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Historical Fictions Recommended By Bibliophiles

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Author : Sherry Helms

If anyone is interested to learn about history in an enjoyable way, historical fiction novel may be just a right choice.  It is true that a deftly written historical novel along with humor herein is sure to be a big hit with historical fiction fans. Yesterday, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite historical fiction novel through a question we posted on our Facebook Page Wall and we got about some really good titles. Have a look:

 

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

This is really a great historical masterpiece by Ken Follett set in medieval England. This mammoth novel tells the story of a pious and resourceful monk- Father Philip, determined to construct the greatest Gothic Cathedral the earth has known, allied with architect Tom. It is really a spellbinding epic tale that depicts the life and times of the set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 21th century England in a very genuine way, nothing is romanticised. This historical novel was nominated into the top 100 of Britain’s best-loved books in the BBC’s the Big Read.

 

11/22/63 A Novel by Stephen King

The master of Pen Stephen King has written such an extraordinary novel that is built around a well-used SF trope, the portal to the past that Jake Epping- a high school English teacher- is shown in the back of an aluminum diner is only the launch mechanism for this fantastic journey. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a horrible and enchanting piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.


Heresy by S.J. Parris

Set in 1583 against a background of religious-political intrigue and barbaric judicial retaliations, Parris’s gripping historical debut novel centers on fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno who arrives in London by the inquisition of his belief in a Copernican theory of infinite universe. Assisted by the charismatic soldier and English Courtier, Sir Philip Sidney, the determined Bruno runs away to more tolerant Protestant England, Where Queen Elizabeth I and her spymaster provides added protection. But when his undercover mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of gruesome homicide and the charms of a strange but gorgeous young lady, he realizes that somewhere within Oxford’s private chambers lurks a cruel murderer.

 

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl. In this one, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.  This is a truly exciting and spellbinding story of the daughters of the man known as the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most influential magnate in 15th century England. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political games. And they grow up to be influential players in their own right. This piece of historical fiction by Philippa Gregory is written beautifully, and the characters are so well structured, it feels like you are watching a film as you read it. Moreover, the family relationships, issues, court intrigue, politics and fallacy weaved in magically is the perfect mixture for this novel.

We wish to intensify this list, so readers, please do share and comment your favorite historical fiction in the comment section below. Also, if you are among those who are in need of these types of books, you can have copies of them from Printsasia.com.  


Must-read Books for Teenagers: Readers’ Referral

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

We appreciate our readers’ true concerns towards the younger (teenage) generation as they have suggested really worthwhile Books for them. This reflects that we all want a well read generation in future. All the referred books have touching and thought-provoking stories with great inspirational values that teach teenagers the lessons of life as well as inspire them to move towards righteousness.

Let’s see what book titles are suggested when we asked-which book/novel you think is a must-read for a teenager? – on our Facebook Page wall.   

The Hunger Games Trilogy – Written by Suzanne Collins all the three titles of this trilogy has been a NY Times bestsellers. This adventurous science fiction series consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.

The Mortal Instruments Series – This is a series of six young adult science fiction and fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare, of which four have been published till date – City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels.

Twilight Series – A series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer, presenting the unusual love story of Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The books in order are – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

To Kill a Mockingbird – This is a classic choice by our readers for teenagers. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. This book offers great inspiration to young adults.

The Giver – Written by Lois Lowry, this is a dystopian children’s novel by. It is set in a society in the year 2065 which is at first presented as a utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian. The novel follows a boy named Jonas through the twelfth year of his life. Even, we add our recommendation to this referral.

The Kite Runner – This novel by Khaled Hosseini helps teenagers understanding the delicacy in a relationship, whether it is father-son relationship or friendship. Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s political chaos, this book tells the story of Amir, a young boy living in Kabul with his father and his close friendship with Hassan and his father’s young servant.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – A really worth-to-read novel for our unscrupulous teenagers written by Mitch Albom, recounting the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. After dying while trying to save a little girl, Eddie finds himself in the afterlife where he encounters five people who significantly affected his life.

Tuesdays with Morrie – This is another book by Mitch Albom that will be a good read for teenagers. In this anecdote, Albom describes the fun-coated and inspiring incidents of his reunion with his old university professor, Moorie Schwartz who is in the final months of his life. It is the story of an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson.

The Book Thief – Set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, this is a story narrated by Death about a young girl, Liesel Meminger, and her relationship with foster parents, the other residents of neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who takes shelter in her home during the escalation of World War II.

Our readers can help us further increase the length of this list by sharing some more relevant book titles to us. And, if they want to get the above mentioned titles, they can browse through Printsasia.com.

 

 

The Best Romance Novels Written Ever: Readers’ Choice

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Explore the list of the most-loved novels of the romance genre suggested by our facebook connections. All the books suggested here have the most moving love stories that are really hearts touching and poignant, making you both smile and cry.

Check out this list that includes what our readers referred for the best romance novels ever written:

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks - Sure to compress out more tears from its readers’ eyes, this romance novel by the bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks is story of a pair of unlikely young lovers. The story starts in a corny flashback as 57-year-old Landon Carter started thinking back of his fateful senior year in high school in Beaufort, North Carolina, when he was a troublemaking teenager of the 1950s and changed forever when met his unexpected first love, Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town’s Baptist minister, who made him the depths of the human heart and the joy and pain of living.

The NotebookThis is another romance novel by Nicholas Sparks that have been touching the hearts of our readers. The Notebook, a story about love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah Calhoun, her teenage love who she left so many years ago? The movie adaptation of this book has also received as much applause as the book had.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set off against the harrowing milieu of the American Civil War. This American classic has a page-turning story in which a manipulative woman, Scarlett O’Hara and a roguish man, Rhett Butler carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Its movie adaptation is also as popular as this book is.

Love in the Time of Cholera – This is a moving love story written by the Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude“, Gabriel Garcia Marquez that binds three people’s lives together for more than fifty years. In this chronicle of a unique love triangle, readers will meet the character of Florentino Ariza, who waits more than half a century to declare his undying love to the beautiful Fermina Daza, whom he lost to Dr. Juvenal Urbino so many years before. An enthralling story of an eternal love.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen This is a classic love story in the recommendation list of our readers. Vivacious and witty Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of the five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage, hastily dismissed the superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world. But, as soon as he realizes that he is deeply in love with Elizabeth, he starts improving his stubborn manners and made her to change mind. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyers – What will happen when a predator falls in love with prey? This is what you will know when read this unusual love story of the protagonists Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite that gained high popularity with its blockbuster film adaptations.

We wish to increase the length of this list, therefore, inviting our readers to comment and share if they have some other titles of romance genre in their minds. Also, if they want to get a copy of any of these books, they can browse through the Printsasia.com

Funny Books from the Readers’ Bookshelves

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Have you ever been to the humor section at our Online Bookstore? There are available innumerable titles of Funny Books. As we found it biased to pick a few titles from this section, we directly asked our readers on our facebook page wall to give us the reference from their bookshelves for the funniest books.

The list of funny books we’ve got from their referral includes few memoirs by funny people and a few funny novels and children books having funny stories with amusing characters and witty dialogues.

So, let’s know what funny books made our readers laugh out loud, and lead to guffaw as and when they remember the dialogues and punch lines from the same:  

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – This is a science fiction comedy series created by Douglas Adams whose quick wit, comic genius, and wide-ranging intelligence made all the books of this series nothing less than a cult classic. In this classic comedy, readers will meet Adams’s hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid chum Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc.

Sweet Potato Queens Books – The Sweet Potato Queens concept has been explained and made popular by a series of books by Jill Conner Browne. It involves a belief in a sisterhood that promotes self esteem and positive thinking, appealing to mostly middle-aged middle-class women.

You must fall in love with all the Sweet Potato Queens for their confident, witty and hilarious attitudes while reading widely acknowledged books of this series: Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love, God Save the Sweet Potato Queens, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner, Sweet Potato Queens’ Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide, The Sweet Potato Queens’ First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn’t Actually Do, but Could Have, and May Yet,  The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit, and American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queen’s Guide to Preserving Your Assets.

Me Talk Pretty One Day – In this book, humorist David Sedaris, presents a collection of his strongest works so far, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. Each story is so funny that readers will do nothing but to guffaw until the book is finished. This book can be the best pick to gift your friends or beloved ones.

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead – Offering an umpteenth of black-humor, this book by James Kirkwood presents the story about two losers who, in bizarre situation, become friends and elicits a common solution to their predicaments. With every page the situation gets crazier, funnier and more clownish. This much-loved comic novel has also been adapted in stage version and film, and received as wide applause from the audiences as it had as a book.

Walter the Farting Dog Series- Walter the Farting Dog is the titular character which is presented in a series of books (children’s books) by William Kotzwinkle, Elizabeth Gundy and Glenn Murray, and illustrated by Audrey Colman.  This series includes five titles which are as zany and humorous as their characters and stories are: Walter the Farting Dog, Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale, Rough Weather Ahead for Walter the Farting Dog, Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise and Walter the Farting Dog: Banned From the Beach.

Missed out giving your reference! We welcome you, now, to share and comment the book titles of your choice to us. 

The Best Children Books to gift your Kids: Readers’ Choice

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Trust, it would be a herculean tasks otherwise to come up with some of the best Children Books had our facebooks connects not helped us in this. Yesterday, we posted a question on our facebook page wall: What’s the best Children Book/s that you would love to gift your kids??  The choices of our facebook connections for the best Children Book are really praiseworthy.

Enlisted here the titles of those Children Books that our readers would love to pick for their children:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch – This book is really a best one to refer to your kids. It presents the inexplicable relationship of a mother and her child. The story begins with a mother singing to her sleeping baby: “I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be.” She keeps singing the same song as her baby grows to a 2-year-old, a 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. But their roles reversed when the mother has grown too old and sick to hold her son. This is a heart-touching story that’ll help your kids understanding the warmth of your relationship with them.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go Pop-Up by Dr. Seuss – This is a joyous pop-up transformation of all time favorite children classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go! written by veteran children author, Dr. Seuss. The wonderfully compiled classic version of the book has a cheerful ode that will help your kids finding his/her path through the maze of life. Now, with the addition of the glorious pop-ups and special effects by paper engineer David A. Carter, the influence of the original text has increased manifolds.

The Little Mermaid – The universal story of The Little Mermaid and her longings for freedom, independence, and love is always a best read for a kid. This world-famous folklore has inspired many children authors like Hans Christian Andersen, RH Disney, Stephanie Calmenso and Deborah Hautzig, to re-write it in their own versions or ways of entertaining and motivating children.

The Witches by Roald Dahl – Scary, funny, imaginative, all at once, this fairytale can keep your kid excited and entertained till the last page. This is the story of a seven-year-old boy, his wise old grandmother, the hero in the tale, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches. Illustration by Quentin Blake adds more effect to the terror and fun of this story.

Matilda by Roald Dahl – This hilarious and thought-provoking story of a genius girl named Matilda is a must-read for any kid. Even its recent movie version has received a grand applause by the audiences. Genius Matilda has not only dealt subtly with her loud and obnoxious parents but also “Miss Trunchbull”, her Head Mistress, the ex-Olympic hammer-thrower, to help out Miss Honey, her teacher and only supporter.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – This is another timeless children classic by Dr. Seuss in the list of readers’ choices for the best children books. Ever since its first publication in 1960, this book has kept delighting and mesmerizing its readers. This is the story of Sam-I-Am who mounts a determined campaign to convince a nameless skeptical character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham–in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat, but to no avail.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Richard Howard – This is a Richard Howard’s new translation of the all time beloved classic originally written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts get interrupted one day by the apparition of a little prince.

This book will let your kids feel high ecstasy, a really good one to gift them on special occasions.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – A tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation, which never harm the vulnerability of your kids but helps them understanding the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return. This is the story about love and sacrifice of an apple tree for a little boy and their affectionate relationship. This book by Shel Silverstein is counted among the most inspiring moral stories ever.

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