer failed to setup a practise in Bombay and had to leave for South Africa and slowly and surely he got turned from his profession for far bigger work and how he was able to unite people from all religion and regions from India. And how even in 1906 he spoke about a united and new India where people from all religion all caste will live together. And of course he was trying to live simply so rejected the modern amenities and lived like a Mahatma but even after 71 years of his passing he can still feel the impact he had not only on India but on the entire world.

This is one book which you should read to learn more about the life of the person who gave us our freedom and became our national father. and always remember to just Keep on Reading .


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Review: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read few books by Mr. Gaiman and plan on reading more of his work so how could I leave his children catalog, I had seen coraline the movie a long time ago and way later I learned about that book and later this book. I wanted to read it for so long and now I have. What do I feel about it. I may be 36 years old guy but I am still a child at heart and love YA and Children literature. So you would see my TBR filled with YA books and then some more.

This book starts with a murder where a toddler manages to escape the killer and crawls to a graveyard where he is adopted by the ghosts of that graveyard. The baby is named Nobody Owens and his adventures begin. And along with the members of the graveyard he learns and grows up.

There are ghosts here, Vampires, Werewolves, Ghouls, Mummies and more supernatural beings but all are friendly; and the humans are monsters. This is simple and magical book. There are few illustrations but I could have certainly used few more of them.

This is another book which you should first buy for your young one and then read yourself and always remember to just Keep on Reading .


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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review: The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Some books are seminal and important milestones in the history as they bring something new and revolutionary to the world. This is one such books which is meticulously researched and bring forth something new this is one such book. And I wanted to read this book so much for so many years but somehow I kept on leaving it back or couldn't read further but this time I decided to start it and after some time where it again lay neglected I corrected my way and finally finished this masterpiece. It is a non-fiction book but reads better than many thrillers.

This book charts the history of Cancer thankfully this malady hasn't touched my family (Touchwood) but I have known people suffering from it and lost friends to it so I know how terrifying this can be. The book is wonderful because of the heart of the story and how wonderfully it travels from one era to other and charting the work done in identifying this terrible disease and different work done to fight it and all the work that has been done to ensure that we find the solution for it and the reality of the matter too. And it's no surprise that this won the Pulitzer prize when this book was released. This deserves all the awards and praise and gets and then some more. i would soon look to start and finish the next book 'Gene' by the same author but I need to finish the streamlining of my currently reading list and work towards finishing the books which are pending for a long time due to this reason or that but it shall be done.

If you have wondered whether to read this book wonder no more and get it and read it and always remember to just Keep on Reading .


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review: The Stand

The Stand The Stand by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow what a wonderful treat, I wanted to read it for so long and finally gathered my courage and picked this massive work and flew through it as it would probably be the first book of more than 1300 pages that I was able to finish within 10 days. Obviously with job and everything I couldn't be reading the book continuously and there listening to the book came in handy and between the two methods I just flew through the book. The backcover promised an EPIC story and EPIC it is.

If you have read any of my reviews before you already know that I don't go about writing about the story as you can read the beats of the story the blurb as soon as you click on the book name above. Mr. King I tip my head to you, I have so many books written by you and I haven't read many of them as I am chicken shit scared that your books would be too scary for my feeble heart and I would see the monsters on every corner. But thankfully like 'Under the Dome' this is also not a horror book but rather a human story of bunch of survivors after a man-made plague kills off almost everybody and remaining people get behind two forces and I loved reading and listening to this book. But Mr. King I am still afraid to read some of your horror work I bought them but let's see when would I be able to get to them. May I be I should tackle another giant book 'It' by Mr. King he is one of the fastest writers I have seen.

As I am writing about being scared of horror things random noises have started in the house and it's 3.42 AM in the night and I am the only one awake in the house as I just got back from the office an hour ago. Let's get back to the book and surprisingly this book also has few illustrations but unfortunately in this print they were just too dark and many were not visible properly thankfully they are fine in the ebook copy. This book was originally published in 1978 and this is the expanded version and I once again just loved it. I would now go ahead and try to read few more books and work towards my reading challenge.

So my recommendations you already know them leave your fears about this monster of a book behind and finally jump in to the post-apocalyptic world and then just Keep on Reading.


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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Review: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having starting the Dresden files series books after buying graphic novels based on them made me read till 14th book and there's still 15th book but I went ahead with this collection of short stories set in the world of Dresden Files set after Changes but contains many short stories based between different books. We have the very first short story with Harry which is mentioned many times and now I finally know the story. Also there are many interesting short stories showing story from the perspective by other character like Harry's vampire half-brother Thomas and his friend Murphy both were good in fact Murphy's short story novella picks right after Changes to it was nice.

I hadn't read any short stories from Dresden Files because I just started the series this year after meaning to read it for a long time. If you haven't read any short short set in the world of Dresden Files then do give this one a chance and you shall not be disappointed.

There are many short stories and I mostly liked them all, and the good thing is that before every short story there is notes by Mr. Butcher about the reason behind the short story and that sets up the story perfectly.

So just go ahead give it a chance but only once you have finished Changes and always remember to just Keep on Reading.


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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Review: Cold Days

Cold Days Cold Days by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Productive day, this was third book which I was able to complete today, Almost completed the series, only the 15th part is remaining and after that it would the short stories collections and the Codex books. So bragging and future plan over now let's come back to this book, which sees Harry come back to life after the last book 'Ghost Story'. Though I liked the last book all fine but that was one book which you may skip too or rather Jim Butcher might have skipped it. But we did get it and I liked it. And I am glad to see that even though we are in the 14th book of the series the more the things remains the same they have also changed lot. I mean Changes was different and then Ghost Story and Cold Days both have been totally different books too.

So nice to see the freshness in the story which Mr. Butcher is able to bring to the Dresden Files. Harry is now the Winter Knight and so he gets his very first assignment and then all the things go to hell like they tend to do around Harry Dresden. This is so far the longest book series I have read after the Jack Reacher series and I love this series too just like that one from Lee Child. This one had a nice little mystery going on and poor Harry has to fight alone and sometimes with his friends before the city he loves and lives in goes kaboom.

Now these books and Harry and his friends almost feel like my own friends as I enjoy their adventures and although it was fun starting the series with 15 books in the bank but now soon they would be over and I would be in the same boat as the long time readers who are following this series for a long time and they had to wait for each and every book to release so that they can enjoy the latest tale. This is kinda like binging the series on the streaming platforms. I missed all these wonderful books as they were not available or I was aware about them but as I come to know about new books and I buy more and more books It allows me binge read eh books in those series.

Let's come back to the book and yes as far as my recommendation for this book go, yeah do pick this book but remember to read the first 13 books in the series and then just Keep on Reading.

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Review: Never Say Die

Never Say Die Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After the 9th book in the series ended and the 10th book of the series turned out to be a prequel, I never thought that Alex Rider will ride on for a new adventure but it's difficult to keep a winning horse down so as soon as I came to know about this book obviously I had to read this after all after reading 10 books already in the series it was a given that I shall be reading the next one and next one in the series too.

This book starts with a time gap of six months after the fact that the first 9 books took place in slightly over a one year gap. We find Alex in San Francisco living with Pleasures and trying to move on with the life. And then suddenly Alex gets an incomplete and cryptic email of just 3 words which somehow convinces Alex that his friend and caretaker Jack Starbright didn't die but somehow is alive. And there he goes traveling around the World trying to retrace his steps and trying to find Jack alive and well.

This book works beautifully to ensure that it would be only way where Alex would leave his new home and get in to the action once again and how nicely it was done. This time Alex doesn't have help from MI6 well little bit may be and in the final act nobody even knows where the bad guys and Alex are and Alex has to save himself and others with his quick wit and his training.

This was just the kind of adventure which would have been possible and it was full of action and Alex finds himself from one perilous situation to another and it was glorious fun to read. So yes do go right on ahead pick this one of course this goes without saying that you should try to read the earlier books in the series and then come to this book in an orderly fashion and then just Keep on Reading.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Review: Rumi: A New Translation

Rumi: A New Translation Rumi: A New Translation by Rumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To be honest, I have never been a reader of poetry and this was my very first full poetry collection which I finished. Just to remedy this I have ordered 4 other poetry collections and will try to read them sooner than later. Though my next poetry collection is surely going to be Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, I borrowed a copy from my friend.

So like most readers of this book I have just read or heard few couplets by Rumi here and there. And I loved the fact that Mr. Dhondy in the translation paid special attention to rhyme and flow. Because I like my poems to rhyme and make sense that was one of the reasons that I hadn't picked up any english poetry books because most of english poems I read were more like stories told in a poem form and rarely rhyme.

But this was just fine and loved reading the couplets and full length poems by Rumi and after the poems there is also notes by the Mr. Dhondy and interview too which I also liked but poems being by the virtue of being poems just flew by whenever I picked to read it.

So if you are on the fence about this one or poetry in general then sure give it chance it's a short quick read and the book is cute to boot. I am happy, i hope you would be too and just don't to Keep on Reading.

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Review: The Sworn Sword

The Sworn Sword The Sworn Sword by Ben Avery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am following a kind of schedule where I try to read the original text before I see or read the adaptation. So I had just finished the Knight of Seven Kingdoms few days ago so the story is still fresh in my mind and to boot the book was heavily illustrated so many scenes looked like already seen. This was in full color though and it was a welcome change. Illustrations were again good and the adaptation was faithful in fact all the dialogues were the same. I am just glad that I got to read the graphic novelization too and soon would try to read the graphic novel of the third story and then the graphic novelization of the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

So yeah if you have read the original novella then it would be a nice change and if you haven't read it then still it's a nice read so give it a chance and then just Keep on Reading.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Review: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow like I said in my review of the first book of this set. I had seen the movie way way back and wanted to read this since then and now I can safely remove it from the list of my unread books hopefully I shall be able to reduce by TBR pile a little bit before this year is through. This book tells us Marjane's story of her life in Vienna and her ultimate return to Tehran, Iran and how she copes up with all this. This was an honest and heartbreaking memoir and to boot the illustrations are killer.

This was wonderful, having read the memoir I can only say that there are lot of similarities in the Iranian thought and Indian society. Like Not answering elders disrespectfully, Family values etc. Though rightly so Iran was far more westernized before the revolution.

This gave us a sneak peek behind the memories of a graphic artist who lived through the war and sometimes saw the war for the smokescreen it is and sometimes not. Sometimes she was the rebel other times she struggled.

But like all the great heroes it's also a story where our protagonist was able to grow beyond the norms and can afford to live the way she wanted to, granted it was possible only because of her family which was pretty liberal and had money too. But then again if her family was poor then her thoughts and life would have been completely different.

Yes everyone lives their own lives and despite wishing it no one has go ahead and live someone else's life. So yeah now I shall go ahead and try to watch the movie again to see the similarities with the book which would be plenty considering the movie adopted the graphic style of the book itself. Yeah do pick it either in this two parter set or the single issue one but do give it chance if somehow you missed it so far and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review: Changes

Changes Changes by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wanted to read this series for a very long time and I came to know about the series after the TV series was announced. And then I bought some Graphic Novels based on first two books of the series and that prompted me to finally started reading this amazing series and now that I am done with the 12th book in the series, I can't say enough good words to convey that I dream of writing books like these which feel fresh and wonderful despite being 12th in the series and this one definitely changes lot of things just like the title said.

The book starts with Harry getting a call from Susan that their daughter has been missing. Harry has a daughter about whom he never knew anything about. And soon he comes to know that his daughter has been kidnapped by the Red Court vampires and they plan on doing something nasty and thus begins Harry's journey with his friends to get his girl back.

We meet powerful beings, Gods, Demigods, Wizards, Fairies, Other netherworld characters and all is wonderful, all changes and all was fun. Oh and don't forget the first cliffhanger ending.

I would recommend this book with complete confidence that you would like it but remember to read the first 11 books to get the proper perspective of the changes done here. So go ahead and read the series pick the first book then second and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Review: The Sadhu: The Birth of the Warrior

The Sadhu: The Birth of the Warrior The Sadhu: The Birth of the Warrior by Graphic India
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow colour me impressed, I didn't have much expectations from this reboot having just finished the second part of the original series but boy was I wrong? Chuck Dixon is a master story teller and I salute thee.

Okay while the major story remains the same but that's the only part that remains same except for that almost everything about the original book has been changed and all the boring parts from the original two books has been chucked away to keep all the fast paced action and wonderful story beats which beat from one page to another even in the different issues they pick up from the last scene and the story just flows through and I just kept on reading through even though I should have been asleep by now but no that damn wonderful book had to keep me awake and I just couldn't sleep before finishing that.

That's one way to reboot a story and all the good for it, now where's my next amazing adventure in this reboot. That would be totally out of it as it would have to be a new story, Graphic India work on it and keep it as tight and wonderful as this one.

So yeah no matter if you have read the original two books or not this one is must own graphic novel and with it's fast paced action and awesome art it would keep you staring at it for a long time. So pick it and then just Keep on Reading .

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: The Sadhu Volume 2: The Silent Ones

The Sadhu Volume 2: The Silent Ones The Sadhu Volume 2: The Silent Ones by Saurav Mohapatra
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am very confused about it because the graphics were good but the story was jumble of ideas. At least they are trying something new but the more the thing change the more they stay same. In the end let's go with easy way out 3.5 stars.

This is the sequel to the original Sadhu, i say original because after this book they rebooted the series which I would be reading soon. The story picks up after some time where the last book ended and opens in the sea of humanity that is Kumbh Mela. James "The Sadhu" finds and fights some mysterious silent tattooed freaks, who speak telepathically and after that he learns that his son Jack is alive and thus begins his quest to find and save his son.

The graphics were world class but the story was just so so, originally it was published in individual issues so the story takes a detour in some strange place every few pages. But I would still applaud the team for trying something new and at the same time I would you to read it yourself and form your own ideas about how you like it. So without further adieu go ahead and pick this graphic novel but before that the first one and then just Keep on Reading .

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