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#SixDegreesofSeparation from The Casual Vacancy to The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

This is the first time I am participating in this meme that’s been going around for the last year. In this meme, a book is chosen by Annabelle and Emma – the folks running the meme, and then we add 6 books that are related in some way or the other to this book. This month, the chosen book is The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling. The Casual Vacancy automatically makes me think of the Harry Potter books, because duh same author. My apologies for being utterly predictable here, but frankly nothing else entered my mind. When I think of Harry Potter, another sweet YA Fantasy series comes to mind, and that is the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. Continuing in the Fantasy line where witches rule, is the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, which are chock-a-block full of magical characters One of which is a vampire, which automatically brings to mind the original vampire series that I love to loathe – The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Apart from the Twilight books, Stephenie …

Meme – Book Vs Film

I saw this meme at The Bookworm Chronicles and Lynn’s Book Blog and thought it would be fun to do this meme on my blog as well…because books vs movies, we all have an opinion, right? I have to provide 5 answers for each category: Films that I enjoyed better than the book (is that possible??? Yup, realized that I could easily list more than the 5 I mentioned in this post ) Books that I liked better than the film Books that I can’t decide between because the film did a pretty damned good job of bringing the book to the screen. Anyway, here are my answers: Films that I enjoyed better than the book Twilight and New Moon movies I know, I know, bad answer :(. I found the books super boring, and watched the movies with zero expectations, so I guess I ended up liking them. I liked the beautiful locations, the music, and the overall moodiness of the movies and I thought they were definitely better than the books. Definitely not …

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Fully Caught up with the Sookie Stackhouse Series

Last week I read Dead in the Family and Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris and have finally caught up with the latest goings-on in Bon Temps. I last read Sookie in 2010 so it took some time for me to get back into the swing of things. It would have really helped if each book had a short synopsis explaining where the story is at till now considering the large number of characters and diverse plot lines. I could also have used a short who’s who list at the end of the book :D. Anyways, I managed to catch up with the plot thanks to wikipedia. And soon I got engrossed in Sookie’s little world again. Dead in the Family is rather a weak story by itself. In this book, Sookie and her friends are recovering from the terrible fairy war in the last book. Sookie has changed significantly from how she used to be in the previous books. She’s lost her usual chirpiness and is a rather bitter, brooding, and vengeful person. In this …

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Review of Books 7-9 of the Sookie Stackhouse Series

I have been really lax about writing up the book reviews for books 7-9 of the Sookie books that I read last month in order to complete the Sookie Stackhouse reading challenge. So late that I was really tempted to forget about it. But, I hate to leave stuff incomplete, and that includes book reviews. So, here I am trying to compile my brief scribblings done while reading the books into a coherent book review. I can then satisfactorily close the lid on the Sookie books once and for all (or at least till the next book comes out :)), without feeling any pangs of guilt. Is it crazy that I feel guilty when I don’t update my blog? Am I crazy? or do you other bloggers also feel this compulsive urge to blog?? Really would like to know that I am not the only one! Anyway, now on to the brief summary and review… Book 7 – All Together Dead: Sookie finally attends the vampire summit that has been referred to in all the …

A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

A Touch of Dead – Book Review

A Touch of Dead is a collection of short stories that fit in at various places throughout the Sookie Stackhouse series. This book is a fairly short and easy read with just the following five stories: Fairy Dust – Here, Sookie learns that fairies Claude and Claudette are actually the two surviving members of triplets, and they want her help in tracking down their sister’s killer. Dracula Night– Here, Eric is getting Fangtasia ready for the celebration of Dracula’s birth, in hopes that his idol will actually appear. Of course, Sookie is invited to the party, and of course there is some trouble. One Word Answer – This is the most important story in that you need to read this to understand the happenings of Definitely Dead. In it, we finally get the scene where Sookie finds out her cousin Hadley is a dead vampire. In this book, Sookie meets the Queen of Louisiana for the first time. Lucky – Here, Sookie and her witch roommate, Amelia, team up to figure out who has been …

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The Pleasures of Rereading

So, I have been a bit distracted from blogging this past week or so. The times, they have been busy! At such times when I am swamped with work and totally stressed to boot, I would love to unwind with a good book. However, I rarely am able to focus and pay attention to books; let alone be able to blog about them afterward. At these times, rereads come in useful. I just pick up something that I remember knowing and liking, but without actually remembering the plot in detail. I am particularly fond of thrillers/science fiction, because these were books that I devoured when I was in school and college. And unfortunately, I rarely find good books in either genre these days. Last week, I picked up these books from Eloor Library. The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly is one in a series of books featuring Harry Bosch – a detective working in the LAPD. His personal motto is: Everybody counts or nobody counts. His most defining character trait, it describes his motivation to …

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Reviews of Books 5 and 6 in the Sookie Stackhouse Series

Dead as a Doornail Someone is shooting shifters around Bon Temps. And a news report indicates that many other people in nearby areas have also been shot by a sniper in mysterious circumstances. Although the world at large may not realize the significance of the snipers victims, Sookie and several others in the community realize that all the targets have been shifters. Once again, Jason is the chief suspect until Sookie jumps in and saves the day for him. Apart from the shifter deaths, there is another sub-plot. The werewolves of Shreveport are choosing a new packmaster and Sookie neds to get involved to prevent any under-handed behavior during the process. My thoughts on this book I think this is the part in the series where it is slowly losing its charm for me. I suppose it could be because of reading these books in quick succession, but I am starting to feel that this series is sagging a little. I could easily guess the two bad guys in this novel and everything was predicatably …

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Year End Book Meme

I first saw this meme at Aimee’s blog, which she picked up from Lorielle and I think it’s a nice way to look back at the books read during the year and try to list out THE books of the year for me. Well, here are the books that I read and absolutely loved this year. The ones that really rocked my boat… The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – 2008 Man Booker winner. And one of the most immoral, yet entertaining, as well as thought-provoking books I read this year. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – a book that will make you laugh, cry, angry, indignant, and yes thankful and hopeful. This book touched me in so many ways, I just cannot explain. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – just because it breaks so many perceptions about crime thrillers. It is so much more than just a murder mystery. And it left me so looking forward to reading the other 2 books in this series. Books 1-4 of …

My Thoughts on Books 1-4 of the Sookie Stackhouse Series

I can’t begin to explain how much I am enjoying reading these books. I love them so much that I am actually having to restrain myself from reading them all at a stretch, and instead trying to extend the fun a little longer. As you can see though, I am not too successful in the attempt :). This post is less about the story of the books, and more of my impressions. I hope that will suffice because I really don’t want to repeat the story synopsis as so many blogs have already covered these books in quite a lot of detail. Dead Until Dark: Reading this was very familiar to me because I have watched the first season of True Blood, which stays quite faithful to the book (except for the depiction of Tara and Lafayette). Reading this book just made me love the series all the more. The folks at HBO have done a truly awesome job bringing this to the screen. I really don’t have anything new to say about this book …

Reading Challenge Status and New Reading Challenges

I might have mentioned once before in my blog that I am pathetic at reading challenges. Something about them always sets me up for failure. But, I am also very enthusiastic about them, and participate even when I know I am likely to lose steam somewhere along the way. I also love to cheer on folks who do manage to successfully complete them. My hats off to you guys! So, without any more ado, let’s get to the status of the reading challenges I took on this year: JM Kaye’s Young Adult Reading Challenge – 9 books out of 12 ( I am really sad about this, as I am pretty sure I will not get to complete this. This challenge ends in December this year) JM Kaye’s 1st in a Series Reading Challenge – 10 books out of 12 (slightly better but again not completing the challenge) and the most pathetic of them all… the Reliquiae reading challenge in which I managed just 2 books out of 4. Very bad show on my part. …

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True Blood is Bloody Great!

This is a change for me. I rarely watch TV, let alone review anything that comes on TV. But, I just had to do this one… Since reading the insipid Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, my interest in vampire novels/ movies has drastically declined. I am a fan of vampires but I’m also really particular, I can’t just read/watch any junk, and there is too much vampire-related junk available nowadays. Ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’ve never seen or read anything vampire-related that’s really impressed me. I had heard of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire series of novels by Charlaine Harris, but really was not motivated to try them out after my Twilight disappointment. All that changed when I was surfing channels on saturday, and came across the first two episodes of True Blood on HBO, which is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels. It gripped from the opening scene itself. It involves two teenagers stopping at a convenience store. They act very obnoxiously and are very interested in vampires. There’s a twist at the …