Book Review: How To Stop Time

“It was like being stuck in the same song, with a chorus you had once liked but now made you want to rip your ears off.”

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

Rating: 3.5/5

I bought this book as soon as I heard Benedict Cumberbatch was going to play Tom Hazard in the movie. I was intrigued after reading its synopsis — after all, this is a topic not every author can handle well.

The most fascinating thing about books is that, anytime you think a topic has been used far too many times, someone comes up with a different way to present the idea. Which is why I truly enjoyed Matt Haig’s story about a man who ages really, really slowly.

The book, divided into five parts, presents Tom’s story in tiny snippets of his entire life. We get to see him as a child and we are able to understand his unusual struggles. But Tom is neither a bad person nor a good one — he is just someone who is trying to live his abnormally prolonged life. And so for me, his story was much more interesting than his character. When you read the book, you may even find Tom’s encounters with a lot of famous people a bit unrealistic.

But since it’s fiction, and the scenes are written really well, I enjoyed reading those parts. One beautiful addition to this book was the poem written by Camille. It’s not a spoiler but just a piece of art that certainly deserves appreciation.

The Way
That when you
On their side
Look like
A long way
Made out

The reason why I took back 1.5 star from the review was because of the ending. It all happened too fast and seemed like a far-stretched coincidence. Another thing I expected from the book was a better explanation of the rare condition anageria. In a way, the story had more potential if the author had not been in a hurry to wrap things up.

How To Stop Time is a book that takes you through different timelines and describes time exactly as it is — uncontrollable. Matt Haig is successful in combining the real and the fictional world in order to present a story worth reading.

What did you think of the book? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

TV Review: The Punisher

One Batch, Two Batch, Penny and Dime

Netflix has made sure that the last few months of 2017 are the ones we remember the most. Not only did we get the second season of Stranger Things, we also got to see our very own troubled vigilante The Punisher. We will also be treated to the second season of The Crown next month.

The show has received mixed reviews ever since it was released. I binge-watched the entire season and honestly, I enjoyed it.

Here’s the thing: Half the people are complaining about how The Punisher is too violent and brutal, and the other half are complaining about how there’s too much drama and less action.

Now, let me tell you one thing. None of us supports violence and murder – we don’t. But The Punisher is a violent ‘hero’ who kills criminals. It’s as simple as that. So, you really can’t say it’s too much brutality when this is what the comic book is based upon. And while more action would have made it better, there is always the need to make a character more human for the audience. If he were going around killing people the entire season, people would have complained that it got boring and repetitive.

So, give it a chance because even though there are flaws in the show, there are some episodes that will blow your mind away. ‘Gunner’, ‘Virtue of the Vicious’ and ‘Home’ being one of those few.

Also, is it just me or does anyone else find Jon Bernthal’s wobbly head a bit distracting?

You can also read my review on IMDb by clicking here. What did you think of the show? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down

“… no one ever says good-bye unless they want to see you again.”

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Rating: 4/5

Warning: This review is full of spoilers.

A lot of people are confused whether they liked this book or expected just a bit more. I have to admit, I was in a similar place. But I will tell you why I rated it with 4 stars.

First of all, we have to talk about Aza and her mental illness. Not only was she a different character, but also one that was extremely difficult to describe. When she was dealing with her anxiety and becoming overwhelmed with the littlest of things, I wasn’t annoyed. I actually understood her character. And that was only because John Green wrote her really well. I was not a big fan of the car accident because it has been overused as a climax in many other stories. But the event was heartbreaking, because at one point, you actually get to see how helpless she becomes when she is forced by her ‘self’ to drink the hand sanitizer.

Moving on to other characters, you have Daisy, a true friend who vented out her frustration of dealing with Aza in a Star Wars fan fiction. She knew about Aza’s mental illness but found herself getting annoyed sometimes. It made her character feel more human and it made me sympathize with both of the friends.

Davis was a character that I liked, but found too good to be true. After reading the book, I found the entire plot with Russell Pickett to be a bit … unattached to the story. It was the only thing that started and ended the main events of the book. Other than that, nothing that happened to him seemed interesting to me.

Once again, I think that this book gives us a very clear idea of how serious mental illness is. I believe that Green did justice to it by elaborating on it repeatedly. I also liked the ending because it allowed us to imagine what to expect for Aza without really saying it.

Turtles All The Way Down is a book that takes a serious issue, and combines it with love and friendship in a perfect balance. John Green wrote Aza with such dedication that you can’t help but hope that she makes it through her spirals.

What did you think of the book? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

SDCC 2017 Trailer Review #2: The Flash Season 4

Bring me The Flash or else your city falls.

The Flash’s trailer for its fourth season was released at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con.

It shows the impact of Barry Allen/The Flash’s (Grant Gustin) absence on the lives of his family and friends in a completely different way.

The trailer begins with Iris West (Candice Patton) narrating her story to the viewers. She has decided to follow Barry’s advice to become strong and move on.

It’s particularly interesting because Iris has been used mostly as a plot device in the previous seasons. Her character has a lot of potential, and so this is a fresh start for the fans as well.

Returning to the series are Team Flash members Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) and Wally West/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale).

Joe and Cisco are not reacting well to Iris’s decision, and are surprised to see her constantly reminding them that Barry will never come back.

The trailer also shows us that the team is back in action. They are fighting meta humans in the city just like good old days.

Last season, Barry was forced to go into the speed force in order to save Central City.  So, it was only a matter of time before a villain, in this case a Samuroid, demanded that Barry be handed over to him or else Central City will fall.

The team decides to bring Barry back and offer him up to the villain. Towards the end, we see that Cisco and Caitlin have successfully created a device to force Barry out of the speed force.

It is not clear whether Samuroid is the big bad this season, but here’s hoping that the producers will not make the same mistakes as they did in season 3.

Season 4 of The Flash will premiere on October 10th at 8/7c on The CW.

So, what did you think of the trailer? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

SDCC 2017 Trailer Review #1: Westworld Season 2

This world doesn’t belong to them; it belongs to us.

HBO has released the first trailer for Westworld’s second season at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con.

The trailer is successful in putting an end to complaints and criticism regarding the show’s slow-moving storyline.

The trailer begins with the piano starting up just like it used to in the first season. Normally, the “hosts” would then come to life and the day would pass by until the piano stopped.

However, this time the music sheet is covered in blood.

All hell breaks loose once the trailer progresses. Season 1 followed the steady buildup to the robotic uprising that ultimately became a reality in the finale. And so, this time it is clear that the “hosts” are ready to fight back.

Returning to the series are fan favorite “hosts” Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), Dolores Abernathy/Wyatt (Evan Rachel Wood), Teddy Flood (James Marsden) and Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton).

One of the most entertaining elements of the trailer is the song “I’ve Gotta Be Me” playing in the background. Sammy Davis Jr. sings ‘I’ve gotta be free’ while Dolores and Teddy ride on horses, and shoot humans as if they were the “guests” in Westworld this time.

Having killed Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) in the season finale, Dolores’s face shows no sign of mercy for any “guest” coming in her way.

Chaos and violence is all that is left in the amusement park. Dead bodies are seen lying around; a man is tied upside down from a tree while trying to reach a gun. An unsettling promise that next season will disappoint anyone who is rooting for Team Humans.

Some of the park’s team including Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) and Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) also appear in the trailer.

The final shot shows the Man in the Black (Ed Harris) smiling smugly with blood splattered across his face.

Considering that the second season has only been under production since last week, all of the scenes are executed brilliantly.

So, what did you think of the trailer? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!