Book Review: 'Stranger than fiction' by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: ‘Stranger than fiction’ by Chuck Palahniuk

Published by: Anchor Format: Paperback ISBN: 9780385722223 Pages: 233 Price: 900 INR When I got to know that Chuck Palahniuk had dabbled his hands in the area of non-fiction, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. His journalistic nudges never left him, as is evident in the numerous details...
Book Review: 'Guts' by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: ‘Guts’ by Chuck Palahniuk

Format: e-Book (short story) (http://chuckpalahniuk.net/features/shorts/guts) Warning: This review broaches masturbation, a topic that might not be everyone’s piece of cake. Delicacy on the subject isn’t something you will find here. Masturbating has never been put this horrifyingly. Or disgustingly. Or brilliantly. Yes, this is not for the squeamish, it’s disturbing...
Book Review: 'The Spectacular Now' by Tim Tharp

Book Review: ‘The Spectacular Now’ by Tim Tharp

Format: Paperback Published by: Knopf Books ISBN: 9780375851797 Pages: 304 Price: 399 INR How we met: I chanced upon the enchanting trailer for the Sundance entry of last year, and eagerly waited for the movie to release worldwide. After I saw and was bamboozled by the film, I managed to...
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Book Review: 'Snuff' by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: ‘Snuff’ by Chuck Palahniuk

Format: Paperback Published by: Doubleday Pages: 208 ISBN: 9780385517881 Price: 499 INR Warning: This review broaches vivid pornography, a topic that might not be everyone’s piece of cake. Delicacy on the subject isn’t something you will find here. Drug addiction and alcoholism are topics where one can see a lot of novels and essays written...
Book Review: 'The Tournament' by Matthew Reilly

Book Review: ‘The Tournament’ by Matthew Reilly

Format: Paperback Language: English ISBN: 9781743289679 Pages: 432 Price: INR 455 Not since his first flush of fiction has Matthew Reilly struck such a purple patch of creativity. ‘When your life falls apart you think about a lot of things,’‘ he says. ‘The Tournament’ is Reilly’s secret novel after the death of his wife Natalie in...
Book Review: 'Flash Boys' by Michael Lewis

Book Review: ‘Flash Boys’ by Michael Lewis

Format: Hardcover Language: English Publisher: Allen Lane ISBN: 9780241003633 Pages: 274 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke So the suspicions were right, it would appear. The US stock markets were rigged, controlled by a select few individuals. And if not all, atleast...
Interview: Kavita Kane, author of ‘Karna’s Wife’

Interview: Kavita Kane, author of ‘Karna’s Wife’

We reviewed ‘Karna’s Wife‘ by Kavita Kane, and we loved it. Q. First off, congratulations on your best-selling novel. What prompted you to write this novel? Two characters of the Mahabharata truly intrigued me – one was Bhishma and the other Karna. And in the epic we either see him as Arjun’s rival or as...
Essay: 'Nadine Gordimer: Portrait of a writer' by Barnil Bhattacharjee

Essay: ‘Nadine Gordimer: Portrait of a writer’ by Barnil Bhattacharjee

“Come away, O human Child!/ To the waters and the wild/With a faery, hand in hand,/ For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.” ~ Yeats, The Stolen Child Visibly distraught, she slowly stood up from the podium chair. Turning right, she started walking across to the microphone. Hundreds of eyeballs, stretched-out...
Interview: Deepak Kripal, author of 'The Devil's Gate'

Interview: Deepak Kripal, author of ‘The Devil’s Gate’

Q. You see, while largely unheard of, the concept of a dog and cat going on a mission, is generally something you chance upon in a television. Probably on Cartoon Network these days. So, what was the idea behind this debut venture of yours? Well, the story is not about a cat and dog going...
Book Review: 'Ten Thousand Saints' by Eleanor Henderson

Book Review: ‘Ten Thousand Saints’ by Eleanor Henderson

Published by: Quercus ISBN: 9781780872179 Format: Paperback Pages: 400 Price: 350 INR ‘Henderson does not hold back once: she writes the hell out of every moment, every impulse and desire… fierce, devoted and elegiac.’ - The New York Times Book Review A New York Times Book of the Year is an extremely rare thing to...
Book Review: 'Hover Car Racer' by Matthew Reilly

Book Review: ‘Hover Car Racer’ by Matthew Reilly

Format: Paperback Published by: Macmillan Pages: 434 ISBN: 9780330440165 Price: 535 INR ‘Quidditch meets Formula One’ - Mirror In his younger years, Matthew Reilly began to develop a writing style of sorts that would thrill audience later on, in ‘Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves’, ‘The Five Greatest Warriors’ and, at times, even ‘Temple’. While...
Book Review: 'There is no Dog' by Meg Rosoff

Book Review: ‘There is no Dog’ by Meg Rosoff

Format: Paperback Published by: Penguin Pages: 243 ISBN: 9780141327174 Price: 350 INR ‘A wild, wise, cartwheeling explanation of life, the universe and everything. Given the glorious, eccentric, spectacular cock-up that is Planet Earth, the Creator can only have been a slack, male adolescent with a short attention span and an unruly sex organ. I don’t...
Book Review: 'Tales of Freedom' by Ben Okri

Book Review: ‘Tales of Freedom’ by Ben Okri

Format: Paperback Pages: 177 ISBN: 9781846041594 Price: 350 INR “Moments of genuine poetry and insight.” - Guardian From the Booker prize-winning author of ‘The Famished Road’ comes a book that both delights and puzzles the readers. Ben Okri, in this book, develops a supposedly new form of writing known as the stokus. He brings together...
Book Review: 'Desperation' by Stephen King

Book Review: ‘Desperation’ by Stephen King

Format: Hardcover Published by: Viking Adult Pages: 704 ISBN: 9780451188465 Price: 1770 INR Published in 1996, ‘Desperation’ by Stephen King is an intriguing story about several who, while travelling along the lonely Interstate 50, along the way to Nevada, are abducted and taken to a nearby town. With a deceptive name like Desperation, the town is home...
Book Review: 'On a Drive with Life' by Ankit Kumar

Book Review: ‘On a Drive with Life’ by Ankit Kumar

Publisher: Janaki Prakashan ISBN: 9789381313541 Pages: 174 Price: INR 400 Ankit Kumar’s book ‘On a Drive with Life‘ is a collection of 13 short stories. It deals with a variety of emotions and themes such as love, tragedy, horror, separation, adventure, regret, happiness and desire. The stories revolve around the concept of how a small misunderstanding...