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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mudbound by Hillary Jordon

Title: Mudbound
Author: Hillary Jordon
Publisher:Algonquin Books of Chappel Hill
Price:Rs 802
Pages: 339
ISBN: 1565126777
Genre:Historic fiction
Rating:4.5 out of 5
Source:Personal


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Summary:
from the back cover:
In Jordan's prize-winning debut, prejudice takes many forms, both subtle and brutal. It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura's brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.

Review:
I wanted to read "When she woke " but couldn't find that one so ended up getting this book by the same author...Laura's life is always full of surprises ,when she had almost given up for a married life, Henry happens., with her share of happiness with two kids Amanda and Isabella she gets her next shot of surprise when her husband Henry decides on farming much to her dismay the expected house was never found forcing her into a life in shacks that she readily calls as mudbound...Her next set of troubled surprise appears in the form of her father -in law Pappy he mostly stays drunk being miserable and a contagious at that, Jamie Henry's younger brother also joins him at their farm house..Though Laura is taken by Jamie's strength but soon faces the true self that Jamie is...We are also introduced to a similar lady lead in the form of  Florence who heads the family of Jacksons.,their difference being the skin tone Jacksons are black while McAllan are white.. Ronsel son of Florence is a WWII war hero who served in 761st tank battalion..

Jamie and Ronsel with the similar background can understand each other, but the racism stop from intermingling...The story is set in 1940s Mississippi and begins with the death of Pappy , the novel unfolds as a rewind tale...Ronsel moving with the white hand in hand during the war is confused with the way his life has taken a turn back at his home town., filled with prejudice and hierarchy....His friendship with Jamie goes on well but threatened by the people ...And the climax is of course on a sad note, but well if things didn't turn out like this I am sure the otherwise realistic tale would have sounded very much fake...

Laura is a character that you would take a look on..She is not the kind of strong willed and determined protagonist the readers would admire but she is the kind of lady who with her strong sense of observation and flexibility  copes up with any kind of situation which will leave you thoroughly impressed ...She sounds low at times, many times selfish, yet she is fair to her black maid Florence devoid of any racist outlook like the people in town...In spite being educated she is forced to live in shacks as her husband loses the house to a sharp bidder...She is the land lady yet not rich or better than the Florence and her family...

Another contrast was in the characters of Jamie and Ronsel, both are war heroes struggling to find a niche into normalcy...Their everyday post trauma of war and the vantage of people around them drive them nuts yet they have to cope up for the day to come...This is the kind of story that would stay with you even after you have read it... But be prepared for the bitter climax...After reading this I am much looking forward to read "When she woke"...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review:Rekindled by Tamera Alexander

Title: Rekindled
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Thorndlike Press
Genre: Christian historical fiction/Romance
Format:pdf
Rating:3.5 out of 5
Source: friend

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It was one of my friends who send this book to me and just going by the genre I didn't pick up this book for long..Finally I gave upon over her insisting...I love to read romantic novels...Off late though I haven't been able to do ample justice to it....This book was passed on to me from a friend...As the title suggests its about the rekindled love between Katryn Jennings who leaves behind her family and wealth for the love of her life Larson..But soon after her wedding she moves to Colarado Territory and discovers that her marriage is not on par with the happily ever after tale.Small misunderstandings,  conflicts creates much trouble between the couple slowly drifting away from each other..On a stormy Christmas eve Larson disappears leaving Katryn all alone with her grief and sadness, yet somehow she believes that Larson is alive somewhere..His absence rekindles the love and romance that they had missed with their saturating companionship..With a child yet to be born  she keeps his dream of their home from falling apart..All of a sudden she is attracted to the disfigured ranch for no reason and strangely he watches over her as her guardian angel till the story sewed together into perfection..She also finds help from unexpected quarters @ Annabelle a local prostitute..Will Larson emerge  after standing up various hardship to reach Katryn???, well read the book to know more  ...The book picks on the flame of love that brightens after ten long years...

Rekindled explores the distance strengthening the bond between two lovers to portray the faith and trust in the love of each other...Even as the relationship had become not so comfortable to each other , their absence lets them know the real value of in each others lives...I enjoyed the romantic moments between Larson and Katryn, the classic vintage romance..I am not sure if I would read the subsequent books of the series..I didn't go gaga over the book nor I was put off..The book has a warm and wonderful moments but may not appeal as a whole....

Book 5 for TBR challenge

Teaser Tuesday (3)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by should be reading ..Anyone can play along!!!!!! Just do the following :



  • Grab your current read
  • Open a random page
  • Share two (2)  "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the books for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants  can add the book to their TBR  Lists if they like your teaser !!
 Chasing the Monsoon by Alexander Frater

The wonderful rain made me to re- read this book, as a token of my love for the clime and to write about it during the week...

"This wilfulness (of monsoon) puzzled the weather men and frightened the politicians; a failed monsoon could mean riots and lost elections."

"They, long accustomed to its ancient rhythms and sturdy reliability, found its absence as shocking as, perhaps , a death or madness in the family."  (p-23)


Book review:Circle of three by Rohit Gore

Title:Circle of three
Author: Rohit Gore
Publisher: Grapevine Publication
Price: Rs 100
Pages: 256
ISBN:9381841152
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Publisher


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Summary
Its is a story of three people who have lost all hope in life.One day , their paths cross and their destinies are forever changed...

Review:
I loved the cover.The cover itself gives a glimpse of what lies ahead..Three different people thirteen year old Aryan Khosla, thirty three old Ria Marathe, sixty three year old Rana Rathod, live through the same feeling of disdain ,loss, neglect... Ria successful script writer is grief striken with her husband and her only son's untimely demise leaving her all alone, to add to the agony, she discovers that her husband had been cheating on her all along, to overcome it all suicide seem to be the only antidote , and she chooses D day as her birthday...Aryan born to an affluent couple surrounded by wealth but no love and care leaving him with low self esteem that he often wishes to be invisible, he has a mother with heavy drinking habit ,always seen with a glass of it rather spending time with her son..The house is a heavily packed arena for late night parties and social gathering, while Rana the third character was once a well known writer and author of couple of path breaking work but now he is long forgotten by his readers and his books are out of print...His rapport with children are for the worse , leaving him grumpy and unfriendly....Call it destiny or way of life their path is on a cross road where they share their despair and the hopes that has been shattered for ever, from there on their lives are changed for good forever...

It was the cover like I said that allured me into this book..I am really not comfortable with a plot where the strangers meet and things happen over their journey stuff because I have read enough of it and there is always a cliche of actions attached to it...But from the start the narration was gripping , and  I had no issues getting into the swing real fast...With the slow start as the plot changed to Aryan things started to pick on pace...The plot effortlessly moves through the three generation without any flaw...Gore paints brilliantly the neglect of the Aryan, heart ache of Ria and desperation of Rana Rathod comes across so beautifully...I thoroughly enjoyed the plot Aryan had to counter bully, Ria's mood wing, Rana's stationary phase of life all in single shot....That being said the changing panorama as the plot shifts through the three characters gives a vantage so different given in the same situation...The book is a good combo of hope, inspiration and surviving the odds..

Book 25 on SAC

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Post

  

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer..It's a chance to share the news...A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received  and share news about what it is coming up on the blog  for the week ahead....

With the monsoon long gone plus the soaring heat it was a welcome surprise  to wake up to the pitter patter on my window...Beneath the morning crescent,waiting for the glint of sun. I really didn't mind waking up early in the morning...Just to sit back in the cosy comfort of my pillow sipping my morning coffee a flint of smile dawned upon my face which wow its Sunday..My day I call, today I took the day all to myself ..How was your weekend???

Today I gathered ample time to immerse myself in reading but weekdays already look busy..Ad there are no blog tour for the month, its going to be the books I have picked up along and the ones sent to me from  publishers/authors...Good week ahead...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Book Review: Intimate Strangers by Anne M Strick- Blog Tour

Title: Intimate Strangers
Author: Anne M Strick
ISBN: 1453776257
Genre:Social issues
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Review copy- RABT

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Summary:
Rich. complex, compassionate story of a contested adoptionand the two women lawyers who join hands to save a small boy's life...

Review:
Georgie Allcheck and Dru Cunningham " the princess and Pauper" duo are attorneys with adoption as their area of expertise... Their work leads them to work closer to pregnant woman, promising possible adoption, prospective couple ,they also represent adoption disputes...Timothy Janus is a two year  boy adopted by Lara and Theo Janus, with the biological father emerging out of blue claiming for his paternal right there starts a tale of battle of legal right, responsibility, love, care , hope and despair....Though initially reluctant to take up the case they do everything to get justice to the child...

Human complexities are unveiled by every layer being dissected in the tale where Anne Strick explores the extremities of humans can subject themselves upon...Depredation of Janus' upon losing their adopted son who has become their soul reason of survival is strikingly portrayed..You can't help but be involved through the tale of loss and hope....Apart from the emotional instincts , the legal, and ethical side of adoption and the nuances involved are depicted in an enlightening way....The plot is powerful though the character slip a wee bit at times , yet Strick revives them into a new horizon adding to them new life for a better reading...The additional plot captured are quite captivating...The characters of that of attorneys and the Janus' family were so well done that at no point the reader can render a string of sympathy for the biological parent...The compassion with which Georgie and Dru fight the case unfolding many other vantage about the adoption and the clairvoyant approach to it only builds the plot very constructively...Many a times ideology takes up  a personal preference that may not go by the regular bench mark, that is truly presented well all through the novel....

The passion for work lead Georgie and Dru to wade and surf beyond the  line...The language is flawless with its elegant portrayal taking special care of each and every angle all through... I loved the way Georgie and Dru came up together to stand up for the Janus all through the twists and turns...They put in every effort  bringing in detail to the argument ... Theirs is a well balanced partnership complementing each other..Their mental agony dealing with emotional moments during  case, their internal struggle to to keep work all away from heart yet somehow getting it all mixed up in the middle are all done well..Even when things went complex with its strange shades, the realist characters questioning the moral side of life very practically makes it a wonderful read..I would recommend this for anyone looking for a serious read with some real stuffs..Being that said the book has a slight smear of romance too, so all in all it would make a good read...

About author

Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director,  and  with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others.  She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Review:The Mistaken by Nancy S.Thompson-Blog Tour

Title:The mistaken
Author: Nancy S. Thompson
Publisher: Saphire Publisher
Genre: Psychological thriller
Rating 4 out of 5
Source: Review copy- RABT

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Summary:
Tyler from a perfect life slips down to a life with nothing to look forward..His brother Nick with his Mafia affliction is only driving things in to a wrong end..Through various twists and turns in heavily entertaining tale Tyler goes to save his brother his only family and his own self from loss and remorse... 

Review:
Tyler Karras  Ty is a perfect man in every sense, going by the rules,hard working ambitious with a zest for life, hard core romantic with a peace and calm surrounding him..Leaving behind London his dream was to go for bring which he does in time..But this was never the case with his younger brother Nick, drunken, drug addict he always needed Ty brother ( he chose to call him ) for rescuing him from every trouble he gets into..Though Ty tried his level best to get him on track, that never seemed to be enough...First losing his parents and his baby sister in a tragic accident, Ty is rid by the grief of letting Nick to drive the car ...In spite of all this Ty pulls himself together with the help of Jillian , Jill his fiancee and the love of his love...Ty best effort doesn't stop Nick from getting into  San Fransisco Russian Mafia, finally accepting his life and getting on his own...Cherishing and relishing every moment with his newly wed wife and the child yet to be born everything falls apart as she is killed with their unborn child also dead...Just before her death they the couple had been dealing with a credit card fraud which Ty had asked Jill to ignore..Now he realizes if only had he paid more attention to his wife's need and pain she may not have died..Ridden by guilt, self remorse and a racing vengeance to get to people who stole away everything from him he also turns to alcohol and Nick helps him to pursue everything Ty wants..But here they make the fatal mistake , they go for the wrong person the new victim Hannah, now wait there is more to the tale ,Nick's life is at stake as Ty had a pact with the Russian Mafia to let him lose after their kill, but now Ty feels responsible pulling Nick and Hannah into this...From then on starts the higher power thriller that goes through various twist and turns...

Ty comes across as a wonderful guy too good that at times the goodness irritates lol, he lives his dream, but  his major problem is he always chooses to be defensive about everything still he carries out every responsibility well..Ty and Jill share a wonderful life together, their moments together are real treat to read...

As the story unfolds,the darker side of human feelings are  explored well.. When struck by grief the internal demon takes over, clouding on the logic and reasoning turning a person driven by anger with extreme side of behavior..Nick and Ty share a weird yet a warm relationship, their love for each other, the disappointments surfaces well..After the death of Jill their relation reconstructs for good...Hannah's life is thrown apart with a stranger running after her and the way she handles her otherwise worse life is also quite convincing...As the characters fill through the novel giving less space for the overall plot I missed further details of the their lives, but nevertheless as the book was thoroughly entertaining, I had nothing much to complain...The book sprints away after the first half and I left the depth of the novel ebbing away..Yet the twist and turns really made up for it..The book is an apt for a travel and for a quick suspense thriller, thoroughly convincing read...

Excerpt

Tyler dropped my hand and turned away from me, sitting straight along the edge of the sofa. With his elbows resting on his knees and his fingers steepled between his nose and upper lip, he struggled to find the right words. Unable to sit still, he stood and paced the floor.
“Hannah, I’ve explained that you—by proxy, of course—have a price on your head, that you’d been sold already. I’ve been trying to get you out of this deal, but these people Nick and I are mixed up with are reluctant to renegotiate. They’ve already received payment from their client and are just waiting for me to deliver you to them. I’ve explained to Nick’s boss, Alexi, that I’d made a mistake, that I had misidentified you, that I had the wrong girl.” 
Ty shook his head and kept his eyes pinned to the floor.
“From the beginning, Alexi knew I was intending retribution against Erin, and since he would directly benefit from it, he was only too willing to accommodate me, but essentially, he doesn’t care about the reasoning behind the plan. All he cares about is that I owe him his, uh…merchandise. Merchandise he’s already sold and been paid for. He only cares about closing the deal. I told him I would repay the price his boss, Dmitri, had accepted, with interest, and he could refund the money to his client. But he’s not willing to do that. Nick said it’s not about the money for Dmitri, it’s about power. They can’t allow themselves to be screwed with, to look weak.”  
He stopped pacing, stuffed his hands in his pockets, and stared out the window.
“I told Alexi I would never turn you over—an innocent girl—to be used that way. At this point, I couldn’t even do that to Erin.”  
Tyler’s focus wavered and he choked up. He looked down at his feet and continued, his brow knitted tightly together.
“We argued over this point for some time without coming to an agreement, so Alexi felt…  He felt it…necessary to secure some kind of...insurance policy—leverage, you might say—to compel me to complete the deal by our prearranged deadline.” 
Tyler dropped his hands to his sides and tightened them into fists. He glanced over his shoulder and looked me in the eye.
“Hannah, Alexi has my brother, and he will kill him if I don’t comply.”

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Review:Just this once by Rosalind James- Blog tour

Title:Just this once
Author: Rosalind James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 .5 out of 5
Source: Review copy -RABT

Summary  
Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes.  Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once. . .

Drew Callahan is happy to help Hannah find all the fun she's been missing. But as much as he's shared with her, he's kept one very big secret. And learning the truth, now that she's back home again, has made Hannah warier than ever. Drew knows that she's right for him. But how can he convince her to let down her guard enough to explore what they could have together?

Review:
Losing her father at an early age of twelve and a mother slipping down into a web of grief,  Hannah Montegomery had to step on the shoes of a mother and be a father figure growing up too quickly for the sake of her younger brother Matt and sister Kristen...Working hard into a career she is gown to be comfortable, she loves orderliness and high end responsibility..With all the towering work  with wonderful colleague, friends and family she spends little time for herself..With her long overdue of a vacation she has never taken,  she decides on New Zealand going by the landscape through the movie Lord of Rings...Out of blue enters Drew Callahan in to her life ,whose overwhelming presence and manners intimidate her , having spend three weeks of a dream come reality with her fantasy man she is unable to shake off her dream against the reality..But to her surprise the dream follows her, Drew taking every opportunity to be with her... There is more in the store as she embarrassingly discovers him to be a star Rugby player and  "All Black" , the national team captain...With her siblings moving away into their own shelf of independent life, Hannah is left all alone again, but now Drew comes filling in wrapping her up through all...But her insecurities surfaces vividly just as Drew wants to take step ahead to make their relationship more concrete beyond dating, dinner and lovy dovy talks...With the reality striking and the situation demanding her quick decision Hannah finds very things slipping away...

Rosalind James has worked her way to allure the reader into New Zealand, with its exotic beaches, picturesque island and exquisite cuisine...I wanted to grab my bag  for a long vacation...The romance is beautifully done, there were times when  I looked away from the screen to smile upon the beauty that love can only bring in...Its just not the romance that would appeal the reader, a lending ear of a friend through Sussanah, love and care of Hannah's colleague Emery and Beth, frantic sibling issues all make it a good read... Hannah's reserved and adventurous spirit definitely went well with me and of course who wouldn't like the dashing and debonair Drew!!!...This one would be a great pick for anyone who love a short and sweet romantic flick...

About author:

Rosalind James is the author of three romance/women’s fiction novels in the "Escape to New Zealand" series, and is hard at work now on the fourth book. A marketing professional and publishing industry veteran, she has lived all over the United States and in a number of other countries, traveling with her civil engineer husband. Most recently, she spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries.
Rosalind self-published the first three books in the “Escape to New Zealand” on August 31, 2012, and offered the first book, “Just This Once,” as a free download through Amazon’s Kindle Select program on September 7. The book was downloaded over 14,500 times in three days, reaching #2 in Women’s Contemporary Fiction, #7 in all Romance, and #23 among all free Kindle books. Within four days of the promotion, James had sold over 800 books, and “Just This Once” had reached #82 in Women’s Contemporary Fiction in the Amazon store. James credits the book’s overnight success to the fact that “everyone would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!
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Excerpt

“I have a commitment in Auckland tomorrow,” Drew told her when he had docked at the marina and they were back in the ute again. “But I’ll be here the next day. Can I take you to dinner?”
“Sure. I’ll be here four more days, and I’d like that.”
He frowned. “Where are you off to next?”
“Rotorua. Not sure I’m pronouncing it right. That seems to be someplace I need to visit. Where they have the geothermal area. But I wanted a week here first. My beach vacation.”
“Yeh,” he smiled. “I know Rotorua, a bit. I’ll pick you up at seven-thirty, then, day after tomorrow.”
“What should I wear?” 
“Noplace too posh on the Coromandel. What you had on yesterday was good.”
“Good to know. I’ll look forward to it. And thank you for today. I loved it. That was one of the best adventures I’ve ever had.”
“Led an exciting life, have you?” he asked drily. 
“Not so much,” she admitted. “Making up for it a bit now, I guess. Almost drowning yesterday, and going for my first snorkel today.”
“Glad to help with your adventures,” he assured her as he pulled up to her motel.
By the time he came around to help her out of the tall vehicle, she had already opened the door and hopped down.
“You’re disappointing my mum again,” he sighed. “Here I was, ready to show you my manners, and you didn’t give me the chance.”
“Tell your mother I’m very impressed, so far. And thanks again,” she said as she turned at her motel door.
And that’s as far as you’re getting today, boy, he told himself. Never mind, he had a fair bit of determination. And every intention of using it.
“I’ll see you day after tomorrow, then.” He took her by the shoulders and kissed her gently, his mouth moving over hers, keeping it soft. And felt the zing of the contact straight down to his groin. Oh, yes. There was chemistry there, no worries.
He stepped back and saw her smiling up at him, pulled her closer, and kissed her again with a bit more heat, giving into temptation and letting his tongue briefly touch the deep bow of her upper lip. He’d been staring at that bow all day, and he was only human, after all. He let her go at last, and watched as she unlocked her door and stepped inside.
Four more days. Good as gold.

Book Review:Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Title: Hotel du Lac
Author: Anitha Brookner
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pages: 192
Price: Rs 450
ISBN:0679759328
Genre: Woman's Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Source: Personal



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Summary
Hotel du Lac tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a psudonym. When her life begins to resemble plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to restore her to her senses. But instead of peace and rest, Edith finds herself sequestered at the hotel with an assortment of love's casualities and exiles. She also attracts attention of a wordly man determined to release her unused capacity for mischief and pleasure.

Review
Edith Hope is an English author whose genre is romance , now she is on a self imposed exile at a Swiss hotel, during off season ..There she meets fellow guests majority being women...These are array of people whom she meets include Mrs Iris Pussey, widow ,she is rich and glamorous  accompanied by her devoted daughter Jennifer , she is too thin which is amusingly put in, Lady Monica and her dog, Madame de Bonneuil, she sent out of her home by her sister in law, hence she carries an aura of that of a depressed soul being ..Initially Edith's decision to come over to this old fashioned hotel is a mystery..She composes letters to David that describe her day today affair in the hotel with immense details of the people she has been meeting..But David is a married guy , and thankfully this is not the main focus of the book then enters Mr Neville rich and single , guest of the hotel and they slip into a relation which you can't define ii to be very romantic..

She discovers the true nature and feelings of these illustrious lives of these people, which in turn makes her to contemplate upon her life, her decisions, her mistake and the life she has been living so far...People are pretending to hide away from their unhappiness, disdain and self- melancholy...The more she gets closer to these women the more she reflects upon things finally getting a clear cut vantage...Through the novel we also feel a change in the way Edith sees things, her judgement on people that her rich experience has brought in her...Through the first half Edith spends much time guessing the age of mother daughter duo, later she lets things be..There are some eccentric , whimsy, funny moments all along...

The specialty of novel is that it is not the magic of the plot that drives you ahead but the characters ., their complexities and shedding up of the layers that they seem to carry around...Puseys's relationship with each other was weird and good at the same time ., as the novel progresses their true feelings for each other unfolds well and sound.. At times I felt the characters were under expressed revolving into an orbit of lethargy as I read through...The hotel itself carries an aura of old , yet not being classic about it and the residents somehow reverberated that spirit even more...I loved the overall calm, slow, steady pace of the book...The mix and match of words and sentence were simply brilliant to me...I would have loved it even more if the spirit of writing could transcend to the novel itself...Although I liked the book I couldn't figure what was so special about this book to win a Booker Prize...

Book 4 for TBR challenge


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

www Wednesdays

It is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should be reading ...To play along , just answer three (3) questions..
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
And here I go...

Current read

My current read include two non fiction Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie its a memoir which looks promising so far...Pax Indica is a late bloomer my feeling have been mixed for now...

Recently finished


Though I finished couple of others books my very recent reads were the above ..These were all in the shortlist of Man booker prize....

Next  I plan to re- read


These are the two books that I am planning to re- read....

Book review: These is my words by Nancy E Turner

Title: These is my words
Author: Nancy E Turner
Publisher:Harper Perenial
Pages:384
Price: Rs 862
ISBN:0061458031
Genre: Historic fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Borrowed



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Summary:
Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full remarkable existence on a harsh, unfamiliar frontier.Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon- from child to determined young adult to loving mother - she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose...

Review:
Set in towards the end of 19th century the novel is the journal entry of Sarah Prine spanning  for about 20 years...The journal entry begins at the age of seventeen with the start of her journey from New Mexico to Texas by wagon..Tragedy strikes early and hard upon her and the family, her younger brother is killed by a snake bite while her father is killed by the Indian attack...Early events in her life shapes her character..Rather becoming a soul struck by fear., she grows up into a headstrong girl with a high survival instinct that is the reason the zest for life makes her through the going..Early in the novel she showcases her strength while saving her Lawrence girls from Indians and others....Savanaah Lawrence Sarah's sister-in law teaches her to read and write so the self taught Sarah slowly goes up the ladder  into a girl who can read and write fluently...The early journal entry has many grammatical and word errors but it slowly evolves into a poetic prose with lyrical notes..Her family decides to move to San Angelo to raise horses but they are only glad to be alive..Albert and Ernest her older brothers on whom the family responsibility reside decide to move back to Arizona which is almost equivalent to square one, there she feels at home ..Sarah was a sharp shooter a trait that I loved along  her many other positive traits...Her girly feelings are vividly portrayed as she pens down her inclination for two men she comes across..Jack Elliot the Cavalry officer enters her life giving her a taste of romance and love..But many times I felt that her early life hardship didn't let her be open to the relationship creating many unhappy moments through her married life..The pain of childbirth and further years of family life fills up journals, through all these Jack stands out as a man of strength and  endurance..Many a times their life gives a odd picture of frustration and irritability, yet they hang on moving parallel to each other not really merging up...Later as a sign to make up for a better life together Sarah moves to Tucson with children while her heart remains back at home @ ranch...

There are dramatic stroke, adventure that I loved to immerse ..The wonderful capture of Arizona will stay in heart for sometime.. Turner explores all character in depth , but the expanse of historic accounts is on a low note through the later part of the novel..The novel hold on to the reader's emotion well and creates a curiosity for the plot lying ahead..I loved the novel for Sarah and for showcasing a power of people to stand up for themselves during the difficult time in order to live and dream for better...

Book 3 for TBR challenge

Booker Prize winner 2012

And the Man booker prize for the year 2012 goes to Hilary Mantel for her Bring up the bodies..She was my personal favorite too but that wouldn't be fair as I have only read two other books apart from Bring up the bodies.

She becomes only the third author after Peter Carey and J.M Coetzee, to win the prize twice, which puts her in the empyrean..But she is also the first to win the sequel Wolf Hall won in 2009 and the first to win with such a brief interlude between books. Her resusciatation of Thomas Crowell- and with him the historical novel.There is the last volume of her trilogy still to come so her Man booker tale may yet have a further chapter..You can also read long list nomination here and short list nomination here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Book Review: The Dark Lady by R. J Hore : Blog Tour


Title: The dark Lady
Author: R. J Hore
Publisher: Champagne books
Genre: Medival Fantasy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Source:Review copy RABT

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Summary:
A young girl, Nefasti, wakes to discover her father, the King of the ancient kingdom of Vadio, has been poisoned and her mother, the Queen, is near death, leaving her the sole heir to the crown..Princess Nefasti has two main goals, to survive, and to discover who is responsible for the death of her parents. Surrounded on all sides by plots, in order to save her life, is she destined to the side of darkness, or is she simply a misunderstood child? She must find allies and use her wits while trying to hold on to the throne. If I had to look at what prompted the idea for this novel, it was first wondering how certain individuals in fiction or history obtain their reputation, and second, looking at the life of Queen Elizabeth the First as a young girl in a precarious position surrounded by scheming nobles

Review: 
At ten Nefasti loses  her parents The king and Queen , quickly turning to her duty with no time to mourn she is crowned the Queen of Vaido..With her uncles sprawling to seize the kingdom and enemies all around, Queen Nefasti slowly forms her own army swearing them by blood oath..With a mind and heart of a grown up and an open mind, she wanders through the dark through all secret passage with Nox her leopard pet....Fighting through Uncle's viciousness to gain control over her and in turn the kingdom, Nefasti does everything to turn them around from assassination plot to kidnap to arranged marriages..

My serious problem was remembering the characters as they started to pile on..At times I really had to go back and clarify their relationship with Nefasti..But being in the kingdom with a vast country it is only obvious to have so many characters I guess..The best character was of course that of Nefasti's, from a girl of ten years standing by her father's death, witnessing her mother's death, she quickly takes on the shoes of a grown up well in time..Most often her thoughts are ignored in the council yet at times she steals the limelight with her clever one liners...Another specialty of hers she had her way to the right people all along who could stand by the Queen during the difficult time...She has her won mind right from the beginning choosing her dogs Brutus and Bullae in the unusual circumstances and from there on take them with her through her journey...She crushes people vindictively who stand on her path...

There are quotes in the beginning of each chapter that gives a better idea of the chapter..The surprise element of the quote is worth reading...Hore has created a world of Viado getting the readers slowly slip into it...Though the pace was slower as the novel opened ,slowly and steadily things picked on well...Overall you would enjoy the book if you love a stroke of fantasy....

Excerpt

They say she is the Devil’s spawn, born in a cloud of brimstone and sulphur on a night when the peaks echoed with thunder and the castle walls trembled. I know that it is not true, and I should know. I was the midwife; although there was a storm, worse than I’d seen in many a year. She did scream like the Devil when she popped, but it was the cries of her mother, the queen, who drowned her out. Lady Gratia never had been strong, and losing two still-born sons had taken any remaining strength for birthing out of her. The ignorant outlanders whisper drunkenly in the inns that she is evil and cursed; that to gaze upon her face is death. This is a lie! Some careless folk say, when they think no one is listening, she walks across the lake to drink the blood of babes and drain the life force from careless husbands. I know this is also a lie; I have never seen her walk on water.
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            Nefasti knew something was wrong when her old nursemaid Vita peered through the half-open portal, whispered, “Stay here! Do not leave your room,” and quickly closed the door.
            She heard the tortured grinding of the heavy iron key turning the lock and waited a moment, then slipped from her bed, trotted barefoot across the cold stones and pressed her ear against a crack in the worn wood. Heavy footsteps echoed down the hall to stop just on the other side

About the author

A reader of genre fiction since a very early age, got down to serious attempts at writing over thirty years ago, although employment kept getting in the way.
 I did write a considerable amount of non-fiction during my business career, enough to be listed as a professional writer by the Canadian Authors Association.
 Hobbies include trying to keep on the good side of my wife, keeping track of my children and grandchildren, and wrestling the blasted cat off of the keyboard. In my diminishing spare time I sail on Lake Winnipeg and try not to get lost.



Disclosure 
I am a member of Reading addiction blog tour and I received a review copy of the book..The opinions disclosed are honest and I am not affiliate to any third party what so ever..
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