Thursday, April 03, 2014

March Reading


1        Novel: The Prophecy of Trivine by Srivatsan Sridharan, Pulkit Gupta & Tnahsin Garg

2        PKD Short: Service Call by Philip K Dick

3        PKD Short: Captive Market by Philip K Dick

4        PKD Short: The Mold Of Yancy by Philip K Dick

5        Non-Fiction: White House Wit, Wisdom and Wisecracks by Phil Dampier & Ashley Walton

6        PKD Short: Recall Mechanism by Philip K Dick

7        PKD Short: The Unreconstructed M by Philip K Dick

8        Short Story: Button Button by Richard Matheson

9        Novel: The Hunt for Kohinoor by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

10    Short Story: Quitters Inc by Stephen King

11    Hitchcock – Most Wanted: The Last Day by Rob Kantner

12    Hitchcock – Most Wanted: St. Anne Mystery by Tonda Barrett

13    Novella: A Cupful of Aha by Anandaa 

14    Hitchcock – Most Wanted: The Mystery of the Lion Window by Jane Rice

15    Hitchcock – Most Wanted: The Sweetie Pie Caper by Dan A. Sproul

16    Novella: First You Plz by Nisha Thakur

17    Hitchcock – Most Wanted: Stork Trek by Edward Wellen & Josh Pachter

18    Hitchcock – Most Wanted: An American Visit by F. M. Maupin

19    Prof. Shonkhu Short: Diary of a Space Traveler by Satyajit Ray

20    Short Story Collection: The Trembling Fist by Lance Manion (Count: 20 to 42*)



I started off the month with the fantasy novel ‘The Prophecy of Trivine’ which is written by 3 authors. Next I picked up the book with quotes from all the Presidents of USA.


Having finished the short story collections by Asimov, I picked up a new one from Philip K Dick - The Complete Stories of Philip K. Dick Vol. 4 - with 18 stories. I read 5 of the PKD shorts and a short story – Button Button - on which a movie was based <I saw the movie on TV and while reading about the movie online, I saw the mention of the short story on which it was based … so I searched for the story and read it>. This also led me to another short story ‘Quitters Inc’ which became a source for a Hollywood as well as a bollywood movie.   


Next I picked up the novel ‘The Hunt for Kohinoor’ (in hard copy) authored by Manreet who also wrote ‘The Taj Conspiracy’ which I read last month. After this novel, I picked up the novella by Nisha Thakur and a short philosophical treatise by Anandaa (pen name).


Then I moved on to short stories from the Alfred Hitchcock series book ‘Most Wanted’. There were 6 stories remaining in this one and with them, I finished off this book.


I had read a Prof. Shonkhu Stories collection last year and was actively looking for the other collection (it wasn’t available online last year). Finally found it this year, ordered and started off reading it this month. Read the first story – will read one story each month till the end of the year


Finished the month with ‘The Trembling Fist’ which is a collection of 69 very short stories / essays / commentary across a variety of topics and subjects


In summary - I read 2 novels, 2 novellas, 1 non-fiction and 14 short stories from different collections – total count of 19 for this month.


* Counting the short story collection of Trembling Fist as ’69 stories’ will spike up the numbers unfairly so let me take the count for that book as ’23 stories’ instead (one-third the number).


So the total count for the month is 42 – better than the earlier months of the year. 


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