Book Review #10: Dalits, Dynasty and She by Sanjay Chitranshi

After a long hiatus from reviewing, I have decided get back into the game with greater vigor. I have read a lot of books since the last series of reviews were published and I intend to catch up on them in terms of reviews. For today, I decided to review “Dalits, Dynasty and She” by…

Book Review #9: After Dark by Haruki Murakami

When you get accustomed to a particular writer’s work, even a slight aberration in the style, tone or language strikes you more profoundly than usual. This was exactly my reaction to Haruki Murakami’s “After Dark“. I picked up the book during my summer vacations in my continuing attempt to catch up on Murakami’s bibliography as…

Book Review #8: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This book marks my first foray into the Young Adult genre in a long time. I picked it up from the Kolkata International Book Fair 2016 (27 Jan-6 Feb) at a discounted price. If you live in and around Kolkata or happen to be there during the last week of January/First week of February and…

Book Review #7: Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez

Over the last few months, one genre has attracted me a lot- Magical Realism. Magical Realism integrates a naturalistic and realistic narrative with surrealistic elements. It is a genre where the fantastic never looses track of reality, it is the supernatural within the bounds of the natural. Subsequently I proceeded to acquire books by noted authors…

Book Review #6: Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

I try to keep up with new releases as best as I can yet somehow a few books slip under the radar. Look Who’s Back, originally published as ‘Er ist wieder da’ in German was one such book. The English translation by Jamie Bulloch hit the markets in April 2014, but it was not until…

Book Review #5: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

As I set about exploring the dusty shelves of a second hand bookstore, I noticed a book which seemed to be pathetically out of place. A pearly white squalor in between a sea of yellow and golden. I picked it out only to discover that it was the movie tie in edition of The Lovely…

Book Review #4: Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

It has been mere 8 months when I was introduced to the amazing world of graphic novels by a friend. Since then I have guzzled several graphic novels and I am smitten for life. Watchmen surely does not need any introduction to avid comic readers, yet I shall attempt to review it out of my own…

Book Review #3: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is known for his witty, complex and convoluted plot-lines which weave through the realms of fantasy and fiction. In American Gods, Gaiman delves deeper into the realm of the supernatural where nothing is like it seems to be yet everything is something so obviously simple. 

Book Review #2: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

At a certain point in our adolescent life, we are (at least most of us are) faced with a situation where uncertainty grips our endeavors. We find ourselves plowing through life with youthful vigor, doing everything we are supposed to when a question seeps into our consciousness, nagging at us like a woodpecker on a…

Book Review #1: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie’s World (original title- Sofies Verden) is the fourth novel by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. Originally published in Norwegian in 1991, the book was translated to English in 1995 by Paulette Møller. The plot follows the normal and dull life of teenager Sophie Amundsen which turns upside down when she receives two letters in her mailbox….