I’m assuming this has a lot of American references that only super intelligent or perceptive people will get….or americans will get. As for me I don’t understand why this was said to be a “beautiful and haunting tale”.
Diversathon sort of saved this book for me. I was going to dump it in the “Sell/Swap” pile and be done with it because I had DNFed it two times already. Once at 25 pages I think and another at 80 pages. Both times I couldn’t get on board with the language or the main character. I didn’t particularly care about what happened to Agu and was more concerned about his sister and his mother. But being a female who related and prefers female characters I guess there’s nothing new about that. But I’m glad I stuck it out through Diversathon because I can now put this away without feeling bad. Continue reading
This’ll be a super short review. One, because I’m experimenting with review formats and two because I don’t think it makes sense to dissect Agatha Christie’s writing. The story, The Secret Of Chimneys, follows Anthony Cade, a character we don’t know much about except that he is charming, intelligent and very good looking. He has something up his sleeve, as most Christie’s characters do, that the reader or the other characters don’t know. And this is exactly where the whole story lies.
Anthony Cade is trusted by his friend to do two things, one, deliver a package to a publisher, and two, deliver a stack of letters to a lady who might be distraught over them. Both of which he fails at miserably because there are other people after them. Of course, being brought up the English way, he is not about to let his honour come under scrutiny and works out a way to get them back and into the hands of their rightful owners. Along the way a Murder, a few threats and a few false accusations occur.
Naturally, since it is a Christie novel it is quick and well paced. There are a couple of female characters one of whom is absolutely awesome, everything one could want in a female character in these times. And if you’re suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal you may very well pick this up and be thoroughly occupied in this world for a few delightful hours. There were faults of course, I didn’t buy a few of the happenings, but all’s well that ends well and I can’t remember most of these a week later so I suppose it really doesn’t matter.
A bit of adventure and quick cash is all that good-natured drifter Anthony Cade is looking for when he accepts a messenger job from an old friend. It sounds so simple: deliver the provocative memoirs of a recently deceased European count to a London publisher. But the parcel holds more than scandalous royal secrets. I
t contains a stash of letters that suggest blackmail — and lead to the murder of a stranger who’s been shadowing Anthony’s every move. Discovering the dead man’s identity means retracing his steps — to the rambling estate of Chimneys where darker secrets, and deadlier threats, await anyone who dares to enter.
There are a thousand and one LGBTQ books all of a sudden. And this is now a normal thing almost everywhere. But there are still people who disagree and or are unaware, so this post is just me sharing my experience…..so STORY TIME
The Girl In 6E is apparently an erotic thriller! This is the first of its kind for me. And I didn’t even know erotic thrillers existed! Now, if you’ve followed me for a while of if you know me you’ll know I hate erotica. It’s just not for me, even remotely so I was worried that this might not be interesting but it was so well done that I didn’t even notice the bits that were supposed to be erotica! Phew! On to the review!!!
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Let’s take a moment to admire that gorgeous cover, shall we!
Done. Now to the review.
These circuses that sweep through the landscape is the first book by author Tejaswini Apte-Rahm. She has contributed to another book but I’m not too sure about that. For a debut collection this was rather impressive with each story standing out from the other and none of them feeling like twins. Believe it or not this is rather rare in short story collections so this is probably going to be one of my favourite books of 2017.
Ha Jin is the author of Waiting, which is more widely known than his book In The Pond. But I loved the cover on In The Pond and picked it up the second I spotted it. The story follows Shao Bin and his struggles with the evil bosses at his place of work.
It all begins when he isn’t given the housing he is supposed to get despite putting in more years than the people who do get it. While his wife wants him to bribe his superiors like his colleagues are doing, he refuses and pays the price when his name isn’t on the list for housing. Angry, he confronts his bosses who dismiss him and go about their work as if he isn’t there. This sparks an outrage and the artist he is shines through. The story is about the power of the common cartoonist and the people who rally behind him.
Ha Jin is an author who writes in an easy and simplistic manner. It is almost as if his writing reflects Shoa Bin’s one track mind. Must get housing, must bring corrupt people to justice. I haven’t read his other works so I can’t be sure but that’s how it seems. Or maybe it was to express the straightforwardness of the communist regime. No fluff and no flair, straight to the point. Bells and whistles are unnecessary if one can get the point across in a simpler manner. Whatever it was, the style of writing definitely suited the landscape of it, feeling bleak but resolute.
I really enjoyed the read. At 176 pages it is a lunchtime book, finish it over a meal or two, depending on how fast you read and how slow you eat. I’m really keen on picking up Waiting, I’ve heard it’s way better than In The Pond and if that’s the case, he I certainly an author to invest in. I’m sorry this review is short, I read this book a while back and had forgotten to write the review. Remembered while reorganising the shelves and decide to write it up.
Also HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I may be a little biased in my review of The Untold Chronicles: Book 1 : Inferno because it was sent to me by a friend who is Abhishek, the awesome illustrator I interviewed here. But I shall do my best to keep my thoughts as neutral as possible. Having said that, I loved this book. (4/5 stars)
CHARACTERS AND STORY
The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a set of villages have come under “military” rule because of the machines. Nothing much is said about these machines except in a small blurb at the last page so I’d suggest reading that before starting off on the story; else you might be confused.
We follow two young boys, Anouk and Helozu, as they set out for a hunt to sell to the “richer” folks so they may earn wages for a whole week and feed themselves. Their disapproval at being treated like slaves is palpable but so is the feeling of helplessness. Nothing can be done to change the situation as they say, and so they must continue working as they do to please the privileged class. As the hunt progresses one of them comes across a dangerous discovery that gets them into trouble. I’ll leave it there. No spoilers.
WRITING AND ART
I absolutely adored the artwork. It is simple and clear with a sort of rough, rustic-ness about it. Even though it’s done in black and white, with no colour, the strokes are bold and the characters distinct. The illustrator has done a pretty good job of showing the atmosphere of the village life in his artwork. As for the writing, I had to read it a couple of times to get thins clear. I wish the blurb on the last page was actually on the first and I wish we sort of had an introduction to ease us into the story. It is hard to understand what’s going on or what references to culture they are making unless explained so, I hope further issues take that into account.
This is just an issue length, not a volume length, so I finished it in record time. And I’m definitely keen on picking up the next book when it’s out. As of now I have no links for you to purchase this but they’ll be updated on the Goodreads page so click here to follow that.
CHARACTERS & STORY
We follow Thomas and Sonya, two millennials who have met through the usual methods and are spending time together, exploring their chemistry and their lives. Now, this is a relationship unlike any I’ve been in or heard of so it was an absolutely new experience for me. From the start it is obvious who is the giver and who is the taker. Thomas is written out as an absolute leech, a freeloader who isn’t really capable of earning is place in society or even earning enough to pay for his own clothes. Surprising then that he is also the abuser in the relationship.