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Fotunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Chris Riddell

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman begins something like this…

“No milk,” I said.

Fortunately, The milk by neil Gaiman

So begins the ordinary day of a dad.

“No milk,” said my sister.

I watched my dad think about this. He looked like he was going to suggest that we have something for breakfast that you do not need milk for, like sausages, but then he looked like he remembered that, without milk, he couldn’t have his tea. He had his “no tea” face.

“You poor children,” he said. “I will walk down to the shop on the corner. I will get milk.”


Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations Chris Riddell. – ReviewFortunately, the milk by Neil Gaiman

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Stardust a Novel by Neil Gaiman. A Sequel to an Unwritten Novel…

At the end of the novel Stardust, Neil Gaiman tells an interesting story about how he started writing Stardust. It’s funny how the books we never plan comes into existence, how stories come to life.

In his own words…

Late one night, a year or so late, in a desert, I watched a star fall like a burning jewel and, in a moment, the whole opening of Stardust presented itself to me.

It’s really fun how stories come to be, isn’t it? C.S.Lewis had the idea of Narnia walking along the Lake Town, watching the stone walls. J.R.R.Tolkien started writing The Hobbit as a bedtime story. J.K.Rowling conceived Harry Potter on a railway station. Out of thin air, words are born which gave shape to a story driving the writer mad until it comes to an end.


Yvaine watched over the world, long before Tristran Thorn was born. Never in her wildest dreams, Yvaine could have thought that she will come to Earth, meet a weird, crazy boy, meet witches who want her heart as well as funny sky pirates and fall in love.

Septimus is one of the seven sons of the King of Stormhold. One night the king summons all his sons (or what remains of them) to decide the heir to the throne upon his death. He hurls the Topaz that gives one the power to rule Stormhold, into the sky, and dies, the topaz hits a star in the sky and the star falls. All the sons depart to get the Topaz for themselves.

Lillim a group of three witches learns of the fallen star in the remains of a goat’s entrails. The eldest of the witch departs to get the stars for themselves as they did the last. She eats remains of a heart which make herself young again. Which is later revealed to be the last of the heart of the last fallen star.

But they are not the main characters of Stardust. Neil Gaiman masterfully crafted the story into a ravishing magical faerie fable for the main character Tristarn Thorn, son of Lady Una of Stormhold and Dunstan Thorn. Oh! but how can a normal man from the village of Wall unbeknown to the Faerie world ever meet the only daughter of King of Stormhold? Well, all youngsters are born to defy what they are told not to do. Dunstan is no different. Tristran loves Victoria, the famous belle of his village. So he promises to bring her the fallen star in exchange for her hand in marriage. Young love blossoms in this dangerous faerie story.

What did I love about the story? EVERYTHING. Having seen the movie I was not expecting any surprises when I read the story, but I was so surprised. The novel is not much like the movie, it is charming, dangerous, fun, magical and lovely at the same time. I loved how Yvaine and Tristran live a different life then it is shown in the movie, this novel over the movie anytime.

Stardust Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman created magic once again with his book. He loves writing thriller/horrors for children.

Like any other craft writing stories requires a great deal of strength and love. Love drives us forward in a way nothing else can. Yvaine’s love story with Tristran is something similar.

We are lucky to receive any kind of love in our life. It is a magic unlike any other. Click To Tweet

You can buy the book here: Stardust

Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel. Neil Gaiman, Stardust Click To Tweet

Finally, if you decide to give it a read, have magical time reading. 🙂

Malice By Keigo Hagashino.

Malice by Keigo Hagashino has a plot that is deceptively straight forward. Often I have dream of novels written with straightforward accounts but still keep you glued to the end. Well, dreams do come true. If you are a fan of mystery-thriller novels you realize that not all murder cases are the same. Some thrillers are fast-paced, some are slower than a snail and very few have the rare mix of mystery and pace that one enjoys while trying to crack the mystery themselves.Keigo hagashino Malice

Keigo Hagashino is a Japanese author and even though I love Japanese manga/anime I had never heard of him until fellow blogger Maniparna suggested reading his novel after reading my post on Top 5 Wednesday. Being partial toward all things Japanese, I jumped ahead and bought two of his books. So Keigo Hagashino an engineer by profession loved writing and at the age of 27 he won an award for his writing and he has written plenty of thriller/mystery gems since then. His best-seller novel The Devotion of Suspect X has sold over 2 million copies.

Malice is 4th novel in the series of Detective Kyoichiro Kaga by Keigo Hagashino.

The plot goes something like this. Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock-solid alibis. Or so it seems.

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Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi Manga by Yuki Urushibara. Review of a Fictional World Unlike Any Other.

Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara is set in the fictional world somewhere between  Edo and Meiji Period in Japan. Mushi stands for the creatures who are living among humans but invisible to human eyes due to their ethereal nature.

Mushishi By Yuki Urushibara

Chapter – ‘Eye’s Fortune, Eye’s Misfortune’

Mushishi Manga ranks 8.8/10 on MyAnimeList and 4.3/5 on Goodreads.

Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Cute, isn’t she?

            Yuki Urushibara

Let’s get to know the author first. Yuki Urushibara is a Japanese manga artist born in 23, January 1974 in the Namaguchi prefecture of Japan.  She also goes by pen name Soyogo Shima. ‘Mushishi’ is her most critically as well as publicly acclaimed work till date. This manga is used as the base of an anime series and live action movie of the same name. She has won several awards for her manga, ‘Mushishi’ probably because of its unique storytelling style.

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Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With. Top 5 Wednesday.

However easy it sounds, it is quite difficult to find characters you WOULDN’T want to trade places with. I thought how hard could it be? The answer to that question is quick enough, tough as Earth’s crust. I want to thank the Goodreads group – Top 5 Wednesday run by  Samantha of Thoughtsontome and Lainey of Gingerreadslainey which has given me the opportunity to brainstorm about the books I have read till now and come up with a few characters I wouldn’t like to trade places with.

Characters you WOULDN’T like to trade places with


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Books I Want To See As TV Shows. Top 5 Wednesday.

Books I want to see as tv shows is the topic of Goodreads Group – Top 5 Wednesday for the second Wednesday of September ’16. The group was found by Samantha of Thoughtsontomes and Lainey of Gingerreadslainey. I read the post about Top 5 Wednesday on Megan’s blog Bookslayerreads. I loved her post on characters you want as family. One visit to the group and I instantly fell in love with the idea of writing top 5 things about something I love about the books! I recommend you checkout the group.

So without further delay here’s my Top 5 Wednesday post.

Books I Want To See As TV Shows

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Quote

Tuck Everlasting. Novel by Natalie Babbitt.

Tuck Everlasting, is an everlasting novel about the concept of living over mere existing. Most of us have seen the movie ‘Tuck Everlasting’ as children, Alexis Bledel stole our hearts as the pretty Winnie Foster with it. I have forgotten all of it now except the magnificent view of the forest as Winnie & Mr.Tuck. I read the novel just this year after wanting to read it for years simply because I kept forgetting.

Tuck Everlasting… by Natalie Babbitt.

“Things can come together in strange ways. The wood was at the center, the hub of the wheel. All wheels must have a hub. A Ferris wheel has one, as the sun is the hub of the wheeling calender. Fixed points they are, and best left undisturbed, for without them, nothing holds together. But sometimes people find this out too late.”

Tuck Everlasting begins with this as this and opens into Treegap. In the village of Treegap lies an age-old secret, which will be revealed to Winnie Foster very soon. Winfred Foster is born in the Foster family who owns the Treegap wood, with a “Move on – we don’t want you here” sign you can say they are not very friendly people.

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The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton

The Snow Merchant By Sam Gayton

On a winter night so cold and dark the fires froze in their hearths, snow came to Albion. It came packed up in the suitcase of a stranger. Lettie was the first one to see him.

Yes, that’s how The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton begins. Before it starts there’s a recipe that tells you how to make snow. Have I got you yet? Wanna buy the book? No? Okay, read on.

Lettie Peppercorn has lived all her life in the house on the stilts near the wind-swept coast of Albion, never setting a foot outside the door of the house. She is the mistress of the inn. While her father goes out every night to gamble and she stays home, attending the most vivacious guests. She has seen different types of customers but nothing has prepared her for the guest that arrives on the cold and dark winter night, a snow merchant.

His fingers were blue.

His hair was white.

His fingers were blue.

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Crimson Red. White Mornings. Clear Skies

White Mornings. Clear Skies. Crimson Sea.

This is a continuation of my story: Crimson Nights. Starry Skies. Crimson Tides.

You might want to read the first part to better understand the second one. So, here goes.

White Mornings. Clear Skies. Crimson Sea.

“The crimson sea will engulf another life. You will be helpless just like you once were.” The voice in my head became weird as I tried to sleep. The dream where my mother kept screaming for help woke me up several times until early morning when my tired body gave way to some much-needed sleep.

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Fictional things we desire

Fictional Things We All Have Desired At Some Point In Our Lives- Part 2

By this time you must have read my first post on this topic i.e Fictional things we all have desired at some point in our lives. If you haven’t already then check it out here!

So basically I have never done a series of posts on things that I don’t totally own but I got this idea while talking to my sister the other day, when she ended up saying, “you baka, you can write on this topic you know?” & suddenly that nonexistent light bulb lit up above my head!! Eureka! Why didn’t I think of this before? Well as someone once claimed, “artistic minds are rarely tidy and organized”, thanks for the rescue my dear friend!

So here goes my second list:

~~~> Nimbostratus Cloud  from The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton – Imagine having a snow cloud of your own. Just imagine!! Gosh I want to feel some snow on my face right now. The cool wind blowing the snow everywhere, layers of snow covering the pebble street and you can jump in leave your foot prints and annoy your friends singing, “me first… me first…” Lettie has the amazing luck to have one such cloud which was made by her alchemist mother!!

<!–more–>~~~> Dragon  from Eragon by Christopher Paolini or Braveheart  by Randal Wallace –  A dragon that you are destined to live with, sounds like a good deal to me! Dragons over men any day! :p I’m just kidding. 😉 Dragon’s are mighty creatures that I have been studying since I was a kid but I have yet to fathom the great amount of literature that’s out there about them! Only literature isn’t enough anymore, I wish I could meet a dragon myself, bless my heart I hope he isn’t like Smaug!

~~~> Magic Red Shoes from Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

<span style="line-height: 1.5;">All right so what if the shoes were supposed to be silver, I love red! A lot has been modified about this shoes from their original tale. Imagine a pair of shoes that fit whoever wears them  &  just click the shoes together thrice and you are home! Unfortunately for me, I am unable to get even a simple red shoe 'cuz the stores don't  have them in my size!!</span>

~~~> A Moving Castle from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – Tell me if the Wynne in the author’s name didn’t make you think of Batman? Another fictional almost living thing that all women desire and men want to be! So, a moving castle with a fire demon, a handsome wizard, tons of wizard literature & a magical door that opens different door every time you click and open it. Sounds awesome? Want to shift right away? Ummm there’s just one problem, it’s FICTIONAL!!!

Fictional things, Howl's moving castle HOwl's moving castle





You can satisfy yourself by reading the novel or watching the awe-inspiring movie made by Hayao Miyazaki. 🙂

~~~> The library that Beast opens up for Belle from Fairy Tales by Brother’s Grimm – Those who didn’t feel a rush when they saw Beast’s library where you can fit a Godzilla and still have room to read, must be an idiot!! I for once want adventure in the great wild somewhere, I want it more then I can tell and I want that with a ton of books. If you want to see the enchanting library click here. By the way, did you hear a live action Beauty and the beast movie is coming out with Emma Watson as Belle?

~~~>  My own Phantom Tollbooth from Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – Imagine a package arriving at your door with label – for ______, who has plenty of time! What would you do if you were terribly bored with your life and had time to play a phantom tollbooth??  A Phantom Tollbooth that leads you on a journey from which you will never return without changes in yourself. Think before you speak for what you say you will have to chew at some point in time, meeting armies of wisdom and princess who was banished for giving importance to numbers and words?? Read this amazing book.

All right that’s more than enough for now. I am going to post one more post which has more than 10 items in it and then I will be done with this series. So did you like the post? Any fictional things that you want all for yourself??

Don’t forget to comment, let me know which fictional thing you want the most!



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