Giran by Sahil Miglani

10:54:00 PM

I was excited for this book as it was hindi poetry. What I forgot that this was written in english script so though it was Easy to read , it lacked that beauty if seeing hindi font.

 There are poems on various feelings and phases of love , loss and other aspects of life that we all can relate to. I liked the poem "apna" that talks about losing people while we keep thinking of stuff we feel bad about. Or the poem "Manzil" which is something that I so agree with. I am not much of a romance reader but the poems on love and longing were sweet.

 The book as a collection of heartfelt poems that have certain charm to begin with but if you are a seasoned poetry lover , you might be disappointed. This is strictly for beginners and those who want to try reading poetry to test the waters. The author though shows promise that with age and practice he can spin a lot more verses to remember him for.

 My rating : 3/5

crime thriller

I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

10:45:00 PM

Agreed, this book is a smash hit and the author is widely hailed as the 'next big thing' among the new breed of women crime writers, but I found the novel to be a pretty average work.

A woman(Ella) accidentally stumbles upon two teenage girls during a train journey only to find out later that one of the girls (Anna Ballard) has gone missing. The book is all about the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of Anna. This 'Gone Girl' meets 'The Girl On The Train' kind of tale is told through the perspectives of it's principal characters -Ella (the witness),Luke (Ella's son),Sarah (the friend), to name a few.The chapters are pretty short and each one ends in a mini cliff- hanger (which was pretty annoying, after a point). The characters are poorly written, their motives and intentions quite patchy to say the least. Also, the reason for the 'guilt-feeling' of Ella and the others is not properly explained.The final twist is just about okay.

On the whole, I am giving a 2.5 out of 5 for this book.



Let Me Go by Shriram Iyer

6:22:00 PM

Best friends Indu and Anshu meet in school and bond over all things innocent and fun. They start ignoring each other  in college but what happens when they part ways is what we call life. When they get a second chance to meet and be friends , it is going to test both of them to the limit to decide how long to hold on to each other. 

Sometimes you start reading a book with some apprehension and expecting to be entertained for a while. And it is good as that allows the book to surprise you in so many ways. This book is a ode to friendship with love. And I am so happy someone wrote , perhaps a little cliched but still a story that so much is believable and close to truth.

Anshu and and Indu have always been best friends and nothing more. Even in their differences , they have not thought to hurt each other though Indu's actions however selfish , have always been for love and to make her relationship work. When Anshu falls in love and decides to marry , he has no plan to think of his past life but it still comes to crash the party. How he manages his friendship while juggling with everything else is beyond imagination.

This is a story of messed up priorities , reckless loving and living. It talks of dreams and how we get derailed from achieving that. There is no judgement , nothing wrong or right in friendships sometimes.  This is a well plotted and inspiring story. The story pulls you along very easily. There is no pretense or lofty ideas in there. It is a simple book that is meant to make you feel good when you finish.

I really enjoyed this book and am so glad I spent one weekend with these characters.

My rating : 4/5


Antiphon - Ken Scholes

3:37:00 PM

Book 3 of "Psalms of Isaak'

Read about the previous books HERE

ISBN - 9780765321299
GENRE - Fantasy
PAGES - 384

AUTHOR - Ken Scholes

SYNOPSIS - Nothing is as it seems to be.

The ancient past is not dead. The hand of the Wizard Kings still reaches out to challenge the Androfrancine Order, to control the magick and technology that they sought to understand and claim for their own.

Nebios, the boy who watched the destruction of the city of Windwir, now runs the vast deserts of the world, far from his beloved Marsh Queen. He is being hunted by strange women warriors, while his dreams are invaded by warnings from his dead father.

Jin Li Tam, queen of the Ninefold Forest, guards her son as best she can against both murderous threats, and the usurper queen and her evangelists. They bring a message: Jakob is the child of promise of their Gospel, and the Crimson Empress is on her way.

And in hidden places, the remnants of the Androfrancine order formulate their response to the song pouring out of a silver crescent that was found in the wastes.

“Part of me wants justice for this. Part of me wants to never cause harm to another.” 
“Watch for the ones who leave your mouth hanging open. Study them, find out what they love and what they fear. Dig the treasure out of their soul and hold it to the light. Then Be like them.” 
“Her laughter was an upbeat song set to a minor key.” 

FL Speak - It took me a while to get into this.

I read the second book 5 years ago. Book 3 was a blur. It was hard to connect and make sense of especially when reviews of this epic series are so less. Why internet, why? After a lot of searching and I really mean a lot, I went back to this and for the third time, Ken Scholes blew me away.

Book 1 and Book 2 were fun. This was a revelation of sorts. The bigger picture is still unknown but what was once myths and legends slowly turned into practicality and logic. The use of magiks and technology is a deadly combo especially when you have a nomadic army, invisible scouts, metal men, blood sacrifices and treasure troves of legends in the deserts.

The desolation of Windwir began the series. By book 3, we are getting to know why exactly someone annihilated an entire city and a race of people. Meanwhile, the canticle is still singing. or ringing is it? Music people can hear. The music they hear in dreams. Music metal servitors hear. I must be mad but I stopped wondering what that it could be. I just know it sings and it requires an answer. 

Halfway down book 3, I've fairly grasped the on-goings of the book. The Named Lands are in danger. Grave, grave danger. Neb, the boy who witnessed the fall of Windwir finds himself in the Churning Wastes, a vast desert hunted by strange women under abnormal magiks. Isaak is in the Named Lands, dreaming about a song. It's a compelling book, making you fall in love with the characters over and over again. We see a hint of a bigger plot with more and more impossibilities coming to a fruition. The Watcher and the Crimson Princess? Who are they and what do they have to with a race of people that came out of nowhere. 

The Named Lands face a threat never envisioned before. And within the Named Lands, there is treachery in plenty. Rudolfo and Jin Li Tam face the threat for their baby while the world slowly moves towards its impending destruction.

RATING - 5/5 stars

cover reveal

Cover reveal : Children of Blood And Bone by Tomorrow Adeyemi

11:30:00 AM

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debutChildren of Blood and Bone.

They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise.

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Review: Letters to My Ex

2:30:00 PM

Letters to My Ex Letters to My Ex by Nikita Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so stressed out with work when I started this book late one night. And I finished it in a single sitting. This was so real , so heartfelt and so intimate. I thought of all the sent and unsent emails I wrote in love , after a fight or sometimes even now out of so much overwhelming love that only makes sense with words.This book has no end and no beginning and it doesn't even feel like a story. It is just a whole bundle of letters , texts and emails that together take the reader on this adventure called love and loss. It might be cliched , or cheesy at places. But that's how romance is , that's how it feels comfortable with some one you love.  Brilliant feels to this.

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Harlan Coben

Home By Harlan Coben

7:52:00 AM

Home is the latest title in Coben's Myron Bolitar series and re-unites Myron,Win,Big Cyndi,Esperanza once again for a brand new adventure.Also Joining them in the adventure are Mickey,Ema and Spoon.

Two boys go missing and twelve years later,Win and Myron stumbles upon one of them in London and manage to bring him home ,but not everyone is convinced that he is the real person.This is the basic premise of 'Home'.Myron and Win ,in their trademark style try to solve this mystery but I must confess that 'Home' is one of the weakest works to have come out in Bolitar series.The book is not at all racy and nothing much really happens in the first two hundred +pages of this tale.The twists are far and few in between and not of them are indeed convincing.Too much time is spent in unnecessary detailing and by the time the actual mystery is revealed, the reader loses interest in the whole proceedings.The good thing about the climax is that though the twist is predictable,it manages to move you emotionally (the tail-end twist including Brooke and 'the gun' could have been avoided though).The epilogue reveals a positive event in Bolitar's personal life and I am definitely looking forward to the next one in the series.

On the whole,I am giving this one a 2.75 out of 5.



#Review: Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble

3:09:00 PM

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book with some expectations based on the Goodreads review.  And they were all met but in a way I had not expected. I expected the secrets to be really more sinister and maybe directly hurting the narrator.  But in bargain , the way the secrets impact the people close to them and the everyone's life is so amazingly captured in the book. I hated some characters ,empathized with some and in the end , I fell in love with each one of them. That's how this book hooks the reader and make you feel concerned. This was a beautiful story. Tragic ,but so full of real wise words. I had a hard time letting this one go.

About the Author: 
KaelaCoble lives in Burlington, Vermont, and is a member of the League of Vermont Writers and a graduate of the WoMentoring Project. This is her first novel.


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Ben Tripp

Rise Again - Ben Tripp

11:08:00 AM

Rise Again
Book 1 of "Rise Again'

ISBN - 9781439165164
PAGES - 371
GENRE - Dystopian Thriller
PUBLISHERS - Gallery Books

AUTHOR - Ben Tripp


And a warning that would come all too late . . . 

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun - starting with what might very well be the end of the world. 

Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny's epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . . 

Filled with adventurous human drama - and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut.

FL Speak - If there is a specific dystopian fiction I love, it is zombie apocalypse. 

Who doesn't love Resident Evil or World War Z? The immensely famous "The walking dead" or my favourite "warm bodies"? There's nothing better end of the world stories than humankind rising up from the dead to terrorise those who survived. If you've played the game "last of us", I bet you've wished to be a part of such an world one time or the another. 

I wanted to read The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp and ended up with this one. Boy, I was glad I got this. After a slow, sluggish start the pace skyrockets to an astounding speed. It's like being trapped in an underground Umbrella facility which is full of zombies and you've got a pistol and ten folks to save. 


What started as a personal crusade turned into a sense of duty and obligation. Danielle as the heroine of this book is a character worth loving in this mash of gore and brain parts. Of course she is flawed. No one would send a Lancelot to a zombie story. It's her flaws that is endearing to readers and makes her unpredictable. 

The book ends with a vicious twist. Both personally to Danny as well as to the story for the next book. I've this feeling it wouldn't bode well. Not at all. You see, they're evolving. That's not good. Oh crap.

RATING - 4/5 stars

author interview


12:31:00 PM

In the second part of the conversation,James Barr reveals his softer side and his experiences in the Indian sub continent.

Q:Have you ever got frustrated for having chosen to be a professional writer?
(smiles)yes,you have days when you are researching and you find nothing and there are also times when you are trying to write and get nowhere. But it’s true for every other author as writing is not at all an ‘easy job’. But if you ask me would you be doing anything else,I would say No!

Q:How do you deal with criticism and have you ever been accused of distorting history for selling a couple of more copies?

It depends on what kind of criticism it is. For my last book, some people thought it was hard to follow while some others were of the opinion that it did distort events.At the end of the day,it’s about your conviction in what you have done.As far as You are confident that you have done a pretty honest and balanced version of events without taking sides, you can deal with the criticism in a mature way.

Q:So far,You have written mostly about the Middle-East.Do you plan to do something else with your future works?
Yes,definitely! I am also interested in the relationship between ‘allied countries’ and the ‘tensions’ between them.

Q:Have you ever been to India?
I was invited to the Jaipur Literature Festival last year and I was astonished by the sheer number of people who turned up to hear Shashi Tharoor speak in the festival.You will never see something like that in England.India is an amazing Country.

Q:About Piracy?                           
Piracy in U.K is mostly about the digital copies that get illegally uploaded.But I think ‘hard copy’ piracy is not much of a problem in the U.K.

Q:How easy it is to be a full time-writer in the U.K.?
It’s not at all easy.Very few writers earn decent amount of money by writing full-time.In that sense,I have been fortunate enough.

((Nikhimenon is an Infectious Disease doctor by profession and a freelance book blogger by passion.He has been trained in India and in the U.K.The first part of this conversation can be read here.)

author interview

Conversation with British Author and Historian, James Barr-Part One

12:25:00 PM

(James Barr is a British author and historian. His book on Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab Revolt, ‘Setting the Desert on Fire’, was published in 2006. ‘A Line In The Sand’, on the rivalry between Britain and France for dominance in the Middle East, followed in 2011. His latest work is on the post-war middle East and will be out by mid-2018. In this candid conversation with nikhimenon, he opens up about his work, inspiration and how he deals with criticism.This will be published in two parts,the first part can be read here)

James Barr
Q: What inspired you to be a writer?
Though I started writing when I was quite young, my first big ‘break’ happened about 15 years ago when I got an opportunity to pen down the history of a small organization in London. Immediately after the publication of that book I went to Syria and it was my experience there that served as the real inspiration for my debut work.Fortunately, it got good acceptance and my second work infact grew out of my first book .

Q:There are ‘best-selling’ authors authors who work with  newbie writers to bring out a book.What is your take on that? Do you think it works better that way or the ‘veteran’  is just lending his name for ‘easy money’?
Yes,you do hear about that.There are some authors who work with a team of people ,who inturn basically do the job for them.Well,if you are successful enough ,it’s a way of working. But personally, I would never prefer that kind of work .For me, the excitement of the job I do is about finding things out and if I delegate that job to somebody else, I would lose that ‘sense of discovery’ which is partly what I find exciting about what I do. Secondly, there is also the question of trusting other people’s judgement. As soon as you involve other people in the (writing) process, you are risking your reputation to someone else’s judgement. If the book turns out to be an awful one, it’s you (the ‘brand’) which ultimately suffers!

Q:What are your hobbies?
I used to like drawing. I think it has helped me a lot to kill time while attending extremely boring conferences(chuckles)!

Q: Do you ever plan to write for Television?
Not particularly!

Q: When will your next book come out?
I am just finishing my next book now and it should be out by mid-September ,2018. It’s a history of Anglo-American rivalry in the middle-east from the second world war through to the 1970s.

Q:Do you intend to write fiction at some point of time?
One of the big frustrations when you do these projects is the amount of stuff that you can’t use in the book. Most of the background data don’t go into your book and it’s quite tempting to make a fictional work out of all these ‘junk’ info. But to be very frank, I don’t intend to do something like that in the near future. Mixing fact and fiction quite often leaves a reader confused and having said that, it’s a reality that the style of history writing has changed a lot. People tend to write popular history as if it is fiction. I think I would struggle to ‘invent’ a story as I believe Truth is stranger than fiction.

(Nikhimenon is an Infectious Disease doctor by profession and a freelance book blogger by passion.He has been trained in India and in the U.K.The second part of this conversation will be posted soon.)


Scourge of the Betrayer - Jeff Salyards

4:46:00 PM

Scourge of the Betrayer
Book 1 of "Bloodsounder's Arc"

ISBN : 9781597804066
GENRE : Fantasy
PAGES : 320
PUBLISHER : Night Shade Books

AUTHOR - Jeff Salyards

SYNOPSIS - Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies–or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon’s dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he’s about to find out for himself.

Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men’s enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he’s killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe ... and Arki might be next.

Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe. As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience!

A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire–and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man’s soul.

“You haven’t lived until you’ve grieved. Death, life, together, the same. And if you’ve only experienced life you’re only half-alive.”
“And if that only inflames your curiosity, I say to you, a writer without curiosity is a bird without feathers.”
“Your mugs are weaker than your ale, innkeeper. I regret I have to pay for either.” 
“She regarded me as a seasoned drover might regard a cow.” 
“I'll tell you this much. Men think memories are like murals or statues or truth or whatever happened, never changes none. But that ain't so. They can capture the untruth of something, just as easy. They can change, especially as time leads to time.

FL Speak - Where do I start about this book? The lack of a plot or the immensely lovable uncouth humour? The fantastic characters or the whirwind action sequences?

Scourge of the Betrayer takes you on a ride alongside ill-disciplined mercenaries where swords and flails speak mightier than the words of the scribe through whose POV we muddle across. An opportunist meets an unpredictable man and is left to make choices he never imagined were choices. Stuck between a rock and hard place, our scribe Arki attempts to pierce the mystery of the Slydoon in hopes of seeing himself in a glorified pedestal.

I love such books. I am a sucker for teams and cadres. Be it the Bridgeburners, the Mad Lancers or the Band of the Red Hand. If there are people worth following into battle, I invest more than a little emotion into them. The Slydoon is one such group. Jeff Salyards takes us on a nightmarish journey of gut wrenching fight brutality and a plot loosely tied around the outcome of such fights.

There is a larger story. There has to be. But for once, I'm glad to read a book without thinking too far ahead.

RATING - 4 Stars

book blast

#BookIntro - The immortality trigger by Douglas Misquita

9:44:00 PM

~ The Immortality Trigger by Douglas Misquita ~
a Luc Fortesque adventure thriller

Allied paratroopers raid a secret Nazi research facility. The operation is reported as a success. But, the lone survivor, Benjamin Ezra, knows otherwise. 

A drug lord, El Fantasma threatens to plunge Colombia into an era of bloody drug wars. DEA Country Attaché, Zachary Mason is in charge of a covert operation to remove El Fantasma, with the help of a vigilante, El Angel, and a retired undercover agent, Raymond Garrett. 

In Naples, INTERPOL agent, Sabina Wytchoff, is investigating the death of her parents, when the Wytchoff family’s association with an ancient cabal comes under investigation. 

After the events of The Apocalypse Trigger, Luc Fortesque, is scouring the world for the man who tested experimental drugs on him. 

Wei Ling works for a shadow Transhumanist faction within China’s State Council, developing drugs that will enhance human longevity. 

Their paths will converge… violently… and conclude the mission that began in 1945.

The Immortality Trigger is also available at all leading eBook retailers

Reviews for The Immortality Trigger:

"...with a storyteller of Misquita’s caliber, you just may need Dramamine before the first chapter is done." -

"For fans of the fast-paced and modern tale with global reach that dabbles in history, this is a perfect storm." - Lydia Peever

Other books in the series:

Douglas Misquita is an action-adventure thriller writer from Mumbai, India. He hammered out his first novel on the keyboard of a laptop with half-a-working-screen, and has been churning out literary entertainment to the tune of a book-a-year. His books have been praised for their pace, locales, intertwined plots, research and visuals - it’s almost like watching a movie… only, this one unfolds across the pages of a book! 

One Paperback Copy of The Immortality Trigger by Douglas Misquita
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domestic thriller

Harlan Coben's 'Missing You'

9:18:00 PM

                      'Missing you' is yet another work of Harlan Coben which I have picked up to read.This is another stand alone- domestic thriller from the master crime writer.The premise is typical Coben.There is a past murder, a forgotten boy-friend who is making a re-entry years later, a single mother who has suddenly vanished without a trace and a female investigator accompanied by a teenage boy trying to solve the mystery and the tail-end twist which is happening in the very last page. It's a stand-alone thriller which is totally worth your time and money.
                   Kat is a NYPD detective who is fighting her past demons.She stumbles upon her ex, Jeff who had ditched her almost two decades earlier in a dating website.There is this teenage boy (Brandon) who is seeking Kat's help as his mother(Diana) has gone missing all on a sudden and is potentially linked to Jeff.In the middle of all this, Kat should also to find out who killed her beloved dad.
                'Missing You' tells the story of Kat,Jeff and Diana. It's an absolute page turner.The writing is fast paced,twist laden with never a dull moment.Go for it!

Verdict- I am giving it a 3.5 out of 5.


Ashok Chopra

Review: Memories of Fire by Ashok Chopra

1:13:00 PM

Memories of Fire Memories of Fire by Ashok Chopra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Memories of fire is a book about five friends in the 1950s who grow up witnessing or being affected by the political and economic changes in India and Pakistan. They meet not so frequently but have lot of letter exchanges and two of them are in habit of keeping a journal, through which we are told a major part of the story.

I have mixed feelings for this book. I think this book is more of a personal recollection of events and places mixed with a fictional story that is not linear at all. Even in flashbacks , there is not a clear flow. There are letters and paragraph that read like a wikipedia posts , so dry and to the point. While you may enjoy those nuggets at times as per your interest, area,  it takes away attention from the story. Some places I did not want to go back to the fictional part of the book at all , so good was the setting and details of the real events. I really could not add up the two in many chapters. The book appears to be inspired from true people and events from the author's life but the fictionalization is a little too sketchy.

It makes an okay read for people who do not like historical fiction at all.

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crime thriller

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan

7:58:00 AM

Vanishing Girls Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book started with the right note , right amount of tension and hook in the plot. Jo is a suspended police officer and with multiple crimes happening in the city, it is just too weird for her to be sitting out.

She gets involved first by chance and then her instincts refuse to shake off the feeling that something is off. Mixed with her personal problems , the case of the vanished girl makes an engaging read. But the pseudo end to the book was a little abrupt. And after that, it became a little hard to wait for it to end. At one point it bothers you that  so many people had a doubt and yet no one acted on it. This is a  fast engaging read , a little disturbing though with the theme of abuse.

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David Gemmell. Series - The Drenai Saga

Legend - David Gemmell

2:48:00 PM

Book 1 of "The Drenai Saga"

ISBN - 9780345379061
PAGES - 345
GENRE - Fantasy
PUBLISHER - Ballantine

AUTHOR - David Gemmell

SYNOPSIS - Druss, Captain of the Axe, whose fame was legendary, had chosen to wait for death in a mountain hideaway. But mighty Dros Delnoch, the last stronghold of the Drenai Empire, was under threat from Nadir hordes who had destroyed everything else in their path. All hope rests on the skills of one man.


“Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.”  
 “Nothing of real worth can ever be bought. Love, friendship, honour, valour, respect. All these things have to be earned.”   
“We make choices everyday, some of them good, some of them bad. And - if we are strong enough - we live with the consequences.”  
“I may be stupid, as you say, to believe in honour and friendship and loyalty without price. But these are virtues to be cherished, for without them we are no more than beasts roaming the land.”  
“May all your dreams but one come true, for what is life without a dream?” 

FL Speak - Mixed feelings.

This book is hailed as a classic when it comes to Fantasy. More so because it is written by Gemmel and the winner of the David Gemmel award every year gets the replica of the 
axe Druss uses in this. Yes, an actual replica. No medals or trophies, the axe is the ultimate symbol of being a master in fantasy. Sanderson won it, Rothfuss won it so you can imagine how famous the history is.

Let's get back to the story. Legend is what you get when you take away the fries, the coke, the stupid lettuce from the hamburger. You're left with the ham. A pretty great ham. Legend is supposed to be about one man, Druss. But once you get into it, you 
realise the sum of the parts is always greater than the whole.

Legend is the story of Druss and death. It is the story of the fort of Dros Delnoch who stands alone against a mighty force. It is the story of plain stupidity, glimmers of hopes and tall tales of the past. There is no fluff, no detailed magical systems. The writing is flawed, conversations that 
don't make sense. This is the simple tale of a man who refuses to die.

When Gemmel wrote this, as you all know by now, he was diagnosed with cancer. This is his brave tale of refusing to give up against an enemy that can't be defeated. Gemmel had a story to tell and he did. The book sorely lacks worldbuilding and makes up 
for it by the sheer strength of the direction to the plot.

Need to read more. 

4/5 stars


Notes on 'The Luckiest Girl Alive'

8:25:00 AM

                'The Luckiest Girl Alive' is apparently the debut work of model-turned- writer Jessica Knoll.The book tries to tell the story of Ani Fanelli,who had a troubled life as a teenager.

              The cover screams loud that it is the next 'Gone Girl'(and it even has a 'Girl' in it's title,incase you have missed it's 'aspiration'). After having finished about fifty percent of this mammoth 400+pages book (I am trying hard to finish the rest), I can confidently say that it's no where close to the Gillian Flynn masterpiece.Jessica struggles to maintain the tone of the book which remains inconsistent through out.The reader never gets to know whether it's a satire(on wedding planning and the 'weight loss exercise')or a dark psychological thriller.There is a graphic description of rape and torture and a supposedly shocking revelation about violence at school,but when the writing is inefficient,all the efforts generate mixed results.The writing is not at all fast paced and the constant back and forth narrative just manages to confuse the reader.On the whole,I am giving it a 2 out of 5. If you loved this book,kindly let us know!


Claire North

Touch - Claire North

5:11:00 PM


ISBN - 9780316335928
PAGES - 426
GENRE - Fiction

AUTHOR - Claire North

SYNOPSIS - Kepler had never meant to die this way — viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place.

Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.

Instead of dying, Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into another person’s skin and see through their eyes, live their life — be it for a few minutes, a few months or a lifetime.

Kepler means these host bodies no harm — and even comes to cherish them intimately like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth — and avenge Josephine’s death.


“There is no loneliness more lonely than to be alone in a crowd. No awkwardness more unsettling than the inside joke you do not comprehend.” 

“Nothing is ever quite enough. No matter who you are, there’s always something more to be had, which could be yours if only you were someone else.” 

“True fear is the fear of doubt; it is the mind that will not sleep, the open space at your back where the murderer stands with the axe. It is the gasp of a shadow passed whose cause you cannot see, the laughter of a stranger whose laugh, you know, laughs at you.” 

FL Speak - *deep breathe*

Claire North. You amazing, wonderful writer! 

Have you read "The Fifteen Lives of Harry August"? Go read that now. And then, return to this. Claire is to thriller what Sanderson is to fantasy. A racy plot and a whole different system. 

Who would NOT want to be Kepler? The protagonist. Who would not want to jump from body to body, living your life to your fullest in a different skin, every year or week or hour or for a few mins. You can be Tom Cruise today and Maria Sharapova tomorrow, a whore in a red light area or the POTUS. This is what we have been missing in books for so long. Creativity. Claire North makes it ridiculously simple. 

Be an immortal within boundaries. Hah! Even Gods have issues. A bit of Jumper and a bit of the Host, mash it together with more brains and a chase and we have Touch. This book made me jump up and down, giddy with relief, taut with fear. What do you to when you can be someone else with just a bare touch? And specially what do you do when someone knows what you're capable of and is hunting you? 

Or bring the fight to them? When you've managed to live for centuries and faced off one foe or the another, nothing seems too dangerous. And when you don't see it coming, what would you do? 

Go pick this one up. It's one of those books that never lets you keep down.

RATING - 5/5

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

7:11:00 PM

         Shari Lapena's 'The Couple Next Door' was one book which I had wanted to read for quite long. It took me almost a year to get hold of this book, but then, once I had it with me, it took me only a couple of hours to finish reading it! Though it had shades of 'The Girl On the Train' and 'Little Face' ,it turned out to be a true page-turner and totally worth the money spent on it.

        Anne is a new-mom and she lives with her husband Marco who is quite supportive of her and her child.They get invited for a dinner by their next-door neighbours and in the process leave their baby at home alone only to realize later that she has gone missing.This suspense filled novel is all about their efforts to get Cora (the baby) back.

       The writing is crisp and fast paced and we get to know many intricate details of Anne and Marco as a couple. There are plenty of twists and turns and at no point of time the reader gets bored. Although the build up was quite good, the climax was pretty lame, I felt.

       On the whole,'The Couple Next Door' is an interesting read.It doesn't have much depth but is definitely a paisa- vasool time pass read! I am giving it a 3 out of 5.



Review: The Nine-Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat

12:28:00 AM

The Nine-Chambered Heart The Nine-Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has each one of us in the cast, and sometimes many different versions of same person. We might judge the protagonist at times , and ignore her actions at other z but there was always a sense of understanding for her behave too. I had to pause at times to think of some of the stories ai have heard and made that so much were reflected in the book.

The book not just tells us nine different stages of same life , of loving but also the connections in each was subtle and yet a good reminder that it's the same mysterious person.

The setting of the book is so randomly vague that it can be any city. Same has been done with the lady in question
Janice's writing style is fresh, real, honest and so much full of kindness for those whom we love, even when reality is so hard.

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Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames

5:06:00 PM

Book 1 of "The Band"

ISBN - 9780316362474
PAGES - 502
GENRE - Fantasy

AUTHOR - Nicholas Eames

SYNOPSIS - Glory never gets old

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. 

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.


“As individuals they were each of them fallible, discordant as notes without harmony. But as a band they were something more, something perfect in its own intangible way” 

“You should write a book," Matrick suggested.
Kit snorted. "Who wants to read the self-pitying lamentations of an old revenant?"
"There's your title right there," said Ganelon.”

“Well, you see how big he was. Apparently he broke through a latrine seat and drowned in the sewage below.” A shitty way to go.”

“Clay smiled like a man who’d won first place in a “Whose Life Sucks the Most” 

FL Speak - There are books that you collect, read and keep it in your shelves among other hundreds. And then there are books that you make sure people notice it. This is one such book.

Kings of the Wyld is a tale of heroes, friends, old legends and war. It is also a story of the one thing that is almost always common to epic fantasy - hope against all odds. And it still doesn't make it any less interesting.

The mercenary band 'Saga' reminded me a lot about Steven Erikson's Bridgeburners. Mercenaries, cutthroats and war. I finished it in one reading, foregoing food and fiancee. Although I'll be paying the price soon enough, it was definitely worth it.

The war scenes were particularly intense with a lot of wtf moments. The fact that I was laughing aloud in between some sombre sequences does go to show how the author has brilliantly added humour without going overboard. Even though this is book 1, this can very well be a standalone novel. And that makes me worry. Because the heart refuses to accept that this might very well be the end of something that I cherished.

RATING - 5/5

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Review: Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

7:36:00 AM

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are some stories that are doomed from the beginning. And I knew it to be true for this book. I think that is the only reason i took a little more time with the book.

The book is about the affair of an old divorcee Binta and the very young local thug Reza. It is a story of how this one relationship affects their family and their own life. The writing style of the book is very straightforward. There is no fancy poetic feel to the prose but it is rather rustic and it works best to add charm to the setting. The characters are so much detailed and engaging. Though the story moves a little back and forth , it never loses interest. The book shows the history of the city and the political landscape as it progresses with the personal stories about marriages, courtship and the web of extended families.

Such a brilliant story telling and absolutely heart breaking end. I really wanted it to end differently for Binta and I will remember her story for a long time.

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