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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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Stardust book coverAre you ready to get the moon and the stars for your lady? Don’t tell her that, as your lot might be like Tristan Thorn’s. Then again, do tell her that and hope that your lot might be exactly like Tristan Thorn’s.

For “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman is a story which gives the term “star-crossed lover” quite a new meaning.

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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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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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This is part of my series of the reviews of all 7 books in “Harry Potter” series.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceFleur and Bill, Ron and Lavender, Ginny and Dean, Harry and Ginny… there is more than enough snogging going on in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, but there is more than that to the book…

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