Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Review: Pandemonium (Delirium 2) by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading Pandemonium yesterday and I am almost three-quarters of the way through.

The book is the sequel to Delirium by Lauren Oliver. The story starts off with Lena trying to deal with the fact that she was able to escape for the "Wilds" without Alex who had gotten caught before he could join her escape.

Lena finds herself in the company of people from the "resistance" and learns how to live the way the "invalids" do. (Invalids are people who have not been given the "cure" against the most deadly of all diseases "amor deliria nervosa" or love. She is now one of them -- invalids -- and has become part of the resistance.

Pandemonium is a good read. The story (so far) is engaging and the pace is okay. Quite frankly, I find that it is better than Delirium.

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Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The power was out one day last week (well... frankly, it was out most of last week) and I had nothing much to do except pick up my Kindle and read. I choose the book Delirium to read.

The story is about a young girl named Lena (short for Magdalena) who is living with her aunt and uncle in Portland, Maine. In the world she lives in, "love" is considered as a very deadly disease. Because of that, people get a "cure" so that they do not succumb to it. People who resist the cure or avoid it are called "invalids."

Delirium is a dystopian novel which revolves around the idea of a world where people are not allowed to feel love. Adults are literally like zombies, unable to show any tenderness or any other feeling associated with love.

I find the book interesting and somewhat exciting. However, it is a long way from being comparable to the Hunger Games, Matched, or even Birthmarked.

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Join Me for Tea?

English: Masala Chai, Masala Tea, Spice Tea
English: Masala Chai, Masala Tea, Spice Tea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here in India, people love tea or chai as it is referred to. I know a lot of people who drink more of the stuff than water. There are people who drink it from glasses, cups, earthenware mugs, and even bowls. There are those who drink it with special masala (hence, masala chai), with ginger, with mint, with cinnamon, or even with salt!

In our home though, only Dad and I drink tea and we do so twice a day -- at breakfast and at 4 p.m. which is our tea time. Believe it or not, we can tell when it is 4 p.m. even without looking at the clock – our canine babies (Jyoti & Lucky) will bug us like crazy at exactly 4. They want their share of biscuits… J

At home, we like tea with milk, though I know a lot of people who would like to enjoy a cuppa without milk. Even when I was growing up in the Philippines (where I was born), we would have tea or chai every morning at breakfast. There, we had to rely on tea bags unlike here in India where we can get the tea leaves without the baggy J
Making of chai
Making of chai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are so many different varieties of tea that it tends to surprise a lot of people. I am no expert on tea but I am able to appreciate subtle changes in taste depending on the variety of tea leaves. Though tea is a great drink, for people like my Dad who have been asked by their doctors to minimize the intake of caffeine, regular tea is not such a good idea. Which is why Dad is trying out decaf tea.

What is so special about decaf tea? Well, it is tea with the caffeine removed. The thing is, it is not so easy to find especially where we live. Decaf coffee is somewhat easier to get. But, thankfully, there are a lot of online stores that offer decaf tea.

No matter whether you enjoy tea with or without milk, plain or flavored, green or black, with ginger or with cardamom, decaf or with the caf (hehehe), it is always a nice drink to enjoy at any time of day.

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