Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Recommended by many, read by me, and the conclusion? Not so good.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield is develop in a “self-help” book way that makes a reader to confront about disease of not working, procrastination. I appreciate author’s effort as he starts off with a high node, by making a reader realize the evil and withdrawing power of resistance. He goes on explaining the causes of why we resist to work and it is our conscience which is blocking our creative mind. He then describe ways to overpower the evil of resistance and to continue to do our work. That’s the only positive point I found through the text of this book. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Coraline by Neil Gaiman is like a children’s book, but it’s not only a children’s book. It’s incredibly imaginative, simple and perfectly satisfying.

It’s a short read and could be read in a day. The story is about a little girl called Coraline and her parents who moves into an old house, divided into four flats. Soon she gets bored with the new place, and with her parents being too busy to spend time with her, she goes on to explore her neighborhood. On exploring, Coraline finds a locked door in the drawing-room of her own house. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Coraline by Neil Gaiman”

Book List, Books

WHAT James Franco Reads?

When I first saw James Franco on the screen in Oz the Great and Powerful, I though.. hmm… okay. And went off to home without giving it a second thought.

Next time I hear about him, he’s out with a book!

“What?!”

And the book is no memoir of his living days in movies or his nights with women. The book’s a collection of stories, a bit cult. I am talking about Palo Altoset among the Californian streets where Franco spent his own childhood. I remember giving it three out of five but the book was a professional piece of work and I admire his literary voice in that. Next thing I get to know is, he’s done an English major with a creative writing concentration from UCLA and is now  doing PhD in English from YALE University.

My admiration for him is not about being an actor turning to a writer, it’s about his passion for the literature. For me, he’s just another reader who’s passionate about books and reading. Soon, after a bit of googling, I came across an article in which he shares some books that he read.

I find some of these titles interesting and though about sharing them:

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates Continue reading “WHAT James Franco Reads?”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Matilda by Roald Dahl

MatildaMatilda by Roald Dahl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday in my on way, I choose this book. I often regret on not coming across his books in my childhood as each of them are fascinating and Matilda is no exception.

The book’s a pure work of fiction, a classic I’d say. The story revolves around a five year old girl, Matilda who starts knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Matilda by Roald Dahl”

Books, Essay

Why Should I Read?

Every time I pick a book to read, I know someone or the other thinks it’s just a waste of time thinking being a reader is just my way of being disconnected when a lot is happening in the world. These people disappoint me. I feel pity for them, for their no matter how witty they think they are, their wit fails to understand a simple fact that reading literature is as important as breathing for any living organism. Reading literature is not a waste of time but experiencing a variety of things in lesser time.

Each book gives an individual an access to variety of emotions, events and situations that even for a witty mind, it will take decades to experience all that when one can experience over a short period of time by reading books. It’s more like a reality simulator. Continue reading “Why Should I Read?”

Book List, Books

BOOKS from the 80s LIST

The Eighties, saw great social, economic, and general change as wealth and production migrated to newly industrializing economies. More football games followed by the introduction of personal computers somewhat with, graphical user interfaces. The 80s also introduced us to the Rubik’s cube and Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses.

Here is a list of books from the 80s:

 

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 1980

“The Name of the Rose” is a philosophical mystery set in an Italian monastery in 1327. The abbey contains the greatest library in Christendom, but its treasured books are locked up within its labyrinth of a library. Why do the monks hide the same books that they preserve?

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, 1981 Continue reading “BOOKS from the 80s LIST”

Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson

There is no doubt that the computer and the internet are two of the most important innovations of our era. Without them, I would not have written this, and you won’t be reading this either. In spite of that, computers should be considered only the second most important innovation, as important as Gutenberg’s wooden printing press. Accessible to most, easy to learn, part and parcel of everyone’s life nowadays.

Walter Isaacson’s recently published THE INNOVATORS takes a reader back in the times of Romantic Era or Romanticism, during which much emphasis was given to the artistic and literary originators. One of the key figures of that era was Lord Gordon Byron whose daughter turned out to be one of the first to acknowledge of what we today call ‘Technology’. Ada Lovelace, is chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this she is often called the world’s first computer programmer. Continue reading “THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson”

Book List, Books

BOOKS ON INSOMNIA- LIST

I had a similar situation of insomnia, a few years back. I used to put the lights out, as everyone did at home, get cozy in the bed and try myself to sleep. The land of dreams was a faraway fairyland to me then. I just could not sleep. Weeks passed by, and it was still me, alone in my bed, staring out the radium covered hands of minutes, hours, and seconds (in that order) of a wall-clock facing my bed. Sometimes it was 3 a.m., sometimes it was 4 and sleep was extra-terrestrial.

Then in those struggling days of getting some sleep, I really got into reading books. It started with the habit of reading before going to bed (I thought I might get sleep due to this), and ended up with my eReader, my only companion through out and every night. I soon became happier for I had not to struggle with lack of dreams, but I was dreaming some great dreams in other people’s words.

Thus I am concluding list here, it’s a mixture of the titles I have read and the ones in my TBR list:

FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahnuik Continue reading “BOOKS ON INSOMNIA- LIST”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

Sandra Danby’s Ignoring Gravity is a must read this winter. Danby’s gripping writing style and novel’s pace are enough to please a reader.

Set in London, Rose is a journalist in her thirties working for the London Herald. She is single and has had a number of failed relationships never having met the man of her dreams. Rose has always looked after her younger sister. Her sister Lily  is married not in a happy marriage. She is simply desperate for a baby but her husband is less interested and is not happy with Lily’s obsession by healthy eating in order to encourage conception.

After their mother’s death, to spare their father from the task of going through their recently departed mother’s possessions, Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby”

Authors, Interviews

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The One with ANDY WEIR

Andy Wier the author of The Martian, his first novel, does not need an introduction from me. His work is enough to distinct him. Still, the 42 year, living in Northen California, a software engineer, a life long space nerd, and a ‘Whovian’. Enough of me. Let’s see what Andy has to say.


Hi Andy, and thank you for agreeing this interview. Congratulations on the success of The Martian, an amazing read. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m 42 years old and I live in Northern California. I’m a lifelong fan of manned and unmanned spaceflight and a science nerd. I’ve been a computer programmer for 25 years, and I only recently quit that profession to go full-time on writing.

You got a job at 15, while most of us were still struggling through the days of puberty. How?

I grew up in Livermore, CA, and there are two major government laboratories at the far end of town. They employed (at the time) about 25% of the whole city. Sandia Labs did a community outreach program where they hired local kids to be lab assistants. So I was hired basically as a test-tube cleaner, menial labor kind of thing. The lab I worked for needed some data analyzed on a computer, so they handed me a book on how to program computers and told me to learn how. That began my software engineering career.

The Martian was originally self-published. Does the print version differs from the first edition?

Continue reading “AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The One with ANDY WEIR”