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Reads and Recommends

I'm too sick with fever to actually write a post or a review, so I thought I'd just talk about the stuff I'm reading right now. And stuff I wish you people would read too. Ugh, my mouth feels like cotton balls.
GOTH (novel by Otsu-ichi)
This is the cover of the manga released by TokyoPop, featured rather than the original novel cover because this one is pretty! The story is rather creepy, though. Non-linear, well-written, with two strange characters you  can't help but love and shudder at.
Synopsis: A notebook that leads to murder – a refrigerator filled with hands… a pit of dead dogs… an accidental suicide… a boy buried alive – and where two teenagers linked by an obsession with murder and torture explore the recesses of humanity’s dark side.

ULTRAVIOLET by R. J. Anderson

This hasn't been released in the US yet. I read the UK version, and loved it. I picked it up because it also deals with synesthesia, the subject of my current novel Scatter. Wish the UK version has a …

Who am I? No, really!

One of my real life 3D friends asked, the other day, if I am the girl who is "Ani Raye" on this blog. More specifically, he said "Man, I don't recognize you on that thing!", to which I replied, sort of glumly, "Yeah, I guess not". Then I thought I'd write this post, you know, so people are a little more aware of who I am. I sound like a terrorist or something.
SO here are some random facts about me:

1) My name.
It's Varsha Dinesh, no middle name because I'm Hindu. A little hard to remember, so I chose the pseudonym Ani Raye. It just happened, because Ani is a character of mine, she's sort of me anyway so I'm not pretending.

2) What I do. 
Yes, I crib about this one a lot. I'm an Electronics and Communication student at Kerala University- but of course, my passion for circuits die beyond how pretty they look with bulbs in between. I basically live to write, read and digitally master pictures.

3) Where I live. 
I live in Trivandrum, Ker…

Clockwork Prince- Cover...and an Excerpt!

Oh my God. This is a cover to die for.
I, as most people know, am the most incredible cynic when it comes to covers, mostly because I'm an artist myself. I find something they could have done better with every cover, but this is like....good, good God this is such a gorgeous cover.
Of course the guy on the cover has to be Jem (Who else has silver hair and that staff?) and I'm just so happy this might be a Jem book- not that I don't like Will, I am Team Will- but I love Jem too. Everything about this cover does such justice to the exoticity that Cassandra Clare brought to the character of Jem...he's so amazing in the first place, and the cover is gorgeous to the highest degree of praise. Now if the book would just release!!!

Okay, these is just the most interesting snippet from the book that Cassandra Clare gave out:

Will's voice dropped. “Everyone makes mistakes, Jem.”
“Yes,” said Jem. “You just make more of them than most people.”
“I —”
“You hurt everyone,” said Jem. …


Yeah, the title is sort of large. Never mind. Okay, so I'm finally settling on writing just one novel and not like 30000 at the same time, and asking myself the question: Is this Dystopia? Is this, as a friend asked, surrealism? Maybe both.
I think I had too much Katniss Everdeen, way too much Stephenie Meyer and a rather unhealthy dose of Stephen King. Throw it together (in a big bowl) and you get Scatter. Not that I'm comparing myself to any of these imaginary or real people- the story is just crazy. I made a picture for it, which doesn't describe a thing about the book of course, and which is not a cover image- just a promo pic. SO, you know, I can smirk at my own eccentricities. If we're all lucky, I'll actually finish this one. :)
SO details about this book
1) It's a bit- a tiny, teeny bit- like Hunger Games, but it's not truly dystopia
2) It has two people's Point of View- POV- and basically has only two characters
3) I don't know how to bring in m…

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion


Hardcover: 256 pagesPublisher: Atria (April 26, 2011)Language: EnglishR is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world. Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

Back. With something Like a Blast.

I am BACK! Hi, faithful followers....sorry for that unexplained weeks long hiatus...
I had my university exams, which equates with THE WORST DAYS OF MY LIFE. Honestly. I couldn't do a single thing I like doing, and all my days were occupied with cramming, cramming and more cramming. I crashed and burned through most of the exams but I guess I'll pass for everything. Except maybe Electrical Engineering, in which I messed up, like big time.
SO quick updates on my life:
1) I GOT A LAPTOP!!! Woo hoo!! It was a birthday gift from my grandma and my parents...a gorgeous silver Toshiba I stare at all the time. It's awesome. No more fighting with my brother over who gets the computer.
2) Painted the house. Blue and green for the bedrooms, very very bright. Had a lot of fun and ruined about four of my good dresses.
3) Exams. Hate them, but love crashing through them with friends. My friends rule the universe.
4) Read a lot of books on my phone during the exams. Warm Bodies by Isaac …