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The Gods Themselves by Issac Asimov (Book Review 011)

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The Gods Themselves is a very popular novel by the great science fiction writer Issac Asimov. If you are an Asimov fan, chances are that you might have already read it. This novel was regarded by Asimov as one of his favourite works. It is one of the very few works of Asimov that contain vivid description of an intelligent alien life. I managed to read the book on ...

“The Last Question” and why I am so intrigued by it

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Hi, Yesterday I wanted to read this amazing short story by Isaac Asimov that I had read long ago during my MBA course. I did not know the title of the story and only remembered that it ended with the following line: "Let there be light". So I googled "Let there be Light + Isaac Asimov" and stumbled upon this site (Recommend reading the story if you have time, ...

Issac Asimov’s Science Fiction Series – Suggested Reading Order

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While trying to keep alive, an effort to satiate my need for reading good science fiction, today I researched the internet to find an answer to a question: Which book should I pickup to start reading Issac Asimov's science fiction series, such that I extract the maximum benefit from the whole reading exercise? According to Asimov's note in the book Prelude to Foundation (a prequel to the original foundation trilogy), ...

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho (Book Review 003)

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ISBN: 0060589280 Paulo Coelho is a popular author who shot to fame with his best-selling book The Alchemist. He has also written other books like the pilgrimage, the Valkyries, the fifth mountain, the Zahir (being his latest) and many others. Eleven Minutes is very different from his other works for it is based on an adult theme and contains vividly described scenes of sexual intercourse and 'eleven minutes' the name ...

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Book Review 002)

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ISBN: 0062502182 Tagline: A Magical Fable about following your dream This book review was long due. I had read this book over two years ago after a friend suggested it to me but never got a chance to pen down anything about it (I did not have a blog back then). After this book, I have read only one another book of Paulo Coelho, till date, i.e. Eleven Minutes and ...