Music Nook: Truth by Balmorhea

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Song : Truth

Album : All is Wild, All is Silent

Band : Balmorhea (bal-mə-ray)

Okay so there is this beautiful side of YouTube and I love that side, there lies the best music or I can say the kind of music that I love. There you find the kind of music that is total bliss, music that is soulful and beautiful, comments that are peaceful. Oh my, how I love it!

If you take my suggestions listen to this song in the night, alone in your room. For the record, do this with every song that I’ll share.

One of my favorite out of other amazing band is Balmorhea, these people create beautiful music, powerful songs. I believe after listening to them you feel everything.

Today the song that I’m sharing is “Truth” by Balmorhea and this is my all time favorite, there are other great songs as well, I’ll share them later.

Truth:

And watch this video to get to know where they found the inspiration to write this song and also watch them play it!

You can know more about them:

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5 Must Read Books for Science Lovers! Yay!

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Hi there! I was thinking a lot about the title of this post and turned out I’m not very good in forming attractive titles, meh. However, there is nothing wrong with this title, it’s just that I don’t find this one very creative. So, keeping that aside, here is a post for you.

No no I’m not suggesting any book that will teach you about friction or about toppling effect and maybe you know that too. So, considering you are a curious person and you love to know things here are few suggestions for you. Chances are you might have already read these book that I’m discussing here, wonderful(I understand the geek that resides inside of you!), but there are also chances that you might have not read them yet. So, Now you should read them!Really.

There are whole lot of brilliant people out there, but there is one thing that separate one brilliant person from another. Like we always have that one professor who know everything but he can’t make you understand a shit (you getting me? I hope, or maybe I’m a fool). Likewise there are writers who know how to communicate with people, when you read their books you can literally feel the excitement with which they explain things with such simplicity. I love them, these people enjoy their work and are passionate (Now, you may be thinking when will she stop talking, okay I understand!).

“If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.”

-Cosmos, Carl Sagan

Here is a list of those 5 books that I think you should read!


 

1. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

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“There are three stages in scientific discovery. First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally they credit the wrong person.”

Description:

In Bryson’s biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand and, if possible, answer the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the worlds most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

why? This book will hold you in a tight grip and I’m telling you, you’ll get to know about a whole lot of things and then you may also find yourself talking about this book with people around you. And on top of that Bill Bryson is funny.


2. Pale Blue Dot : A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan

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“The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”

Description:

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan traces our exploration of space and suggests that our very survival may depend on the wise use of other worlds. This stirring book reveals how scientific discovery has altered our perception of who we are and where we stand, and challenges us to weigh what we will do with that knowledge.

Now you may ask why? Book Review


3. Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos by Michio Kaku

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“Physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an attempt by an atom to understand itself.”

Description:

In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own. Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes. If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, “What happened before the big bang?” This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting-edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre-eminent voices in the field.

why? If you are into time travel and again do I need to say? Parallel Universe! To tell you the truth I’m currently reading this book and I’m enjoying it and no it’s not a light read(you can guess that). However, a fun read.


 

4. Einstein’s Dream by Alan Lightman

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“The tragedy of this world is that no one is happy, whether stuck in a time of pain or of joy. The tragedy of this world is that everyone is alone. For a life in the past cannot be shared with the present. Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone.”

Description:

A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.

why? Book Review


5. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

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“we make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers”

Description:

Cosmos has 13 heavily illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos television series. In the book, Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and the development of science and civilization. Cosmos traces the origins of knowledge and the scientific method, mixing science and philosophy, and speculates to the future of science. The book also discusses the underlying premises of science by providing biographical anecdotes about many prominent scientists throughout history, placing their contributions into the broader context of the development of modern science.

The book covers a broad range of topics, comprising Sagan’s reflections on anthropological, cosmological, biological, historical, and astronomical matters from antiquity to contemporary times. Sagan reiterates his position on extraterrestrial life—that the magnitude of the universe permits the existence of thousands of alien civilizations, but no credible evidence exists to demonstrate that such life has ever visited earth.

why? Okay, I know I’m bit biased with Sagan, what can I do? He is my darling(yes yes). Well, let me tell you something if you are living on this planet then you need to read this book. There is no why to it. It is what it is!(I’ll write the review soon)


 

Now you may carry on with your day. Have a good day! 🙂

 

 

Blog Tour : Storm and Silence by Robert Thier

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Author: Robert Thier

Publication Date: March 19th 2016

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Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!

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BOOK REVIEW

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 -Robert Thier, Storm and Silence

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An unpolished version of this books is posted on Wattpad. You can check that out before making up your mind about purchasing the book, but know that the published version has extra material that you want to read. Trust me. 😉

Make sure to check out the other posts in this blog tour!

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Jinan 19th of March LINK
Henz 20th of March LINK
Aira 21st of March LINK
Raven 22nd of March LINK
Nina 23rd of March LINK
Eti 24th of March LINK

About Robert Thier

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Robert Thier is a German Historian and writer of Historical Fiction. His particular mix of history, romance and adventure, always with a good deal of humor thrown in, has gained him a diverse readership ranging from teenagers to retired grandmothers. For the way he manages to make history come alive, as if he himself had lived as a medieval knight, his fans all over the world have given him the nickname “Sir Rob”.

For him, Robert says, becoming a writer has followed naturally from his interest in history. “In Germany,” he says, “we use the same word for story and history. And I’ve always loved the one as much as the other. Becoming a storyteller, a writer, is what I’ve always wanted.”

Besides writing and researching in dusty old archives, on the lookout for a mystery to put into his next story, Robert enjoys classical music and long walks in the country. The helmet you see on the picture he does not wear because he is a cycling enthusiast, but to protect his literary skull in which a bone has been missing from birth. Robert lives in the south of Germany in a small village between the three Emperor’s Mountains.

Book Review : Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

“Never only exist in your head. Anything is possible…”

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My Rating : *3.5 Stars*

Description:

After Renee Winters discovers her parents lying dead in California’s Redwood Forest in what appears to be a strange double murder, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine, a remote and mysterious high school dedicated to philosophy, “crude sciences,” and Latin: the Language of the Dead. It’s here she meets Dante, a dark and elusive student to whom she feels inexplicably drawn.                                                                    As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and their desires gradually deepen into a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret. A secret so terrible, it has him fearing for Renee’s life.                                                                                                                                           Dante’s not the only one with secrets, though. Turns out Gottfried Academy has a few of its own… Like, how come students keep disappearing? Why are the prefect-like Monitors creeping around campus during the night? And what exactly are the Headmistress and Professors really up to? Renee is determined to find out why.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.


My Review:

I read this book years back, maybe in 2011(ya). It’s a paranormal romance and is beautifully written. I haven’t read many paranormal romance books, Yvonne Woon definitely took me by surprise.

I didn’t love the characters very much. However, if you like the concepts of mythology and supernatural-ism, you’ll like this book.

For some it may turn out to be lame, I mean bringing back dead people to life, what do you expect. But it is what it is!

For me the idea behind this book was fascinating, only that the protagonist was just annoying.

And the plot?

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#1 Favorite Quotes from Movies

Some are wise, few of them are witty. If you love watching movies you shouldn’t miss these wonderful quotes from some of the best movies.

1.The Secret in Their Eyes:

Well this is my favorite movie, so I’m biased.

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“A guy can change anything. His face, his home, his family, his girlfriend, his religion,his God. But there’s one thing he can’t change. He can’t change his passion…”

“If you keep going over the past, you’re going to end up with a thousand pasts and no future.”

“Choose carefully. Memories are all we end up with. At least pick the nice ones.”


 

2. Fight Club

Another favorite Movie…

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“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”

“The things you own end up owning you.”

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.”


 

3. Annie Hall

A friend suggested this movie and I watched it last night and let me tell you I loved it, it was amazing!

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“I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.”

“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”


4. Truman Show

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“In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!” 


5. Stardust

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“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really… “Do the stars gaze back?” Now *that’s* a question.”


6. Melancholia

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 “Life is only on earth, and not for long.” 


 

7. The Prestige

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“Now you’re looking for the secret, but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.” 


 

8. Dead Poets Society

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“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”


 

9. The Great Gatsby

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“His Smile was one of those rare smiles that you may come across four or five times in life. It seem to understand you and believe in you just as you would love to be understood and believed in.”


 

10. Amélie

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“Life’s funny. To a kid, time always drags. Suddenly you’re fifty. All that’s left of your childhood… fits in a rusty little box.”


In the next post I’ll be adding quotes from another 10 movies that I loved. And do share quotes with us from your favorite movies!

Book Review : Last Vacation by Sarah Elle Emm

“It’s a crazy thing…revenge. It can cause a man to make so many reckless decisions. The thing about it is, once you start something, you better be prepared to face the consequences.”

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My Rating: *4 ‘Carpe Diem’ Stars*

Author: Sarah Elle Emm

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Format: Ebook

Synopsis:

Seven days have passed since Naples real estate agent Megan MacKenna has heard from her twin sister, Madeline, who was vacationing on the beautiful, Caribbean island of St. Croix. Though authorities are not convinced there is a case to solve, Megan knows with all of her heart something happened to Maddy. When Megan receives a direct warning to leave the island or end up like her sister, she turns to the only person who has taken her seriously since she arrived, Gabe, a breakfast cook at a local diner. Undercover DEA agent, Gabriel Walker has been building his cover for months, waiting for the opportunity to work his way into the infamous Torrez crime ring. When Megan shows up asking questions and Gabe realizes her twin’s disappearance might be linked to the Torrez men, he has to convince her to go back to Florida before she becomes their next victim. The closer Megan gets to the truth, the more Gabe begins to suspect he is missing a huge piece of the puzzle. And someone is closing in on Megan…

Review:

Writers are badass people! They keep their vulnerability aside and lead a character from one extreme point to another, right?

You read a story of a hero killing the bad people, saving someone from being a victim and finally ending with the girl who he wanted to protect while keeping his life at stake. Ahh!

After all we are talking about fiction, it’s all about escaping our real life. So, here it is, Last Vacation, a story of people who risked their life to save the people whom they loved. Yay! It’s a story of revenge, attraction, risk and love.

I loved the ending!

When I started reading it I was bit anxious, I didn’t know what to expect. However, once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. The question ‘What will happen next?’ kept me glued to this book.

I really liked the story and guess what was my favorite part? The whole book 😀

I also liked the characters even though at time I was bit confused with so many names all at once.

The plot was really good and the author did a really good work in connecting all the dots and I loved her efforts that she put on those small details.

I adored Gabe, he was a keeper. Indeed he was! I have to admit with few exceptions, I liked the characters. I did like how the characters progressed and how the writer unfolded the story. It was full of mystery, crime, torture and some romance. I did feel the connection between Gabe and Megan, also between both the twins. They had love.

You will ask why 4 stars?

Some parts I was not a big fan of.

Overall all I loved the book! I will definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a quick read and a page turner that you won’t be able to put down.

Happy Reading!

Book Review : Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?”

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My Rating: *4.5 Carpe Diem Stars*

You don’t know who I’m(ya, ya some of you do know me), but let me tell you. I’m a crazy piece of shit who added this book in her TBR list in 2012 and read it in 2016. Yes, this book, I read it after all these years! Thanks to someone who forced me to read it. It was amazingly amazing(ya I watched the movie as well, ahh!).

First rule of fight club: You don’t talk about Fight Club.

Second rule of fight club: You don’t talk about Fight Club.

But I’m gonna talk about it because how can I not talk about it!

Fight Club, a story like this can go no where but to extremes. Chuck in this book merely exposes the pros and cons of two extremes. The narrator who is powerless in his life, that is shown by his constant consumerism, a character who is literally split, an insomniac who dreams up Tyler who is the opposite of him.

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On one hand the narrator is boring, materialistic, work for his secure life while on the other hand Tyler is a confidant person and a radical thinker but also an extremist, an anarchist.

According to Tyler’s philosophy: “It’s only after we have lost everything that we are free to do anything.”

“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

This book showcase the destructive nature of letting  any of those two sides taking control over your life. You have to find a middle ground to the blinding materialism and minimalist life.

For me, Tyler is a flawed character, if you’ll watch the movie, you’ll see my point. He is a hypocritic who bashes consumerism while lightning a cigarette.

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The element of consumerism is there, yes and it is apparent through out the book. However, I also believe it is incorporated with the idea that objects should not be hold as an account of identity and self worth. But it is your actions and thoughts that define you as a person, they end up owning you because they tell who you really are.

Is masculinity still in a state of crisis? Like really Chuck do men really have to beat the shit out of each other to feel complete, to get out of their anxieties, aggression and frustrations.

The fight scenes that the writer wrote fucked my mind out and then they were wonderfully done in the movie, which made it difficult for me to take a sip from my coffee.

“Fight Club is not football on television. You aren’t watching a bunch of men you don’t know halfway around the world beating on each other live by satellite with a two-minute delay, commercials pitching beer every ten minutes, and a pause now for station identification. After you’ve been to fight club, watching football on television is watching pornography when you could be having great sex.”

This book punched me straight on my face and the writer is brutal, real brutal.However, I must say this is that one instance where movie adaption is far better than the book and I loved it. I have got my new favorite.

Whatever be your interpretation about this book or the movie. I’ll say at least this book/movie, “Fight Club” is just straight entertaining.

So, if you already haven’t read it yet then please give it a read.

Before ending I want to quote a very pessimistic statement given by the writer *sigh*

“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

And haha! this-

“Warning: If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think every thing you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you’re alive. If you don’t claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned.”

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Happy Reading!