REVIVAL – STEPHEN KING

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Ratings: 3.5/5
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller
Post Book Thoughts: Holy heavens Mr. King could you just chill for a second!? (don’t really chill then we wouldn’t get books like this.. but still!!) What do they put in your water?!

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldier’s. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister – feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family; the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacob again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lighting’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price…


Warning: Spoilers ahead!!

Proceed with caution! (Hahhaha caution… that’s funny… It’s Stephen King! there is no safety!)

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TOP TEN BOOKS WE’D QUICKLY SAVE IF OUR HOMES WERE TO BE ABDUCTED BY ALIENS

The Broke and the Bookish’s  Freebie week is upon us again. And we’re tackling a topic we had missed out on earlier.

MANUSHI’S PICKS

 

1. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling

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Yes, I realize I’m counting the entire series as one, but I cannot play favourites.

If I must strive in the dark ages of Aliens, I will require the friendship of the inseparable trio, comfort of Hogwarts, wisdom of the other magical beings, and constant reminders to’’ Switch the light on in the dark’’ .The books have always been an inherent part of my life growing up, and I cannot imagine a world without them.

2.The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

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How well I could relate to Charlie, his awkward nature, and his struggle to be present in life, Is why I’m attached to this book.

Stephen does a wonderful job of expressing Charlie’s battles, life and development.

 

3. The Mediator (Love You To Death) – Meg Cabot

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I cannot stress how much I adore this series. Choosing to save a single book out of the series is an excruciating task.

But, this is my precious. The very book that introduced me to the world of Suzannah Simons – the mediator with a kick-ass attitude and slick mediating skills.

Also, Jesse with his partially unbuttoned skirts and golden abs was my first book boyfriend!

 

4. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

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Catching Fire is by far my favourite book of the trilogy. The story gets grittier, powerful and has better pacing.

Also, this book delivers some of the best Katniss / Peeta moments.

 

5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is one of the finest classics.
Elizabeth Bennett is the most well rounded heroine ever created.

She is independent, outspoken, refuses to be taken lightly, and believes in love. Her casual use of dry wit is remarkable.

Oh, and then there is Fitzwilliam Darcy. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love Mr. Darcy. He has bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love him. Continue reading

BOOK TALK: THE SHINING

So I finally got around to reading Stephen King’s “The Shining” last week, (super late to this party, I know) and I really need to talk about this book. Please know that this is not a review because, really, at this point in the game does Stephen King even need reviews anymore? Come on, we all know that anything the man writes is gold.

This is basically just me needing to talk about the book with ALL THE SPOILERS. So please, if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, leave now because I’m telling you I’m giving everything away in this post. I cannot find the lid to the spoiler jar, so I’m letting them run free.

I should probably start off by mentioning that I don’t scare easily. I read and watch a lot of horror, and I play a lot of horror games and more often than not, I’m always left a tad disappointed because I go into these things expecting to have the bejeezus freaked out of me at least once, to just end up with nothing but my battered expectations. So yes, The Shining didn’t scare me, but it did mess with my mind a bunch, so it definitely didn’t disappoint.

The story begins from Jack Torrence, a recovering alcoholic’s, POV and, if you’re like me and have yet to see the movie (yes, I know) and have no clue what’s going on, you can totally tell from the first paragraph that this Jack is going to be a very troublesome character. At a glance, he just looks like this decent guy trying to find a job to support his family who has to tolerate being looked down on by an obnoxious snob (Ullman). But if you take a step back and pay attention to his internal monologue, you’ll see that Jack is actually a very mercurial character, almost two-faced in how he treats Ullman as opposed to the things he thinks about him.

And then along come Wendy and Danny.  Continue reading