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The Spy A Novel by Paulo Coelho – Review

I was waiting eagerly for “The Spy by Paulo Coelho”. Due to work pressure, I was not able to read this novel when it arrived on a sleepy winter morning. I remember writing an essay about ‘Women who made history’ as an 8th grader. One of the books I referred to contained an entire section on women in espionage and the world-famous ‘Mata Hari’ aka ‘Marguerite Gertrude Zelle’ was in it.

I never felt so thrilled to read about a woman spy before, the three pages only told about who Mata Hari was & how she was accused of being a spy and later sentenced to death. Sadly, in those days I didn’t have access to the WEB of the internet and she slowly faded in my memory resurfacing from time to time when women & espionage were mentioned in one sentence.

Mata Hari The Spy Paulo Coelho

The beauty in all her GLORY like her name Mata Hari – SUN fully Shining.

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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.

STARDUST, NEIL GAIMAN

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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Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre. T5W

Gateway books to your favorite genre that’s like asking for the top 5 recommended books by you. Heck of a question, ain’t it? Soon you find yourself in the middle of your room with stacks of books around you, looking for those few chosen ones that you want to name for the post, whew! You love these books and you want someone to read them, what to say that they will take it? LOL. I am doing this post for Goodreads group Top 5 Wednesday run by Samantha of Thoughtsontome and Lainey ofGingerreadslainey.

If you have read about me you will know that my most favorite genre is fantasy-adventure. I have already listed The Hobbit & LOTR by J R R Tolkien there. LOTR is a mammoth with more than 1000 pages to its credit but the book is filled with glorious imagination. I won’t be taking these two in the list nor Harry Potter. I am a reader of many genres so I will be listing a few books/manga that I have come to love simply because of their style, storyline and the depth of humanity they focus on.

My most favorite genre is fantasy-adventure but I don’t stop at that only my second favorites are food, psychological thriller, romance. So, here goes nothing…

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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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Book Reviews

Negative Book Reviews… An Arrow In The Dark.

For someone who loves books I have never said much about books. I just recently started talking about the books I read. There’s two type of bibliophile, one who buy because they liked the blurb or the second who has read a lot of reviews and reached to the conclusion that the book would be a good read. I am both. Most often I buy the books because I loved the blurb and no matter how bad a review is it’s not going to make me “not buy it”. Book reviews are a glimpse of the magical worlds that the book holds. Often there are negative and positive reviews of almost anything. Let’s talk about the negatives today.

What makes people write the positive or negative book reviews? 

Why is it that one book that you absolutely loved was disappointment for the other?

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My blog- My experimentation with ocean of thoughts

I have read on a lot of websites that one should make a clear image of what they want to publish on their blog. Believe me, it is really very difficult to decide on one blog topic/niche when you have whimsical mind like mine. Specially by the time sleep comes, it goes wild with ideas and lines! Tell me if yours don’t, and don’t you dare lie. There are so many niche blogs I am confused which one do I belong to??

I am a lover of books, food and travel in general. I do not cook as much so this isn’t a food blog. I do not buy clothes every now and then so this isn’t a fashion blog either. I take a lot of pictures but this isn’t a  photo blog either! What I really do is, I imagine!! Also, I listen to different kind of people all day, read a lot of books, eat a lot (temporarily out of service! tell you another day), travel a lot (mostly on foot). I am going to write about the books that I read after careful selection and sometimes on a whim! I may also write about the anime and manga and movies I prefer, but maybe I won’t. Occasionally I might write about my adventures with food and travel. These days it is really difficult for me to do the later two because I am sort of sick since a long time now and still getting better, but I eagerly await those healthy jumpy days when I can get out and feel the wind on my cheeks without worrying about getting more sick. Well I don’t know how do people live with some really rare diseases and how they deal with not being able to do somethings, it makes me cry to think about their sadness or how they deal with that sadness. I pray that no one has to give up their dreams because of some sickness, never give up, always find a way.

 

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

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