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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman: First Page Mondays

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Okay, so I have heard sooooo much about this book, and I finally I have started reading The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.

This is my first book by this author, and though I have only just begun reading it, I am already loving the style. For those of you who may not know, this is a contemporary novel, but the twist is that it has a lot of fantasy and elements of horror in it.

For now, have a look at the first page.....

It was only a duckpond, out at the back of the farm. It wasn't very big.

Letty Hempstock said it was an ocean, but I knew that was silly. She said they'd come here across the ocean from the old country.

 Her mother said that Lettie didn't remember properly, and it was a long time ago,  and anyway, the old country had sunk.

 Old Mrs Hempstock, Lettie's grandmother, said they were both wrong, and that the place that had sunk wasn't the really old country. She said she could remember the really old country.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling: Review

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Let me begin by stating that I have NOT read any of the Harry Potter books, nor watched any of the movies, except the first one, which was the only one I kind of liked. I tried watching the rest, but they were too kiddish for me and I was not at all interested. Just to let you know, I think I may pick it up after all and try giving it a read.

The reason I made this clarification is that anyone I have spoken to about J K Rowling’s other book, The Casual Vacancy, or any review I have read of the same, seem to be a comparison discussion. Sadly, no one seems to have a singular opinion about just this one book.

Another thing I wish to clarify before I move on to The Casual Vacancy is that I do not have anything against the Harry Potter series, but I am really irritated at the fact that just because people have enjoyed it and J K Rowling has now written something entirely different, they are all hell bent on putting it down.

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling is the first book I read by this author (the second being The Cuckoo’s Calling which was written under the pseudonym Robert Gilbraith.)

The book came out in 2012 and there was a huge controversy surrounding the same, as it was widely believed that the book was kind of autobiographical, and the locals of the village which was supposedly depicted in the novel were extremely upset at the way their lives had been shared in the book.

The entire controversy surrounding the book was what initially convinced me to give this author a try, one who had created a series (Harry Potter) that I wasn’t interested in at all.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory: First Page Mondays

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Looks like I can't have enough of Philippa Gregory! Her books are quite difficult to source in India, and they are reallllyyyy expensive out here, as they have to be shipped from overseas :-(

And I seem to be getting into a habit of reading all her series!!! Well, the side effects of being a book worm I guess ;-)

So here's the first page from another lovely book of hers that I'm reading right now....this is the first part in the series The Cousin's War. I must say when my hubby picked it up from me he didn't know, otherwise I doubt he would have...lol

So here you go....


My father is Sir Richard Woodville, Baron Rivers, an English nobleman, a landholder and a supporter of the true kings of England, the Lancastrian line. My mother descends from the Dukes of Burgundy and so carries the watery blood of the goddess Melusina, who founded their royal house with her entranced ducal lover, and can still be met at times of extreme trouble, crying a warning over the castle rooftops when the son and heir is dying and the family doomed. Or so they say, those who believe in such things.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: An Author I Will Cherish Forever.....Rest In Peace

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One of the world's most famous author and writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, moved on to the other world today at the age of 87.

One of his most amazing books that I love even now and have re-read a few times is A Hundred Years of Solitude. Of course anyone who has read it will know the kind of magic the book spins. And it is quite impossible to explain about the book to someone who hasn't.

I know for a fact that wherever he may be headed now, after his amazing time here, he will continue to spin his magic....Rest in Peace sir....

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder At Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale: On The Cover

‘Absolutely riveting’ Sarah Waters

‘A classic’ John Le Carre

‘Terrific’ Ian Rankin


Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger

‘A beautiful piece, written with great lucidity and respect for the reader, and with immaculate restraint. A classic, to my mind, of the finest documentary writing’ John Le Carre

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nemesis by Lindsey Davis: First Page Mondays

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I find it surprising more people are not killed over dinner at home. In my work we reckon that murder is most likely to happen among close acquaintances. Someone will finally snap after years of being wound up to blind rage by the very folk who best know how to drive them to distraction. For once it will be just too much to watch someone else eating the last sesame pancake - which, of course was snatched with a triumphant laugh that was intended to rankle. So a victim expires with honey still dribbling down their chin - though it happens less often than you might expect.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reading On Paper Or Reading On A Screen?

I have never really understood the concept of reading on a screen.

In my line of work, I spend at least 5 to 6 hours reading up things on the screen. In addition to that, I spend a few more hours creating content, that too on the screen.

That’s quite a lot of screen time for me, especially when I say that I do not understand why people read on a screen.

For me, reading is always synonymous with a collection of pages in your hand, a book, if you may, and flipping through the pages, living with the characters, making them your own, and understanding them slowly and steadily. Any time I want to relive a moment in a book, I go back to that page and read it again, caressing the page, feeling as if I am a part of that life that is living within the book.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Collection of Heng Souk by S R Wilsher: Excerpt and About

 I recently received an email from writer S R Wilsher, who is a debut author. His book, titled The Collection of Heng Souk, is an interesting read, that has the feel of a journal, but goes way in depth.

Here is a summary of the plot:

The story has as it catalyst the Vietnam War, but it is much more about the connection of the people, and the terrible effects wrought by war, rather than it is about the conflict.

At the heart of the story is a journal kept by a young US prisoner-of-war, Ephraim Luther and his torturous relationship with his captor, Heng Souk, who makes him dig the graves of the other prisoners.

The journal also reveals the fate of another prisoner, one who left at home a woman with an unborn son. Now forty, that child, Thomas Allen, who has just buried the man he believed to be his ‘real’ father, seeks to solve the puzzle of his long-lost family and his mother’s greatest secret. As he traces the elderly Heng Souk, he begins a perilous relationship with the man’s married niece.

Product Summary on Amazon:

When her father dies, Sun visits his estranged brother, Heng Souk to return a surprise package. Yet her frail uncle is a very different man from her tough and testing father. When she discovers in his possession a notebook written by an American POW detailing his torturous relationship with his captor, she is startled by what she learns.