Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

Pages: 320, Kindle Edition
Published: July 2017, by Picador
Cover Rating: 5/5

A Clever play of words with a sense of mystery and a gothic tale

Kate Murray-Browne’s debut, The Upstairs Room is a gothic tale with a modern radiance set in London, United Kingdom that revolve around the lives of three characters in a Victorian house.

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Book List, Books

Books To Read From 90s Part II

In the first part of this list series, I did include most of the titles that I have already read. In this list too, I am prohibiting common, well known books like Harry Potters, A Song of Ice and Fire, Fight Club. These are the books that readers are highly familiar with and there is high chance that  most of us have seen the movies/tv-series and read the books. This list is also not specific to any genre.

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Books, Fiction, Reviews

REVIEW: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

My Rating: 4/5

Published in 1984, The Wasp Factory is quite a grim and startling story about 16 year old Frank Cauldhame. It was the first ever book by Scottish author Iain Bank.

Sometimes I wonder, what if we somehow know that everything is coming to a definitive end and there is limited amount of Time is left in our hands. What will we do? What will I do?

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Authors, Interviews

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Andrew Joyce

THE WRITING PART

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

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I live on a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with my dog, Danny.

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

Historical Fiction and Action/Adventure

Q. What draws you to this genre?

I really don’t know. I come across a subject that interests me, I research that subject, I come up with a story to encompass that subject, and then it’s off to the races, so to speak.

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

I read a short article about “the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.” That intrigued me. As I researched it, one thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was writing about eighty-five years of American history.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890.

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

Six years. I did one year of research for Yellow Hair, and spent eight months writing it. I then put it away and wrote other books. But during that time, I’d pull it out and work on it (editing, rewriting, etc.).

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Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: Jean Nicole Rivers

THE WRITING PART

Jean Nicole Rivers

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

I have always loved to write, even as a child and I always aspired to become a novelist. The Unwanted is the second book in a series called, Black Water Tales.

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

New adult, psychological horror.

Q. What draws you to this genre?

To me, horror feels more real than any other genre. I have always preferred real and true, no matter how dirty or uncomfortable. The situations in horror, life or death, kill or die, save them or save myself are the closest we come to seeing who we truly are in the deepest places of our psychic and physical being and this is what produces that oh so well-known adrenaline pump that hooks people to the horror book or screen, not allowing them to look away. Living those moments over and over has the power to give us a true glimpse into the mirror and sometimes, ironically enough, that is the most frightening thing of all.

Q. Briefly, what led up to the last book? Also, please describe the book in one sentence.

When Blaire goes to help the children of St. Sebastian orphanage, it will be her that soon needs the help.

Soon after completing my first book, The Secret Keepers. I found myself watching an inordinate amount of documentaries and I came across one on orphanages in other countries and what I learned was frightening. I don’t much care for jump scare horror, I prefer horror that chills one to the core that makes you question, not what’s in the closet but what’s in the mirror. This documentary on the deplorable conditions of the facilities and the failing health of the children haunted me, how could things like this still be happening all around us? And while I was intrigued, I was not yet fully inspired to write the book, writing the book still hadn’t occurred to me. It wasn’t until one evening after watching this documentary when I woke in the middle of the night and there they were, those children who were severely malnourished and abused among other things, all standing by my bedside looking down on me. When I woke the next morning, I knew that I had to tell their story.

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

There were four years between my last book, The Secret Keepers and my new book, The Unwanted. Writing my outline takes approx. two weeks, then another six weeks to write my rough draft, a couple of months for my first edit and a couple more months for further edits and that is if I am working on my book full time but once you add “life” in, the timeframe can get lengthy.

Q. How much research do you do?

It depends on what I am writing. Many things I write from personal experience. My new book that I am currently working on, The Sandman (working title), is requiring me to do a bit more research than usual and I have purchased several books on the underlying subjects and plan on talking to a couple of health professionals in order to make sure that my characters are authentic.

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

I measure more in hours per day than word count. I try to write for at least two hours a day, but I always wish that I could write more.

Q. What is the easiest thing about writing?

The easiest thing about writing a book is coming up with the idea. We all have tons of great ideas for books, right? The issues come AFTER we have the great idea.

Q. What motivates you to write?

I don’t know that it’s a motivation so much as a compulsion. Naturally, I am always composing stories and filling my head with little facts and characters and I have to get them out. I have to tell their stories or they will drive me nuts. I am a writer because it is an inevitable extension of my being. Some people decide to be writers because they want to write; I was never given the option.

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Books, classics, Essay, Fiction, Goth, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

For several years, I avoided reading FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelly because the name had been caught up in endless clichés and had been inextricably linked with the horror genre, which I consider a bad form of fiction. However, being obsessed on reading more Gothic Fiction and the author herself I decided to give it a read and I confess that I am sorry I have waited for this long.

The story behind the writing this great piece of Gothic Fiction is as animate as the book itself. In 1816, at Lord Byron’s villa on shores of Lake Geneva, Lord Byron himself and his guests Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori. Byron, inspired by some fireside readings of supernatural tales, suggested that each member of the party should write a ghost story to pass the time. The incident is well described by the author herself in the Author’s Introduction to the book: Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley”

Books, Reviews

IT’S MONDAY, WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Mondays come and go. But this Monday is better than the previous ones. I feel like reading more, I want to feed on words today. Last week for me was not a satisfying one. I didn’t read much, and I feel guilty about it now. This week I am not going to make the same mistake thus I am reading two books right now and have plenty others two finish.

Firstly, Dead of July by Sandra Thompson, a fellow blogger and a friend of mine who wrote this book and was released last year in November. So far it’s going well and I would say it’s quite thrilling. Her writing style is good and quite calm and satisfying and I must appreciate her. I will definitely be doing a book review once I am done with it.

You can check out the book at Amazon.

 

 

The other book I am reading is Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira, and I am quite amazed way the book is written and the pace is pretty fast. I read almost 100 pages in one go yesterday night. Rest, I’ll talk in the review. Stephen Chbosky is quite a fan of it.

 

 

Thus my readers, what are you reading this week?