Books, Fiction, Reviews

REVIEW: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

I must confess I have never read any book of the Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. And for the time being I cannot confirm to do so. Though I am familiar with Neil Gaiman’s writing which sometimes fascinates me. Coraline and Sandman series are a good place to start with Neil Gaiman, only if you are unfamiliar.

Good Omens is a collaborative work and unlike any other co-authored books (I am pointing to Patterson and Co.), it’s different and points out some good things about society and religion in general. Overall, this book is a piece of fantasy and show signs of humour from the start.

One, if highly familiar with both Gaiman’s and Pratchett’s style of writing might able to point out tiny bit of difference in the text but I think it is not much of a difference. The plot consists of angels and demons, good and evil and a tale of bonding between the two. The demon as we may call some of them, are not different and nor are the angels. In the start, a funny thing happens that develops the whole book and plot revolves around that part.

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Authors, Interviews

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Yolanda De Iullis

THE WRITING PART

Q. Hi Yolanda and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Congratulations on your new book: “Memoirs of I”. Briefly, tell me about yourself?

Hey Aman, first of all.  Thank you for inviting me to your blog and reviewing my new book.  I am from a small town in Scotland but grew up with an Italian/Irish background.  I currently study Classical Studies along side Modern Greek.  I write for pleasure and hopefully teach another, I also find solitude in traveling and do it as much as I can.

Q. What was the genesis for “MEMOIRS OF I”?

I was going through some personal troubles in 2015 and I needed a friend.  My memoir became my best friend and it turned out to be the most therapeutic encounter I have ever experienced.  I wanted to reflect on a daily basis to overcome these troubles in which caused me anguish and confusion.

Q. In “MEMOIRS OF I”, one thing I like most is that you have kept the reader in mystery regarding the place you are currently visiting. This mystery element works well (for me) in your book. How did you manage to create such mysteries for a reader?

I am glad that you liked this element about my book.  It was sometimes difficult to not shout out to the reader where I was in the world but I wanted to keep this very personal to me so that the reader can imagine wherever they wish.  This was all a very natural process during my writings.

Q. How much research do you usually do?

I tend not to do much research when it comes to writings styles and the latest authors as I never want to be influenced from any other.  I want and like to write which comes from my heart and only my soul.  In The Memoirs of ‘I’, I researched subjects such as religion, politics, art, documentaries and peoples beliefs to enhance my awareness of the world around me and to tell others of how it had influenced me in that moment.

Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No, I have never written in this way before unless I am doing essays for university but when it comes to writing, I feel that it should not be forced or commanded in such a way.

Q. What motivates you to write?

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5 Stars, Books, Philosphy, Reviews

REVIEW: Seneca On Anger

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, or Seneca was a philosopher and is best known for his wisdom that may help one to rethink of his own perspectives on life. Seneca was a stoic and during his time embraced Stoicism. He was also an advisor to the Roman Emperor, Nero, in 54 AD. His essays such as On Shortness of Life, and On Anger clearly reflect his contribution to the Stoic philosophy.

Surprisingly, I was never introduced to the word Stoicism before. Not during my school years, nor my college years. I guess, it is my mistake that I was never curious enough to explore, open to ideas such as Stoicism posses, until recently when I first read Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations.

On Anger is a book which is further divided into three books in which Seneca reflects how this passion, this feeling can make us endure for the rest of our lives. He describes anger as an emotion, “and under its possession any human being does remain not humane.” We have all felt anger, on various points. Sometimes it us, many a times it because of the others, we may think. Some follow it is quite pragmatically causing terror that reflect up on the rest of the humanity. Some just want to avenge on the injury they have become a victim to:

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Awards/Tags, Blogging Tips, Books

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Credit: Paperback brii

This is my first attempt to participate in a book tag or a book award. In time, I have been nominated by fellow bloggers for awards but I never took any particular interest in responding and to continue the tradition from my side. My apologies. However, I tend to enjoy the questionnaire of these book tags and blogger awards since it is fun and informative when bloggers share their experience through these variety of posts.

Nobody nominated me this time for The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag but I feel motivated to do this myself. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this type. I’d like to thank QuirkyVictorian from Over Analysing Literature for introducing me to this tag. Do check out her blog, she’s a bibliophile just like you and me.

How long have you been a blogger?

This is my first book blog and I have been dragging on for four years now.

At what point do you think you will stop?

When I am sucked out of all the energy inside me, or when I stop reading books.

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Ruined By Reading- A Life in Books by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Let’s talk about reading books on books. Reading books on books is a constant reminder on why I love to read. Ruined by Reading offers a somewhat a deep insight on why we read and how what we read might shape our lives. It provides an interesting, curiosity arousing introduction to reading variety of books. Also, the title is captivating as well as ironical.

As we grow up and pretend to become more mature, our reading changes with us. The desire to read almost every book still remains but has taken a different form and shape inside me. We understand more, with age, the usefulness of reading a book.

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Books, eReaders

Merits of Reading (e)Books

Source: Tor.com

Having a book to read on the fly is a wonderful advantage that an ebook reading application or an eReader provides. In this digital age, we are doing it wrong if we are mingling with thought of “Ebooks vs Books” paradigm. There is no debate, there is no question in that. If we want to read, we must read. Ebooks can be read practically anywhere on anything whether you have a phone, a tablet or a laptop (However, I don’t like reading “books” on my laptop) or an eReader.

The argument of Ebooks vs. Books is wrongly build, since a physical copy of a book is always and will always be an ideal format. The feeling of holding a book and grasping lines after lines with your eyes might be indispensable but to satisfy our thirst of reading it is up to us on how we can take advantage of both formats in our daily lives.

Source: Cyanide & Happiness

I am an avid reader and most of the books that I read are in Ebook format. I am always carrying my smartphone and there are tons of applications that support the common formats like .epub or .mobi. Most apps even offer customisations according the day/night light and the background paper just to ease the stress on your eyes. Most apps do provide an average text-to-speech feature which works great when you want to give your eyes some rest.

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Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Secrets of Zyanpagua- Return of the Princess by Illika Ranjan

Secrets of Zynpagua: Return of the Princess by Ilika Ranjan was a fun read for me. The book is meant for children or early teenagers and in their perspective it is quite a good read. It has all elements of a children’s book and I would to has more than the elements.

The book is about Zyanpagua, a fantasy land separated from Earth where an evil king regulates who has captured the queen of Zyanpagua with his magic and has vanished the king, again with the help of his magic whom he calls violet. The princess, the daughter of the original queen, the protagonist of this story, resides in India and is unknown of the fact of her being the princess or the existence of Zyanpagua when she is introduced to her readers.

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Books, Fiction

What did I read this week?

Current week is to an end and I am still not finished with Wilkie Collins’ WOMAN IN WHITE. Many say it’s his masterpiece but I am reading Collins for the first time and not even a hundred pages complete. It’s a mystery novel and has a Gothic theme with psychological realism which I am yet to explore. More this week, I had more than usual amount of free time and the amount of books I have to read is always, enormous. Thus to take the matter in my own hands and with blessings of time, I decided to binge reading and ended up reading first two books of Lord Peter Wimsey, Whose Body? & Clouds of Witness written by Dorothy Sayers.

               

Lord Peter Wimsey, as I like to imagine, is an unusual sort of character to be a detective in detective fiction with his reputation in London’s Society and the wealth of his family.

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Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: Varsha Dixit

THE WRITING PART

Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?

I’m bestselling author in contemporary romance with four published books. I think deep but write light. I have worked for several years in the Indian television industry as an Assistant Director and Online Editor. Currently, I live with my family in California, USA.

Q. What genre is/are your book(s)?

Contemporary and paranormal romance

Q. What draws you to this genre?

I like writing stories with humor and sizzling chemistry between the protagonists thus this genre.

Q. Briefly, what led up to last/new book? Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ is the last part in my ‘Right and Wrong’ series.  The tagline for this book is, ‘Love is in the air again…this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!

Q. What was the time frame for writing your last book?

4 months

Q. How much research do you do?

I do not shy from research and indulge in it extensively. Research is what makes fiction sound real.

Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

I try to write at least 1000 words everyday and the maximum that I have written in one day are 3000 words.

Q. What is the easiest thing about writing? 

Writing the first draft. Where you basically throw your idea on paper.

Q. What motivates you to write?

My passion for story telling, the love of the written word and an over active imagination.

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5 Stars, Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Reviews

Stoner by John Williams

John William’s book Stoner barely sold when it came out in 1965. Now, it is one of the great American novels of 20th Century. It’s the story of William Stoner, as you may have heard of, a boy born in the end of nineteenth century in a farming family. From his childhood days he learns the value of work. The novel goes through the protagonist’s life chronologically as he gets older. He enters the university as a freshman, becomes a professor, a disappointing marriage, father to a daughter, recognises love and lust, and his love for literature. It is indeed a tale of a simple life that John Williams describe through his words and characters and he has done that with some perfection.

From the start, the fluency of words, the narration is enough to grab any reader’s attention. It grabbed mine and I could not put down the book until I was  on the last page reading the last line, and the last word. The novel is not huge neither will it tire your eyes. It is an interesting piece of literature which is display an ordinary tale of an English Professor that is observed and decrypted in front of a reader. William Stoner appears as a typical academic but he is more than that. He is a human breathing air just like you and me. He is in endurance like everyone else.

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