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Book Review: The Last of the Spirits, by Chris Priestley

To take a well-known story and put our own spin on it is challenging. Because the story would be close to the heart of so many people, that the magic in the retelling might not feel as powerful or surreal as the original itself. Continue reading “Book Review: The Last of the Spirits, by Chris Priestley”

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Book Review — The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret, by Christopher Doyle

Historical thriller is a genre that works only if there is a balance between the two genres it combines. It should have the research that makes the historical genre retain its merit, and it should have the pace and action of a thriller. It should make the reader keep turning the pages in expectation of what is to come. Ashwin Sanghi and Steve Berry do that quite well. Could Christopher Doyle join that company with his offering, The Alexander Secret, first part in the Mahabharata Quest trilogy? The cover certainly helped to generate interest in the secrets that the book held. Continue reading “Book Review — The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret, by Christopher Doyle”

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Book Review: The Lincoln Myth, by Steve Berry

I’m not that big a fan of historical fiction, but I devour thrillers on a regular basis. When it’s a thriller based from history, there are very few authors who step up to the plate as brilliant as Steve Berry. I have read a couple of his books before, and after that, I’ve been a fan of his writing. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lincoln Myth, by Steve Berry”

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Book Review: Kamadeva – The God of Desire, by Anuja Chandramouli

Having grown up on a steady dose of stories from Indian mythology, the genre is one that appeals to me a lot. I know the stories of most of the prominent Indian gods and goddesses, but there are those minor gods who do play a part in those stories but aren’t quite remembered, or their stories known well. It was a surprise to see a full novel on one of those gods, especially given the author’s previous novel was about Arjuna from the Mahabharata. Continue reading “Book Review: Kamadeva – The God of Desire, by Anuja Chandramouli”

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Book Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

Some tales are so deeply set in the minds of people that they can’t help but talk of it. And it leaves a mark on the people they talk with and stay years after. They are tales that we never get tired of hearing, or reading or even seeing in a movie. Tales that are, and there is no better word that suits them, evergreen. One such tale is the tale of Scrooge which I had never read, but heard of from friends, and seen as cartoons during Christmas time when I was a child. I finally got around to reading it. Continue reading “Book Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens”