Oooh! There's a lot of controversy surrounding this one!
In this book, there's a story called "Dream of a Lifetime", where the Beagle Boys enter Scroo...moreOooh! There's a lot of controversy surrounding this one!
In this book, there's a story called "Dream of a Lifetime", where the Beagle Boys enter Scrooge's dream using Gyro's invention and try to get his vault combinations off of him. So they leave their physical bodies behind while their "mental" selves invade Scrooge's various dreams. Scrooge's only hope is Donald who follows behind the Beagle Boys and tries to get them to fall in the dreams one by one so that they'll wake up in real life.
Sounds familiar? There was a big hoohah about a year ago, right about when Christopher Nolan's "Inception" came out, that the movie was a rip off of this comic which was published in the late 80s. Till date the issue and not been resolved and probably never will be, but I enjoyed both just the same :) (less)
I have this tradition - every year, on Christmas day I whip out my copy of "A Christmas Carol", read it cover to cover and follow it up with a Christm...moreI have this tradition - every year, on Christmas day I whip out my copy of "A Christmas Carol", read it cover to cover and follow it up with a Christmas special movie to wrap up the day.
So, this year, A Christmas Carol has been read, "Arthur Christmas" has been watched (ADORABLE MOVIE. MUST WATCH), and awesome cake has been had. Life is good.
I stayed up till 1 last night to finish this book.
I REGRET NOTHING.
Recently I've taken quite a fancy to fairy tale re-tellings. You can go right ahea...moreI stayed up till 1 last night to finish this book.
I REGRET NOTHING.
Recently I've taken quite a fancy to fairy tale re-tellings. You can go right ahead and blame Gail Carson Levine for that. The Book of Lost things belongs to that genre, albeit a bit LOT more darker.
The book begins by introducing us to 12-year old David who has just lost his mum. He finds out that his dad is getting remarried and pretty soon finds himself with a baby brother, whom he hates on sight. Deep in his depression, he begins to hear voices coming out of the books he and his mum used to read together. That is when he first sees the Crooked Man. One late night, David hears his mum's voice calling out to him, asking him to come rescue her from something horrible. He follows her voice to a hole in the garden wall and ends up in fairy tale land with no way of going back (the hole in the wall closes after he passes through).
And that is when things get nasty.
Immediately after arriving, David runs into the Woodsman (The Red-riding hood one) who rescues him from certain death at the hands of a group of half-human, half-wolf mutants. Now, David has to find his way back by searching for the Book of Lost things with the help of the Woodsman and the brave Knight Roland, while escaping the werewolves and the ever-lurking Crooked Man, who follows him everywhere he goes.
Another novel to have been mistakenly classified as a children's story, the Book of Lost Things, is like a roller-coaster ride inside a scary, haunted house filled with your deepest, darkest nightmares involving live, flesh-eating monsters and blood. LOTS of blood.
BUT, the rest of the book is seriously creepy, though not more so than the villain of the story, the Crooked Man. To say he is a bad, bad man would be the understatement of the millenium in the entire galaxy. He is fiendish, horrifying, diabolical, wicked, cruel, savage, monstrous, malicious, inhuman, infernal...(Freedictionary.com ran out of synonyms here). SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS, VOLDEMORT'S GOT NOTHING ON THE CROOKED MAN!!
You've been warned.
P.S - The ending is amazing and wonderful and moving and very coming-of-age-y and I CRIED. So shoo, go read it now!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I've been waiting forever and then some to get my hands on this book and let me tell you - the wait has been well worth it.
One of the most delightful...moreI've been waiting forever and then some to get my hands on this book and let me tell you - the wait has been well worth it.
One of the most delightful and charming stories I've had the pleasure of reading in recent times! Pitch perfect in every way. I was shocked to see that Oliver, who also wrote the insipid "Delirium", can deliver such an outstanding book!
Oliver's writing was, at least for me, one of the highlights of this book. Mildly reminiscent of Enid Blyton, it was extremely endearing. THIS is how a story from a child's POV, but also appealing to the adults, should be written. The gorgeous illustrations are another wonderful thing about the book and make the story all the more enjoyable to read!
Highest possible recommendation for Liesl and Po. Must read.
P.S - The unnamed, grouchy, old, cat-allergic lady might possibly be my favourite character in the book (Behind Mo, ofcourse :D )!(less)
How do I begin to review this book? Is it enough if I say - "IT'S FRIGGIN' AWESOME WHAT ARE YOU DOING WASTING TIME READING THIS REVIEW GO READ THE FRI...moreHow do I begin to review this book? Is it enough if I say - "IT'S FRIGGIN' AWESOME WHAT ARE YOU DOING WASTING TIME READING THIS REVIEW GO READ THE FRIGGIN' BOOK INSTEAD!!!!!"?
I though not. Fine.
It's the year 2045. The world as we know it no longer exists - the ongoing energy crisis has driven everybody poor and on to the streets. Unable to afford a roof over their heads, people are living in trailers stacked on top of each other and sudden gunshots in the dead of the night surprises no one. Wade Watts is a broke, 19-year old orphan who lives with his aunt in one of the trailer "stacks" and hates every minute of that life. To keep his sanity, he regularly escapes his reality and, like millions of people on Earth, enters the OASIS.
OASIS, which started out as a massively multiplayer on-line game, is now a global Virtual Reality which allows people to, literally, have a second life - for free. In the OASIS you can be who you want to be, travel to where ever you want to in the blink of an eye, go on quests (it still retains certain aspects of its original state), get credits for winning them and then trade those credits to buy whatever you want either in the OASIS or the real world, and make friends and interact with other OASIS avatars, all without leaving your couch.
The creator of the OASIS is the eccentric multi-billionaire James Halliday and our story beings when he dies. In his will, he states that somewhere deep within the bowels of the OASIS, he has hidden an Easter Egg and the person who finds that egg will inherit OASIS as well as his vast fortune. Now Wade just happens to be an avid gamer and worships Halliday. He takes it upon himself to find that egg and joins the quest as an egg hunter or "Gunter". He now has to traverse the length and breadth of OASIS, filled with hidden meanings, 1980's pop culture and video games references, and find that egg before millions of others like him, all hell bent on getting there first.
I LOVED it. You can see by my status updates that I devoured it. Never before have I come across a book plot based on video games and it thrilled me to bits! The book is filled with references to possibly every video game created before the 90's. Now I'm no gamer geek but I did enjoy Dave and Prince of Persia during the days and I can still whoop anyone's ass at Super Mario Bros. It was sheer fun to read about Wade (or Parzival, his OASIS avatar name) solve the clues set by Halliday and advance through the quest one vintage video game at a time.
One of the things that irked me about the book was the ridiculous amount of name-dropping (Spielberg, Tolkien, Gaiman, Douglas Adams, AC/DC, WHAM!, Rush, Matthew Broderick - you name it!), it got a little too much. Also, the author needs to work on his tension-building skills (between two crucial moments in the book, he wasted about a 100 pages just describing stuff and it threw me off a bit). The evidence of that is in the climax which is a tad, well, anti-climatic.
But you cannot NOT enjoy the rest of the book! You'll want to BE IN the book yourself and solve those clues along with Wade and the rest of the gang. Speaking of which, I loved all three main characters - Wade, Aech and Art3mis. I could relate to Wade and his need for an escape and was rooting for him from the word Go.
I was sad to finish it. I want more! I need more! Gimme a sequel! GIMME A GODDAMN MOVIE!(less)
Every now and then a book comes along which is sweet and funny and heart-warming, and you're zipping through the pages smiling to yourself, laughing a...moreEvery now and then a book comes along which is sweet and funny and heart-warming, and you're zipping through the pages smiling to yourself, laughing at the protagonist's antics (where she either has a snake draped around her neck because she's pretending to be an animal wrangler or is forced to play a pretty nun in a popular teen TV show as she is confused for an extra) and going "awww" at the cute romance blossming between the protagonist and the hot male lead in the above mentioned TV show, feeling all warm and gooey and at peace with the world because you can practically smell the happy ending a few pages away, when along comes a (figurative) fist and PUNCHES YOU IN THE GUT.
But you STILL love the book despite the tears and the snot because it is THAT GOOD.
This book was so cute! I saw the movie a few years back and was expecting something along the same lines but the book was a lot different!
Ella Frell i...moreThis book was so cute! I saw the movie a few years back and was expecting something along the same lines but the book was a lot different!
Ella Frell is cursed - to obey every single direct command anybody gives her. As you can imagine, it makes life a trifle difficult. Tired of being used, especially by her two step-sisters, she sets out - armed with pluck, determination and a fairy godmother who has her back - to find the Fairy who cursed her and get her to reverse the spell. Oh and there's a cute prince in the story as well, Prince Charmont (Char, to his friends) who she might just be in love with AND who might just love her back!
The story is a hilarious and charming retelling of 'Cinderella'. Ella enchanted me (see what I did there?), as did Char. I loved to hate Hattie and Olivia, and laughed to bits at their atrocious spelling! I did wish I could have seen what Lucinda had to go through when she was turned into a squirrel but oh well, all's well that ends well.
“Once upon a time they was two little girls,” I say. “One girl had black skin, one girl had white.” Mae Mobley look up at me. She listening. “Little co...more“Once upon a time they was two little girls,” I say. “One girl had black skin, one girl had white.” Mae Mobley look up at me. She listening. “Little colored girl say to the little white girl, ‘How come your skin be so pale?’ White girl say, ‘I don’t know. How come your skin be so black? What you think that mean?’ “But neither one a them little girls knew. So little white girl say, ‘Well, let’s see. You got hair, I got hair.’ ” I gives Mae Mobley a little tousle on her head. “Little colored girl say ‘I got a nose, you got a nose.’ ” I gives her little snout a tweak. She got to reach up and do the same to me. “Little white girl say, ‘I got toes, you got toes.’ And I do the little thing with her toes, but she can’t get to mine cause I got my white work shoes on. “‘So we’s the same. Just a different color,’ say that little colored girl. The little white girl she agreed and they was friends. The End.”
That scene about sums up the gist of the book. The story depicts the time of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and what it meant to be a black maid during that turbulent time.
Tired of the whites treating the blacks as something more repulsive than the dirt on their shoes (the black help are forced to use separate toilets, are not allowed to eat at the same dinner table as the whites, are not allowed to even touch the whites or look them in the eye), three women - two black maids and one white woman get together to write a book on the stories of the help, about how they've been treated by all the people they've ever worked with so far, in the hope that it might bring about a revolution and change life as they know it, for the better.
In a way, the book reminded me of the time a couple of decades ago, when some of the orthodox older generations in India (South, esp.) wouldn't let the maids into their kitchens and touch their food or dishes, and how they used to take a shower if one of those people, the "Shudras", touched them by accident or otherwise. I, personally, know of some extremely orthodox people who still maintain those "beliefs" to this day.
Coming back, funny and gut-wrenching at parts, the book is very well written with each of the narrators having a distinct voice. All of the characters are nicely fleshed out, although a few do seem superfluous (Stuart, for example - he added nothing to the story)
The violence and abuse the black society had to face during the sixties is just awful to read about. Reading the book, you feel like you were punched in the stomach at a few parts - Celia's story arc was utterly sad for me(view spoiler)[ as was the ending where Aibileen was saying goodbye to Mae Mobley, while Elizabeth just stood there knowing what she was doing wasn't right but doing it anyway because she was weak enough to not be able to say no to Hilly, AGAIN (hide spoiler)]. Not all is bad though, there are some stories where the whites have been extremely good to the blacks and treated them as equals, which are heart-warming to read about. The ending didn't have a good enough resolution for me, Hilly didn't get the comeuppance she deserved and I was NOT HAPPY about that!
You'll like Skeeter, feel comforted by Aibileen, laugh with Minny (and at the Terrible Awful Thing that she did), feel sorry for Mae Mobley and Celia, and hate, hate, HATE "Two-slice" Hilly! I want to watch the movie based on this book, now, but I'm worried that they might have ruined the story, like THEY'VE BEEN KNOWN TO (coughAlmostAllTheHarryPotterMoviescough)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)