Book of the Week #10:

Robin Hood,

by Henry Gilbert

“Methinks this is no common man, this Robin Hood. Almost it seems that he doth right in spite of the laws, and that they be wrong indeed if they have forced him to flee to the greenwood and become outside the law.”

—Richard the Lionheart

This is what the then King of England speaks about the man who is probably the most famous outlaw of all time, in Henry Gilbert’s rendition of this popular folk story.

Having been popular for over six centuries, the themes explored in this story still hold stead as our society hopes to scale greater heights of freedom and justice, despite the barriers we still face. Continue reading Book of the Week #10:

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Word of the Week #10:

Groove

Now this is probably, by far, the most unusual word to be used in this blog…

It is also a highly versatile word, and yet, most people will only consider just a few of the possible interpretations. But that is just how we are made, are we not?

And I do intend to discuss that later… Continue reading Word of the Week #10:

Writer Guy’s Analysis #2:

Sherlock

The Sign of Three

David: “They’re right about you. You’re a bloody psychopath.”
Sherlock: “High functioning sociopath. With your number.”

To be very honest, I never really liked the old Sherlock Holmes books. I always found Holmes extremely infuriating, and the plots simply ridiculous…

Of course, I am more of an Agatha Christie fan anyway…

What did get me interested was the Sherlock Holmes movie, with Robert Downie Jr and Jude Law. The street-smart, insane portrayal of the world’s favourite sociopath definitely piqued my interest.

However, this is definitely my favourite version of the character, and this particular story is very my favourite among them all, the reasons for which are as follows…

OBVIOUS WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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Book of the Week #9:

Inkheart,

by Cornelia Funke

Translated from the German by Anthea Bell

“Books have to be heavy because the whole worlds inside them.”

This single sentence does tell you a lot, does it not?

To all men and women who truly love books, this series would definitely make a lot of sense. After all, which one of us would not love to see their favourite characters come to life…

However, when you do come face to face with them, would you really love them as much as you would have expected? That is what this book explores… Continue reading Book of the Week #9:

Writer Guy’s Tip #4: Characters

It is kind of fitting that we end the second month of the blog with the final primary component of fiction writing.

I should probably clarify that when I say primary, it is really more opinion than fact. There are other elements that have their own significance, but I believe knowledge about these four, Setting, Plot, Narrative and Characters is necessary for you to even begin writing. You  would probably be a lousy writer if you just depend on these four, but at least you would be a writer…

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Book of the Week #8:

The Prince of Patliputra,

by Shreyas Bhave

“What if you had hit me fatally, Buddhist?” Sushem asked him. “What then?”

Kanakdatta had laughed and said, “Then you would not have bought my bows?”

Now, as we approach the end of the second month of this blog, it is only fitting to feature a book that is more significant to me as a writer than as a reader.

And when an old junior from your college publishes a book based on your favourite historical figure which is then published by your very publishers, it is a big deal… Yeah, we even had the same project manager!

But having met the writer before reading the book, that is what makes this really special… Continue reading Book of the Week #8: