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Book Review: Sleeping on Jupiter, by Anuradha Roy

There are these books that come once in a while which appeal to you because of the blurb and the title. This is one, but it appealed to me because the blurb made the book more mysterious, than shed light on what lay ahead. A variety of characters, seemingly independent of each other’s stories, weaving in and out through the book; how can their disconnected lives be connected, I wondered. And that’s what Anuradha Roy does through this book. She connects them in a way I couldn’t quite have expected. Continue reading “Book Review: Sleeping on Jupiter, by Anuradha Roy”

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Book Review: The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly

When one of my favorite authors releases a new novel, it usually gets top priority in my reading list. One such author is Matthew Reilly. I’ve read almost all his books, and have most of them in my shelf. When this book The Great Zoo of China came to my hand, the cover design itself gave me an idea of what to expect. The question was, would it live up to the billing and be a brilliant novel? Come on, bringing dragons into the picture, that was already a point in favor of the novel. A friend said – maybe it’s like Jurassic Park. Continue reading “Book Review: The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly”

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Book Review: Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Sequels are fun when the first book of the series is enjoyable. Though it inadvertently becomes judged by that first book too. If the first book was amazing, could it live up to that? If the first book was mediocre, then can it be amazing and make even the first book seem acceptable? And in the case of this book, can the beloved character of Alice be just as adorable and interesting as she was in the first book. Continue reading “Book Review: Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll”

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Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland – I think the name of the book itself makes you smile, for that’s another part of childhood that we can’t let go that easily. It’s something I do when I need to re-find my love for reading. Go back and read what I loved, and discover that magic again. To be really honest, I don’t quite remember reading this book then, so it was almost like a new experience reading it now. And it was fun. Continue reading “Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll”

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Book Review: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

How wonderful it is to go into a book, fall into its world and come out with a smile. Especially when it is a children’s book, the trip through its many pages feel more refreshing, for with it, at times, we go back to our own childhoods, feeling the nostalgia, sharing the smiles and reliving the mischiefs and tantrums of the characters. That feeling is unlike any other, a little depressing but mostly exhilarating. An age-old classic, The Secret Garden, took me back these last two days, and I’m delighted for that. Such books are evergreen. Continue reading “Book Review: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett”