10 must read books from 2015 for novel lovers.

Last year was a great one for book lovers. There was something for all sorts of genre lovers – right from drama to romance to biographies to thrillers. As we enter into another 365 days journey of new year, the worm in us is already hungry for more titles and many stories. And like the previous year, 2015 too looks quite promising when it comes to the kind of books that will be available on the shelf. The low-down on the books we look forward to this year, and one should not miss…

Happy Are the Happy by Yasmina Reza


A short advance excerpt from Yasmina Reza’s new novel fairly crackles with electric wit and precise comedic timing. Her award-winning talent as a playwright coupled with a lively prose style lends particular promise to Happy Are the Happy. Be prepared to spend an enjoyable winter’s evening with this tantalising little book.

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
There’s so much talk about this title, you’d think it’s on shelves already — that’s how excited people are about Almost Famous Women. And it’s with good reason; Megan Mayhew Bergman’s second collection, all about women on the fringes of history, is gutsy and expertly written. Sometimes books published in January fall off the radar when we think back on the year in reading: Mark my words that this beautiful collection won’t be one of them.


Binary Star by Sarah Gerard
Sarah Gerard’s lyrical prose is like nothing you’ve ever read — and that’s the case with the arresting Binary Star, too. If you listen to the murmur in the literary community, you’ll hear Gerard’s name everywhere: no one can get their hands on this book soon enough. Binary Star follows a young woman battling an eating disorder who takes a road trip with her alcoholic, long-distance boyfriend. Through their desperation, the very lost pair happen upon vegananarchism — what they think will give them some meaning.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
It’s about time for another great can’t-put-‘er-down thriller, right? All our marbles on are on The Girl on the Train, which is already so buzzy, There’s a swarm of bees attached to the book. Hawkins’ book, which is already optioned for a film, follows a young girl who gets caught up in a murder mystery due to something she sees on her daily commute. It’s the kind of page-turner you’re glued to until the climax — can’t wait!


The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The author of Never Let Me Go is finally coming out with a new novel and… what’s that?Book lovers have already marked it as ‘To-Read’ in Goodreads? No one is entirely sure what this one is about except for “lost memories, love, revenge and war,” but it’s Ishiguro… so does it matter?

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
Gustavo ‘Turnpike’ Sánchez is a man with a mission: He is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. He has a few skills that might help him on his way: he can imitate Janis Joplin after two rums, he can interpret Chinese fortune cookies, he can stand an egg upright on a table, and he can float on his back. Written with elegance, wit and exhilarating boldness, Valeria Luiselli takes us on an idiosyncratic and hugely enjoyable journey that offers an insightful meditation on value, worth and creation, and the points at which they overlap.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
After completing 19 novels, Pulitzer Prize winner Tyler is back with another book that promises to be masterful, too. “It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.” This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. Brimming with the luminous insight, humour, and compassion that are Anne Tyler’s hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Daughter of one of Haiti’s richest men, Mireille is kidnapped, tortured, gang-raped and held for ransom. As Mireille waits silently to be set free, it soon becomes apparent that her ransom isn’t being paid. On the other side of the fence, her adoring husband pleads with her father to bring her home. Brutal, powerful and riveting, this book will have you on the edge of your seat.

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
This is an emotional tale that will hit home for many. Meet Anna, wife to Bruno. They live what appears to be a picture-perfect existence, but look closer and the cracks become visible. With an emotionally void husband, Anna reaches out for more meaning in her life and when language classes come up short she grabs hold of a warm hand and warm body. But once you cross that line is there any going back? Riveting and shocking.

The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings
From the author of The Descendants comes a remarkable tale of loss and love and a twist that will completely sideline you (in a good way). Sarah St John has lost her beloved 22-year-old son Cully in an avalanche and all she wants is to be left alone. Instead she gets just the opposite as her father, best friend and Cully’s father (with whom she has separated) storm into her life. Then if that wasn’t enough, enter Kit – who uproots this story even further. A read so good it’s already been optioned to be made into a Hollywood movie. Book list source : quora.

If Batman fought Wolverine

To decide who would win the fight between Batman and Wolverine, we must analyse the battle from their perspectives and then proceed to the final judgement.
However, we must keep in mind that theenvironment would play an important factor in deciding who would win.

For that we’d take two scenes of battles, first in a close space, say inside a building; and second, in an open space say, an open field.

STAGE 1 : BUILDING

BATMAN (thinking): The walls and door show claw marks, indicating the opponent will be using claws as a weapon. So, the opponent is either a beast or a mutated human. Keeping a distance from the opponent would be necessary. Long range attacks are helpful. Must keep in mind that the beast might have acute senses. So darkness won’t be much in my favour.
WOLVERINE (thinking): Whatever his armour is made of, I must make sure I rip them off. What powers can he possess?

*Wolverine draws his claws*
BATMAN: They’re not bones, they seem to be made of metal. My kevlar won’t be a strong defense.

Wolverine advances towards Batman ready to rip his suit and the flesh beneath it.
However Batman dodges it as a reflex and uses his Grapple to move away from him. Wolverine slashes a pillar of the house.

WOLVERINE: Damn, he is agile enough to dodge me. But he hasn’t shown his powers yet. He used a grapple to get away. And the belt. Sort of gadget holding utility device. *turns around* Where did he go?
BATMAN: That was close. The way the pillar was cut, it can’t be any usual metal. Oracle (in the radio), help me find a weak spot. I can’t hide for long.

*Oracle in the Bat cave gathers information on Wolverine*

A moment of silence in the room as Batman waits for Oracle to gather information on his opponent as Wolverine looks around for his counterpart. The silence makes his senses more acute as he tries to listen any small decibel of noise his opponent can create.

ORACLE (to Batman): You’re fighting against a mutant, who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, and powerful regenerative ability. His claws are covered with an unknown metal, Adamantium. It is almost indestructible. You can—–

Batman lowers his heartbeat as he listens to the information. But he is too late.
WOLVERINE: I can hear your heartbeat going low. But that’s not going to help!!
*Wolverine breaks the pillar and kicks Batman, who falls and hits the wall. His radio transmitter is broken*

Wolverine holds up Batman and draws back his claws to punch him in the face. Batman’s cowl holds some of his punches but it starts to wear down from the continuous attack of Adamantium-strengthened punches. Batman starts to bleed.

WOLVERINE: WHO ARE YOUU??!! YOU HAVE NO SUPERPOWERS AND YET YOU STAND AGAINST ME!!! YOU HAVE COME TO SEE YOUR END!

*Wolverine draws his claws and it pierces through the shoulders of the combatant*

Batman groans and loosens his fist. But not as a sign of giving up, instead he threw some grenades to the ground.
WOLVERINE: Whaa—

Before he could say anything the grenades flash and blind Wolverine. The noise and the flash from the three flash grenades distracts him and he releases Batman to the ground.

Wolverine comes to his senses to find himself alone. He can no longer sense any vital signs of Batman, meaning he is outside his radius. Angrily he turns around to move out of the house when he sees two missiles incoming. Before he could do anything, the house is blown up, with him inside.
Batman is seen getting out of his Batmobile to see if anything is left to destroy. He sees the house turned to ash as he gets back to his vehicle. But it’s not an easy win.

His systems in the vehicles show there’s movement inside the rubble. He looks outside through the windshield to see a someone walking out of the house. He appears burned but slowly his body heals, as his face show an emotion of wrath dawned upon it.
Leaving no other choice, Batman sends a code through his vehicle to send one of his strongest suits from the Watchtower: Hellbat.

STAGE 2: OPEN GROUND

Batman leaves the Batmobile and waits for the berserk samurai to join him in the final battlefield. The angry mutant draws his claws and runs towards the dark knight. But Batman stuns him by throwing electric batarangs at him. It slows Wolverine down, but not for long. The suit is taking it’s time to reach it’s destination. Batman has to stall him till then.

BATMAN: You have been killing people. You have shown no mercy. What good does it do to you?

You’re a human, not an animal.
WOLVERINE: WRONG! I am the Wolverine!
Wolverine hits Batman with his claws and injures him. Perhaps he has broken his ribs. The suit would be arriving any moment now..

The HELLBAT arrives and both of them could see it at a distance. Batman uses another smoke grenade to stun him. When the smoke is gone, Wolverine finds Batman at a distance but not in his suit. What was his plan then?

It was then he found the suit attaching itself to his body. But why would Batman do that? Wolverine tried to rip off the pieces from his body but he cannot hold it for long.
Soon he is inside the suit and he finds himself weakening.
Yes, the suit absorbs the body’s metabolism to use it in the fight and prolonged effect can lead to death.
Batman must have accelerated the absorbing rate of the machine. But this doesn’t stop Wolverine, the derived energy is released as blasts from the suit. As he cannot control the suit, the blasts are sprayed everywhere and Batman has to dodge it. After some time the machine calms down as it has derived all energy from Wolverine, leaving him to an old, vulnerable form. Any moment, his body recovers, the machine absorbs the energy, leaving the beast in it’s cage.

(For representation purpose)
Batman moves close to the suit, holding it’s prisoner.
BATMAN: You underestimated my superpower. You ignored my only superpower I have. I never give up.
Post was written by : Suman Kumar Behra on Quora.com

 

10 famous but egoistic celebrities

Quite often celebrities lose their tamper and do crazy egoistic stuffs. Here are 10 famous but egoistic celebrities :-

 

1) Katrina Kaif:


She’s known for arrogance and attitude. Not behaving well with the airport authorities. Not treating her fellow passengers nicely. She has an ego problem. Being too proud of the movies she makes.

2) Jennifer Aniston:


Yes,our beloved Rachel as we know her. Jennifer Aniston is too self-centred. There was an article about her saying that David Schwimmer has broken his friendship with her because she didn’t remember the name of his fiancée. She didn’t help Matthew Perry with his Tv show and apparently expects to be treated like a diva. Plus she was always late on the set of Friends for which the cast of the sitcom held an intervention for her.

3) Katy Perry:


The very popular pop singer katy perry. She is rude and obnoxious. She is rude to her staff and treats them like shit.

4) Kanye West:


He is not very talented and he constantly compares himself to Jesus or a god. disrespectful and narcissistic.Most conceded people at least have reason to justify their attitude. Kanye is an exception. Despite a complete lack of talent he still has a massive ego and even has the audacity to call himself an artist.

5)Jennifer Lopez:


Jennifer Lopez has a gig ego problem. She would never talk to people directly. Whatever she wants would be told to her manager and her manager has to convey the message. If someone tries to talk to her she loses her mind and behaves rudely.

6)Nicki Minaj:


Rude behaviour with her staff and sometimes her fans. Her songs are meaningless and don’t make any sense. Stardom has struck her so hard that she can’t even behave properly to the people around her.

7) Shahrukh Khan

The self-proclaimed ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ is also known for his tantrums and excessive ego. From abusing pitch curators at Wankhede to slapping his best friend’s spouse, the list is almost endless. He has however managed to raise a band of mediocre associates, who rule the roost in India’s largest film Industry.
Shahrukh khan is also known for having an opinion on almost all phenomenons of life; even things he is not even remotely aware of; Politics, Cricket, International Relations and so on…
8) Aamir Khan
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Mr. Perfectionist as known in the industry is known both for his top-notch acting and uncanny promotion skills. From showing his egoistic and ruthless behaviours towards Shahrukh Khan by calling his dog SRK to speaking up against tolerant nation and instead of apologizing calling the nation intolerant again. Looks like Aamir has his own share of egoism.
9) Salman Khan
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Salman Khan is the least egoistic person in this list but yet he is in. From committing multiple prison worthy crime to bashing out on boyfriends of your ex. Salman Khan has done it all. He could have stayed humble but his ego of being a big star came in and some how ruined some good part of his life.
10) Kim Kardashian
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Well no doubt she deserves a spot in this list She’s a Kardashian, you can expect this from her. The Kardashians are the last ladies standing in reality TV because they’ve simply always believed they were celebrities – endlessly amused with themselves, endlessly oblivious to one another.