The reformed bad boy has always been my favorite protagonist – in fiction, as well as real life. There is something about a wicked man who is seeking redemption or a ruthless lord hiding a noble heart that keeps me engaged. Where does the attraction come from?Continue reading
I have friends who have a Did Not Finish shelf in their Goodreads account. I personally just delete books I did not finish from my account. As an aspiring author, I know how much work goes into writing a book. And I avoid giving up on books as much as I can, but I do have some deal breakers. I’ve listed these down for you.Continue reading
Amazon has just released Good Omens, a novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, that it has adapted for television. It is a tale about a forbidden friendship between an angel and a demon who has enjoyed living on earth for centuries. Michael Sheen and David Tennant were absolutely perfect for the roles of Aziraphale and Crowley.Continue reading
Human free will is the root of all evil. Our propensity to make incredibly bad choices have wrought war and destruction on our world. And we are very fond of blaming the gods we pray to for the result of these choices. I have never read a book that explores this theme so extensively as The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.Continue reading
My mom always made sure we had books to read. It was how she first brought the world home to us. You could say she forced us to love books. She’s the best tiger mom in the world!
My husband loves Stitch and books. He spoils me by letting me collect these beautiful figurines by Jim Shore.
I thought this was the perfect image to celebrate two of my favorite people in the world.
Happy mother’s day, mom! Advance happy birthday, my love!
I fell in love with sonnets back in high school. Inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Wordsworth, I wrote my diary in this format. Poetry has not been part of my reading list for a long time since I write prose exclusively now. A friend’s shelf guided me to Pablo Neruda’s Love Sonnets and the poet’s beautiful words made my heart sing. These sonnets will definitely improve my writing.Continue reading
His name meant darkness in a language that only I could understand. He stayed in the shadows, silent and brooding, while I flirted with every man in the bar. In this hall of torment where aspiring writers came to play, we wore the mask of anonymity and left our inhibitions at the door.Continue reading
The most entertaining author’s note I’ve ever listened to was written and read by Michael J. Sullivan at the beginning of The Crown Tower, the first book of the Riyria Chronicles. He described how his wife, Robin, schemed to get him to write the prequel to his vastly successful trilogy, The Riyria Revelations, because she developed an infatuation for Hadrian Blackwater. I am only two books into The Riyria Revelations, but I have grown fond of Hadrian and Royce, a pair of dashing heroes has never been so perfectly crafted. If I could choose any team to go on an adventure with, I would go with them.Continue reading
A misleading title is an ingenious way to create a plot twist. I have seen it employed in two stories, a soulful country ballad and in the second book of a magical trilogy. The methods of implementation were so different too. The song’s was straightforward while the novel was a plot twist over a plot twist.Continue reading
I grew up in a world filled with myth and colonial mentality. My grandmother’s sister always made offerings to the dwarves who lived in her garden. I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so I had a mental picture of these creatures. They would declare that tikbalangs, a creature with a horse’s head and a man’s body are being wed when it rains on a sunny day. When I later read about centaurs in Greek mythology, I thought it was funny that our magical creatures had the reverse parts of horse and man. I never considered that fantasy worlds were cultural by nature that the land they originated from could determine what the creatures were like or who was good and who was evil. Until I found striking resemblances in these Russian winter kings and the fantasy worlds they lived in.Continue reading