Shorts: Near Death In The Gila National Forest

It’s 1971 and a university art instructor has just been informed that his contract won’t be renewed. His life is spiraling out of control. He decides to set out on a solo hiking trip across the U.S. Two men, offer to pay him $50,000, to set up a drug deal in Mexico. He agrees to do it, with the hopes that he will finally be financially secure.
In 4,500 miles, he encounters a 7-day rock festival in the woods, an invitation to a lynching, Mexican drug dealers, near death in the wilderness, a spiritual awakening and a ride with a Hell’s Angel. His exploration covers homelessness in Haight-Ashbury, an urban, mega-warehouse commune, a bizarre New Year’s Eve and a stabbing in a cheap hotel.
He learns to cope with vigorous hardships of nature and living off the land; hitchhiking and sleeping in strangers’ homes. After the drug deal fails, his designs for a unique energy-efficient building system score him a collaboration with a prestigious, San Francisco architecture firm. He unsuccessfully pa…

Ivan The Terrible

The book promises to do what it aims to do. It helps introduce and bring out facets of a russian tsar, all under 60 minutes.

The book is a quick read and gives out glimpses of a man who is considered to be a psychopath in the history books on Russia.

The writing is really simple and can be easily understood. The best part of this book is the fact that all possible facets of this fascinatingly despicable Tsar of Russia has been covered. The imageries are vibrant. Though this book offers snippets only, it does kindle the desire to read up more about this tyrannt. A very well written work for sure.

The entire theme revolves around Ivan and all possible facets of his characters have been well brought out.

To sum up, if you are a history buff and would love to read about russian history then this is a must read for you. It is concise and short, however, it guarantees to inculcate a sense of curiosity in the readers for sure.

P.S- Thank you Tyler for an amazing read. This is the second one…

Fight For The Kingdom

What an awesome story! I was transported back to my childhood where I grew up reading about fairies, dragons and princesses.

The plot revolves around two brothers and a camp. I can't reveal more except that it is a fantasy if that is your genre. On thee whole, the book is a definite must read.

The language is simple and the narrative is compelling. There are no breaks in the narration and that is the best part. There are loads of imageries, visual, aural, tactile. These mental pictures when replicated, on the big screen or the television as a series, would create a blockbuster for sure. Writing for children is not an easy task. Victoria writes while retaining the childlike innocence of all its characters. Hence, kudos to her for penning a story that transports the reader to the lands of magic and fantasy.

Besides Aiden and his brother, there are many other characters. Thankfully, they support the storyline and enhance the plot. The characters have been etched out clearly. Even th…

Great Cape O' Colours

When you notice a book by one of your favourite authors you can't help but read his writings instantly. I have been reading Karl's stories not only for the sake of reviewing them but also as a mother. My children love to listen to his stories. The fact that they respond positively while hearing them is yet another bonus.

This book revolves around the concept of colours and careers. What I loved about this book is the way Karl has presented varied colours to young readers by using careers and cultures as metaphors. You must read it to appreciate what I mean.

The writing is really simple. The book is bilingual as in it presents a Spanish translation as well. Though English works for me and my kids, however, Karl's writings are a good way to teach a foreign language. The illustrations are bright, colourful, apt and definitely appeal to the eyes. Each page represents a colour and a career. It would be wonderful to see an animated version of the same for a visual effect. The p…

Mannethorn's Key

I have been on a reading spree since past two months though I haven't been able to post reviews as frequently as I wanted to. Notwithstanding this, I begin with one of my favourites on my reading list Mannethorn's Key.

This book is the first story in a triology called The Key of Life. It is an epic fantasy, hence the story is set in a world of fantasy with magic, mystical creatures and enchanted lands. The plot revolves around a man transported to a world called Between, a wizard and their travails together. For further details you need to read the entire story, and trust me, you wont regret it one bit if fantasy is your genre.

The language is almost lyrical, as in it has the power to transport the reader into an altogether different world. The narration is a bit slow in the beginning but it picks up pace as the story progresses. Kudos to Simon for use of a descriptive narrative that is neither overbearing nor jerky. The writing justifies the plot at every paragraph, every sc…