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Prince Capsian Movie PosterPrince Caspian” is the second installment in “The Chronicles of Narnia”, one of the “Big Three” of fantasy world (others being LoTR and Harry Potter).

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Prehit Cover ImageIn memory of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, I would like to introduce you to one of the first sci-fi novels I have ever read, “Preshit” (Preshit: Marathi – A man sent, by someone or from something) by Dr. Jayant Narlikar.

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Spiderwick ChroniclesBased on the book series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” is one more fantasy movie on the premise that the world around us is not exactly what it looks to be.

Jared Grace, his twin brother Simon and elder sister Mallory have shifted with their mother to their great-aunt’s house. Young Jared is unhappy about his parents’ divorce and his anger gets him in trouble.

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Milrose MunceRemember Moaning Myrtle (it hasn’t been that long)? And remember how despite her epithet “moaning”, each and every encounter with her ends up being hilariously funny? Well, “Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help” by Douglas Anthony Cooper is full of such Myrtles, each with differing degrees of humour and potential for humour.

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The Neverending StoryWhat if I tell you that one of my earliest inspirations for reading books was a movie? A movie I saw as a kid… And since the day I clued onto the fact that books can be converted into movies (and sometimes vice-versa), I have been searching for the book.

Reading a book you liked as a kid again is like watching the TV serial you liked after a long time, or like going to visit your school again. After the initial euphoria is over, you have every chance of getting disappointed. But “The Neverending Story” by Michael Ende lived upto all my memories and expectations.

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Bridge to TerabithiaWhen I saw the trailers of the movie (and then saw the book), I was expecting something like Narnia or “The Never-ending Story”, a light-hearted story with an imaginary kingdom and all. But “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson goes beyond just a kiddy book, with its message of hope and strength and beauty.

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Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things All kids know that there are goblins and other creatures under their beds, in their closets and all dark places. All our parents warned us of them too. But what would happen if the house you live is full of “night-things”? What if the woods nearby lead directly to goblin market, which is located in underworld? And what would you do if your inheritance meant that you are a witch?

There are very few books (and even fewer comics) which capture your attention right from the first page. The “Courtney Crumrin” comics written and illustrated by Ted Neifah belong to such a minority.

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