Monday, 29 April 2013

Free E-books in smashwords and Amazon

Flower Shop

Visitors in the Night // Screenplay

AFTER THE GUN - 'ambient reflections of the last hurrah'.........

After the Gun II - prioritized harmonics

A Man For Tasha

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Old Mortality, Volume 2

The Red Triangle Being Some Further Chronicles of Martin Hewitt, Investigator

The Tale of Balen

How the Bible was Invented A Lecture Delivered Before the Independent Religious Society

The Lawman (The Willow Creek Series #1)

The PureLights of Ohm Totem (Book I of The PureLights Fantasy Series)

Ravenous (Book 1 The Ravening Series)

Arushi Raj

Thursday, 25 April 2013

My Top 10 Anastasia Steele

1. Anne Hathaway

2. Ashley Greene

3. Eva Green

4. Kristen Stewart
5. Leighton Meester

6. Nina Dobrev

7. Lucy Hale

8. Emma Watson

9. Alexis Bledel
10. Sophia Bush

Arushi Raj

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Soundtrack for Fallen

In Facebook someone asked if you have to put together the soundtrack for Fallen which songs will you choose? So it got me thinking and hence this post. This is just for fun and no this not the official soundtrack.

1. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
"Dry lightning cracks across the skies
Those storm clouds gather in her eyes"
These lines always reminded me of Luce and the time she was being chased by the clouds of smoke from the library.

2. You know I'm no good by Amy Winehouse
Frankly in the story no one is "good" so this song seemed like a great choice. The lines:
"I told you, I was trouble
You know that I am no good"
is an apt description for all the major characters of the story.

3. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
The song is about challenging people to take them down and saying that I am so freaking powerful that none of your bullets can hurt me. Sounds like Fallen Angels to me.

4. Roxanne by The Police
This song is from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute but the sentiments of the song strangely reminded me of Daniel. I don't know why but it just did. 

5. Lets Twist Again by Chubby Checker
Just for the sake of the immortality of our characters I thought the playlist would be empty without an old party song and which better song to add than Lets twist again?

Initially I wanted to add lots of Gothic songs like that of Evanescence but Fallen Angels + Goth = Cliche, hence this playlist.

Arushi Raj

Friday, 19 April 2013

Treasure Island

I never thought that I had issues with classics. I am not saying I am a huge classics fan, my genre is more supernatural romance but I have had my fair share of classics. I am a fan of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and even though I haven't read ALL of their books, still I have read enough. That is why I was shocked when I couldn't go pass the first ten pages of Treasure Island. I am an obsessed reader. I have stayed awake whole night because I didn't wanted to sleep before completing the book but almost 19 days have passed and I still haven't completed Treasure Island. For the sake of my "Novel-Worm" reputation I have to, HAVE TO, finish this book before the end of the month. FINGERS CROSSED!

Arushi Raj

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Extra Twilight Saga short Stories

1. Twilight Outtakes - Emmet and the Bear

2. New Moon Extra - Miscalculation

3. New Moon Outtakes - The Scholarship

4. New Moon Extras - Rosalie's News

5. Twilight Outtakes - Original Chapter 20 "Flight" aka Shopping with Alice

6. Twilight Outtakes - Extended Prom Remix

7. Twilight Outtakes - Badminton

8. New Moon Extra - Being Jacob Black

9. New Moon Outtakes - Narcotics

10. New Moon Outtakes - If Jacob didn't break the rules

Arushi Raj

Monday, 15 April 2013

What's going on with Treasure Island?

April is coming to an end and hopefully everyone had cherished their copy of Treasure Island. As usual I will publish my review on Treasure Island along with all your reviews by the end of the month. You can leave your reviews in the comment box or Novel-Worms Page 

Also get ready, Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger is the next book for the month of May. Don't forget to get your copies.

Arushi Raj

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Top 10 Mangas I Love

1. Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki 

2. Gakuen Alice by Tachibana Higuchi

3. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino

4. Maid Sama by Hiro Fujiwara

5. Black Butler by Yana Toboso

6. XXX Holic by CLAMP

7. Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa

8. Nodame Cantabile by Tomoko Ninomiya

9. Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

10. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Arushi Raj

Monday, 8 April 2013

Sequels in 2013

1. Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly is expected to be published in 12th November 2013. It was supposed to come on 1st October 2012 but later it was postponed and the fans were left heartbroken. Well, hopefully this time it does gets published and we don't have to wait for 2014! 

2. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger the sequel to the awesome Devil Wears Prada is finally coming out on 4th June 2013. After reading Lauren Weisberger's shoe box (Everyone worth knowing, Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau Marmont) none of us expected that Devil Wears Parada's actual sequel will ever come out but the only sucky part is that in this book Andy is marrying some "handsome media scion" Max. Therefore, no Christian Collinsworth :-( He was the only reason why I wanted a sequel!

3. The Seeker and The Soul by Stephenie Meyer, sequel of The Host. I always thought that The Host had a perfect ending but Stephenie Meyer just announce that she is working on it's sequel The Seeker and that there will also be a third book The Soul. No idea when it's going to be published but lets hope we would be reading The Seeker before 2014.

4. Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey, sixth and last book of the Drake Chronicles got published on 8th January 2013. So hurry and get your copies. 

Arushi Raj

Friday, 5 April 2013

Significance of telephone in "A Telephone Call" by Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was an american short story writer, poet and critic. She wrote book reviews for The New Yorker. In 1930s Parker moved to Hollywood.

"A Telephone Call" by Dorothy Parker is an interesting short story that lends itself beautifully to a feminist perspective. The plot deals with an extremely honest and candid insight into the most intimate and private feelings of a woman who is infatuated with a man. It is interesting to read the story as it provides psychological insight into homicidal tendencies that result from an infatuation which is more of a mania obsession. Dorothy Parker has used diction, tone and point of view as literary tools to reveal the extent to which an obsession can make a woman become a victim of emotional dependence on a man.

The story deals with dating etiquette and what society expects of women. She wishes to call the man but she can't do that because she has been taught that men don't like it if you keep telephoning them. Since the guy hasn't called she feels unwanted and undesirable and she can't call because if she did the guy wouldn't like her anymore. This torments her and she begs God to let the man call her. The situation displays the role of telephone in this situation. She can easily connect with him with just one call but she doesn't have the power to make that call. She is in agony and she experiences various mood swings where sometimes she is begging, sometimes she is angry and sometime she feels pathetic and wishes that she could stop obsessing over the call while at other times she threatens and wishes to kill the man.

This could be seen in the following lines,
"Please, God, let him telephone me now. Dear God, let him call me now."
"This is suffering, God, this is bad, bad suffering."
"I must stop this. I musn't be this way."

A time comes in the story where telephone is personified and it represents the man. She says, "You damned, ugly, shiny thing. It would hurt you to ring, wouldn't it? Oh that would hurt you. Damn you, I'll pull your filthy roots off the wall, I'll smash your black face in little bits. Damn you to hell."

Even though she is talking to the telephone she truly wants to hurt the man for making her wait for his call and putting her in a state of desperation. She hates him for taking her dignity and making her feel desolate.
"I wish he were dead. That's a terrible wish. That's a lovely wish. If he were dead, he would be mine. If he were dead, I would never think of now and last few weeks. I would remember only the lovely times. It would be all beautiful."

She is so much emerged in her desperation and her obsession that she prefers that the man is dead than the idea of him not desiring her. She keeps on looking at the telephone hoping and wishing it would ring. It becomes the center of her life and she keeps on looking at the telephone willing it to ring.

The telephone is suppose to connect people but due to social norms even though she is so close to the man, she is very far away from him. She keeps on referring to the phone calls she could easily make to any of her girl friends but it dismays her that her relationship isn't big enough to overcome petty rules and silly mind games imposed on her by the society.

Telephone gives her hope and yet shatters her dream at the same time.

Arushi Raj