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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in October 2017

October is here and only few weeks are left to complete or compete anymore in your reading challenges. By the way I did complete my Goodreads challenge for 2017 of reading 200 books. (More on this later.)

I have managed to gather around a list of books that are available this month for Science Fiction and Fantasy fans.

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 by J. J. Adams and Charles Yu | 384 pages

Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres—they illuminate the whole gamut of the human experience, interrogating our hopes and our fears.

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BOOK REVIEW: Origin by Dan Brown

Pages: 480, Kindle Edition

Published: October 2017

Cover Raing: 3/5

Origin is the new book in the series casting Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology. Written by Dan Brown who seem yet not completely gratified and fascinated through his own writing that mostly concern the paradoxical interplay between science and religion.

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BOOK REVIEW: Despite Stolen Dreams by Anita Krishan

Pages: 304
Published: July 2017 by Fingerprint! Publishing
Cover Rating: 5/5

Sometimes as a reader you know that you are going to like a book even when you are judging this statement just by looking at the cover and reading the blurb. My story with Despite Stolen Dreams written by Anita Krishan is similar. I loved the cover and tiny fantasies started appearing in my head as if to predict what was written inside these 300 pages.

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BOOK REVIEW: Dharmayoddha Kalki – Avatar Of Vishnu by Kevin Missal

Pages: 482 Paperback
Published: October 2017 by Kalamos Literary Services LLP
Cover Rating: 5/5

Indian Mythology consist the vast amount of tales that are yet to explore. The scope of the subject matter blend with fiction holds exceptional possibilities. The rise of such intriguing books are acknowledged by readers in recent years. I think the credit goes to the writer who in a decisive manner picks upon one era that fascinates them and uses his imagination to inspire us all. Such is Kevin Missal’s latest entry in to the subject matter of Indian mythology: Dharmayoddha Kalki – Avatar Of Vishnu.

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BOOK REVIEW: Seven Doors of Satan by Pooja Mishra

Pages: 260, Paperback
Published: June 2017 by Notion Press
Cover Rating: 4/5

It does feel good after reading a good book. Such is Pooja Mishra’s latest title, Seven Doors of Satan. A magical world, faraway from the urban comforts, is a hidden desert of Bahens that shines like chimera.

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BOOK REVIEW: One Enduring Lesson by Jamal Merchant

Pages: 280, Kindle Edition/Paperback
Published: July 2017, Rupa Publications
Cover Rating: 5/5

One Enduring Lesson by Jamal Merchant is a tale of reclaiming lost love. It is a tale of 27-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, Rahul, who arrives in Mumbai from London dreaming to achieve his goal of studying filmmaking. The city of dreams, Mumbai, from the start of his journey turns out to be a series of setback for him. From dark corners of streets being a professional rat-killer, finding a 9 to 5 beggar, Rahul finally settles to provide pleasure for the city’s rich women in exchange of money that is essential for his survival.

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Announcement: Cover Reveal Service

Starting this month, I am please to add one more way I can help writers and publishers reach bookworms or may interest new readers other than their target audience. This new service is called Cover Reveal, not a new concept though but will try to do it a bit differently from traditional cover reveals. Read more for the early bird discount –>

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BOOK REVIEW: Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

First Published: 1938

Originally titled La Nausée and published in 1938, is Jean-Paul Sartre’s first novel and an exploration of his early thoughts and ideas on existentialism that are elaborated in his later works. This book even though comes under the category of fiction is a difficult one to review. Nevertheless, this is my attempt.

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BOOK REVIEW: Happiness is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra

Pages: 212, Paperback
Published: 2017 by Bloomsbury
Cover Rating: 3/5

Modern day life is busy. To lead a certain lifestyle, one has to be first consciously aware of the fact that one wants to lead a certain lifestyle. This certain type of lifestyle is directly proportional to the individual self. Neglecting this self may become harmful. However, the wellbeing of this self can be divided in three inter-related dependent bodies: Mind, Body and Soul. Ashutosh Mishra’s latest book, Happiness is All We Want, released earlier this year will guide you to attain the level of self wellbeing.

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BOOK REVIEW: Become What You Are by Alan Watts

Pages: 146, Kindle Edition

First Published on:  1955

Cover Rating: 4/5

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This not the first Alan Watts book I have read. To read this one, I made myself familiar with his writing and philosophy by reading his other books such as The Wisdom of Insecurity (on someone’s recommendation in past) and listening to his teachings in past few weeks. It’s important to know your subject in most cases. In this case, even if you aren’t familiar with Watts’ philosophy, I’d suggest you to go ahead. However, a bit of familiarity only embraces curiosity. The title is the essence of this book, might point to another domino piece in the self-help genre but I can assure you that this text which was first published in 1955 holds the same amount of value and wisdom today as it did back then.

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