Friday, April 13, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday

As you all know, Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, and is all about spreading some blogosphere love.

Question of the Week: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

My Answer: There are a few, so I'm breaking the "one book" rule. Damn it, who needs rules. Okay, so first off- Angela Carter's "The Magic Toyshop". It's such a great book, a true classic. It has me quaking in terror for its female protagonist and loving the male protagonist for his defiance and helplessness and gazing into the air and feeling lobotomized because I can never, ever, ever write like Angela Carter, nobody can. My love for the English language is multiplied twelve-fold just because of the existence of this book. Enough said why I wouldn't want to see a movie adaptation of it. This book is so cosmically brilliant that it would make the screens explode if they ever did an actual movie on it.  It would be like looking at an angel in their full glory as on Supernatural. It would be devastating. 
(Sorry for the fangirl-ism.)
And then the Night Circus. It took me ages to form an opinion on this book and in the end I decided that I loved it with all my heart and soul, just for the magic of it. A movie adaptation is on the works- I hear Summit has the rights. All that magic, captured properly on the screen? Seriously?

What's your FF links? Let's share some follower love :):)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Author’s Note: written for a competition in one of WD’s critique groups.
“Quack Remedies and Cosmetics” was the topic, and I decided not to write a story but make a list of really odd cosmetics and medicines. It was fun coming up with all these names and descriptions, and I had ten of them initially but I narrowed it down to five because I don’t want to, you know, hog all your time. (Although I actually do. Just being honest.) 
Power to the Blogosphere! Keep reading


An array of concoctions that will bewitch and enchant you! Ethereal and esoteric, brewed with slavish perfection and served with a side of sweet decadence! Give your senses the hedonistic delight they crave!
Now Selling:

Envy of Rapunzel: this potion is still and silent, a pale lavender liquid the consistency of cream. The potion is ensconced in what appears to be locks of golden hair braided thickly around a glass bottle.
There is no telling if a prince ever clambered up these locks, but which woman wouldn’t kill for hair like the witch’s poor captive bird?
Delirium: This potion swirls endlessly in an eddy of madness. The color of a rainbow, it promises visions of beauty real enough to blur reality. Who needs opium anymore? Daydreamers, sail your ships and harness your dragons!

Juliet Sleeps: This sleep concoction is clear and thin, and through the microscope, you can see dreams bubble to the surface. Too bad most of them are haunting and desolate romantic tragedies.

Tomorrow: An equal blend of wistfulness and sorrow. Strands of hopeful blue run through a creamy white potion. Buoyant and redolent of vanilla. All your yesterdays end with a single sip.

Apocalypse Now: This potion is rage and befuddlement, deliria and chaos. Perfect for young women with the desire for warring wooers. Flame red and toxic green combine to form an explosive concoction housed in a cage of glass and steel.
Disclaimer: No unicorn, dragon nor Yeti were harmed during the production of these potions. The same need not directly apply to homo sapiens. All deliveries subject to distance and availability of camels. Prices exclude camel-fodder and taxes.   

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Follow Friday

Ah, been a while since I did one of these.
Anyway, as you all know, Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, and is all about spreading some blogosphere love.

The question for this week is:

Q. Have You Ever Bought a Book Because of a Bad Review?

A: Yes, I bought the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare after one of my good friends read the book and trashed it so much that I just HAD to read it. Of course, her being a Harry Potter fan and fan-fiction writer was the main problem here: she had heard about the whole plagiarism fiasco and we had both read Cassandra's HP fanfic- the Draco Trilogy- and she thought the Mortal Instruments was basically a recycling of DT.
Anyway, I read the book and sort of liked it: it was mindless fun if you ignored all the glamour-people and HP comparisons and glitter fizz. I liked Magnus Bane, at least.
Leave your FF links :) Happy Follow Friday!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cover Crazy: The Curse Workers by Holly Black

I heart the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. 
Who wouldn't? Cassel Sharpe, the male protagonist, is an awesome character full of vulnerabilities and with a facade of bad-boy badassery, there is magic and lots of it, and then there are cigarillo smoking Godfather type men in suits and carrying guns. Come on. 
Curses and con. Magic and the mob. 
This series is just irresistible.
There are different covers for the Curse Workers series- the publishers are really ripping through those alternate covers- and in my opinion, the newest batch is the best yet. (Although the first batch captures the mafia look much better)
Here's what I call the "first batch":

Then there are these, the UK covers, which look sort of Gaiman-ish and awesome (Black Heart reminds me of Rowling's illustration in Tales of Beedle the Bard for The Warlock's Hairy Heart) but had me thinking of fairy tales the first time I saw them:

AND now these.

 These are incredibly good-looking, but I think the first batch fits the series better. Still, I would love to own the newest set because it's just...eye candy, if eye candy had the exact flavor of the world's best dark chocolate served melted, with a sprinkling of brilliantly colored and perfectly edible crystals...damn, now I'm hungry. There is a word for this kinda art, but I can't remember it right now. My brain is screwed from all the exams I've been writing. Anyway, BLACK HEART is finally out. Yayy :) Gotta buy over the net, because none of the bookstores in my city has any book by Holly Black except for the Spiderwick Chronicles (I shudder)

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we feature the books we're waiting for!

So this Wednesday, I'm waiting for a book that's already come out but is not in India yet for some reason. I love my historical novel with a dash of fantasy, and there is HG Wells in it! Time travel plus intelligentsia. Yum. Too bad it happens to be absurdly expensive on the book sites that ship here.
(Isn't the cover awesome?!)

MAP OF TIME by Felix. J. Palma and Nick Caistor


Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history? The author explores this question in the novel, weaving an historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Images used in this blog are either digital art created by the author or free photographs. Reviews and views expressed on this site are strictly personal. Text by Varsha Dinesh is copyrighted under Creative Commons.