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    Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones (Review)

    I have to admit it took me too long to discover Diana Wynne Jones. But, the important thing is that I did (thanks, Neil Gaiman!). And I ended up reading a non-fiction book by her first – The Tough Guide to Fantasyland – which was all kinds of funny and inventive. Here was someone who had a sparkling sense of humour, who was intelligent and sharply observant and insightful about the world, about us humans, who wasn’t above the occasional tough love and sharp wit. Most importantly, someone who believed in the power of fantasy and imagination, and understood it.…

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    Reckless: The Petrified Flesh – Cornelia Funke (review)

    “Once upon a time…that’s how it always begins.” That is how Cornelia Funke ends the opening chapter of Reckless: The Petrified Flesh, which is incidentally also titled “Once Upon A Time”. Is it any surprise then that the story is inspired by fairy tales? Specifically, the Grimm Fairytales. I first read the book (back then it was just Reckless) around 2011. Cornelia Funke had already become a favourite with her Inkworld series, and I was excited to read her first novel since. It didn’t disappoint. But the wait for the next one in the series was a long one for…

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    The Silver Linings Playbook for February 2016

    It’s hard to believe that we are on the brink of the third month of the year already. And all things considered, it’s not been a bad birthday month of books for yours truly. From America to Germany to England, the end of February sees me in Edwardian London courtesy The Vesuvius Club, the self-deprecatingly subtitled “a bit of fluff” first book (part of a trilogy) concerning the misadventures of one Lucifer Box (leading portrait painter and undercover agent for His Majesty’s government). In the few chapters I’ve read so far, Mark Gatiss has managed fluff of a very high…

  • The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
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    Why The Hobbit is not The Lord of the Rings and why it doesn’t matter

    SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET. Since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit theatres, I’ve been reading a lot of articles, blogs and comments online about how it has nothing on The Lord of the Rings trilogy that came out a few years ago. That it’s too light, too simple, too funny and generally not befitting a series that has so far been of epic nature. And finally, there’s been much said for and against Peter Jackson and co deciding to convert a small, thin book into three movies. A lot of it is misconception…

  • Alethiometer (His Dark Materials trilogy - Phillip Pullman)
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    His Dark Materials trilogy and writing.

    This is something I noted down in my journal at the start of the year. Has an interesting thought for everyone in a creative field/career. Do you have any other rules you generally like to follow? Share them in the comments below, would love to read them. Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Good books, all three of them. But not ones that I’ll go back to and read again and again and again. The creation of the different worlds of the books is intricate, well-crafted, full of depth and very imaginative. The characters are believable, three-dimensional and very realistic.…

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