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text 2017-11-17 12:55
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square #14: December 25th - Quaid-e-Azam
Kingdom's End: Selected Stories - Saadat Hasan Manto
Manto: Selected Stories - Aatish Taseer

Book themes for Quaid-e-Azam:  Pakistan became an independent nation when the British Raj ended on August 14, 1947. Read a book set in Pakistan or in any other country that attained sovereign statehood between August 14, 1947 and today (regardless of what part of the world).



I had a lot of help with this task: I love exploring. I love going new places and I love reading about new (to me) places. So, when the task came up to read about Pakistan I got excited. Then I realised that I don't know that much about Pakistan and that I cannot actually name a single author who actually lived in Pakistan and wrote with a setting in Pakistan. (I did briefly consider Exist West, but I believe Mohsin Hamid may be writing about the human condition in general without naming a specific country.)


So, I asked Midu for help and she recommended to try Saadat Hasan Manto, whom I would never have come across if it had not been for Midu's recommendation! (Btw, if you're not following Midu already, check out her BookLikes Follow Friday post!)


The more I read about the author, the more intrigued I am about his short stories. I mean, what's not be intrigued by about an author whose openness apparently led to several trials for obscenity, who's been labeled as a rebel, and whose despair over the social and political situation he lived in led him to seek relief in an addiction to alcohol that ultimately killed him.  


Link to a fascinating article about Manto in The Guardian


I have a couple of choices of books - I found a reasonably priced collection on Ammy, translated by Aatish Taseer, which seems to include some of his most controversial stories, and I also found a collection of Kingdom's End at my library, which seems to contain a wider selection of his writings. 


I'll start with Taseer's collection for the purposes of the 16 Tasks.


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review 2017-11-12 00:35
Six of Crows Duology - review
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

No mourners.

No funerals.



Kaz and his friends will keep you wondering how they can possibly survive his next brilliant (yet crazy) scheme, even as you are falling in love with these flawed and complex characters.


These books were amazing and fantastic. I can't wait to read The Grisha Trilogy that started this universe. 

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text 2017-10-30 23:49
Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
Beauty's Kingdom - Anne Rice,A.N. Roquelaure

I have no time to read these days. This is taking forever.


Well, I've progressed almost 30% of the way through Beauty's Kingdom, which seems to make up the whole of the first act. The series is much improved by the removal of the non-consensual aspect. Not much else to say otherwise.


That is all.

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review 2017-10-11 15:46
Fairy Retelling Based From A TV Mini Series
The 10th Kingdom - Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Kathryn Wesley
The 10th Kingdom is book that is tied to a tv movie that aired in the USA in 2000, under the same name.  It is retelling of some fairy tales and what happens after ever after.  Probably one of stories that started landslide of retelling of fairy tale movies and books.


I had seen the movie that this book is based on.  I love it.  I thought the book was going add on to the story or continuation of it.  It did not, it is basically a rewrite of the movie but done really well.  Since it has been 17 years (Wow!) since the movie aired I pretty much forgot a lot of the movie, so it was like a new story.  Still enjoyed it. I also loved that there were pictures of characters in the movie which made it easier to picture the actor as the characters. Love the characters Virginia and Wolf. At first I did not like them as a couple but they grow on you.  


I still feel there should be more after the story and wish it was a series.  I liked the stories behind the 10th Kingdoms but I do not think we will get more. It’s not the best retelling of fairy tale but it is fun and worthwhile to read or watch if you rather.


I really wish NBC would do more movies like this that they did in the early 2000’s.  They were bright, colorful and fanciful. Just my kind of fantasy telling.


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review 2017-10-02 14:43
The Bitter Kingdom - Rae Carson

A worthy conclusion to the trilogy, as Elisa makes her last stand against the enemy and the final secrets are revealed.

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