Book of the Week #12:

Master of the Game,

by Sidney Sheldon

“Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you’re in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.”

– David to Kate

We continue with the books of the grown-up kind, with this absolute gem, by an unparalleled genius.

And really, when the name “Sidney Sheldon” does pop up, you know you are in the grown-up part of the list. However, we will still be keeping the post kid-friendly, okay? We do have a lot more to talk about…  Continue reading Book of the Week #12:

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Word of the Week #12:

Avarice

This is another of those words that have come to define the world as we know it.

Even a brief analysis of world economy would show you how the insatiable greed of a few individuals trumps over collective good.

Yeah, pun not intended… Although I doubt anybody would believe that… Continue reading Word of the Week #12:

Writer Guy’s Analysis #3:

How To Get Away With Murder

Season 1

I don’t know what terrible things you’ve done in your life up to this point, but clearly your karma’s out of balance to be assigned to my class.

I’m professor Annalise Keating, and this is Criminal Law 101, or as I prefer to call it-
How to get away with Murder.”

That, I’d say, is as good a character introduction I’ve seen as any.

And, by far, the biggest, brightest, most ultimate selling point of this entire series is Viola Davis, who became the first African-American woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of the brilliant and powerful, but damaged, Defence Attorney-cum-Professor Annalise Keating.

In general, I do enjoy shows about lawyers and legal procedure. I suppose it is partly because my father is a defence lawyer, and we’d often discuss cases involving murder and corruption even before I was in my teens.

So far, this show stands at the second place of my Favourite Legal Drama list, below Boston Legal, which, in my opinion, does not enjoy the same extent of popularity as it should, and above Suits, which, despite its many, many positives, is often just not as much fun.

Now, in this post, we will analyse the entire first season of this series, and see why it works.

I should also confess that we will not be discussing Season 2, simply because I did not enjoy it.

OBVIOUS WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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Book of the Week #11:

The Class,

By Erich Segal

I guess he just didn’t know how to be happy.
That is the one thing they can’t teach you at Harvard.

It must have been almost 8-10 years back when I first read this powerful book, and it marked a sudden change in my tastes as a reader. I had finally grown beyond young fiction, and was ready for literature of higher quality and greater depth.

Of course, my parents didn’t quite believe I was ready, and hence, this period of my life involved a considerable amount of stealing from Dad’s book shelves.

However, this does not really mean that I was over fantasy and magic and dragons and swords, just yet. I hadn’t even read The Deathly Hallows, by then… Continue reading Book of the Week #11:

Word of the Week #11:

Culture

Now, this is a word that gets thrown about a lot, in our conversations, and usually in random, irrational contexts.

And no, I’m not talking about the weird stuff biologists grow in their petri dishes, although that is actually a sensible activity… Continue reading Word of the Week #11:

Writer Guy’s Tip #5: Tone and Mood

In the earlier posts, we have completed our discussion on the four primary components of fiction writing, namely Setting, Plot, Narrative, and Characters.

Now, we take a look at the components do not necessarily need to be addressed, in order to actually write a book, but can differentiate between an ordinary one and a good one.

Therefore, I would advise you to start writing only after you have read this post.

Continue reading Writer Guy’s Tip #5: Tone and Mood

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: