**spoiler alert** The first thing that came to my mind as soon as I knew about Harry Potter having a sort of revival with a play that was titled 'Harr**spoiler alert** The first thing that came to my mind as soon as I knew about Harry Potter having a sort of revival with a play that was titled 'Harry Potter and the cursed child', was that I wish it were a book that I could have read. The Gods smiled down upon from heavens as the wish was granted.
HPATCC follows the lives of Harry Potter and his son Albus Severus Potter and their troubled relationship. The burden of being the son of 'The Boy Who Lived' taking a toll on Albus as he enters the world of Hogwarts and having his worst fears realized is sorted into Slytherin.
And just as Harry found his best friends in Ron and Hermione, Albus finds his in the kindhearted and bookish Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco and Astoria Malfoy.
Together the two boys who believe they couldn't be any more disappointing to their fathers than they are forge a friendship that eventually bring together old adversaries, Harry and Draco, older and wiser to save their sons .
Albus and Scorpius, under the influence of a witch have embarked on a mission that could change the world.
As Delphi, Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange' daughter, tries everything in her power right from manipulating two young boys at an impressionable age to change the course of time to ensure her father rises to power and she be with him, Albus and Harry have to bridge the gap that has yawned between them, as well as make sure that the world as they know it remains the same.
This one was truly disappointing on only one count - it wasn't as long as I would have loved it to be. It is nonetheless truly amazing and wonderful to revisit the world of Hogwarts again and reconnect with these beloved characters right from the golden trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron to Professor McGonagall as well as Draco, who surprised me the most and pleasantly so, who's grown so much since we last saw him and turned out to be my favorite character of all in this installment.
It goes without saying of course this book needs no recommendations, it could have been longer than it is but definitely not any better than it is....more
Curiosity got the best of me when I decided to pick up this one. Sometimes books become the reason you watch a particular show/movie the other way aroCuriosity got the best of me when I decided to pick up this one. Sometimes books become the reason you watch a particular show/movie the other way around also holds true; precisely what made me wanna give this one a shot. Being a fan of the show inspired by this book I was excited and looking forward to this one and hence had decided to pick it up at leisure only for my expectations to go kaput. This one was clearly not for me as I couldn't connect to any of the characters otherwise familiar to me. For me this was just blah....more
By nature, I am not much of a non-fiction reader. Somehow the titles under this genre are simply not my cup of tea. However recently I was required toBy nature, I am not much of a non-fiction reader. Somehow the titles under this genre are simply not my cup of tea. However recently I was required to read a book in this category owing to a challenge in one of the book clubs I am a member of, in Goodreads. So I chose Kerman' Orange is the new Black, given the hugely popular Netflix series I was curious enough to pick up the book.
Usually I find adaptations, movies or books not up to the standard of the books they are adapted from. Only a few actually live up to the reputation a series or a book has been able to achieve. While the Netflix series has not followed the book only set up the plot, based on Kerman' book which is based on her experiences in the women' prison she ends up in following her arrest on charges of money- laundering in a drug racket, its infinitely obvious the series is absolutely a thousand times better than the book.
Honestly I am surprised Netflix has managed to turn this damp squid into a profitable venture given the book managed to bore the hell out of me while I thoroughly enjoy the series.
Flat, shallow and coming across as dumb Kerman is no author to reckon with. Though her experience thankfully inspired a good show, her book is absolutely a waste of time as per me.
Recommending the series here, don't read the book unless prison memoirs are really your thing or you are so flat out bored of your mind you would probably chew cardboard to kill time.
So it's 2016 and no signs of TWOW even now and fans are like
because let's face it, this was us,
And there's only one man responsible for this, oEdited
So it's 2016 and no signs of TWOW even now and fans are like
because let's face it, this was us,
And there's only one man responsible for this, one man alone.
But there's no point in raging and ranting, because that's gonna help with nothing right, it's not like Martin is gonna bow down against the collective rage of the fandom and finish his next mammoth anytime soon. Besides, there aren't many Starks left and I for one, would really, really like to see at least ONE of them make it to the end of the final book, which might be out perhaps in the next millennia.
So there's only one mantra, that can help
2015 ???!!! Are you kidding me ?
At this rate the timing of the last book A Dream of Spring coming out may perhaps be beaten by a freaking apocalypse already
this needs patience... lots of it and not to mention booze to keep the fandom going
I normally don't end up liking vampire books these days, not to mention books that somehow screw up history or make a crappy paranormal fantasy by rehI normally don't end up liking vampire books these days, not to mention books that somehow screw up history or make a crappy paranormal fantasy by rehashing/destroying classics like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also by Seth Grahame-Smith but somehow this one did manage to get a thumbs up from me.
I liked how the book dealt and executed the story-line of Abraham Lincoln' life as a man with dual lives that of a ordinary boy who would rise to become one of the most widely known man ever - the 16th President of The United States and that of a boy who would grow to become a skilled vampire hunter, a facet of his life which would be a closely guarded secret known only to a handful of people, not even his own family would have an inkling to this part of his life and experiences.
I suppose the reason this book worked for me was in the way it was written and the characters who worked. Finally a book about vampires wasn't written about a shiny creep who is also a stalker,watching over the gal even while she slept who like an idiot would fall madly in love with him just because he sparkles, even though he is out there for her blood. Literally! So thank you Mr.Smith for a vampire book I could enjoy where vampires are portrayed as should be.
Now only if this could have been possible with this book........
"If a large part of your livelihood is adapting source material for the screen, you’re always on the lookout for deep characters, a beautifully craft"If a large part of your livelihood is adapting source material for the screen, you’re always on the lookout for deep characters, a beautifully crafted and compelling story, passion, violence, intrigue, humanity, and all the ambiguities that come with a fully realized world … and you never find them all in the same place. Except we did. It was exhilarating and terrifying. " - D. B. Weiss, Executive Producer & Head Writer, Game Of Thrones.
This line so aptly describes Martin' mammoth series A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration of HBO' insanely amazing series Game of Thrones.
I had never heard of the series or the author until I saw this on TV and had a jaw dropping moment, literally at all that I was seeing. It wasn't your average fantasy drama about a medieval kingdom with knights and princesses in love or princes being conspired against - well not all of it, as I expected it to be but it was a whole new level of crazy shit honestly and I was hooked. I have read fantasy and watched a lot of the genre too in terms of movies and TV shows but nothing of the sort of GOT. Its not just about magic or dragons or the cliche good wins over evil after a million hurdles type of show - its brutal, its violent, its downright sick at times and its terrifying how addictive it can be for the same reasons. There is sex, gore and so much bloodshed you honestly find it creepy and yet you love it. Martin hasn't just written a book about kings at war in a time where sorcery is present - he has created a whole world, characters, that you love or loathe or sometimes find feeling a bit of both.
At times the most unlikeliest character grows on you and you are dumbfounded and downright horrified - when you find yourself pitying an incestuous, arrogant knight who could kill a harmless innocent child without flinching but it seems does have goodness in his heart if given a chance to show.
So of course when I came across a book about the making of the show which is my new addiction I had to read it and it was as enjoyable to learn about the process of the making of a show which is unlike anything I had ever seen or will see probably.
I wanted to know the madmen who could have the courage and be insane enough to be the people behind this magnum opus and the tale of their blood and sweat which we witness every season in 10 episodes each year since the commencement of the show and it was worth the time and effort every bit.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. - Galileo Galilei.
Matthew King' life is turned upside downAll truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. - Galileo Galilei.
Matthew King' life is turned upside down and inside out after his wife Joanie lands in a coma following a boating accident. The repercussions of this incident lead Matt on a journey of self-discovery. A journey wherein he discovers the truth about his life, his family and also that his wife had a lover.
Matthew King is the last direct descendant of a royal lineage, that of a Hawaiian princess, making his the biggest stake-owner, in a legacy handed down through the generations. He however doesn't want to do much in regards to this. In trying to create a legacy of his own so that he may not have to live in the shadow of the past Matt unwittingly sets into action the events which he discovers after his wife' condition is declared irreversible by the doctors. Learning that he may have to take his wife off of life support as per her living will, Matt tries to organize a farewell for his wife as per which all those people who mattered to her are given a chance at a farewell while they still have one which also includes the man she was cheating on him with.
In midst of all of this Matt has to handle the upcoming sale of the estate which has been running into debts since none of the successors do anything to take care of it while most spend their time only reaping benefits of it. If this wasn't enough for him he has his two daughters who despite his own flesh and blood, couldn't be more stranger to him, 17 year old Alexandra aka Alex and 10 year old Scottie - who are a challenge in their own right to him. Added to the mix is Alex' friend Sid who smokes pot, drinks and has a bucket-load of his own issues.
While juggling all these balls that almost drive him out of his mind Matt finds a piece of paper which makes him doubt his wife' fidelity, a doubt which is confirmed by his elder daughter. Matt learns not only of Joanie' betrayal to him in the form of an affair, but also that she would have left him high and dry post the deal which she wanted him to cut to a Realtor who happens to be the Brother in law of the man she was having an affair with. But most of all it is the truth that Matt learns - that he should have been a better father, a better husband, friend and a lover to his wife.
Matt isn't a bad guy but he could have been and should have been more attentive to the needs of his family. A family which was disintegrating in front of his own eyes while he was too busy with his work to notice. A wife who started an affair, a teenager who disgusted with her mother and irked with her father took up drugs and the youngest daughter who so desperately craves attention, she is willing to take desperate measures if it means she gets noticed.
“I'm sorry," I say. "I didn't give you everything you wanted. I wasn't everything you wanted. You were everything I wanted.”
In The Descendants author Kaui Hart Hemmings, paints the picture of a family which you realize could be the story of someone you know or perhaps even yourself. The characters of Matt, Alex, Scottie, Sid and even the comatose yet the omnipresent Joanie feel real and you somehow cant help but find how each character in his/her way is flawed and yet none can be perhaps faulted for their actions. Perhaps Joanie should have communicated with her husband better before it was too late, perhaps Matt should have seen the signs of the destruction his family was headed for. Each character is perhaps guilty of some mistake they commit and each character at the end of the day is deeply and utterly as human as can be.
I am a huge fan of classics and horror/goth happens to be a genre I enjoy a lot, so when the two meet I thought perhaps I would be in for a ride. TurnI am a huge fan of classics and horror/goth happens to be a genre I enjoy a lot, so when the two meet I thought perhaps I would be in for a ride. Turns out I have never been so wrong! I have got nothing against the classic, nor am I averse to watch a well made adaptation of the book, heck even an audio book could work perhaps for me but I just couldn't finish reading this book; that I know the story perhaps was a reason but turns out epistolary novels aren't really my thing. Bram Stoker has created a classic. This is a masterpiece for sure in terms of content but the writing really really got to me. The beginning of the book was something that really got me hooked on I liked the way Jonathan was written and Dracula captured my attention from the get go. But the further you go into the book the more it becomes a task to just stay awake it seems. Especially with the letters among the women - Mina and Lucy; not to mention the whole monologue that Jonathan noted down as narrated by Dracula to him kinda reminded me of Meredith' rambling from Grey' anatomy. I do happen to like the show however it really doesn't mean Meredith' monologues at times doesn't annoy me.
The rating is purely for the concept and plot alone and nothing else.
There are times you simply love the fact there are book adaptations, be it a movie as this one inspired 127 hours or a TV show like Game Of Thrones onThere are times you simply love the fact there are book adaptations, be it a movie as this one inspired 127 hours or a TV show like Game Of Thrones on HBO - cos you either love em or not.
Some adaptations are so terrific you simply have to read the author whose work inspired something you happened to like. Other times you can say it was good that you dint spend a dime on a book that you would have hated. This is one of those times. Cos I gotta say watching the movie saved me a lot of time and energy( though I lament the loss of a few hours that I endured watching the said movie), anyways this is one book I can safely say doesn't work for me.
Honestly I see the fact Aron is a survivor but that doesn't change the fact his actions have been dumb and selfish. His ordeal is a terrible one and he has a tremendous will to live as is evident. But he still has to learn a lot and has a long way to go.