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marvel 1602 The regular readers of this blog will know that graphic novels/comics are not exactly the first genre we go for, but hey, you can always make an exception for Neil Gaiman, can’t you?

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The Golden CompassIf the deadline for “Book to Movie challenge” was even a week later, this would have been my unhesitating choice.This seems to be the year of movies based on books. Considering the popularity of corresponding books, The Golden Compass (based on the novel by Phillip Pullman) is perhaps the most awaited after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows12 hours after I started the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, I knew almost all the answers to almost all the questions plaguing me, and I can’t wait to dive in for a second read.

Caution: The review is based on first read/first impressions, and so may not contain hidden things which we know as JKR’s style. Also, this contains a summary of the book, so SPOILERS AHEAD.

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After the defeat of Prague, London is the leading city in the world, with its mighty magicians at the helm. The magicians with their unwilling slave entities (in increasing order of power: sprites, imps, foliots, djinn, afrits, mariads and so on) control the huge British empire with an iron fist. Most commoners are afraid of magicians, and/or hate them. Their magical slaves hate them and try to find even the smallest leeway to harm their masters. The magicians hide their names by taking “official” names, thereby making it hard for other magicians and their slaves to retaliate.

All in all, “Bartimaues Trilogy” by Jonathan Stroud is the story of an unwilling djinn, his once-upon-a-time innocent master and a girl who fights against them in the world of selfish and power-hungry magicians.

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Recently, a teacher wanted her students to read a book she liked. Given their past comments, she felt she would face considerable opposition when she asked them to read it. So, she told them the outline of the book:

The book is about a young orphan, she told them. He lives with his relatives, who hate him. But as he grows up, he realizes his potential. He meets new friends at his school, and learns about friendship, loyalty and other values. He excels at his favourite sport. Then, there is a mass-murderer on the loose, who has killed the hero’s parents.


Then she asked them to write a page about whether they would like to read the book, and what will happen at the end.

After they had written in unison about what an interesting book it would be, she told them the name of the book: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. (this was before the movie was released)

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Here it is, one more post containing book reviews. Or maybe not “book” reviews exactly, more like book-series reviews. I have kept the good one at the last, so if you want skip to last directly.

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