Book Reviews, Books, Crime & Mystery, Fiction

BOOK REVEW: The Last Hack by Christopher Brookmyre

Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Atlantic Monthly Press

Pages: 432

I have read and reviewed many British crime writers because they have that thrill even without much action, and generating that feeling of thrill & noir through their words is a skill of few. Christopher Brookmyre brings that thrills back to me in his latest book, The Last Hack which is part of continuing series about a reporter Jack Parlabane.

Before getting into details, let me brief you about the story this book revolves around. Do not worry, no spoilers here. This story is told through the perspectives of Jack and Sam. Two interesting characters with a very different background and set of actions. Sam Morpeth has had to grow up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate.

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Authors, Books, Interviews

Author Interview: Roswitha Joshi

Q. Hello Roswitha, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your latest book, ‘Trapped in Want & Wonder’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

A.: My pleasure, Aman.

I was born and brought up in Hamburg/Germany. After completing my secondary schooling with emphasis on classical European languages, I proceeded to study Political Science and History at the universities of Hamburg and Frankfurt. Against a lot of resistance from all sorts of ‘well-wishers’, I tied in between the knot with a doctoral candidate from India and later settled down with him in New Delhi.

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Books, eReaders

TECH WON’T KILL YOUR READING

Books are a collection of words that form a unified narrative, and printed on paper. These kind of objects are very alive today, and will continue to exist when you’ll be having grandchildren. They are one of the best inventions.

Ebooks are a collection of words that too form a unified narrative but are not printed on paper. Instead they are distributed electronically in various formats for vast amount of devices. Soon you’d be able to read ebooks on those wearable smart watches. If that doesn’t damage your eyes, nothing will. Apart from that, they are one of the best innovations. They are here for the benefit. It’s up to the reader to take full advantage of the technology for their benefit and love of reading.

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Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: Sindhu Rajasekaran 

 

Sindhu Rajasekaran is a thirty-one-year-old engineer-turned-writer, and a Bharatnatyam dancer. Kaleidoscopic Reflections her first novel was longlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2011.

Q. Hello Sindhu, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your book, ‘Kaleidoscopic Reflections’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m a writer, film producer and communications consultant. A bit of a nomad really. I do everything that strikes my fancy.

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Authors, Books, Interviews

Author Interview: Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning, and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said “was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30”, and All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye (2005). His new novel: The Last Hack is due to release in July, 2017.

Q. Hi Christopher, and thank you for agreeing this interview. Your upcoming book, ‘The Last Hack’ is due on 4th July 2017, which is an amazing read. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I have been writing full-time since the publication of my first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning, back in 1996. Before that, I worked as a sub-editor on Screen International in London, then freelance at the Scotsman and the Edinburgh Evening News. I have published twenty novels, most recently The Last Hack (published in the UK as Want You Gone). I have also collaborated on the FPS videogame Bedlam, based on my novel of the same name.

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Killing of Aarushi and The Murder of Justice by Rajesh Talwar

Published: 30 March, 2017

A deep, twisty dive in an interesting true crime tale of the decade!

How often do you read True Crime stories? I am always seeking one of them. They have a way of capturing my focus for the longest period of hours. Well most crime fiction does that to me, and if it’s true, the more real, the merrier reading hours.

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Books, classics, Essay

Depression and The Yellow Wallpaper

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Before reading The Yellow Wallpaper I did not even know that a state of mind called Postpartum Depression exists. Wikipedia describes it better:

[…] is a type of clinical depression which can affect both sexes after childbirth. Symptoms may include sadness, low energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced desire for sex, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability. While many women experience self-limited, mild symptoms postpartum, postpartum depression should be suspected when symptoms are severe and have lasted over two weeks.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is written in 1892 as journal of a woman who failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country and is forbid by her doctor and her husband to write. The novella can be regarded as the a autobiographical work of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. She was a prominent figure during the first-wave feminist movement in the United States. Much of her life’s work was influenced by the experiences of her early life. [You can read the full review of The Yellow Wallpaper here].

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Announcement

I am open to Book Review Requests

Hi People,

I’ll keep this short. I have been blogging now for four years and I have written numerous book reviews, interviewed some of the best selling authors (like The Martian’s Andy Weir). I publicly announce that I am open to give my honest feedback over your book/manuscript in the form a review.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

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Realistic Fiction is becoming a trend these days among the readers and why not? If written beautifully, these type of stories which are an offspring of real incidents in the contemporary world have a lot to offer and reader can relate to them often. One is The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta released right in the end of last year, based in war ridden Kashmir.

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Awards

Rewarded: Best Book Blog in India 2017

Best Blogs In India

Thank you Incomeboy

This is an informal gratitude post and I’d like to thank Incomboy.com for the honour of nominating and rewarding Confessions of a Readaholic,  the blog you are currently reading, among the best Book Blogs in India, 2017. It shows that my readers are willing to trust me over their next book read. This is very generous of you all. I want to give the gratitude back by thanking each and every reader of this blog for keeping your trust in me.

I’ll keep reading and recommending you books and in hope that you will find them useful and interesting.

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