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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in February 2017

Will 2017 be the year we finally get our hands on The Winds of Winter? I am eagerly waiting for it and I am sure you excited too. Thus, while we both wait for George R. R. Martin to finally disagree with Game of Thrones TV show’s producers and to show gratitude towards the thirst of his fans and readers, we still have plenty to read and crave for in particular genre of science fiction as well as fantasy.

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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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BOOK REVIEW: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

It’s a dark world and there are dark stories to be told. Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of them. It is a slim book narrated by an unnamed English man in his forties, who returns to his childhood home located in the English countryside of Sussex. “Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet,” writes Neil Gaiman.

Indeed it is true, those memories will recall in our mind later like fresh berry juices. But they just need a right moment to make an appearance. The unnamed narrator on returning to his childhood home is drawn to familiar places that he hasn’t seen in a long time and which provoke those buried memories to make an appearance.

He long ago knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock. When he rambles through her farm and follows the trail to the duck pond, it seems he might as well be traveling through time. Memories are waiting all around, and when he tosses a hazelnut into the water, the ripples carry across his mind as he remembers everything. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman”

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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”

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FRIDAY FIVE: Five Famous Authors on Writer’s Block

It happens to most of us

Have you ever had a writer’s block? Ever experienced your thoughts, your imagination going blank? Read what these famous writer’s have to say about the most common disease among the writers called the writer’s block.

“I step away from the computer and swim. I really wish someone had told me earlier that there’s a relationship between writing and exercise. Writing involves you being completely, revoltingly sedentary while your brain works overtime. But when you exercise, it’s the complete reverse – you more or less become brain dead while your body works like a bastard not to drown/collapse on the treadmill/die. Then after I exercise, I always come back to my laptop and it’s like I’m seeing the story for the first time. I know what I need to do. It’s almost Biblical, like scales falling off my eyes or something.” ―  Benjamin Law Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: Five Famous Authors on Writer’s Block”

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014

2014 has been a mixed bag year for me in reading. I have read a variety of authors, especially a lot of new authors this time, took non-fiction seriously and some interesting books on recommendations. My challenge to myself to read 100 books this year is on track and so far, as the year comes to half, I have read 49 books.

My 2014 goodreads.com Challenge, so far…

The challenge bar on the goodreads.com tells me that I am “one book ahead of the schedule” which means I am doing well. Thus, here  I am evaluating ten best reads I had so far in the year.

 

10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Winner of Man Booker Prize 2009, Wolf Hall is amazing story written surrealistically from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.  

9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

An exciting thriller, unfolds the story of an identity-less man. If you like the movie, you will love this book. 

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

An important book in the history of man kind. Totally sci-fi and easy to visualize. True story which suites every era of man kind. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014”

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SURPRISE FROM HTBRUNCH: UNNATURAL CREATURES BY NEIL GAIMAN

SURPRISE FROM HTBRUNCH: UNNATURAL CREATURES BY NEIL GAIMAN

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman

Thanks to HTBrunch for motivating me to read more, by gifting this book. It’s great to be a part of#BrunchBookChallange (which I posted about, two posts back).