Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kinski by Gabriel Hardman (Graphic Novel) - Review

A salesman's self-styled mission to save a puppy from its neglectful owners escalates into a righteous crusade in this quirky crime thriller written and drawn by Gabriel Hardman.

Kinski should be my first graphic novel apart from Asterix and Calvin and Hobbes. But then I consider both of them in another league of their own.

This book is a combined version of Kinski#1 to Kinski #6 and contains all the six parts of the story.

I was never a fan of graphic novels, but I read so many book readers recommending a lot of them and then I realized that I should try a few. That is how I came across Kinski and decided to read it.

I had no idea who Gabriel Hardman is, still do not have much clue; but who can say no to such a cute puppy?

I liked Kinski very much and it was a fast read. At this point, I cannot say much more about the graphic-novel part of it because I am very new to this genre. I liked the simple black and white drawings in this one. They are very beautiful unlike so many graphic novels I have seen with a riot of dark colors.

I liked it...Why don't you all give it a try?

Source: eARC through Netgalley
Publisher: Image Comics
Pub Date

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Children Act by Ian McEwan - Review


Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
Ian McEwan has a way of expressing in words many emotions that are so difficult to articulate even for a person who is actually experiencing them. And he puts them down in such beautiful language that you stand in awe of him once you have read his works.

I do agree that all his works have not made it to my favorite list, neither did this book. But this book will have a very special place in my 'good books' list. This book makes you think, introspect about life and death and how a small action from a person can affect another person in a highly disproportionate way.

I liked Fiona's and Adam's characters very much especially how they go about being themselves. Fiona comes out as a woman with a strong personality and a sense of doing the right thing for everyone; though she feels guilty for an impulsive act which had severe consequences later on.

Adam is a 17 year old who is behaving like a 17 year old should be; acting on his convictions and trying to be an adult even when he is scared to the core. I liked his character, but I think his expectations from a stranger who did had a saying about his life and death was a little exaggerated. But then that makes up the whole story.

The Children Act is a good book though not one of McEwan's best ones. I will recommend this book for Fiona's character alone.

Rating: 4.25/5
Publisher:  Random House UK, Vintage Publishing
Year of Release: 2014
Source: eARC from Netgalley

Other books by Ian McEwan:

On Chesil Beach

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Recent Books on My Shelf #15

I was on a break from active reading since my last post here because I was very busy with the kids. Then I did not feel like reading anything much when I get little bits of time for myself. 'The Book Thief' which I was reading the whole time is not a fast read. I preferred to read it in bits enjoying each sentence :) Probably it took me some time to fall in love with this book narrated by Death and when I did, I fell hard !

The Book Thief is a repeat from last post, but then it took me so many days to finish it because of which I thought I will include that also in this post. It is a must read about a German girl who lived during World War II and who loved books a lot.

The Silkworm was another of my anticipated reads and it is one of those rare books which TH and myself have read. I am yet to review 'The Cuckoo's Calling' on this blog and hopefully that will happen some time soon.

The Collected Works of A J Fikry was featured on my wishlist few months back. Since TH managed to misplace it, I got it only last week and I picked it once I was done with 'The Silkworm'.

The Fault in our Stars (TFIOS) has been in limelight for some time. I did start reading it, but did not progress anywhere. So I just know that it is a book about young adults suffering/recovering from cancer. It is supposed to be a tear-jerker, and that is why I am reading 'God is a Gamer' before I pick TFIOS.

God is a Gamer is a thriller by Indian author Ravi Subramanian and deals with crimes related to financial world. This will be my second book by him, the first one being The Bankster

Somehow my last three reads has been books about books. I knew that about 'The Collected Works of A J Fikry' and 'The Book Thief' before I started reading them, but the fact that 'The Silkworm' was a crime fiction related to the book world was a complete surprise.

 Fikry and Book Thief are awesome books, but I cannot say the same about J K Rowling's crime fiction series book. I liked the first book 'The Cuckoo's Calling' more than this one and I think I have a crush on Cormoran Strike and love the character of Robin from this series. I am waiting for the next one to come :)

Then...I am joining back office tomorrow after 5 months of leave and it breaks my heart to leave my  4-month-old son at home. I am so scared even though my office is just 3 kms from home. Wish me luck my friends.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Wishlist by Gregoire Delacourt - Review

The number-one best-selling international phenomenon that asks, If you won the lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams?

Jocelyne lives in a small town in France where she runs a fabric shop, has been married to the same man for 21 years, and has raised two children. She is beginning to wonder what happened to all those dreams she had when she was 17. Could her life have been different?

Then she wins the lottery - and suddenly finds the world at her fingertips. But she chooses not to tell anyone, not even her husband - not just yet. Without cashing the check, she begins to make a list of all the things she could do with the money. But does Jocelyne really want her life to change?

This book is more of a self seeking book than a fiction because you end up wondering about yourselves all over when you are done reading this one.

This handles the age old question of "What if you win the lottery today?". We can always sit and dream about the things that we will do if ever we win the lottery, but then are we ready to face the life after that.

2014 is a year in which I read a few books one after the other about marriage and the constant balancing act required to try to make it a success which may not always occur if both parties do not have equal participation. Sometimes you love a person too much that you don't mind being with them no matter what, sometimes you love them so much and yet want to have an affair with a stranger, sometimes you just don't want to find out what could happen if the equilibrium is disturbed.

Jocelyne's character is what gives strength and depth to this well written book. I know that the premise doesn't sound appealing, but I did enjoy reading this one. It is also about life which is not always fair to everyone. Sometimes you get much more than what you deserve and you will have to carry the added burden due to the knowledge that there could be many who wants to have what you got.

Liked it. And yes it makes you sit and think - about what you will do if you get a huge sum of money and what are the consequences it will bring.

PS: I read the English translation of the book and the original book is in French titled 'La Liste de mes envies'.

Rating: 4/5
First Release: 
Source: eARC from Netgalley

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