Artful by Peter David
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Artful is a graphic-novel adaptation by Nicole D’Andria of a book by the same name by Peter David. Laura Neubert has done the artwork for the book. The story follows ‘The Artful Dodger’; also known as Jack Dawkins, from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Apart from him, many characters from the classic appear in this book too, such as Fagin, Charley Bates, and Oliver himself. The story starts in London in the year 1830; a few years after Oliver goes to live with Mr. Brownlow. Vampires are trying to take over the city, and for reasons, it’s upto the Dodger to save the kingdom. I have to say, though there are many characters are from the world of Dickens in this story, I didn’t feel like it spoiled anything for those who haven’t read the classic yet.
Now, let’s get into the review. I thought that the artwork was stunning. It perfectly compliments the story and the time-period. However, the story itself was predictable. It was interesting, and held my attention for as long as I read, but at no point did I felt surprised by the story. As for the characters, perhaps it was the graphic format, but I couldn’t connect with any of them, except the Dodger. The bond between the characters developed too quickly. There is a bit of a romance subplot, and I couldn’t enjoy it because of the instant love.
Overall, I’d rate it at 2 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed reading this story but wasn’t blown away by it.
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The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“I am glad my case is not serious! But these nervous troubles are dreadfully depressing. John does not know how much I really suffer. He knows there is no reason to suffer, and that satisfies him.”
The Yellow Wall Paper the story of a woman forced into confinement masking as prescribed treatment from her physician and husband. She longs to write and be in society but is forbidden from doing so because her husband thinks her ‘nervous condition’ could deteriorate, and so a woman suffering from postpartum depression descends into insanity.
This was truly more horrifying than so many horror novels just because of how close it is to reality. The story really drives home the history of women’s subjugation and the main character’s acceptance of it. It also emphasizes mental health issues as legitimate illnesses. Depression and anxiety are as real as a cold and need to be treated as such.
I listened to the audio version of this book produced by Chatterbox Audio Theatre. Highly recommend it to audiobook lovers because the production was of a very high quality. Do give it a try if you want to read this book.
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I’ve had a bit of a reading slump for the past two or three months and so to get myself back on the reading bandwagon I went on to BookTube. This book by an Indian author caught my eye, especially since so many of my trusted booktubers highly recommended it. However, I have a bad relationship with Indian Authors since I don’t tend to read in the genres that are popular here, which is Romance Fiction. But, I still picked up this book because it promised to be an easy and fun read that could get me back to reading again.
Dimple is a computer and web design geek who is all set to go to Stanford University. Before going to college, however, she plans to get some experience in App Designing by attending a 6 weeks workshop in San Fransisco. Her parents, however, have other ideas on sending her to this workshop. Without her knowledge, they have set her up to meet one of their friend’s son, Rishi. Rishi is very traditional in his ways and he’s actually pretty excited the possibility of an arranged marriage.
Here are my thoughts on the story.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst reading this book. Dimple and Rishi are such carefully developed characters that I couldn’t help but root for them. I loved that this was more than the clichéd ‘opposites attract’ story. Even though at the onset it feels like they are as different as two people can possibly be, as their relationship develops, it is their similarities that ultimately keeps them together. I also loved that the author did not stereotype the main characters. Dimple’s mom was a tad stereotypical but let’s face it, a lot of Indian moms are like her.
Despite really liking the story, I did find a few things that irked me a bit. Firstly, some of the dialogues, especially the ones with the parents, came off as stilted and unrealistic. Secondly, there were instances when I felt like Rishi was acting way too older than his age. Nevertheless, this book is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Just relax, have some chai and enjoy yourself.
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Paul Christopher’s a quick paced, mythological thriller, The Sword of the Templars is an first book in the series by him on the Templar myth. The story begins with the death of, John Holliday’s, uncle Henry Granger and him inheriting a sword, along with his niece, Peggy Blackstock. The sword is found to be one of the most coveted artifact of Templar history and contains a ancient coded message that could possibly lead to long lost Templar treasures.
Soon it comes to their attention that the sword’s existence isn’t a secret as they thought it would be. In fact not only does someone desperately want the sword, they are willing to kill for it. Peggy and Holliday have to now try and uncover the truths about the sword and their uncle’s past.
For most parts, the book lived up to my expectation, blending myths and legends into the modern world. The description was beautiful and rich with good vocabulary. The plot itself was fast and highly engaging, but similar to other books in this genre.
Albeit being a good read, somethings in the story baffled me like; in a history class taught by Holliday, many student characters were introduced, only to never mention them again. One can just presume the entire scene was just to iterate Holliday’s opinion on Templar and how they change by the end of the book.
Another thing that irritated me, was the fact that both of them had no inhibitions in talking about the sword or its history to others. Surely when you know that someone is after the sword and you don’t know who they are or how they even found out about it in the first place, you would be a bit more reserved and treat people with a bit of suspicion?
On the whole, I think the book is good, just not great. I’d suggest it to everyone looking for nothing more than a light read and rate it a 3 out of 5 stars.
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“Dexter, I love you so much. So, so much, and I probably always will. I just don’t like you anymore. I’m sorry.”
One Day is a beautiful novel about love, relationships and friendships. The author also shows pain that comes with different kinds love; in instance, watching your mother’s health deteriorate, loving someone who loves someone else, friendships that are taken for granted, etc.
The interesting cover and blurb hooked me in and the format of the book ensured that the story keeps moving on, showing just snapshots of Emma and Dexter’s life. I felt the main characters themselves mirror real life people as they aren’t bad but neither are they completely likable. They start out as lovers only to breakup and stay as friends. But sometimes even friendships that we think will last a lifetime, wither and die as the years pass. Em and Dex too have their rocky patches from which they take years to recover and finally become lovers again. However that’s not where the storyline ends as the author packs quite a blow to the readers in the very end of the novel. I loved the unconventional climax that was sort of sad and sort of happy.
However the end seemed a bit rushed considering the pace of the rest of the story and the male characters seemed to try too hard to convince me that Emma was indeed smart. So I shall give this unconventional story a 3.5 out of 5 rating.
“So – whatever happened to you?’
‘Life. Life happened.”