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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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#BookGiveaway: Happiness is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra [CLOSED]

Hello Readers,

I am hosting a Book Giveaway of a thoughtful book called Happiness is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra, published by Bloomsbury earlier this year.

I have only three copies!

You can read my review on the book here.

I had the honour to interview Mr. Ashutosh Mishra for the blog.

*Eligibility Criteria: Your mailing address must be in India.

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Author Interview: Jamal Merchant

Q. Hello and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your latest book, ‘One Enduring Lesson’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

Hi Aman, I am most pleased to be interviewed by you.

Born in Bombay (now Mumbai) and brought up in Tanzania, East Africa, I am a Chartered Accountant and now live in London, UK where I am settled since 1972. Over the years I have had a varied career path in England having worked in audit firms, the private sector and a registered public charity. I am now a self-employed property finance broker specialising in arranging commercial property finance for my UK clients.

I have travelled widely including to India, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Egypt, USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. My interests include reading, current affairs, movies and cricket.

One Enduring Lesson, a story based in India and a tale of the undying human spirit of survival against all odds is my debut novel

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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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Author Interview: Anita Shirodkar

Q. Hello and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your latest book, ‘Aryavir’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m an ex advertising person, so I think that explains a lot about my background! Advertising, especially when you spend 20 years in the profession, prepares you for a plethora of different activities, and I gravitated towards writing. Being a naval daughter, I grew up all over India and had varied experiences in different cities, including Moscow where I spent three years and learned to speak Russian.

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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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Author Interview: Sanjai Velayudhan

Q. Hello Sanjai, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your book, ‘Dance of the Spirits’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

Amandeep, I am very happy to be interviewed by you.

Originally from Kerala, I have lived in many cities both in India and abroad. Currently I am settled in Bangalore with my family. Professionally, I am a marketing consultant who works with global brands.

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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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