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review 2017-05-28 11:25
Review Overdue Series– Whimsy Moon Bookmarks, Online Book Outlet Giveaways, Paperback Emporium, & Desi Writer Lounge’s Literary Open Mic Night




Whimsy Moon

Who doesn’t like a touch of whimsy in their lives? Click on the link and look at the designs on their page and you will end up ordering something or the other. The designs are quirky and just plain, whimsical. They delivered on time and the product arrived in perfect condition. I found the price a tad high but I abso-loved the bookmark. The quote on the bookmark is from the Malazan series. If you haven’t read any of it, then there’s something wrong with you!




Online Books Outlet Giveaway

I came across this post on the page and was the first one to share it. Five minutes later and the bookstore PM’d me, asking me for my address. I had the book within several days of that message. I had recently gifted my own copy to a friend and I won this one in the giveaway. How awesome is that! Here’s a look at the booty won:




Paperback Emporium




When I need a book delivered that I can’t find anywhere, these are the guys I go to. They are extremely responsive on Facebook and always deliver. If they don’t have the book, then they will have it imported for you, like the one pictured above. I found about them via Instagram when I saw these lovelies featured on their feed:




As you can see, I was already drooling and promptly ordered both books, impatiently waiting for them to arrive. Oh, they arrived!


As it stands now, I am slowly buying the remaining books from them in this series so as not to break the bank. Give PE a chance; they won’t disappoint!


Desi Writer’s Lounge Literary Open Mic Night


DWL is always active and always doing something to promote reading and writing in different areas of Pakistan! Since I’d love it if they had more events in my city (Karachi), when I saw the post for Open Mic, I knew I wasn’t going to miss it.


A simple registration process through email later and I had signed up as one of the people who would be sharing their work at the event. I was to pay Rs. 350 at the venue. Besides that, they had only one other rule: the work shared must be original. Mine was.

I read something that I had written for Wringo Ink. You can find it here.



The recital was well received because I was reading in a supportive environment. Whether it was poetry or prose and in English or Urdu, that was being shared, everybody was appreciative.


We were seated comfortably and munched on delicious bun-kebabs provided by Sattar Bakhsh while sipping Pepsi. In short, a good was had by all! DWL has promised to share videos and pictures of the event here, so be on the lookout.



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review 2016-06-02 18:45
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories - Lewis Carroll

I'm glad I decided to read this as an adult. So much whimsy, so much fun wordplay. Rushing right into Looking Glass, as I'm not sure I'm ready to leave a world where anything is possible, and probable, and likely not to make much sense. But then, it shouldn't!

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review 2014-10-11 04:49
The Affected Provincial's Companion, Vol. 1
The Affected Provincial's Companion, Vol. 1 - Breaulove Swells Whimsy,Victor Allen Crawford III,Breaulove Swells Whimsy

Well what can I say about this one without giving too much away? It's a little gem that most people will probably overlook, and others won't have the opportunity to pick up, although they may greatly want to. As stated by other reviewers, don't attempt to read this all in one sitting. An essay a day is the more realistic approach, although even then there comes a point where you'll need a break and something different to get your mind off of it. It's a wonderfully satirical piece that still has some honest and rather serious undertones to it, something that you won't find often. It's difficult to describe just what exactly is inside so if you come across this book do give it a chance. It's really a one-of-a-kind product of a unique man's imagination and wonderful personality.

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review 2014-08-09 00:00
The Bobby Gold Stories
The Bobby Gold Stories - Anthony Bourdain,Breaulove Swells Whimsy 3 1/2

It's a decent read. Started off 3-ish but improved to 4-ish as it progressed. Bobby had trouble carrying the novel, but the addition of Nikki to the proceedings helped. It moves at a comfortable pace - not quite a page turner, but easy to knock off a couple chapters in a session. Bourdain doesn't ramble or go off on unnecessary tangents, thus the book's manageable length. There are a few interesting plot twists. Decent ending.
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text 2014-03-16 15:52
James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

Okay, so this won't be a review because I have actually reflected very little about this book and just enjoyed it. Past the five first chapters or so, that is.


For me this part was tiresome, half because of the nasty pair of aunts whose only redeeming quality is to make the reader laugh helplessly (and who I'd have no trouble picturing as some sort of inspiration for the Dursleys in Harry Potter) and half because of the lack of dialogue till page 9 : Dialogue and fast-paced action are some of the things I'm looking for in the first pages of a story. No matter, it gets interesting soon enough after that.


On a side-note though, I love the angry rhinoceros. It's so unexpected (and yes, I already knew about it, but it didn't keep me from enjoying this little bit of genius). And another part I loved to bits was the whole debacle with the Cloud-Men. So...yup, chances are I'm going to read more Roald Dalh in the future.

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