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Book Review: Retrograde

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Title: Retrograde
Author: Peter Cawdron
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi
Pages: 259
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Rating: 4/5


Retrogradeby Peter Cawdron is a science fiction based on the lives and events surrounding the scientists in Mars. It is unlike what I have ever read before (because I usually don't go for science fiction), but after the movie/book The Martian, I guess interest levels have piqued regarding the subject and that's exactly the reason why I agreed to review this book. So, here goes.

The story is set in the future. A hundred and twenty experts, from various fields and countries, have been deployed on Mars by NASA. When there is an attack on Earth, discrepancies arise among them, not knowing whom to trust. Everyone thinks they are safe in their respective modules but when information is found tampered, all hell breaks loose.

The summary seems very short than what I would normally give out but I am doing that on purpose. There is suspense to the story and I, for one, wo…

Book Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

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Title: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 544
Publisher: Bantam Press (Penguin Random House)

Rating: 4/5


Although I wasn't the first ones to pre order this book, I hadOriginon the top of my TBR since I knew of its publishing date. I got it on time and the sight of the large hardcover stirred up my reader's appetite and before I knew it, I was head on into its exciting, deep labyrinth.

Robert Langdon is back to what he does best. Solving a mystery. Only this time, it doesn't involve religious symbols or codes. Langdon is invited to an event in Bilbao by Edmond Kirsch, a friend and former student, where shocking discoveries would be revealed by him. Edmond claims that these discoveries would change the course of mankind and especially affect the religious institutions all over the world. People from all over the world watch as the presentation goes live, when Edmond is shot dead just before he reveals his discoveries. Shocked and enraged, Langdon alon…

Author Interview: Alistair Cross

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Hello readers! 

Today I have with me Alistair Cross, the author of the recently released Mystery/thriller book, Sleep Savannah Sleep. The book is a well narrated and equally well written mystery which touches the horror/occult genre, sure to give you the goosebumps! 

Here is Alistair Cross, talking about his new book.



Book Vue: Congratulations on the release of Sleep Savannah Sleep. From where did the idea for the book originate? Alistair Cross:Thank you. The idea for this book came to me late one night when I couldn’t sleep. I’d just finished my previous novel, The Angel Alejandro, and I knew it was time to start thinking about the next book. I began asking myself about the worst possible thing I could put my next main character through … and from those terrible imaginings, Sleep Savannah Sleep was born.

BV: Is there anything new that you have incorporated in this book? AC: Yes, there are a couple of things. For one, this is the first book I’ve ever written that takes place entirely from o…

Guest Post by author De.B. Dubois

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Hello all! 
Today, I have a guest post by De.B. Dubois, the author of OTHERNESS: SOULS OF BROWN WOMEN. The recently released book touches a prominent social issue and I do hope it encourages to change our point of views towards brown women. I sincerely thank the author for providing such an in depth opinion with her book and her guest post here.

How can thoughts and beliefs be changed for the brown woman to be accepted equally with others?
The main issue that brown women face in todays society is the structured structure of the Indian& other “brown” societies, where patriarchy and fanaticism being the structuring structure has prepared the non-brown to generalise against the brown-women: breeding, docile, submissive, honour of the family, deity – basically the brown woman is that creature who has been put up on a pedestal;a pedestal that is completely of the society’s making, only to benefit men and to guard their position within our society. A pedestal, – much like a prison – has al…

Cover Reveal: 25 Days of Christmas

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Blurb

25 Days of Christmas; a Holiday Romance Anthology

In the run up to Christmas instead of opening your advent calendar each day,
Why not read a short holiday themed story?

25 short romances from a variety of romance authors,
all set on making your holiday season sassy, sweet and saucy.

Author's included:

Hanleigh Bradley
Anna Edwards
Serena Kearney
Aleisha Maree
Skye McKinnon
Shelly Strickler
Ines Vieira
Grace Risata
Lisette Kristensen
Sheritta Bitikofer
Sarah Stein
Gloria Herrmann
Meg Anne
Chrissy Shafanda
Lashanta Charles
Cathy Johns
Janet Mota
Jeannette Keats
Amy Allen Hallmark
Rae B. Lake

Book Review: The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows

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Title: The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows
Author: Matthew A.J. Timmins
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Mystery
Pages: 332
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

Rating: 3.8/5


The Miseries of Mr. Sparrowsby Matthew Timminsis a Victorian style, humorous tale of Mr. Robin Sparrows. Fans of old English style writing and that of Dickens would really enjoy this book.
Mr. Robin Sparrows is a law clerk in old Victorian London and is haplessly going about his quiet life when he is handed an assignment to deliver a package to the notorious, Kermit J. Tarnish. As if his miseries weren't enough, Mr. Sparrows now embarks on journey filled with murder, lots of craziness and empathizing events but can our simple law clerk manage to deliver the parcel? Or will his new found misfortune overpower him?

The book is a good read, especially for someone who loves Dickens's style of character description. The story line is good, but a little abrupt at times. The narrative was smooth, mirroring the wri…

Spotlight: Otherness - Souls of Brown Women by De.B. Dubois

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Blurb
Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don't? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that's whatOtherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here's a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society.
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Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don't? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that's whatOtherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here's a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society…