Every now and then a book arrives that knocks the socks off the reader forcing him to wonder how imaginative can an author really be. This paranoid maEvery now and then a book arrives that knocks the socks off the reader forcing him to wonder how imaginative can an author really be. This paranoid masterpiece by Ray Bradbury did exactly that to me. It begins on a brilliant note detailing a dreaming Martian and the first crew to arrive on Mars building an eerie, haunting atmosphere in the process. He never lets go of the tension throughout the book. It doesn't matter whether the author is writing about a family dinner or a fishing trip, the reader always remains apprehensive about the characters prospects. It can be a tad depressing and the violence can be disconcerting but I still found it to be thoroughly enjoyable read. Although I feel slightly disappointed by his decision to be brief, I am impressed enough to get interested in his other stories....more
One thing you gotta love about holocaust is no matter how crudely it represents suffering and pain, its portrayal eventually compels you to value yourOne thing you gotta love about holocaust is no matter how crudely it represents suffering and pain, its portrayal eventually compels you to value your life more than you commonly do. In a way, I see them as inspirational readings which sometimes evoke feelings of compassion. And writers can always find a shortcut to good writing when they choose it as a setting. But, Marcus Zusak didn’t contend himself with decent writing and apparently decided to step further to see if we indeed are humans by tugging our strings. Oh! I gotta say that I found myself going sentimental at many instances. Although, I was often irritated by the judgmental tone adapted by death (who the heck does he think he is, really?), Zusak thankfully ended up nailing a beauty.
Although there were tons of dramatizations to be found, they never felt obvious or forced. As such stories often require, it is indeed the tiniest details which make you wonder or smile and make you wish you could give the character a hug. After Anne Frank and this, I think I would totally be game if I stumble upon another decent holocaust book. (may be, it won't be far) ...more
Extremely funny with lots of sarcastic quips. Kudos to Simon & Schuster classics for the tons of annotations they have provided which helped me unExtremely funny with lots of sarcastic quips. Kudos to Simon & Schuster classics for the tons of annotations they have provided which helped me understand the historical context. And I guess I gotta come back to this in the future to gain a better perspective....more
The new installment in the Dark Tower Series, "The Wind Through Keyhole" is not only a fitting addition to the already awesome fantasy series but it aThe new installment in the Dark Tower Series, "The Wind Through Keyhole" is not only a fitting addition to the already awesome fantasy series but it also features many themes that Stephen King is celebrated for.
Generally, Stephen King always ensures that his novels have a great beginning. It is the phase during which he introduces his characters and reader is disillusioned into comfort. Whether it is Pet Sematary, shining,it,stand or insomnia, I always found his beginnings to be most enchanting period. But his dark tower novels have adopted a different style as they are all part of same book and this is where his new novel suffers as well. By the time the reader is introduced to the the best story of the lot - The Wind Through Keyhole - the reader might have already formed an opinion and the lack of any ass-kicking featuring Roland Deschain doesn't help either. Since the stories mostly feature King's recurring themes, the appeal lies in the reader's willingness to revisit them. And I, being a King fan didn't face any issues having to do that.
The first two stories serve as a pleasant introduction without actually setting things on fire and even in the third one, king takes time to shift gears. Once the customary drunk husband, battered family, adventure at young age stuff gets rolled down the magic of the story starts finding its voice. By the time, the North Central Positronics device is introduced it had me shouting 'Hell Yeah!!'. King somehow also found a nice way to cap off the book with a touching letter from Roland's mother.
Although, it never stands up to the anticipation it generated, Wind through Keyhole still manages to be a worthy entry in the fan favorite series....more
Before hopping onto this book like any self-respecting Goodreads member I went through some reviews across internet. When I found most of them startinBefore hopping onto this book like any self-respecting Goodreads member I went through some reviews across internet. When I found most of them starting with sentences like “I don’t know what to say about this book”, I wondered if they were collectively numbed into unoriginality. After reading this book myself, I gotta admit that there is actually nothing else to say. This one is ridiculously weird. The setting of the post-apocalyptic world reminded me of “The Canticle for Leibowitz”, but the comparisons end there. The poetic feel of the prose, the innumerable mythical references, the weird ideas which Delany never seems to be in lack of and the psychedelic narration which sometimes makes little to no sense all combine and somehow turn this into an enjoyable read. Not to mention the ending which I felt to be thematically consistent with the whole book (no matter how irritating it might be). An to think that this is one of the more accessible stuff by Delany, piques my curiosity.
It isn’t often you get a chance to read a book which isn’t in a hurry to achieve something by its end. This is a different book about ‘different’ people. Just prepare yourself for some craziness before you read it....more
Aww! I loved this book. And I'm surprised it took this long for someone to come up with it. I have read more than a bunch of comics by Kirby-Lee fromAww! I loved this book. And I'm surprised it took this long for someone to come up with it. I have read more than a bunch of comics by Kirby-Lee from 60's and it was extremely wonderful to get a peep into the creative process although I've known some details. Sean Howe presents an extremely detailed marvel history (at least as detailed as it could probably be), and his writing never puts us off. The beginning pages particularly show his talent for writing Non-Fiction where he introduces the readers to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in a dramatic manner.
There is so much to like in this book. Howard the Duck fans rebuttal, the posessive attitudes of Stan Lee and Claremont later to some extent. And THAT conversation between Lee & Kirby on his birthday. I've particularly enjoyed the 100-odd pages written about Jim Shooter era. I'm a fan of Jim Starlin's Cosmic Marvel, Engelhart's Nick Fury and Simonson's Thor, so it was particularly good to read the stuff that happened around that time. And I loved the description of Romita when he was asked to replace Kirby on Fantastic Four. Classy Stuff, really.
The writer never veered too much into a judgmental tone even while detailing inception of IMAGE comics or Marvel's tailspin in the 90's. To those of you wondering if this throws much information on Joe Queseda regime, it would be a disappointment (as it was to me). As the writer mentioned in his interview at CBR, there are too many obstacles. Also, the lack of any sketches across the book is disheartening. Aside from these two issues, everything else is absolutely great about this book.
You might be aware of some of the stuff in these pages, but this is THE definitive guide to every proud fan of Marvel Comics whose creative history is as rich as it's character's history. The craziness is too good to miss....more