Author: Hridoy Mazumder

Title: Snow, Glass, and Apples: A Short story Author: Neil Gaiman Publication Date: August 20, 2019 Genres: Comics, Graphic novels, Fairy tales, Fantasy Fiction Review : Neil Gaiman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples” is a dark and twisted reimagining of the classic fairy tale, Snow White. In this short story, Gaiman takes readers on a haunting journey through the eyes of the stepmother, casting her as the protagonist and challenging traditional notions of good and evil. The story is narrated by the queen, who is portrayed as a complex and morally ambiguous character. Gaiman’s writing is exquisite, with vivid and poetic language that sets…

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Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Novel Author: Neil Gaiman Publication Date: June 18, 2013 Genres: Novel, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, magical realism, dark fantasy, Coming-of-age story Review : In “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” award-winning author Neil Gaiman weaves a captivating and fantastical tale that blurs the line between reality and imagination. The novel follows an unnamed protagonist who revisits his childhood home in rural England and is flooded with memories of an extraordinary and otherworldly adventure that took place when he was just seven years old. The story begins with the protagonist attending a funeral…

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Title: Coraline Novella Author: Neil Gaiman Publication Date: July 2, 2002 Genres: Children’s literature, Fairy tale, Horror fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Dark fantasy, Paranormal fiction Review : In Neil Gaiman’s novella “Coraline,” readers are transported into a dark and eerie world that is both captivating and chilling. The story follows a young girl named Coraline who discovers a parallel universe behind a mysterious door in her new home. As Coraline explores this strange other world, she encounters eerie doppelgangers of her parents and faces a sinister entity known as the Other Mother who seeks to trap her in this twisted reality forever. Gaiman’s writing is…

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Title: Everything I Never Told You Novel Author: Celeste Ng Publication Date: June 26, 2014 Genres: Novel, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Literary fiction Review :  Celeste Ng’s debut novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” is a haunting and emotionally powerful exploration of family, identity, and the weight of unspoken truths. Set in 1970s Ohio, the novel opens with the sudden disappearance of Lydia Lee, the favored daughter of James and Marilyn Lee, a Chinese-American family struggling to navigate the complexities of race, culture, and expectations. As the Lee family grapples with the devastating loss of Lydia, Ng delves into the past, unraveling the threads…

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Title: Little Fires Everywhere Novel Author: Celeste Ng Publication Date: 2017 Genres: Novel, Domestic Fiction Review :  In her second novel, “Little Fires Everywhere,” Celeste Ng delves into the lives of two very different families living in Shaker Heights, a picture-perfect suburb of Cleveland. The Richardsons, a well-off family with four children, and Mia Warren, a single mother and artist who rents a house from them, find their lives intertwined in unexpected and explosive ways. The story unfolds with the arrival of Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl in Shaker Heights. Mia is an enigmatic artist who challenges the status…

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Title: The City and Its Uncertain Walls Novel Author: Haruki Murakami Publication Date: April 13, 2023 Review :  In “The City and Its Uncertain Walls,” internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami delves into the complexities of the human experience through the lens of a captivating and surreal narrative. Set against the backdrop of a city shrouded in mystery and uncertainty, this novel weaves together elements of magical realism, existential themes, and intricate character dynamics to create a thought-provoking and immersive reading experience. The story follows an unnamed protagonist who finds himself caught in a series of inexplicable events that blur…

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Title: Men Without Women Author: Haruki Murakami Publication Date: April 18, 2014 Genres: Fiction, Short story collection Review :  Haruki Murakami, the internationally acclaimed Japanese author known for his enigmatic and surreal storytelling, delves into the complexities of human relationships in his latest collection of short stories, “Men Without Women.” Comprised of seven interconnected tales, Murakami explores the lives of men grappling with loss, loneliness, and longing for connection in a world that seems increasingly alienating. Each story in the collection offers a unique perspective on the male experience, shedding light on the inner emotional landscapes of the protagonists as…

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Title: The Handmaid’s Tale: The Iconic Sunday Times Bestseller That Inspired the Hit TV Series Author: Margaret Atwood Publication Date: April 30, 2019 Genres: Dystopian Fiction Review :  “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood is a dystopian novel that has become a modern classic since its original publication in 1985.  The protagonist, Offred, is a handmaid whose sole purpose is to bear children for the powerful commanders and their wives. Atwood’s writing is haunting and atmospheric, drawing readers into a world that is both chillingly familiar and terrifyingly different from our own. The narrative is told in the first…

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Title: Furies: Stories of the Wicked, Wild and Untamed Author: Margaret Atwood Publication Date: 2023 Review :  “Furies: Stories of the Wicked, Wild, and Untamed” by Margaret Atwood is a mesmerizing collection of short stories that delve into the darker aspects of human nature with Atwood’s signature wit and insight. The book consists of nine stories, each exploring different themes such as power dynamics, gender roles, and the complexities of relationships. Atwood’s storytelling prowess shines through in this collection, with each story crafted with precision and depth. Her ability to create vivid and complex characters within a few pages…

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Title: The Heart Goes Last Novel Author: Margaret Atwood Publication Date: September 24, 2015 Genres: Science fiction, Satire, Dystopian Fiction Review :  “The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into themes of love, desire, and the consequences of technological advancements. Atwood, a renowned author known for her dystopian works such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” once again demonstrates her mastery of the genre in this compelling story. The novel is set in a near-future society where economic collapse has led to widespread unemployment and social unrest. In the midst of this chaos, a couple…

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