Four Books about Rebels

Remember this commercial?

Well, the truth is that there will always be rebels. The crazy ones. The ones who are cursed with knowledge of possible futures, rather than the known hell of the present.

And literature has its fair share of rebels, of characters who don’t think outside the box, but they think like there’s no box. Outsiders, weirdos, eccentrics, all of them are allowed a bit more freedom within the confines of books than they ever were allowed in real life.

So, yeah, here are four books about rebels. For rebels. Continue reading Four Books about Rebels

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These 3 Books Will Steal Your Innocence

When I first started reading at the age of fourteen, I kind of lacked a proper selective criteria when it came to books. I read what was popular, when I found a certain title appealing, what my parents kept in their bookshelf. I read certain books because everyone was reading them, because I thought it would make me smarter, a better writer, or a better person. I read books because their covers were beautiful.

And somehow I stumbled upon the kind of books that are not everyone’s cup of tea. They’re rather like a shot of whiskey. Erotic, controversial, the kind of books that you can’t read in public. But you can’t help it, so you must find a quiet place and read. Continue reading These 3 Books Will Steal Your Innocence

Book Review: The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

I am a big fan of Latin American writers, especially G.G. Marquez and Julio Cortazar, but I have to admit to the fact that Adolfo Bioy Casares exerts a special influence on me. He lived his life under the shadow of Borges’ immense genius and was often overshadowed by the brilliant prose of a writer who can, with ease, be considered as the best writer never to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

But Casares, even though not as famous as his best friend, and most certainly not as brilliant, managed to grow in a different direction and forge a different style. He did all that, but he managed one more thing, for which I commend him greatly. He wrote this short novel.
Continue reading Book Review: The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

[Book Review] Whisper to me: Sweet breath of Life Divine by Randal Cobleigh

From Amazon.com:

The “WHISPERS’ in my case came from my guardian angel. Not only did this angel whisper beautiful poems to me that I have documented in my book. This angel stood next to my death bed in the hospital and administered a healing to me that doctor’s could not fathom. I was supposed to have been “Dead by Dawn” but the kidneys and liver were now somehow functioning normally. This was the second and last time I was to see this angel. But Divine forces have continued to hover around me. Many times people feel the influence of spirit when they come near me. Some find it to be refreshing and enjoy the sensation. Others sense an overload of anger and might be in great despair without truly knowing the reason. One relative in particular has become vehemently hostile towards me and I feel love and sorrow for this individual, but it never seems to help. Many find the experience very awkward and feel as if they are very hot and prefer to leave. Your Guardian Angel can help you find and enter “THE RIVER OF LOVE AND KNOWLEDGE”. If you are in harmony with life, such an experience should help you to realize your talents and gather tools to produce preciously talented creations of your own design. You don’t need to connect with any religion to feel the great love of God’s spirit. God will give it to you for free. Just ask for His grace and Love. When I enter “The River of Love and Knowledge” I find my “Voice in the Wilderness”. Creativity flows like a mighty river and my spirit quivers with love of the creator. If one thing is possible, what then is impossible?

First of, a disclaimer: This book is a bit rough around the edges. There are some errors and typos, and some formatting issues.  They do distract from the writing itself from time to time. Grammar Nazis have been warned!

That being said, this is a very niche book, which is why I included the description from Amazon. If books that revolve heavily around religion are not a thing, this is surely not going to be your cup of tea.

I do not shy away from reading a book, especially since there’s something to learn from everything, and to be honest, Randal’s life story is quite inspirational.

All I can say is that there are good bits, there are bad bits, and since I am not exactly in the target audience of this book, I am sure that those who are interested will find it a much better read than I did.

Whisper to Me: Sweet Breath of Life Divine is available both as a paperback and an e-book on Amazon.

The Ten Most Shocking ‘Game of Thrones’ Moments

Disclaimer: Spoilers. Obviously!

Over the course of Game of Thrones, a show created by folks who weren’t shy on breaking our hearts, we were treated with some unexpected twists…

That’s why we decided to put together a list of the 10 most shocking moments in the show. Spoilers to follow. Continue reading The Ten Most Shocking ‘Game of Thrones’ Moments

Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

From Amazon.com:

Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security….

A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. You’d expect some hefty volumes with his signature on them, but the truth is that his most memorable works are quite short. Continue reading Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

[Movie Review] Avengers: Endgame

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and a lot more A-listers

I do not intend to provide any spoilers, so you can read this review if you just want to know whether Avengers: Endgame is worth watching or not, if it’s going to break your heart, and if it’s worth sitting 181 minutes on a chair (which is no small feat.)

And the answer is yes to all three.

Now, let’s get to the review itself. Continue reading [Movie Review] Avengers: Endgame