Build Your Own Shakespearean Insult

You mewling pox-marked pumpion! You beslubbered hell-hated measle! Graph via: ebookfriendly.com & originally released by Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art and antique books. Fun, isn't it?

Mao: The Unknown Story

"We the Chinese nation have the spirit to fight the enemy to the last drop of our blood, the determination to recover our lost territory by our own efforts, and the ability to stand on our own feet in the family of nations." /Mao Zedong Mao: The Unknown Story is a 2005 biography of Chinese Communist … Continue reading Mao: The Unknown Story

A Wrinkle in Time

“Qui plussait, plus se tait. French, you know. The more a man knows, the less he talks.” ― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. It is also a first book of a Time Quintet. Book follows … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time

The 48 Laws of Power

“Be wary of friends—they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If … Continue reading The 48 Laws of Power

The Vegeterian

“Why, is it such a bad thing to die?” ― Han Kang, The Vegetarian   The Vegetarian is a South Korean novella written by Han Kang and first published in 2007. It's quite  a fascinating book: Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband live an ordinary life. Then Yeong-hye  becomes haunted by splintering, blood-soaked images and … Continue reading The Vegeterian

From Fiction to Nonfiction

I recently stumbled upon a great nonfiction blog called What's Nonfiction? In 'About' section, author of the blog writes: "Back then, I read almost exclusively fiction (an easier section to pinpoint). But in recent years, I found the opposite was becoming true, and I preferred nonfiction, in its many very different categories, to anything fictional. But when … Continue reading From Fiction to Nonfiction

Night by Elie Wiesel

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel Night, first published in 1960s is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in … Continue reading Night by Elie Wiesel

Old Man’s War

I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army. Visiting Kathy's grave was the less dramatic of the two.” ― John Scalzi, Old Man's War Old Man's War is a military science fiction / space opera novel by American writer John Scalzi, published in 2005. His debut novel was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best … Continue reading Old Man’s War

No fairy godmother. No magic pumpkin. Just one grumpy girl and a glass slipper.

If the shoe fits, wear it.If it doesn’t, make it. Happily is a fairy-tale retelling by author Chauncey Rogers. This fantasy retelling will be published April 3, 2018. I received advance reader copy of the book in exchange for honest review. This is not your typical happily ever after kind of story. It does not … Continue reading No fairy godmother. No magic pumpkin. Just one grumpy girl and a glass slipper.

The Decameron

“Essere la natura de' motti cotale, che essi come la pecora morde deono cosi mordere l'uditore, e non come 'l cane: percio che, se come cane mordesse il motto, non sarebbe motto, ma villania” - The Decameron, Boccaccio The nature of wit is such that its bite must be like that of a sheep rather than … Continue reading The Decameron

2017 in Books

2017 was crazy and magical. I was in Night Court with High Fae, I tried to rule Amber, I was in Underland with giant rats, beetles and bats, I founds answers in Weep and met Lazlo Strange, I participated in international Warcross Championships, I did quite a lot of travelling: I was on Mars, Erilea & Moon...also I … Continue reading 2017 in Books

How-To Travel Through Time

“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.” ― H.G. Wells, The Time Machine The Time Machine is a science fiction novel (or a long short-story?)  by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 and it has become a classic. In the book, the narrator introduces us to inventor and scientist whom the reader … Continue reading How-To Travel Through Time

How-To Fight Buggers

“Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” ― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game   Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperilled mankind after two conflicts with the alien species called "buggers". In preparation for an anticipated third … Continue reading How-To Fight Buggers

Eragon

“First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered... . Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don't follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not. Consider none your superior whatever their rank or station in … Continue reading Eragon

Legends in Exile

“The only easy day was yesterday.” ― Bill Willingham, Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile Legends in Exile (2001) by  Bill Willingham is the first part of FABLES. In Fables series, Willingham has created a  new world for beloved fables, fairytale characters like Snow White, Bigby Wolf,  Bluebeard, Rose Red, Jack the Giant Killer, Prince … Continue reading Legends in Exile