Book of the Week #19: [Guest Post]

American Gods

by Neil Gaiman

Neha:

Well, now that The Writer Guy has become excessively busy with the final countdown of the launch of his Arrkaya: Origins, it was only fair for The Editor Girl to take over…

And what more could she ask  for, than one of her nerdy friend demanding a space in the blog…

I am pretty sure all readers who do know him would undoubtedly agree with me when I stress on how big a literature nerd he is. I mean, any book I get excited about, he has already read it; any Literature Fest I want to visit, he is already going in it. Not only that, his immense love for DC Comics and Manga is purely evident as he has a tendency to sparkle when anybody talks about these, just like Alex Louis Armstrong.

And trust me, it took him less than twenty seconds to decide this was the book he wanted to, as he says, ramble on. And his apparent rambling has been very effective for me. I am surely reading this one, well after I finish the five I already have in my reading queue.

“By the way, I have hidden a super spoiler in this,” he says. “Just something I like to do… If you read the book, get in touch… I’ll tell you what it is…”

Let’s see if you can figure that out yourself…


Prasanna:

People populate the darkness; with ghosts, with gods, with electrons, with tales.

I solemnly swear that I’ll try to make this, as short as possible…

American Gods is not, in my very honest opinion, a book. It feels more akin to a meandering journey through the woods, in the dark, without a flashlight. Meaning that it is slow, suspenseful and the reader is very likely going to get lost. It is a byproduct of unique character development and a writer who has just let himself fully tap into the reservoirs of his considerable experience.

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Word of the Week #19:

Asinine

Now that is one word that almost completely describes our entire world, which seems to make even less sense, the more closely you examine it.

Why, just this week, a Union Minister lauded a bunch of rules that he himself has been photographed flouting… And not in his obscure past as a nameless rookie either…

Now, living in a country where the police force is catastrophically understaffed and ill-equipped, where investigations routinely last for years, and swift convictions are a rarity, one would expect the administration to have grown efficient and judicious in the use of resources, but NOOO!
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Character Origins #0:

Declaration

As the end of our publicity campaign draws nigh, we can begin revealing more details about the beloved characters from Arrkaya: Origins.

And what better way to do that than by anthologising their origin in the form of periodical short-stories on the blog.

These stories would serve as personal prologues for the respective characters, as the progression of events leads to their story in the series.

Next week, we begin with a character that is certainly among our personal favourites.

Great things afoot…

Book of the Week #18: [Guest Post]

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Yashas:

Okay, so this is the third guest post of the blog… And this week, we welcome an adorable young lady to share her views on a beloved children’s book which, for some reason, I have not read. I have not even seen the movie…

I hate flying in blind, but, well, what can we do…

The readers who do know her would probably understand why she chose this book: the story of a cute little girl, and her journey through a colourful, yet somewhat weird world, to find her way back home.

Another thing to note is that she is looking at me, while I write this, so I won’t be going into too many details. However, I can categorically state that she will, if all goes well, become an important piece in our long-term plans…

Yeah, I have a lot on my mind…

Anyhow, let us dive into the book, shall we?


Roopam:

“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it yourself.”

-Glinda, The Good witch.

This book fell in my hands during my Primary school days. Inspite of all the other Fairytales I knew, this book is one of my favourites since then!

I guess the unique thing about it, that caught my conscience was, that it ended where it had started. The story was all about the journey and returning home. Continue reading Book of the Week #18: [Guest Post]

Word of the Week #18:

Entropy

Yes, most of us have encountered this term, in the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

And yes, most of us probably did not quite understand the entire concept. I, for one, can admit that my understanding of Entropy, and, by extension, of Thermodynamics, is unexpectedly inadequate. Continue reading Word of the Week #18:

Book of the Week #17:

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest, Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest, Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Sounds familiar, yeah?

See, this is one thing you need to know:

This is, literally, the Mother of all pirate stories. Everything you think you know about pirates, may it be the treasure maps with the big X, the rum, the weird beard, the peg leg, or the parrot on the shoulder, actually comes from this book.

Such is the legacy of Treasure Island that it has already spawned more than 50 film and TV adaptations over the past century. Continue reading Book of the Week #17:

Word of the Week #17: [Guest Post]

Sustainable

Neha:
Well, this is that one word I keep ranting almost all the time… Probably because, being an Environmentalist, this word holds the utmost importance…

And of course, while it can be interpreted in different ways for different aspects of our lives, I would always talk for the Environment… Continue reading Word of the Week #17: [Guest Post]