5 Horror reads for this Halloween!

Halloweens are incomplete without a horrifying tale. So what if you don’t have the perfect monster costume, you have a wide variety of book monsters to chose from!So, get your most comfortable pillow and get ready to celebrate Halloween – PepperScript style!

1)  The Shining by Stephen King:

No list of spooky reads is complete without Stephen King. He is the absolute king of horror and “The Shining” is his magnum opus. Danny is only five years old but has a gift or the curse of being a “shiner” i.e he has the ability to see the future and understand the hidden thoughts of another’s heart.  When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control. This book will make all your childhood fears come back alive! Word of Caution to all the readers: Don’t turn off the lights while reading!

2)This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee-

If you love Frankenstein, Steampunk genre, sibling rivalry, clock work men and good books- You are going to absolutely love this one! Set in Geneva, it is a classic YA re-telling of Frankenstein written by  Mary Shelly. It revolves around two siblings, one of whom dies and is brought back by the other- using clockwork pieces! But the resurrection doesn’t go as planned and the brother returns more as a monster than a man.Absolutely perfect for this Halloween! Available on Kindle and hardcopy both! 

3)  The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R Carey:

When you first pick up this book, you think: ” Okay, so this girl might have some super-human powers”. But, you are wrong. This book is a great example of not judging a book by it’s cover or even it’s blurb for that matter. “Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair.”  The blurb never gives out what this book is actually about. One word. Zombies. A fascinating read for all age groups!

4) Song of Kali by Dan Simmons: 

Song of Kali recounts the horrifying events of an American publisher, Robert Luczak, sent to India to pick up a manuscript. The manuscript is supposed to be the latest work of a famous poet who disappeared years earlier and is presumed dead. However, upon his arrival in Calcutta, Luczak is rapidly drawn into a bizarre series of events that lead him into contact with the cult of Kali, goddess of death, and the plot to unleash this demon-goddess upon the earth. This book ain’t for the faint hearted. It makes you squirm as much as it horrifies you. Perfect ( horrifying ) October read for all Indian having had celebrated Navratri!

5) Dracula by Bram Stoker :

Well, before Twilight romanticized the idea of vampires for us, they were scary. Bone-chilling scary. Why not remind us of this fact again by reading Dracula? The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the curse of the undead. Remember, vampires are supposed to be blood Thirsty, soul sucking monsters, not your next boyfriend!!

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Gain some Humor this Valentine!

“Books were safer than other people anyway.” – Neil Gaiman

14th February, a day that marks ‘Love’ is celebrated across the globe with sheer joy. People wait for this day with bated breath as if the rest of the days give no space for love! While you gather the courage to express your love to your beloved, how about gaining little humor, knowledge and feelings for a stranger and experience a deep affair this valentines?

Ever thought how it would be to fall for someone whom you will never see again after a certain time? Someone whom you can partially relate to? The one who can add the spice to your smartness quotient? Someone who would make you feel thoughtful, and then suddenly you feel where you have gained something, besides you have also lost a little of yourself!

To all the above questiones my answers are:

Yes I know how pleasant the feeling is to love the unknown who is unseen and shall never be seen, literally.

Not once, not twice but several times I have bumped into characters I can totally relate to. Yes, several times!

When I came across someone who added the perfect amount of emotions to my humor and intelligence, the feeling was overwhelming. I wanted to hold on to the stranger forever!

And every stranger I have happened to learn about has in some way or the other made me more thoughtful helped me be a better myself.

And speaking about lose or gain, yes I have lost my time, but I would rather say I invested my time learning those strangers, because by the time I finished reading a book, yes you read it right, a ‘BOOK’, I probably gained too many insights about life, people, places, vocabulary, myself and but of course – the strangers.

If you haven’t understood already who I am talking about, Oh boy! I must say you definitely need to fall in love with reading, a book, those characters, and lastly but your power to imagine.

Grab a book this valentines, read it, finish it, cover to cover, and then ask yourself, have I fallen for the writer? For the protagonist? Or may the place described in the book! Because love could be for and towards anyone right!

Gain the experience, and the richness that you will feel by connections that you make with such strangers would be spellbound!

In case this still doesn’t convince you to fall in love with reading, then I suggest you fall in love with someone who loves to read, because:cititul

Readers are patient

Readers aren’t afraid to let their mind wander in new and exciting areas

Readers are willing to commit

Readers like to be entertained – I hope you can at least entertain your partner if not read!

Wise and understanding

They find in you a romantic character

Last but not the least; gifting becomes a lot easier for you, since the world will never run out of Good Books!

186th Birthday of Novelist Leo Tolstoy!

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love – Leo Tolstoy

Had he been here today, the world would have wished him a happy 186th birthday! Thanks to Google Doodle who took us back to the memory lane of 1860s. That was the year when Leo Tolstoy, the Russian Author’s first novel ‘War and Peace’ was published. A famous fiction writer that he was, his novels were known to be complex to read, however admired by the readers!

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Those who witnessed this era were lucky, while those who could not, like us, should be thanking the movie adaptations from his novels. Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is one such book which has been adapted not less than 12 times in the form of cinema. His very first published work was his journal, a sketchbook namely, ‘The Contemporary’. Marking his first work was his autobiographical story called, ‘Childhood’.

Anna

True life is lived when tiny changes occur, he said. And the gradual changes that took place in his life from working for the Army to becoming a worldly known Author compliments the quotation at its best!

A throwback at the Five Best Possible Novels written on India and its Values

 At the stroke of the midnight hour, as the first Prime Minister of our Nation, Jawaharlal Nehru, said on 14th August 1947,midnight, India will awake to life and freedom. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. As we commemorate this landmark oration addressed to the world in 1947, let us take a look at the Five Best Novels describing India, its struggle and the milestones achieved, and the ancient history!

1) Thalassa Ali, A Singular Hostage:

Thalassa Ali, A Singular Hostage

This book is about an Englishwoman who risks everything to rescue an Indian baby and becomes involved with his family of Muslim mystics; #1 in the Paradise trilogy.

2) Gary Worthington, India Treasures: A Novel of Rajasthan and Northern India Through the Ages:

India Treasures A Novel of Rajasthan and Northern India Through the Ages

Also, titled as The Mangarh Chronicle in India, a series of novellas set in various periods of Indian history from the time of the Buddha on, linked by a story set in the 1970s involving a search for treasure in a fortress; self-published.

3) The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple:

The Last Mughal

William is an award winning historian and travel writer. The Last Mughal talks about a culturally diverse and rich soceity during the rule of Bahadur shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor. In 1857, the first war against the British (known popularly as the Sepoy Mutinee) marked the end of the Mughal rule. William lists the manner in which these events unfolded and the impact it had on the country – both politically and culturally. His writing style and flair for capturing insights makes this book a must-read.

4) India: A history by John Keay:

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John Keay is an English journalist and author specialising in writing popular histories about India, often with a particular focus on their colonisation and exploration by Europeans. In “India: A history”, John provides a panaromic view starting from the cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley civilizations all the way to the current modern India. This book is considered by many as a perfect textbook for any student of India.

5) The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor:

The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

The Great Indian Novel is a satirical novel by Shashi Tharoor. It is a fictional work that takes the story of the Mahabharata, the epic of Hindu mythology, and recasts and resets it in the context of the Indian Independence Movement and the first three decades post-independence. Figures from Indian history are transformed into characters from mythology, and the mythical story of India is retold as a history of Indian independence and subsequent history, up through the 1980s.

P.S. Hope you enjoy reading these books! Happy Independence Day India

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Op-center – tom clancy

Tom Clancy’s Op-Center is the beating heart of America’s defense, intelligence and crisis management technology. It is run by a crack team of operatives both within its own walls and out in the field. When a job is too dirty–or too dangerous–it’s the only place our government can turn. But nothing can prepare Director Paul Hood and his Op-Center crisis management team for what they’re about to uncover–a very real, very frightening power play that could unleash new players in a new world order.

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Thrilling Tales: A Selection of Hair raising adventures – Edited by Ruskin Bond

The test of a good story, Ruskin Bond says, is when a writer is able to teach a your reader’s attention from page one, perfectly paragraph one, and hold it to the end. Each one of the stories that he has included in this collection pass this test, and with flying colours. Spine-tingling unputdownable tales, this collection takes you from a woman’s struggle against the elements in the cold, snow-swept Prairies, to the thick of a jungle where a man bored with hunting animals decides, instead to hunt a fellow human. Filled with conflict, suspense and adventure, Thrilling Tales: A Selection of Hair-Raising Adventures is a page-turner from beginning to end.

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Confessions of a Falling Woman – Debra Dean

A surprised Southern matriarch is confronted by her family at an intervention. A life-altering break-in triggers insomniac introspection in a desperate actor. Streetwise New York City neighbors let down their guard for a naive puppeteer and must suffer the consequences.

In this stunning collection of short stories five of which are being published for the very first time bestselling, award-winning author Debra Dean displays the depth and magnitude of her extraordinary literary talent. Replete with the seamless storytelling and captivating lyrical voice that made her debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad, a national bestseller, Dean’s Confessions of a Falling Woman is a haunting, satisfying, and unforgettable reading experience

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