Book Review – Seeds of Hatred by Christian Nadeau

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As a former assassin, a man on the run for years, Marac survived taking on odd jobs, living on society’s fringe, never putting down roots for fear of having to run again. Until he’s hired to steal a trinket from the Brotherhood.
Newly graduated, Soren is ready to shoulder the responsibities that come with an officer’s commission. Serving in the Brotherhood of Khanbis a privilege, one that he abandoned everything for. But when an Angel calls on him, he knows his first assignment is more than it seems to be.
As a Lightbearer, gifted with the power to shape light to her will, Alex lived a sheltered life in Tyranor’s monastery. Should the Brotherhood find out what she was, they’d kill her, but the monastery is underground, safely hidden from their prying eyes.
Then It all comes crashing down. A terrible game is played, and when the powerful move, pawns are doomed to be sacrificed.
Are they?

PLOT
The story basically revolves around these three people, as mentioned in the book blurb, but it isn’t just limited to that. As the book started I thought- “So only these character’s point of view is used.” And I was wrong.
There are many short paragraphs (basically they’re sections) which change the point of views some times. And they didn’t confuse me at all. Now I haven’t read many fantasy books and I know the struggle to literally get into the book. And the start seems to be the most difficult part because all the characters are getting introduced. (AND THIS BOOK HAD 80+ CHARACTERS) And so when I started reading it flowed smoothly. I understood what was going on. No unnecessary action sequence to throw me off. The whole book was crisp, up to the point and just the best example for why we really should concentrate on editing more.
(The author ‘Christian Nadeau” himself told me that the original draft was 320k words and he edited to make it 180k and still it’s a lot of words.)
So plot wise, I’m impressed. There are like different factions made up – Brotherhood, Lightbearers, Darkbearers, Fey, Thrall, Revenants, etc. And they all had their own reasons to start a war. Some were trying to stop it and some were in favour it. It just was a mix of opinions and egos.
But the book ends in a CLIFFHANGER. I seriously thought the war was going to take place in this book but IT DIDN’T. And it’s okay no hard feelings (though I screamed a little inside because I wanted to KNOW MORE) *deep breaths* And seriously does any war just start like that? No it doesn’t. Hence the book was REALISTIC.

CHARACTERS
Now this is what I call a ‘strong character’ book. Every character was well thought out. But there was this minor problem. I thought about how the characters, which I repeat were 80+ could have been cut short a little. Because somehow the author named every soldier and every slave and I know it could’ve been hard on him too. But that’s just creative criticism.
I couldn’t actually write about each and every character there is but I can assure it will be like Game of Thrones level characters in a single book (and I haven’t even read Game of Thrones, so don’t quote me on that!)

WRITING
The writing was sharp and not too much description but just enough to make you know what was really happening. And I can’t just write anything more about it because by now you would’ve known that I love this book! (Not forgetting that it ends in a cliffhanger!) *runs away to sob again*

MY REVIEW
Overall just because it was huge to read and took me almost 10 days of my life I would give it 5 stars. No. that wasn’t the real reason. The real reason being that I haven’t read a good from a very long time (like 6 months) and reading was a fresh experience for me.

You’ll LIKE it if:

  • You like a fantasy world based novel
  • You like a book with a truck load of characters
  • You like a book that’s well thought
  • You want to really not want to miss out on a great book
  • You want to read a series

You’ll NOT LIKE it if:

  • You want a light read
  • You don’t like too many characters
  • You don’t want to read a series

*The author provided me a copy and it in now way affects what I think and my review*

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SUMMER OFFER- 12 eBooks for $24?? (Am I kidding?) // No I’m not!!

You want to make your summer more interesting? Don’t have enough money to buy ebooks? What if I told you that you can get 12 books worth $50 for less than $24

Beginning June 21st until June 30th ALL of the eBooks will be discounted to $1.99 … that’s TWELVE titles in all from 50-75% off.  

And, they’re not all one genre either.  Cynthia Roberts is a romance author that likes to mix it up from Suspense, Contemporary, and Western/Native Indian Romances.  

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DISCUSSION #2- What is the secret of successful writing?

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This is my second discussion post where I ponder upon some questions and I seek the answers from you.

You can check out my first discussion post where I ask you whether you like coincidences in books here. 

This week I am thinking about- What is the secret of successful writing?

We all write something every day, whether be it emails, letters or blog posts. We all have a different writing style, different vocabulary and different tone to write.

Everyone has different writing methods and attitudes. To some writing is a daily chore, and to some it is a deep mysterious art, to others a painful affliction. For some writing flows fast and confidently; others agonise over every word they think of. For some writing is the result of a planned process, a thoughtful process after thinking about every little detail; others think it as a ‘spur of the moment thing’ and jump in heedlessly, leaving the polishing for later. Some write to make a living, some write for enjoyment. Some write from experience, some from imagination and the rest after painfully researching.

There are many professionals and all have their own writing style. That’s what defines them. Many people have different views about how a ‘Successful Writing’ piece should be.

I’m going to see the various types and then we’ll discuss what you think works the most.

Firstly, there are those who need a creative inspiration or a particular mood, like George Eliot, to write effectively. They in times suffer from what is called a ‘writer’s block’. Either the inspiration dries up or they cannot settle down to the tasks, even after getting abundant ideas. To put it another way, the problem is either what to write or how to write.

Others are extremely unromantic about the ‘business of writing’ as they would call it.They work regularly keeping a tight schedule for everyday and following it diligently. They treat creating a literary masterpiece no different than drafting legal contracts or even insurance claims.

Nicholas Monsarrat, author of The Cruel Sea, apparently used to work a regular nine-hour day in his study, starting at 6 a.m. the Italian novelist Alberto Moravia would spend three hours at his writing desk each day, between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Some authors need absolute privacy and silence to concentrate properly. The French novelist Marcel Proust had to seclude himself in a cork-lined room before he could settle into a creative working mood. Others need the daily hustle and bustle of life to inspire their masterpieces.

Some authors write extremely quickly and fluently. Dr Johnson completed his short novel Rasselusin the space of a single week. Balzac could write 200 pages a week when the need arose; so too the French novelist Stendhal. Others could write with excruciating slowness: another great 19-century novelist, Gustave Flaubert, often managed no more than two pages a week- sometimes only a single page. His classic novel Madame Bovary took him five years of painful full-time writing.

Some authors, such as Anthony Burgees or the late A.P.J. Taylor, happily draft original material directly on a typewriter or word processor. Others, such as Roald Dahl and Fay Weldon, Iris Murdoch and Athol Fugard, seem to need the feel of a pencil or pen in the hand, as if there were some mystical connection between the moving hand and the creative mind.

And one more thing, in the great divide between business-like ‘craftsmen’ author and moody ‘artistic’ authors, the everyday writer, in my opinion, should come down on the business-like approach. The creative ‘once-my-mood-gets-better’ writer may produce greater poetry or deeper novels, but in everyday writing it falls flat.

Of all business-like authors, Anthony Trollope’s daily routine remains the best known and the most impressive. For most of his writing life, he had a full-time job as a civil servant with the Post Office and his enormous output of over 60 books was the product of his leisure hours. Along with his busy life, he found 15 to 20 hours a week for his writing. Day after day, year and year, he would sit at his desk between 5:30 and 8:30 in the morning , writing 1000 words an hour after planning each novel thoroughly.

Business-like such authors may be, they are not always without superstitions. Melvyn Bragg insists on writing for a Monday morning writing the first word for a new novel. The 19- century French novelist Honore de Balzac insisted on having an unripe apple on his desk, and Alexandre Dumas, creator of The Three Musketeers, would always write bedsocks while writing whereas Roald Dahl favours large yellow notepads.

So the question is- All these writers differ so widely in their working methods, what guidance can we derive from them?

Perhaps, I think, to take writing seriously, and to work intensely at getting it right- that is expressing your thoughts as clearly and accurately as possible.

What do you think? Do you write fast- or take your time in plotting everything? Do you treat writing as a business or as an art? Do you believe in superstitions while writing? If yes, then do tell!

 

 

Book Review- The equation of life By Lee Law

I started reading this book- “The equation of life- As I see it” by Lee Law. He is a layman and he questions some philosophical facts and wants answers about the greater things and why we have this life. And because it is a different type of book, my review will be slightly different from other reviews.

After reading this, I started thinking about the things I never thought of before. It made me think about philosophy as a subject. It sure seems interesting to me but I think I need to read more to understand it better.

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The Equation of Life- As I see it, is a layman’s view on the potential Philosophy to help us traverse the path of life’s journey with peace and contribute to the evolution of the society towards destiny desired by every struggling individual on the planet.

The book tries to motivate and encourage every individual present on earth to live a more responsible life rather than being irrational and irresponsible without purposes.

It helps individuals overcome the desire to live on their whims guided by greed of pleasure and fear of pain.

In this attempt to help individuals and thereby society, the book directs the readers to a path that may uncover answers to several eternal questions.

This book is divided into 8 sections and I’ll express my views on each individual section.

  1. Nature

This chapter deals with how the universe came into being. The narrator searches and finds about the three main theories that explain the how the universe was born- The Big Bang Theory, The Steady State Theory and Oscillating theory. The narrator then chose to believe the Steady State theory, instead of the much proven Big Bang theory. He then analysed why the Steady State Theory didn’t prove the correct way the universe came into being.

From my view, this chapter had a good topic but the narrator being of the science background, he used so much technical jargon that sometimes I had to skip past a paragraph or two because I couldn’t get what he was trying to say. I know that those terms had to be used somehow, but breaking it into words which every reader could understand would’ve helped a lot.

  1. Spirituality

Here the narrator questions the presence of an omnipotent and omnipresent entity called ‘God’. We all believe in God and we think our belief makes Him listen to us. But the truth is even if we don’t believe in Him; He’ll care for us and control us. The narrator then thinks of what is God? Is He an entity or a person or simply ‘nothing’? Then after many philosophies, the narrator describes God as ‘nothing’. God is nothing and is in everything. He is constant, unchanging, absolute and eternal.

  1. Expectations

This chapter deals with how the society has expectations from us and not fulfilling those leads to stress. Everyone in this world has expectations from their fellow individuals. Parents have expectations from their children, a teacher from student, and a boss from an employee. But these expectations value to nothing as they don’t end in productivity. Instead they create pressure over the person who is expected to do something and in the end he doesn’t get to do what he likes, rather what he wants to do. And all these expectations in turn deplete the natural resources and cause imbalance.

  1. Morals

What are morals? Are they enough for a society to operate efficiently? And who decides what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Is goodness relative or absolute? The narrator here ponders upon these questions. He gives the example of the moral-filled stories all of us were made to read in smaller classes. They promoted honesty, sympathy and sacrifice.But do these morals still hold true in today’s world? The why is there so much violence and wrong-doing, still after having these morals to guide us?

  1. Purpose

What is our true purpose in life? Is it merely surviving and evolving? Or is it gaining happiness and satisfaction? Is the purpose of why we live related to our consciousness? The narrator answers all these questions in this chapter.

  1. Mistakes

Are mistakes important? Do the mistakes committed in the past help people to evolve into a better being? This chapter puts light on how mistakes were necessary for people to develop. There were many mistakes which changed the course of history and many mistakes that contributed towards achieving a closer solution to the problem.

  1. The Change

Here the author describes what should be changed in order to live a good life. He made a list of virtues or subjects one has to inculcate or master to bring a desired change in society with individual reformation.

  • Ego
  • Health
  • Celibacy
  • Sacrifice
  • Freedom
  • Honesty
  • Happiness
  • Wisdom
  • Peace
  1. The Equation of Life

This chapter sums up the entire book and gives us a view of how the author thinks the world should be. He explains the importance of balance in life and how people should be.

*I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it doesn’t hamper my opinion about the book*

If you’re a fan of philosophy or life related matters, you should read this book.

Camp NaNoWriMo – My Project 2016

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Camp NaNoWriMo is what everyone’s been excited for! And I’m too participating! Are you? You should. It has already started and if you want to join, hurry up!

So today I’ll be telling you about the project I’ll be taking up this July. It WAS a horror novel just like I told you in my previous post but I changed it. It was totally last minute and I’m glad I did that.

Actually what happened was that I had started this novel called ‘Infection’ a few weeks back, without any knowledge of the possible plot (like a panster!) but then it started to fail miserably because after some chapters I couldn’t think of how to move the story forward. And then in the middle of writing I decided to write the plot outline somewhere (like a plotter!) where I could use it as a reference and then my story moved forward.

But then something happened. I couldn’t find the ending to my novel. Then I decided to discard it till July’s NaNoWriMo ends. And I plotted an outline for a different horror novel for July. But then on the eve of June 30 I had this idea for a possible ending to ‘Infection’ and that was when I decided to switch.

And I had already written 9000+ words before July so I’ll not count them for July but I have a personal target to taking the novel up to 90,000 words. That way I’ll be able to win the NaNoWriMo and also finish my first draft.

Wish me luck! And all the very best to all of you who were brave enough to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo!!

Tell me what you think about it! I’ll be more than happy to listen!

 

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016

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Just a day more to go for Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m not TOO much confident about achieving the target of completing the word limit. I loved the idea of how I can set my own word limit, and I kept it at 90,000. I know it’s a little too much for a writer like me who have not yet ever written a full novel but I’ll try. If I reach 90,000 words, it’ll be awesome but if I reach 50,000, I’ll be equally happy. I can then try to write more and edit it in August.

And now about my novel that I’m planning to write—I’m planning to write a horror novel named “______” (I haven’t decided it yet! Let’s see!). I decided to write a horror novel just because I was writing a thriller named “Infection” before about an infection that spreads in the city, converting every sane person into a blood-thirsty zombie and I first thought of continuing it but I had not planned anything before writing Infection and so at one point I’m stuck and I can’t find a way to continue the story to make it 50,000 words, so I had to drop that plan and start something new, keeping Infection at a hold. I’ll sit and complete that after July, hopefully.

And I’ll be posting my writing update every Friday, keeping a check on my word-count and trying to not edit while I write. I’ll give more information about my project this July tomorrow.

And I’ve read that “The worst thing you write I better than the best thing you did not write” and keeping this in mind I’ll be writing this July Camp NaNoWriMo. You can add me as your buddy here.

I’ve added a word count bar on my website. You can keep a check on my word count this Camp NaNoWriMo! I would thank Blue Eyes Gray Eyes for posting the steps for adding a word count meter. You can too add it, just read this. (here)

Update- Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey people! I’m back! I’m sure I can explain my absence even though I had this whole week free. Basically I have the whole of July free because I am recovering from studying too much these past few months. And in my defense, the internet ditched me on Thursday. I had a book review planned to be posted but the internet wouldn’t work! So, due to these technological issues I disappeared. But I am reading an ABSOLUTE GREAT book and I can’t wait to tell you about it in its review!

And there’s a GOOD NEWS!

I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo!! Isn’t it wonderful? I’m sure it is.

I’ve been writing a novel from a month (I love to say I’ve been writing from a month but really I’ve been writing it in my free time) and I’ve only written 10,000 words after all the hours spent typing and thinking what to write. Poor! But I will definitely write a new novel I’ll start for NaNoWriMo. (Don’t worry I’ll complete the first one too!)

I’ve to think of a story first and with only 2 days left, I think I should do it now.

So all for this updatery post. I’ll meet you tomorrow!

Want to become my NaNoWriMo buddy? My username is Vrushali2107.

Till then, any advice on how to tackle NaNoWriMo? Are you participating?

Book Review- The Taking by Dean Koontz

“Maybe there’s nothing impossible tonight. We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.”

“If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.”

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On the morning that marks the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. A luminous silvery downpour is drenching their small-Californian mountain town. It had haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now, in the moody purple dawn, the young couple cannot shake the sense of something terribly wrong.

As the hours pass, Molly and Neil listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomenon across the globe. By nightfall, their little town loses all contact with the outside world. A thick fog transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. And soon the Sloans and their neighbors will be forced to draw on reserves of courage and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a shattering instant what is happening to their world…something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency.

PLOT

The story starts with the sentence “A few minutes past one o’clock in the morning, a hard rain fell without warning.” The novel takes off where a small mountain town experiences heavy rain and our main character, Molly gets up. She is a writer and an insomniac, so she decides to complete her manuscript. She sees some activity on the patio and finds 2 dozen of coyotes. They act very friendly. And it seems like they are afraid of something. These mysterious activities continue until Neil gets up and they see the news on the TV. There are more cases of this extreme luminous downpour. Some say it tastes like vanilla and orange extract.

The story continues and tells us the journey of one day in the lives of the Sloans and what mysterious thing happens. I’m trying not to include any spoilers just for the fear of letting the suspense out.

“Discretion seemed advisable even during an apocalypse.”

CHARACTERS

The character Molly is a writer and so was her mother. She has wrote 4 books and she is struggling to create a name for herself. She wants to find out if she’s really good in what she does or is she send for some different purpose.

Neil is the perfect husband for Molly. He acts as a support system for Molly at all times and knows what to say to her.

There are many other characters, and most of them children, all of which do some creepy stuff.

“The past and the future are equally unredeemable, and the only time of consequence is this moment, now, where the life occurs, where choices are made for reasons practical and philosophical.”

WRITING STYLE

This is the writing style that I love in horror/suspense books. This is the best horror book I’ve read and I think I like it more than Stephen King’s writing. No offence but I’ve only read only one of his short stories book but the writing style of Koontz was better, in my opinion.

The book started with some mind chilling incidents and left me wanting for more. Every chapter ended with something unreal and made me hang thinking what will happen. Koontz definitely knows how to tickle the scare nerve and crisp action on every page, something to look forward to. But there were many scary references from E.S. Elliot like “When you’re alone in the middle of the night and you wake in a sweat and a hell of a fright…”

“We make our own fate, even if it’s figured in the drift of stars.”

MY REVIEW

You’ll like it if-

  • You like suspense novels
  • You are okay with imagining some creepy things
  • You want a really short read. (I completed it in a day)
  • You’re a fan of E.S. Elliot

You’ll not like it if-

  • You don’t like suspense novels
  • You don’t like short novels and want to read more
  • If you’re uncomfortable with some gory and violent scenes
  • If you don’t know E.S. Elliot you’ll not get the references from his work

I loved this book and it made me want to read more of Dean Koontz works.

I’ll give a 5/5.

Until then…

Happy Reading!

 

Book Review- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Friendship is like a kind of algebra test that nobody passes.

Hello everyone! I present to you another book and this time it’s Shantaram! It’s a 912 page long saga about 8 years of a criminal-turned-doctor and smuggler. So as the book itself is huge, the review will be just so like it. And this review will be full of quotes that I love. And believe me it was the most difficult of all the tasks to select only a few quotes among the 40 odd quotes I found.

Jealousy, like the flawed love, that bears it, has no respect for time or space or wisely reasoned argument. Jealously can raise the dead with a single, spiteful taunt, or hate a perfect stranger for nothing more than the sound of his name.

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In the early 80’s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working worked as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked up in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan… Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It’s a profound tribute to his willpower… At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.

 

 

I was a revolutionary who lost his ideals in heroin, a philosopher who lost his integrity in crime, and a poet who lost his soul in a maximum security prison.

 

PLOT

What he did and achieved was truly great (even if the things described in the book are semi-real). He actually ran out of prison and changed into a good person here in India.

He escaped from an Australian prison and came to Bombay, India on a fake passport. He opened a free clinic, survived two horrible car accidents and a cholera epidemic, lived in the slums, spent 6 months in a village, fell in love and out of love, learned Hindi and Marathi, went to an Indian prison and got beaten up very badly for 4 months, when released, he joined the mafia gang in Mumbai and worked for them, while he constantly questioned himself- “Is he doing something good joining the mafia to smuggle and cheat?”

The truth is a bully we all pretend to like.

And I did a mistake to read what people think about this book on Goodreads. And either you love this book, or you simply hate it. And I surely come in the first group. People saw this as a tale of a criminal who didn’t do anything but I thought this was beautiful. I mean, I know that India is not fully and truthfully described in it, but this book is not about India, it’s about him.

And as he says, ‘Doing all the wrong things for all the right reasons’, I knew how he changed into the man he was at the end of the book. It contains a great portrayal of how a foreigner came and settled in India and adapted here.

He first came to India as a scared foreigner who was alien to any concept of Indians. He then slowly learnt what it is to be a true Indian at heart. He appreciated his friendships with people, lost many great friends and in the end, he transformed into something better as he said- “In this life, we make an effort to improve ourselves.”

And I think this has a place in my ‘Top 10 books to reread every year’ for sure.

Mistakes are like bad loves, the more you learn from them, the more you wish they’d never happened.

You’ll like this if:-

  1. You want to know about the rich heritage and culture of India and want to know how a prisoner who ran from Australia came and learned the languages here.
  2. You want to read a kind-of biopic of someone who did good after being bad and a robber for most of his life.
  3. You love small lines or quotes and are a huge English-language lover and are obsessed about correct words or witty remarks.
  4. You want to read something that contains 912 pages.

 

One of the ironies of courage, and the reason why we prize it so highly, is that we find it easier to be brave for someone else than we do for ourselves alone.

 

You’ll not like it if:-

  1. If you don’t want to learn about another country.
  2. You don’t like reading real life stories, like a biography.
  3. Or, if you don’t get references of some life thoughts.

 

Someone told me once that if you make your heart a weapon, you always end up using it on yourself.

CHARACTERS

All the characters were somehow real. After reading the book, they seem so real and you instantly believe that they can be real people. Their conversations are the most fun to read and are full of witty comments and lines.

Lindsey or Lin, as the narrator introduces himself; he is kind and just to everyone. He is scared because of the hostile environment and the fear of getting caught. He is a fast learner and picks up whatever he gets to learn during his stay. He is friendly and he has a gang full of friends; both from the slums and the mafia gang.

Karla, Lin’s love is a mysterious woman. She doesn’t let anyone know what she is really and her past. This book doesn’t open her secrets but they are said to be revealed in the sequel to this book.

Didier, Vikram, Modena, Ulla, Johnny Cigar, Lisa, Kavita Singh are some of his friends he loves to spend time with in the Leopold’s Café.

Lord Abdul Khader Khan is Lin’s godfather and his mentor when he joined the gang. Abdullah, Abdul Ghani and Khaled Ansari, Sanjay and Salman are few of his friends in the gang.

And the best part is that they all are described individually and beautifully at each point of time and the reader doesn’t get confused between them at all.

Craziness is the basis of every fine relationship..

WRITING STYLE

The writing is the best part of this book. All the incidents are just perfectly described and I so wanted to read everything in a day (but practically that wasn’t possible because it had 912 pages. Insanely big, right?). I just didn’t seem to get the whole war-thing, and because I ham horribly poor in politics, I think that’s more of my fault because I didn’t seem to understand why were they fighting even? And who was on whose side?

But rest it was poetic (a type I don’t like that much but I loved it here!) and beautiful and just great!!!

Nothing grieves more deeply or pathetically than one half of a great love that isn’t meant to be.

MY REVIEW

After all this gushing if you still don’t know what to do with the book, then please take a nap.

Just go and READ it! And then thank me later.

I’ll give it 5 stars. Wasn’t that obvious?

I was a fugitive. I was a wanted man, a hunted man, with a price on my head. And I was still one step ahead of them. I was free. Every day, when you’re on the run, is the whole of your life. Every free minute is a short story with a happy ending.

If you like this book, you can read the next part ‘The Mountain Shadow’ which takes place 2 years after Shantaram ends.

This or That? Challenge #20

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Hi! I’m back with this week’s challenge by Rae at BookmarkChronicles.
This is the most difficult of all the Challenges till now. Why? Because I just can’t choose any one of them. Okay, maybe I can but there are a lot of pros and cons to consider.

Would you prefer to be a famous, New York Times Best-Selling author
                    OR
The person that best-selling authors go to for reviews

So let’s begin.
First I’ll just consider I’m a NY bestseller. What a feeling! I always wanted to be a writer and whose books will be talked among groups and everyone will appreciate how it changed their life. But I’m a hermit and I don’t want people pointing me out in the public to click photos. Autographs are fine but I don’t like extra publicity. I’m like Spiderman. I do want to help people but I want to stay a secret.
And then come reviewing. It’s the most fun task to review a book and present my views on the book and how it changed my life. I get to be the hermit that I am and I’ll have a huge stock of awesome bestselling books from authors.
Umm..comparing these the REVIEWER wins. But in real life I do want to write a novel just minus the whole publicity thing. And also the crazy fans that run after you to take a picture. (If you’re one of them, no offense!)

-Vrushali