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Solomon Key by Dan Brown

Dan Brown's next novel 'Solomon Key' will be released in December this year? Perhaps this must be old news for most of you, but I knew of it only yesterday. Does anybody know more about it? I read that it is a sequel to the Da Vinci Code and there will be Robert Langdon in it..Please tell me if you know more...

Book Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Book: Persuasion
Author: Jane Austen
First Published in: 1818
Genre: Fiction, Romance

At the age of nineteen Anne Elliot of Kellynch Hall fell in love with someone of no fortune or family status. As can be imagined there were problems. Anne’s father Sir Walter Elliot considered this attachment to be nothing but a shame. Lady Russell, Anne’s godmother approved of it either. What followed was persuasion. The engagement had to be dropped. There was to be no other way. Anne Elliot finally relented and put an end to the relationship. Captain Wentworth, which was the name of the unfortunate gentleman, left the country.

Seven years had passed after this course of events. But such heartbreak at such a young age had taken its toll on her. She was pretty but had lost her cheerfulness and bloom. But then nobody really cared. Her father Sir Walter had eyes and ears only for his eldest daughter Elizabeth who was beautiful and more or less similar to his own character. Elizabeth cared for her ne…

The final Harry Potter movie to be split??

There is a rumour going around that the last Harry Potter movie (which is based on the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) would be split into two parts and also that Steven Speilberg would be the director! Read this article which appeared in the Daily Mail.

I think it would be great(if the news is true that is) to have two movies. There is so much going on in the seventh book that I don't think it would all fit in well in one film. I am sure that all those who have read the book will probably agree with me..

Agatha Christie novels- The Best among the best

Time for another Agatha Chrsite poll!

Ok, this time the question was really tough. I posted a poll in a community to choose the best Agatha Christie novel among the following:

1. And then there were none
2. Murder on the Orient Express
3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
4. ABC Murders

As you may notice all the four novels are considered to be masterpieces. Anyway 207 Agatha Christie fans took part in the poll and this is the result:

1. And Then There Were None -85 votes
2. Murder on the Orient Express -48 votes
3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - 51 votes
4. ABC Murders -23 votes

Verdict: And then there were none seems to be everyone's all time favourite! (It is my favourite as well)

Comments about the poll:Well, I was told off for not including these books- A Pocket full of Rye, Murder is Announced and Lord Edgware Dies (this is a superb book). Some commented that the poll was indeed a difficult one:-D These four are all recommended by Agatha Christie fans so you can start reading with any of these…

Book Review: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Book: The Body in the Library
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Who dunnit
Published in 1942 by William Collins Sons & Co. in London, and by Dodd, Mead & Co. in New York
Sleuth: Jane Marple
Official detectives: Inspector Slack, Colonel Melchett
Location: Gossington Hall, St.Mary Mead, England
Overview: This was one of the first Agatha Christie novels that I read. I was not then very familiar with her style of writing so was a bit confused because of so many characters. But once I started reading couldn’t put it down until I had finished it!
We can take a look at how the story takes shape, shall we? Read on…
Plot: One fine autumn morning Colonel Arthur Bantry and his wife Dolly find something extremely unusual and unpleasant in their library- a woman’s dead body!! That too of a woman whom they had never set their eyes on. (So they say, never trust anyone in a mystery story ;-))
Naturally a lot of questions come up. Who is this girl? How did she get inside the library?…

Free Backing papers for making Valentine's day Greeting Cards

Valentine's day is just around the corner. A time for love and friendship. So crafters, have you started making your greeting cards? I just made these backing papers proper for the occasion. Hope it will help.

Click on the thumbnail to view the full size of the image and download. You could use it as you like but PLEASE DON'T PASS IT OFF AS YOUR OWN!! That won't be fair, would it?

Check out more free backing papers in the 'Crafts' section.

Charlotte Bronte-A great English Writer

My visit to the Bronte Parsonage Museum was very informative and touching.(Read about it under the category Places). After that visit I had an urge to know more about the Bronte family. The following article is about Charlotte Bronte:-) Hope you would enjoying reading...

Who was Charlotte Bronte?
Charlotte Bronte was a great English writer of the 19th century. Her works Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette and the Professor are widely read and considered to be among the best in English literature. Born in an ordinary family, she became successful only due to her strong determination, hardwork and courage.

Charlotte was born on 21st April 1816 at Thornton, England. Her father Patrick Bronte was a priest in the church. She had four sisters -Maria, Elizabeth, Emily and Anne and a brother named Branwell. In 1820 they moved into the industrial town of Haworth, England, where Patrick Bronte was appointed curate. A year later, Charlotte lost her mother. Maria and Elizabeth died of ill health in …

Book Review: Velocity by Dean Koontz

Book: Velocity Author: Dean Koontz Genre: Fiction, Thriller
The plot Perhaps I wouldn't have checked it out if it was not for the book cover which said thus:
'If you don't take this note to the police, I will kill a lovely blonde schoolteacher somewhere in Napa County…If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman…You have six hours to decide…the choice is yours!'
Wouldn't you be curious if you read something like that? Well, I was. So read it.
The main character of the story is Billy Wiles who is an ordinary bartender working in a tavern in Napa county. For years he had lead a simple life with a sort of indifference to whatever was going on around him. 'Let the world go to hell if it had to' that was his policy. However he cared about one person. It was his girlfriend Barbara Mandel.
Unfortunately, Barbara was in a coma state. Three years had passed by now but she showed no improvement. Her doctor had lost all hope but Billy hadn'…

Backing Papers for Greeting Cards- Part 2

Ok, this is the second set of free backing/background papers for making greeting cards. If you missed the first set click here.

For full view click on the icons. Then you can save it to your computer.
If you have any ideas/suggestions/comments please post it here. Thanks :-)

Planks Background

Flowery Background

Teapot Background

Pepper Background


What Agatha Christie fans are saying

I conducted a small poll recently in a community. I asked 100 Agatha Christie fans to choose the best book among the following which does not feature either Hercule Poirot or Jane Marple:

1. Endless Night
2. Crooked House
3. Ordeal by Innocence
4. Sparkling Cyanide
5. Haven't read any
6. Did not like any


1.Endless Night - 16 votes
2. Crooked House- 17 votes
3. Ordeal by Innocence- 19 votes
4. Sparkling Cyanide- 26 votes
5. Haven't read any- 19 votes
6. Did not like any- 3 votes

So Sparkling Cyanide wins with 26 votes!!

It is interesting to note that 19 people haven't read any of the books! They are really missing out! My personal favourite is Crooked House..Other books the voters liked included And then there were none, Pale Horse, Why didn't they ask Evans?, The Man in the Brown Suit, Death comes as the End etc. Hoping to add reviews for some of these books. So stay tuned..

What is your opinion? Do you agree with the results? Widgets

Animation- A world where dreams work...

I have always loved the world of animation where anything is possible and creativity is the only limit..I even tried to learn the basics of 2d and 3d animation. But without much success! (drawing skill proved to be my limit (-:)Anyway it served one purpose- I realised how difficult it was to develop an animation; how much creativity, patience, concentration and hard work went into each and every scene...

Today I came across the website of Dream Works Animation, the makers of the much loved animated movies like Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the third, Madagascar, Shark Tale, Over the Hedge, and so on.
The website is just amazing.
The most interesting section is the trailers. I enjoyed watching the trailers of 'Shrek the third', 'Madagascar- The crate escape'(to be released in November 2008), 'Kung Fu Panda' (to be released in June 2008). It seems there will be a movie called 'Monsters vs Aliens' in the future!

The 'Interact' link lists wallpapers, widgets …