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    The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (Review)

    “I have plucked snowdrops at Midwinter, died at my own choosing, and wept for a nightingale. Now I am beyond prophecy.” The last in a series are hard books to get right. More fail than not. So, I was certainly apprehensive about reading the last book of a trilogy I had loved until then. But, as it turned out, I shouldn’t have been. Katherine Arden nails it with The Winter of the Witch. In the book preceding this, Vasilisa “Vasya” Petrovna has accidentally caused the destruction of a large part of the city of Moscow by releasing the mythical firebird;…

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    Growing up and the perks of being a wallflower

    This article of mine was originally posted a few years ago on a website that is no longer online. It is a sort of companion for this which I wrote for Sabotage Times (its title is misleading but that is on the then-editor not me!). So what better post to commemorate Throwback Thursday during an ongoing YA-themed month on the blog? Fair warning though – this piece has more quotes that I normally prefer to include in one, but I blame Stephen Chobsky for writing something that is so quote-worthy 🙂 (And don’t go just by the ones that have been…

  • Books,  Films/Movies/Cinema,  Reviews

    Paper towns for paper people?

    Through a sort of trial and error process over the years, I have realised that one of the more reliable ways of getting myself out of a reading slump is a good book from the YA (young adult) genre. But that wasn’t what I was thinking of when I started Paper Towns which had been lying around on my Kindle for at least a year or more. Sometimes I close my eyes and randomly pick a title, whether from my actual or virtual shelves. The winner this time around was my second John Green (you can read about my experience…

  • Catcher in the Rye
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    Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

    “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and…

  • Fighting Ruben Wolfe - Markus Zusak
    Books,  General,  Reviews

    “… the edges of words, the loyalty of blood, the hands of brothers and the music of girls”.

    I’m probably not a very unique case when I say that The Book Thief alerted me to the existence of Markus Zusak, having never come across any of his books before in India. But from that very first page, I was hooked. There was an easy intensity to his writing that belied the deep and sombre content, and yet made it very easy to get sucked into the world of its narrative. There will be a separate post dedicated to my discussions about that, but this one deals with 2 books of his debut trilogy. I had picked up Fighting…

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