An Amateur Literary Criticism to The Book of Lost Things

This book was solid. Reading this novel is revisiting my childhood and the fairy tales that I grew up with and found comfort in. More than that, the novel is a good specimen for close reading and analysis. I have taken the liberty of examining some of the story’s elements using the little knowledge of…

Quick Review: The Garden of Lost Secrets

Just so we are on the same page, there’s the word ‘quick’ in the title for a reason. If you are looking for in-depth criticism, analysis or appreciation of a book, I am also looking for an opportunity to write one and unfortunately, this is not it. The Garden of Lost Secrets I confess myself…

Quick Review: The Waste Lands by Stephen King

The Waste Lands by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars I have issues reading this book: 1) Violence against women (Suze’s rape scene) 2) Violence against children (Jake’s bruises) 3) Violence against animals (Oy’s demise) You’d think I enjoyed violence against men but what can I do when the 3 out of 4…

Quick Review: The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1), Stephen King

The Gunslinger by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was supposed to say a number of things about the book but Mr Stephen King himself preempted me with the accompanying ‘Afterword’ so there is nothing left for me to do but read the remaining books to know more. It’s a fast-paced work–…

Quick Review: Dream Psychology, Sigmund Freud

Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud My rating: 3 of 5 stars It certainly is an eye-opener. Considering the amount of time I trundled to finish the book, I can say it is not for those who are in search for a light-read psychology book. I only endeavored to finish this because of my inability to…

Quick review: A Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott

A Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott My rating: 3 of 5 stars It was a good book, don’t get me wrong and Alcott still managed to capture my heart with her literary wit. Is it as memorable as Little Women , or Jo’s Boys ? No. The stories in the book reminded me of…

Quick Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Actual Rating 4.5 I’m still praying to gods and waiting for them to accept my sacrifice before I can make a substantial review. All I know is Shadow’s character has been developed quite well and how it ends does not justify it… or probably…

REVIEW: The Secret Lives of INTJS by Anna Moss

The Secret Lives of INTJs by Anna Moss My rating: 2 of 5 stars I admit the secrecy of it all initially captured my attention. I’m still astounded by the fact that the secrets included within are not secrets at all. The organization also needs to be improved and some parts of the work need…

Review: The Last Ever After

 Presidential Rating:  Date Read: 19 August 2016 Favorite character: Hester, Anadil, Dot (the conven basically) and Lady Lesso… Can you see a pattern here? Summary: In the epic next chapter of Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the…

Review: A World without Princes

Presidential Rating:   Date Read: 12 August 2016 President’s Favorite Characters: Hester, Anadil Summary:  After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn’t exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending…