Of Life, Death, Aliens And Zombies_Blog Tour-Book Review

OF LIFE, DEATH, ALIENS AND ZOMBIES

By Dario Cannizzaro

SYNOPSIS

Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more. 

Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.

The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.

REVIEW

Of Life, Death Aliens and Zombies is a collection of  9 short stories, all quite different but gives away a bit of lesson about human nature.

As because it’s a collection of 9 short stories so I would like to tell a bit about every story. Don’t worry I won’t give out the plot much because it would be better that way. I would preferably tell you the feelings left by it.

The first story goes by the name of Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse.

This story made me laugh a lot.

 Going by the name, this story might seem to have a paranormal angle, but I must tell you this story was no way a paranormal story because the narrator never saw a single zombie. This story is definitely not about zombies. It’s a story of Survival in hard times, how internet goes buzzing over stuff that may not be true and people easily believing it.

The second story is Bathroom Love.

One of favourites. It’s a Story of loneliness, pain, betrayal. It’s very beautiful and also had one of my favorites qoutes of this book.

“Because after all you can love sex, despise sex, loathe sex, crave sex, but sex is nothing on its own, sex is just about connecting, just about feeling each other’s soul, just for a moment there, to know you’re not alone.”

The third story is The Name of the Rose

Yet another very beautiful and different story. It is a kind of memoir, the narrator remembering the time he was fifteen. That year changed a lot for him. He bunked classes to go to a book shop where he learnt a lot about life. Things changed, times changed but the impression of different incidents of that time left with him.

The fourth one The Announcement

Sorry this one is my least favourite but I must say it’s still very beautiful. It was quite unpredictable, a story that held my suspense. The underlying message: the showing off, boastful nature of humans. In this story each country was trying show how they are superior than the other.

The fifth story The Best Place To Plan a Mass Shooting.

This was yet another hilarious tale. Very enjoyable. This is also a memoir. The narrator wrote a story in it, which had elements that were not acceptable to his principal or other teachers of his school. Though he himself was quite proud of it. 

Next one Summer’s Ended

Another beautiful story. It’s a story of loneliness and human desires.

The seventh one Fake plastic trees

This was definitely my favourite. This story tells how we all are a living lie. We are good at pretending and what we think and what we tell are sometimes completely different. We all are trying to paint a picture of ourselves that would be likable to others even if we ourselves hate it.

The eight story Terrorism Marketing

This is another funny and hilarious tale. This story tells about a time when the narrator was able to escape terrorists by bluffing them.

The last one Inpurita

This story was longer than others. It’s a tale of unfulfilled desires and it’s repercussions. Four different people with different backgrounds came together for few hours, and these few hours change their lives.

“So while Lukas was reading that thing in his hands, he also read about himself, about someone thirty-three years old, thirty-three years of non-life, all accompanied by the hand of destiny – someone else’s dreams, someone else’s life, someone else’s desires.”


Overall I would say that I loved each and every story of this collection. All the stories were well written and I would recommend this book to everyone. Because the tales are from different genres so this book would, I believe would suit everyone.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸

(4.5 stars)

GoodReads linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31568483-of-life-death-aliens-and-zombies

TOP REVIEWERS’ COMMENTS

“Very strong voice, reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges, John Fante, Kurt Vonnegut” 
– Lyn, GoodReads Top Reviewer

“An author who will stun and amaze you and make you laugh and perhaps cry” 
– Pam S. Dunn, author of Sunflower

“I haven’t really been introduced to a voice as Zeitgeisty as this since Alex Garland”
– Fabian, GoodReads Top Reviewer

“Would calling it a literary masterpiece be an exaggeration? I hope you will be able to tell me that after you read it” 
– Bernard Jan, author of Cruel Summer

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Aliens-Zombies-ebook/dp/B01M0MUVWD/

 iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/life-death-aliens-zombies/id1156255178?mt=11

 
Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/of-life-death-aliens-and-zombies-dario-cannizzaro/1124662613?ean=9781508045472

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dario_Cannizzaro_Of_Life_Death_Aliens_and_Zombies?id=1k4ZDQAAQBAJ

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/of-life-death-aliens-and-zombies

AUTHOR BIO

DARIO CANNIZZARO was born in the sun-eaten Naples, Italy in 1982. He moved to Ireland in 2011, and has called it home ever since. He started writing short stories at seven, which are shamefully lost forever, but has never stopped writing since. His works have been published in Italian and English in Literary Magazines such as The Galway Review, Two Thousand Words and Chantwood Magazine.

Website: www.dariowrites.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/dariowrites/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/dariowrites/

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Deepest Corners Of My Heart

In their third morning tryst,
Just in those first sunrays,
He looked into her eyes,
Big, bright eyes,
Love, deep pure love those eyes told,
A fear they expressed,
What a combination he thought,
He asked her, “what do you fear?”
“Losing you, my love,
It had been long since we met,
And my love increased day by day,
All I think of now is you and us,
Us, us, us.
You never told me how you feel,
I dare not ask you might leave.”
Closing the distance he whispered,
“Love needs no voice,
Am I right?
Even if I don’t say, you know I do,
Love you from the deepest corners of my heart”

Above poem is in response to:

https://scvincent.com/2017/02/16/thursday-photo-prompt-tryst-writephoto/

The Sheikh’s Forced Bride-Book Review

THE SHEIKH’S FORCED BRIDE
By Leslie North

The Sharjah Sheikhs#1

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Genres: Romance, Young Adult

SYNOPSIS

Sultan’s eledest son Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasimi’s playboy ways have finally caught up with him. After creating a scandal during a diplomatic visit to America, Khalid is given a choice by his father—marry or face banishment. Rather than lose his family, Khalid bows to his father’s wishes but an outspoken American interrupts Khalid’s would-be wedding. Now Khalid has a new plan that might please his father, secure his inheritance and leave Khalid still able to go on with his life …he’ll take the beautiful American as his bride—and then his father will hate her so much he’ll beg Khalid not to get married after all. 

Journalist Casey Connolly has never been afraid to share her opinions. While researching an article on arranged marriages, she lands in trouble when she crashes a royal wedding to get a quote from the attending American guests.. The sexy groom offers to set her free if she’ll step into the role of his fiancée—just for a short time. Seeing a chance to get the scoop she needs, Casey agrees. 

Soon there’s no denying the chemistry they share. But Casey’s boss is pushing her to complete her piece and head back to the States, while Khalid’s father is still pushing for a hasty wedding. Will this pseudo-romance become the real thing or buckle under all the pressure being put on these two?

REVIEW

I picked up this book because of two reasons firstly because I have never read a love story of Sheikhs and secondly because the description sounded too good.

Now jumping straight to my thoughts about this book.

Casey and Khalid’s love story has the common theme of the playboy finally finding his girl. But still the way it was told touched my heart. They both complimented each other. There were many passionate, intense and heartwarming moments and also some in between sheets action.

“Closing his eyes, he let the world fall away until it was just his body joined to hers. Their breaths— rough and uneven— becoming one.”

I quite liked Casey’s character. She is absolutely fearless, strong and spoke her mind. She is not someone who is easily oppressed by anyone. Now coming to Khalid’s character. He was also a likeable character. You people may think that Khalid will be a male chauvinist, but actually he respected women. He was also a good person as he was respected all over Sharjah.

Another thing that I liked about this book was that it also showed a father son relationship apart from a love story. 

Lastly I would say that I also loved Sultan’s character. He was not the Sultan image I had in my mind. He seemed tyrannical but he had his reasons for it and by the end of the story they appeared quite justified too. Another point in his favour, he understood Fadiyah, Khalid’s ex fiancée’s desire to marry someone who is not of a comparable class even when her own father was against it.

Overall I would say that I loved this story and would definitely recommend it to all romance lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING
🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸

(4.5 stars)

*I got this book from Netgalley*

Purchase links:

Available on Amazon US

Available on Amazon UK

Available on Apple

Available on Kobo

Available on Nooks

Available on Google Play

Grow up Messy!_Book Tour-Fun facts

GROW UP MESSY!
 (A Hilarious Coming of Age Series Book1)

Author  : Paromita Goswami

Genre :  Middle School, Teen and YA

Publisher :  Ficus India

THE BLURB 

Childhood is considered to be the best time of one’s life. What if you get a chance to live it once more with a five-year-old? 

Misry, a naughty five-year-old girl, lives with her parents in a B.S.F border outpost near Indo-Bangladesh border. But with no schools and friends she feels very lonely. She tries to befriend some local village kids. But they find her incompetent in their rural antics. They nickname her Messy as most of the time she messes up their plan. Can Misry really be a part of the gang? 

Set in the early eighties, join Misry in the adventures of her life.

FUN FACTS

1. When I am not writing, my mind constantly explores the plots or I am lost in the facebook. Both the situation is dangerous for my family as I am unable to attend to their queries. Sometimes my hubby gets annoyed and shouts at me.

2. I have a cat, Bengal Tiger breed, named Chikki. She is very disciplined when it comes to her meal time. If I am away from my computer then she is like an alarm clock reminding me every second that her plate needs my attention. However, if I am at my computer then she supports me for few more minutes by occupying my bookshelf to take a micro nap.

3. I love to travel and I am very good at visualizing things too. So if any article or plot is based on any travel destination or remote location with minimal inhabitation it will easily attract my attention. Thrillers, horrors, romance any book with good setting I can finish in one sitting straight.

4. Writing on paper is fun and very engrossing. Although I draft my first writing on my computer however, it is always pen and paper first that grabs my attention for drafting the plot outline first. And sometimes I write out of pressure, more like using the loo. So when I am ready to vomit my first outline I have to rush for my pen and paper leaving everything behind. (It is an urgency you see).

5. I always have the habit of narrating my first draft to my family. Either B or D will hear it first or in some cases both. After ending I look at their faces for reaction. If they like it they will ask for more and if not they will simply say OKAY.

BUYING LINKS

Amazon kindle

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Nook

 
About the Author:

Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to upcoming paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer the variety of life to her readers. Grow Up Messy! is her second book. She debuted in 2015 with Shamsuddin’s Grave, a literary fiction. Besides writing, she is also the founder of reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family.

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My dear

“You are behaving like a teenager, Robert.” 

I glanced at her, even though she was frowning, I could see the hint of her smile; still captivating.

“We aged my dear, our love didn’t.”

The above 3 line tale is in response to:

https://katmyrman.com/2017/02/14/twittering-tale-17-14-february-2017/

In this Challenge you need to write a tale in 140 characters or less using the given picture as the prompt. 

My tale is 136 characters long.

Long Road

Long road ahead,
I keep on walking endlessly,
Searching, 
Hunting for the destination.

On this journey,
People met,
People left,
Gave lessons,
Gave reasons.

This journey,
I came to embrace it more and more,
I got hurt,
Got elated,
Celebrated my small victories,
Accepted lukewarm responses,
Got taught by my failures,
Learnt from my faults.

This journey called life,
I understood,
Is an endless horizon,
The ultimate destination,
The death.

The above poem is in response to:

https://artandlife11.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/bs-poetry-challenge-2/