Frankenstein

Even though characterized as science fiction, “Frankenstein” almost never alludes to scientific or even quasi-scientific facts. Rather, it presents the reader with the tumultuous emotional upheavals of the characters, which is rendered all the more appealing as it is a first person narrative.   The book lacks certain key qualities of a science-fiction novel, such as the lack of details regarding the acquisition and subsequent … Continue reading Frankenstein

Nod

How many days can you survive without sleeping? What if you try to sleep but you can’t? You are just awake and alert the whole time. Well, more time to browse Tumblr and catch Pokémon. Who’s complaining! Now, the government assumes that microwave radiation is responsible for the sleeplessness and shuts down all means of communication – internet, telephones, television, radio. What do you do … Continue reading Nod

Contact

“For all the tenure of humans on Earth, the night sky had been a companion and an inspiration. The stars were comforting. They seemed to demonstrate that the heavens were created for the benefit and instruction of humans.”   Dr. Eleanor Arroway is the Director of Argus in New Mexico, working for SETI and wondering why the extraterrestrials have not contacted us. Is it because … Continue reading Contact

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie brings to you the most dramatic young heroine of all times. Well, that was an exaggeration though most certainly not a gross one at that. Let me introduce you to the de Luces of Buckshaw – Colonel de Luce, Father, a true Englishman with a stiff upper lip as proof, Ophelia de Luce, the pretty eldest sister, … Continue reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Mayor of Casterbridge

“Happiness [is] but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.” This quote from the book perfectly describes the story. Moments of true happiness are few and far between the alcoholism, business failure, loss of rank and brutal heartbreak. But what else can you expect from the blunt Victorian realist whose books sometimes were so controversial that they had to be sold in brown … Continue reading The Mayor of Casterbridge

Foundation

 “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”    Once I finished reading Foundation, this quote stuck to my mind and comes up every time I watch the news. The source of this ever relevant quote is Isaac Asimov’s seminal work Foundation, a science fiction novel which transcends the barrier of sci-fi and talks to the reader from sociological, political, historical, scientific, and religious points … Continue reading Foundation

Stardust

A Philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really… “Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.   Good Omens was the first book that I read which was written, in this case partially, by Neil Gaiman. After reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, my … Continue reading Stardust