Halloween Edition: Trick or Treat Book Tag

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First, big thank you to Teacup Library for the tag ! We’d love to spend Halloween with you ❤ haha and  what a cute blog name too 😀

Rules:

  • Post two books one for trick and one for treat.
  • Tag your photo with trick or treat? and The Tcup Library.
  • Finally, tag at least two people you would want to spend Halloween with.

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For my Trick book, I chose Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ! Why ? I don’t know..LOL I didn’t read it yet but it has that spooky vibe that would be perfect for Halloween 🙂 Have you read the book ? I’d love to know what you think about it !

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The Masks of Monsters by Narayan Liu

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RATING : ★★★★☆

“The stars were a blur of white and blue and the air grew ever colder, it was only the fast pounding of Darius heart that kept him warm.”

– Narayan Liu, The Masks of monsters

If you are in need of a little scary and fun story on this day of Halloween, this book is for you! Only 100 pages long, this beautifully written novel is about Darius, a young man who commits murder and comes face-to-face with Aeron, who is one of the most terrifying creatures on earth: a vampire.  He will be enrolled in their world and will have to confront the lust and the temptations of the underworld. With a roller coaster of actions and suspense, I was not disappointed at all.

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Silver, Lead and Dead by James Garmisch

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“-The altitude, sir — it gives headaches.”
-Reality and memories give me headaches.”

– James Garmisch, Silver, Lead and Dead

            There comes a time where you just want to go through your VHS collection (or maybe just your movie list on Netflix), pop it in the player, kick back and relax. Nothing too serious, nothing that teases your brain too much. You’re just looking for a fun ride to help you forget about the long and dreadful day you had. Don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about cause I’m pretty sure it’s what you just did before checking out this review. Well I’ve got news for you. Books can get the same job done and you know it. James Garmisch wrote Silver, Lead and Dead. A story packed with so much action and gruesome violence, it is bound to keep you hooked and astonished throughout the book. Not only does it manage to squeeze in details that could possibly be factual, it delivers a story with more firepower than an army of 10 000 men. The book follows the adventures of Evan Hernandez as he embarks on a undercover mission that sets him up on a one way flight to a dark past he’s been avoiding for years. In the midst of his mission, tears are sweat, blood is shed and countless men fall. From a mission to save a kidnapped individual from the grasp of bad, bad men to one that extends to a cartel war,  Silver, Lead and Dead is a fictional crime thriller with a touch of realism that isn’t easy to discern.

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Archie #1 2015 by Mark Waid

ARCHIE #1 : ★★★★☆

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Comics Icons reimagined by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples (Saga illustrator)! I got really excited about this when I learned it came out this year and I had to get it and give it a try. Oh my, you don’t know how grateful I am. Fiona Staples’s art is delicious to the eyes, very modern and contemporary, she succeeds in bringing the best of today’s fashion, lifestyles into this unique masterpiece. It has gossip, school, teenagers, relationship problems. A light and fun ride for this on going series ! One of the things that I LOVE THE MOST is the new look but somehow, Waid and Staples triumph keeping the old classic vibe too. If you have read Archie Comics in the past (I was not the ultimate fan but I’ve read some in my childhood), you will sure appreciate this new addition. Nostalgia and great surprises knocking at our doors !

I’m patiently waiting for the second issue ( since I can’t find it anywhere in Montreal but I will not loose hope haha). The next issue to come is #4 go grab it at your nearest comic store ! 😉 ❤

I just started the 1st issue last month and I wanted to give you guys a quick feedback on it and share this excitement with you all! See you 😀

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Q&A with Mangalam Shiva

After working as a marketing professional in Mumbai for forty years, author Mangalam Shiva finally took up the pen. A keen observer of life, the author has been following the myriad incidences of social injustice, inequality, corruption and abuse of power that our country has been beset with, and its impact on the common man. Unable to initiate direct action to rectify these social evils, he hopes to at least create awareness, through these short stories. By touching a chord with the readers, somewhere, some time, a life may change for the better.

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

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“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”

– Ken Kesey, One Flew Over The CuCkoo’s Nest 

            Insanity. How do you grasp such a concept? How do you understand its core and all that it implies? The notion of insanity has always intrigued me and will always be a problem in our society. It’s not the person who gets the etiquette slapped onto their foreheads that are the problem. It’s the “why” that’s truly problematic. After all, aren’t all a little insane? One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel by Ken Kesey, written in 1962. Randle McMurphy, a convict who pleaded insane to serve his sentence in psychiatric hospital instead of prison, is the protagonist who vows to bring life, reason and justice in a place ruled by the great Nurse Ratched. Believing that a psychiatric hospital would be an easier ride through his punishment, McMurphy is soon to discover that this very institution has more in store for him than he believes. Touching upon themes such as insanity, freedom, pleasure and many more, this story is told through the eyes of a alleged deaf patient, Chief Bromden.

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The SHIVA Syndrome by Alan Joshua

The SHIVA Syndrome : ★★★★☆

“People only see and know what they’re conditioned to accept. If it doesn’t fit that ‘reality’, it’s rejected.”

– alan joshua, The Shiva syndrome

Excellent storytelling and really funny ! A mix of thriller and hard science fiction at the same time. The suspense was on point. I am usually not a big fan of science fiction but I have to admit that this book was really entertaining. Action scenes after action scenes, it was like being in a movie. Honestly, I WOULD LOVE to see this book on the big screen !

“[…] When sensory and symbolic realities merge, consciousness becomes extraordinary. The tirual becomes mythic, including but going beyond the senses.”

– ALAN JOSHUA, THE SHIVA SYNDROME

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Y: The Last Man (Volume 1) – Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan

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“It’s too late. It’s like this everywhere. My partner. My husband. All over the city. All over the world, maybe. It’s the men… All of the men are dead.”

– Brian K. Vaughan, Y: The Last Man (Volume 1) – Unmanned

                What happens when all men, except one, vanish from the face of Earth and women are left to survive? There’s nothing like a good clash in beliefs when you’re left to ponder the weight of men and women in the progress of society. Y: The Last Man is a comic series that first came out back in 2002 and is written by our beloved friend Brian K. Vaughan. The same Brian that is currently bringing us the outstanding series that go by the name of Saga. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, know that Saga is not his only hit comic series and that the man has done other brilliant renown series that brought new heights to comic book storytelling. Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina are among some of his first series that has brought the writer great fame. The former is the story of Yorick and his pet monkey as they brace themselves for the challenges that a world with nothing but women throw at him. In this volume, recollecting issues #1-5, society knows more problems than fortune from the disappearance of men. It presents readers the framework for a universe that is certain to entertain you while exploring themes that every person might wonder about in their most peaceful moments.

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Q&A with Francis Powell

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1. Welcome to Bookidote 🙂 For our readers to know you a little bit better, please tell us about your background and life’s journey.

I was born in a “dormitory town” called Reading, not famous for much, apart from a huge Rock festival, and for the fact that Oscar Wilde was sent to prison there and wrote “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”. My family then moved to a farm in the country, in Sussex, not too far from London. I was sent aged eight, to a boarding school, so I would spend long periods away from my family.  Imagine having regular prison sentences, imposed upon you, as a child. At some of the schools I attended, there were psychotic teachers and cruel nasty children.  I used to count the days when I could be reunited with my family.  I became a recluse in the art room and painting was my salvation. I had a teacher who encouraged me to paint and introduced me to various artists, including Kandinsky. I went from austere harsh boarding schools to Art College, a very different environment. I moved to a remote village in Austria. It was not far from Vienna, but a very oppressive and strange environment. I thought I should try writing a book. I launched into it…nothing came of it. I do many creative activities, painting as well as writing music. Writing lay dormant, put to one side. Then later, living in Paris at this point in time, via an advert, I made contact with a man called Alan Clark, who had a literary magazine called “Rat Mort” (dead rat).  I submitted four short stories for this magazine, encouraged by Alan, I began to write more and more short stories, and developed a style…When I am not writing, I am making music or some kind of other creative endeavor.  I make videos that go with my music and have a Flight of Destiny youtube channel.


2. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something, writing a novel? 

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Song of the Sea by Jade Varden

Song of the Sea  : ★★★★☆ (3.8) 

“It’s a liquid land filled with secrets and mysteries, and I wanted to discover them all.”

– Jade Varden, Song of the Sea

Brenna, a fifteen years old girl finds a fairly odd artifact in her attic and decided to use it for her school project. Unusual? Yes, but not useless. She will discover through that action how her world will be changed forever and that her family’s history laid beyond the surface of the Earth. Across the Atlantic Ocean, we will discover another universe with mermaids, selkies and mermen. Honestly, I didn’t know the existence of selkies before reading this. I had to google some pictures and damn, what a fascinating creature it is !

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The Sicilian by Mario Puzo

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“Life is Beautiful.”

– Mario Puzo, The Sicilian

Quick! Hide! We got ourselves a potential challenger for The Godfather by Mario Puzo! Our great Mafiaso-know-it-all-without-being-one doesn’t exactly have an enormous and varied number of published novels, but one thing’s for sure. His greatest hits are short and The Sicilian is among his best masterpieces, my friend. Any fan of The Godfather trilogy should definitely go through this gigantic stack of papers cause it inserts itself right in the middle of the events that took place in the first novel. Don Corleone sends Michael Corleone on a trip to Sicily with a mission in his hands. Bring Salvatore “Turi” Guiliano back to America, safe and sound. Although one might think Michael is about to get a nice big novel focused just on him, The Sicilian has other plans for you. This book has its eyes mostly on Guiliano and his adventures that lead him to rise into one of the most feared bandits Sicily will come to know. Turi will become a legend among Sicilians and among avid fans of The Godfather.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl : ★★★★

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Have you ever wondered if there was anybody like you, sitting in a room, in front of a book, obsessing over some characters so much that you wish you could write a different story about them ? That’s the magic of fanfictions, that’s the magic of imagination. Fangirl is all about that: questioning the authenticity of fanfiction. I think we all need to sit down and realize how the world has changed, how information and stories are becoming more and more accessible, how there are different ways to express our creativity and how in all art, there’s an inspiration somewhere. You have to start somewhere. That’s why I am completely open about fanfiction being a genre and I strongly encourage it.

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Murder Becomes Manhattan by Jeffrey Eaton

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“Do not forget that our goal is the overthrow of capitalism and the bondage it inflicts on the human soul. Behaving like a free-market fan only makes you look like a hypocrite, if not a traitor, does it not?”

– Jeffrey Eaton, Murder Becomes Manhattan

            What would it be like to embrace a suspense-filled adventure in the heart of the Big Apple? It’s one thing to experience it for yourself as you walk past heaven-high skyscrapers along Wall Street. It’s another to read about a murder orchestrated by an anonymous anarchist organization that only seek trouble while indulging descriptions of well-known locations around Manhattan, New York City. Murder Becomes Manhattan is the story of a group of architects who help FBI agents discover the killer behind the murder of a young woman in a lonesome closet of the very same hotel where Dalton Lee and company unveil their latest architectural project. To top it off, a secret anarchist group, also known as The Organization, might have something to do behind the murders The Lee Group plan on deciphering. Who are they? Who is she? Why is an architect helping investigators?

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

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It’s been a pretty long time since we’ve been tagged to do the #midyearbookfreakout tag by Ana. If you haven’t already checked her blog out, then your missing out on some good stuff buddy. It might not be the middle of the year right now, but hey. We still want to do this tag and… ain’t nobody gonna stop us now. *left arm on waist, right arm wiggling around wildly and then snapping* By the way, these are only my answers (Lashaan). 😀

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Batman Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb

“I made a promise to my parents that I would rid the city of the evil that took their lives. That remains unchanged. Only now… I am no longer alone.”

– Batman, Dark Victory

Another big piece of Batman history by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale. But this time, we get to welcome with big open arms to the best – this might be debatable, but not with me – Boy Wonder. As if the cover art doesn’t already show you who we’re talking about here, Dark Victory introduces Mr. Dick Grayson into the Batman universe. This trade paperback collects all 14 issues published back in 1999 and 2000 and follows the events of The Long Halloween. The story focuses on a killer that prowls the city of Gotham and brings Death to Gotham City police officers. Behind every corpse, a hangman riddle is left revealing a hint – impossible to decipher as a reader, might I add. The killer goes by the name of the Hangman and seeks to fulfill a purpose that no one can pinpoint, except one fellow. Characters such Harvey Dent, Catwoman, the Joker, the Falcone family members and plenty more make more appearances in Dark Victory, only to make Batman and Gordon’s life a lot harder.

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Power Shift by Robert Arthur Stayton

Power Shift : ★★★★☆

“When we learned to control fire, our first energy source from outside of our bodies, we permanently parted ways with the animal lifestyle. ”

– Robert Arthur Stayton, Power Shift

This book introduces us to a key word, energy, and how this same word makes us different from other animals. It’s such a great way to look at it because we usually talk in a scale of brain differences, a more biological aspect, instead of energy. Yes, we are after all the first species to actually control and produce energy. A detailed documentary with charts, tables and illustrations to really help the readers understand the great importance and the need of changing our ways of using energy, especially fossil energy is what Robert Arthur Stayton presents in Power Shift. Let’s face it people, climate change is a fact. It’s not hypothetical anymore and if you are still denying this fact, I suggest you read about it because the effects have already begun. Raising awareness about this matter is always primordial and important. Here’s a video that explains and summarizes well the problem:

“The scale of our energy use has increased so much that we now load 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere every day.”

– ROBERT ARTHUR STAYTON, POWER SHIFt

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Blogger Recognition Award

Awards are given for encouragements, accomplishments and recognition. They serve as a nifty way to keep people going forward and acknowledges a persons capabilities in doing something. They can be seen as goals or rewards. But they’re always bound to enlighten an individuals day. We usually tend to be on the other end of the award-giving event and never really realize the joy it procures in giving others a little something that they most likely didn’t expect. Blogging opened us to that world. Unexpected and truly touched by our first awards, we didn’t realize that giving shout outs and receiving them could feel so ecstatic. We’re always grateful and touched by all the awards that are thrown at us and we’ll never miss the chance to express our appreciation for them. The Blogger Recognition Award is not exception.

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Fables (Volume 2) – Animal Farm by Bill Willingam

“Does the mighty Sultan invite a PEASANT to share his table ? Run along, little panther.”

– The Tiger, Fables (Volume 2)

They said it was going to get better. They said I was up for a treat. They said it was going to be fun ride. Well, they sure were right. Bill Willingham channels his inner child and creates another volume filled with an amazing plot, intriguing characters and beautiful setting. As my girlfriend realized, this Fable series does an amazing job at putting fairytales and classic literature together. Two things that we absolutely adore. Fables (Volume 2) explores the two sisters relationship as they go on a trip to visit a farm that Colin’s should be calling home. As they arrive, they discover that they’ve arrived in the middle of something big. Something that is bound to change the landscape of Fabletown.

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