Monday, 14 August 2017

The Immortals of Meluha .. By Amish (Shiva Trilogy # 1)



On India's 70th independence celebration, I would like to start the review of this fantastic series which is soulfully connected to India's one of the oldest mythologies.

This is one of the most intriguing books about the stories of deities I read so far. Can't really say if it could be compared to Shiva Puran, which I haven't read, but would rather categorize it under pure imagination or fantasy for that matter.

Meluha is a perfect empire created by Lord Ram many centuries ago. However, as the time goes by the Suryavashis of this empire face a major crisis in the form of their slowly dying holy river Saraswati and continuous assaults from Chandravanshis, who have joined forces with the Nagas, a cursed race with physical deformities. 

The present king of Meluha, Daksha, sends his emissaries to Tibet, to invite the tribes that live there to Meluha. Thier brave warrior chief, Shiva who accepts the proposal and travels with his tribe to the mighty land, finds that they are all subjected to somras, the elixir of life, on the way to Meluha. When the Meluhans discover that Shiva's throat turned blue after drinking the somras, they announce him as Neelkanth, their fabled savior.

What follows is a captivating adventure of Shiva's epic deeds, Sati's enchanting endurance, and the mystery that the tale covertly possesses and promises to grip us till the end.

I enjoyed this book immensely and was pleasantly surprised by how the author used the legend in an interesting form of storytelling.

Amish explains the caste system established by Lord Rama based on people's merits and not based on their inheritance was enlightening. I especially liked the way he narrated the story not based on fictitious renditions, but rather in a scientific manifestation of the fabulous miracles we encounter while reading the book.

I would like to conclude the review by saying that it is a "must-read" category series of novels with an admirable writing of an awesome story that is guaranteed to keep you engaged till you finish the trilogy itself.


Happy Reading!!!

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Silkworm ... (Cormoran Strike Series # 2) By Robert Galbraith a.k.a.. J.K. Rowling


Cormoran Strike's second adventure novel was released in 2014 after the success of Cuckoo's Calling. It's a crime novel created by none other than J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.

When missing novelist Owen Quine's wife contacts Strike, he thinks there isn't much mystery to this search. But once he starts digging into potential whereabouts of the author, he discovers a highly controversial unpublished work written by the author, that turned out to be a dark and mysterious bashing of his co-workers, which might have led to his disappearance or possible murder.

Strike and his talented assistant Robin, find themselves solving yet another conundrum and tries against all odds to save the author's wife from being proven guilty for a crime she didn't commit.

This book met with a lot of critical acclaims, but after J.K. Rowling's identity behind this work was revealed in 2013, the sale of the book increased tenfold.

To be honest, I myself started reading both the books when I came to know it is Rowling's invention. Nevertheless, she did a fantastic job with the series. Even though it started out with a slow pace, the book gained momentum and purpose extremely quickly and hooked me till the end.

Many readers might not like this series as much as I liked it because the style of mystery writing is quite different from the general perception, which interested me a lot. Especially the way each character was portrayed and the illusion that it created of each of their murderous sides made it impossible to guess the miscreant till the end.

I would recommend this book to all readers and invite you all to share your thoughts on this and its previous novel, Cuckoo's Calling.


Happy Reading!!!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dear John .. By Nicholas Sparks



This is my second review of Nicholas Sparks work and I am gonna say this again that he is one of the best romance writers of the 21st century and would admit that I enjoyed this novel thoroughly.

Sparks might not use fancy words or poetic contraptions while narrating, but the stories that he put forth never stop to astound me because the true exchange of emotion and passion is what we look forward to in a romantic novel anyway. I love the simplicity of his stories and the way it absorbs me the minute I start reading and not to mention its heart-numbing conclusions. 

Time for some rundown..

John is a tough guy with some rough childhood and rocky relationship with his father, which made him join the US army after high school. He meets and falls in love with Savannah while on holiday and promise himself to spend the rest of his life with her. But destiny had a different plan for them because he returns to find Savannah is married to another man, who is in dire need of her help and support. What follows is some unexpected turn of events which was both sorrowful and inspirational at the same time.

There was a film adaption of this book, which had some significant differences with the book; ending being the most crucial. Yet it turned out ok in either case which is a rare phenomenon in itself. 

I would recommend this book to all but especially to those who are looking for love stories that are not dull commonplace and twined with lovey-dovey lines, but some first-rate and convincing romance.

Happy Reading!!!


Monday, 10 July 2017

Last Man Standing .. By David Baldacci



Another Baldacci political thriller with an action-packed drama; secretive clue-findings and never ending plot twists and turns, which thoroughly fails to leave its mark on the reader. Unlike its Camel Club series, this book turned out to be a sour read throughout with too many cliched dialogues and average overall execution of the plot.


Here goes the synopsis -

An FBI agent Web London and his rescue team are sent down for a surprise attack on a drug dealer's lair. As they move with stealth precision towards the target, they are surprised to see a boy in the dark alley. When the kid sees them, he utters the queer words, "Damn to hell" and cackles. 

Uncharacteristically, this kid unnerves Web and when the Operations Center radios give the go ahead for the final move, Web freezes and fall down on his gun. At five seconds to impact, Web lays helpless as he watches the team proceed and then one by one fall to the ground, all dead in seconds. Ironically, Web is the only one alive. That is to say, he is the last man standing after this terrible ordeal.

He can't stand to bear the silent accusations of the family members of the deceased. So, he sets out to prove his innocence.

I enjoyed the story, however much I hated the longevity of it. The characters of the plot were justifiable, however, the plot itself was not very convincing. It took me too long to finish this book, which itself is unlike me, that I would literally place it under the boring category.

Baldacci novels usually have an exciting fast-paced thriller story to its credit, but this one felt more or less tragic life events of one particular character, which felt monotonous, not to mention disappointing. 

Kindly check out the links to my previous reviews of David Baldacci fictions and wait for more-



Happy Reading!!!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Kite Runner .. By Khaled Hosseini



Khaled Hosseini's Kite Runner is surely one of the best stories I ever read so far. Its intricately woven words were mesmerizing in an unusual sad sort of way. 

It is a tragic drama set up on the hilly terrains of Kabul. The story is of a boy who desperately desires his father's approval, but has a far way to go before he gets it. He was best friends with his servant's son, a Hazara boy. However, a tragedy that befalls them tore their friendship apart and changed their lives forever.


It is an overwhelmingly distressful book with an extraordinary storytelling. The way Khaled Hosseini expressed the emotional state of each character was undoubtedly touching and made me swear off other books for a while. This book has the power of creating a deep impact on your emotional state and make you feel insignificant all the while you read this book. In so many ways it tells you how the life of Afghanistan's locals was affected and is still affecting due to civil war, insurgencies, and social hierarchies.

I would definitely recommend this book to all for its poignant writing and excellent narration.

Happy Reading!!!


Monday, 19 June 2017

King Lear .. By William Shakespeare


King Lear is a tragic play written by the greatest writer of all time, William Shakespeare in the 17th century. I have often seen the film adaptation of this play, but reading it first hand was a completely different experience altogether.

The play is about an old King of Britain who decides to divide his realm among his three daughters and declares he will give the largest to the one who adores him the most. The two of his eldest daughters showers him with flattery, however, the youngest daughter, Cordelia bluntly refuses to declare her love saying there are no words to express or compare the love she holds for the king. This infuriates the king hugely and he decides to disinherit Cordelia and divide her share with his two eldest daughters. This disposition of King Lear's kingdom sets in motion lot of tragic consequences.

(King Lear mourns Cordelia's death)

King Lear is Shakespeare's one of the greatest tragic drama filled with incredibly violent catastrophes occurring to its dark and brooding characters. It represents the hunger for power and control; the evil inside a person and the madness of losing love or the trauma of finding something back that you hold dear. In the end, what matters is not survival, but one's personal principles. 

A fierce, uncompromising and intense play that is "best seen, not read", which holds true for every work of Shakespeare, especially the concluding scene that challenges the tears to shatter and achieve absolution. This combination of great story and superlative narration is what makes it a legend.


Happy Reading!!!

Monday, 12 June 2017

A Dance with Dragons .. Game of Thrones .. # 5 .. By George R.R. Martin



A Dance with Dragons is the fifth and the last published installment of the Game of Thrones The Song of Ice and Fire series out of the seven books that R.R. Martin planned to release. 

This everlasting fantasy piqued my interest in the whole tale so much that I completed the entire volume of more than 700 pages per book in less than a month. No one would ever understand the pointless insanity to read this seemingly endless opus of sword fights for an ugly chair.

Well, I suppose the insanity wouldn't have turned into lucidity if it hadn't been for the HBO production house who created a sensical story out of Martin's unruly narration. 

This book turned out ok compared to its prequel which was an absolute disaster. The plot picks up where Storm of Swords ended and runs almost concurrently at least for the first half with Feast for Crows. The story has already spun out of control and that too with the additions of so many new characters which flit past so quickly that they would barely create any impression on the readers.

All in all, the book was a bleak rendition with only one cliffhanger up its sleeve which is the speculation concerning the release dates of the last two books.

Before the conclusion of this bitter-sweet serialized drama, I would follow the tradition of giving the crude summary of the series comparing it with the TV show - (Including only the essential bits of the story)

On the wall, Jon becomes the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and tries to resettle the wildlings to the south with the help of Stannis. Despite the Red Woman's warning, he ends up getting stabbed in the back by many of his own men for giving land to the wildlings.


Across the Narrow Sea, Tyrion is smuggled to Pentos by Varys to help and advice Daenerys Targaryen on her conquest. It is also revealed that Prince Aegon, son of Rhaeghar Targaryen, is alive and Tyrion supports his claim of the Iron Throne. (Contrary to the series, Aegon is still dead and Tyrion's wits and wisdom is reserved only for Khaleesi)



In Braavos, Arya continues her training with the Faceless Men after her temporary blindness, she develops her sense of hearing and soon is given the task of assassination after which she is declared an apprentice of the Faceless Men. 


In Meereen, Daenerys struggles to keep peace within the city and also to keep control of her dragons. In order to preserve Meereen's history and gain the trust of its people, she reopens the fighting pits against her better judgment and ends up in a terrible mess.


In King's Landing, Cersie acquires a new toy of destruction in the form of an invincible "Mountain" (Sir Gregor Clegane), after facing the utter humiliation from the High Sparrow and his disciples. 


Here is the end of my takes on this series until the last two books - The Winds of Winter and The Dream of Spring is released.

In case you missed the reviews of the previous books, please check out the below links -



Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Hungry Tide .. By Amitav Ghosh



Amitav Ghosh is one of the best Indian Authors and The Hungry Tide is one of his finest books which has won the Hutch Crossword Book Award in 2004. This book tells us a story about the horrors lying within the confines of Sunderban Delta and describes in a subtle fashion, how the life of this tide country is immensely different from the rest of India. 

It was so strange to understand the fascination, the tide country holds for its people who are constantly struggling with the floods, water-borne diseases, daily attacks by vicious predators and barely coping with poverty. Yet Amitav describes this melancholy in such a fashion, one can't help but fall in love with the wide flowing mighty rivers, the mystery of the mangrove forests, the playful riverine dolphins and the serenity of the Isles. And the most enchanting part of this book was the mysterious tale of Bon Bibi, which was poetically recited by the author.

It was a heart-tugging story with a touch of an unnatural narration using winds and water which had an almost supernatural rhythm to it. Such a phenomenal thought can only be brought about by reading and discovering the finest qualities of storytelling one could hope for.



Happy Reading!!!




Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Da Vinci Code ... By Dan Brown


A highly debatable story of the century, this book is exceptionally popular not only because of its controversial content but also because of the author's meticulous writing.

It is an extremely addictive book with innumerable suspense and ingenious puzzle solving from our favorite symbologist and Harward professor, Robert Langdon. It also provoked a major interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Mary Magdalene's role in the history of Christianity.


                      I awoke, only to see that the rest of the world is still asleep!

                                                                                      - Leonardo Da Vinci

Dan Brown is a perfectionist in terms of storytelling and his ability to blur the lines between facts and fiction always amazes me. And to read a suspense thriller which has symbols, codes, secret societies or conspiracies are the best sources of fascination for me more than anything else.



Da Vinci Code is a 24-hours mind-boggling puzzle-solving ride with the Harward Symbologist, Robert Langdon, who is in search of the Holy Grail whose secret location might just be hidden in the meaning of Mona Lisa's mysterious and knowing smile.

Well, I couldn't get enough delight even if I read this book a hundred times over. I absolutely adore this book and has kept it as a crowning jewel in my library.

Some might call it insane love, but I personally endorse this book to all who love English fiction at its best.

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Cuckoo's Calling ... (Cormoran Strike Series # 1) By Robert Galbraith a.k.a.. J.K. Rowling



Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym used by J.K. Rowling to publish the Cormoran Strike series and this is the first of the saga. She has again proved her worth as a fiction writer with this marvelous tale which could easily be regarded equivalent to Sherlock Holmes.

It is a superbly exhilarating tale of Cormoran Strike, an ex-military private detective with a prosthetic leg and a troubled family, who is hired to investigate the death of a supermodel, Lula Landry, who jumped from her balcony three months previously. This sharp detective with his quick-witted assistant, Robin, probe into the case with determined fascination over the work they have been assigned and bring us a chilling truth behind the so-called suicide of the famous model.

The book is a well-written mystery with intense characters and beautiful imagination. There is no hint of J.K. Rowling's magic world at all, other than her brilliant writing itself. From the genre of writing children's fantasy novel to adult fiction was a great wager she took against critics and what's wonderful is that it paid off big time.

I would also like to quote a beautiful poem from this book, which hints at the truth all along that when the snow was falling and when a "Cuckoo" fell off her balcony to her tragic death, the paparazzi gather around her body just as they did when she was alive....


Why were you born when the snow was falling? 
You should have come to the cuckoo’s calling, 
Or when grapes are green in the cluster, 
Or, at least, when lithe swallows muster 

For their far off flying From summer dying. 
Why did you die when the lambs were cropping? 
You should have died at the apples’ dropping, 
When the grasshopper comes to trouble, 
And the wheat-fields are sodden stubble, 
 And all winds go sighing 
 For sweet things dying. 

                                                                     --Christina G. Rossetti, “A Dirge”

I am going to continue down the road and bring you all, the review of the following books of this series as well- The Silkworm and Career of Evil.

Till then keep your eyes peeled for my next review which is an International Bestseller and an exceptionally controversial book of all time.

Happy Reading!!!


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Zoya Factor .. By Anuja Chauhan



I can't believe this is the first time I am writing a review of a book written by an Indian Author! Having read many Indian authors' published works, I can't help but feel that many young writers these days are bringing love stories that are so cliche and can't really do justice to English literary readings. Yet, they still bring some credibility to our minds as an Indian romance follower. 

Many will say that this book is no different when it comes to "girl-next-door" love story, but I will have to disagree on account of the tale that Anuja Chauhan has put forth. It is an absolute delight to read this book. Witty and full of entertainment, it gives you a refreshing cross-breed of cricket and Bollywood, that we as Indians are absolutely fond of.

This story is of a girl named Zoya Solanki, who was born at the very moment that India won the 1983 World Cup. When the Indian cricket team learns about it, she ends up becoming the lucky charm for the Men in Blue and is forced to have breakfast with the team before every match followed by a victory. Soon the cricket-crazy nation declares her as a goddess, all to the annoyance of the Indian Skipper, Nikhil Khoda, who is a great disbeliever of luck, which creates a love-hate relation between him and Zoya.

The Zoya Factor is Anuja Chauhan's debut novel which was published in 2006. It was well-received and was ranked among the Top-5 of many newspapers in India. 

I would definitely recommend this praise-worthy book to anyone who likes a jaunty and humorous story that is surely going to tickle your funny-bone.

Happy Reading!!!


Monday, 8 May 2017

The Vampire Diaries .. (The Awakening) .. By L.J. Smith



The Awakening is the first novel of this supernatural teen drama book series by L.J. Smith. The story revolves around its three main protagonists; a human girl, Elena, who finds her heart torn between two vampire brothers, Stephen and Damon.

This series was released long before the Twilight saga of Stephenie Meyer and I have had very mixed opinions by different readers on both the series. And after reading both the sagas, I have my own personal slant on both. However, I am not going to make an elaborate comparison on the books, as one being one of my favorites. But truly speaking, this does feel like an influence for Twilight.

In my opinion, I didn't really enjoy reading Vampire Diaries and now completely understand why the story and the portrayal of the characters from the TV series have glaring differences from the book version, especially Elena's character from the book is immensely annoying and the story itself is rather dull compared to the show.

I hate to say this, but I would recommend you all to watch the television show instead of reading this series which turned out to be an absolute trash.

In the meantime, keep watching this space for my review on Twilight saga!


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A Feast For Crows .. Game of Thrones .. # 4 .. By George R. R. Martin



The fourth sequel of the Song of Ice and Fire was an absolute disappointment compared to the previous books. It lacked the addictive excitement and intrigue necessary for early books and the catastrophes and closure I was looking forward to from later books.

It also didn't have any brutal weddings for a start and our two favorite storylines, that of Danaerys and Jon Snow's was entirely absent from the plot. The story was completely filled with political schemes of Cersei; unceasing scandals cooked by Petyr Baelish and unwanted tales narrated by George R. R. Martin.

Nonetheless, I will follow the tradition of giving a synoptic of the plot along with the comparisons with the tele-series -

King's Landing

After Joffrey and Tywin Lannister's death, Cersei's incompetent governance of the kingdom and her increasing distrusts of Margaery raises the kingdom's debts to the Iron Bank and the Faith of the Seven. In order to settle the debts, Cersei permits the restoration of religion's military order and schemes to falsely have the Faith put Margaery on trial for adultery which backfires when the High Septon imprisons Cersei herself on similar charges.


Eyrie

Petyr asks Sansa to pose as his daughter while he manipulates his late wife Lysa's bannermen and controls the protectorship of the Vale and intends to claim Winterfell on Sansa's name.


Rivverrun

Jamie arrives at Riverland to regain control of Riverrun in exchange for Edmure Tully's life. Although he retains Riverrun, Brynden Tully escapes before he could imprison him. (In the series, it is shown that the Blackfish was died fighting this battle)

Brienne of Tarth's search of Sansa leads her to Riverrun, where she acquires Podrick as her squire and gets almost killed by the Brotherhood without Banners accompanied by Catelyn Stark (In the series, Catelyn isn't reincarnated).


Dorne

Doran Martell is confronted by three of Oberyn Martell's bastard daughters, who want vengeance for their father's death from Lannisters. Thus, they try and fail to kill Cersei's daughter Myrcella Baratheon. (Contrary to the series, Myrcella is brutally killed while her uncle Jamie try and fail to rescue her)

Braavos

Arya Stark ends up serving in the House of Black and White with the assassins known as the Faceless Men. She tries her best to master their belief of having no identity however her former identity asserts itself in the form of wolf dreams and when she kills one of the Night's Watchmen for abandoning Castle Black. Having confessed this death, Jaquen Hagar punishes her by making her blind. 



Oldtown

Samwell Tarly reaches the Citadel of Oldtown to research about the Whitewalkers and to become a Maester accompanied by old Grand Maester Aemon, Gilly, and her son. On the voyage, he finds out that Jon swapped the sons of Gilly and Mance Rayder, in order to protect the Wildling prince from sacrifice by Melisandre. (In the TV series, Jon does not swap the children and Maester Aemon dies in Castle Black and does not accompany Sam on his voyage)


There is nothing more to describe about this book, as many of the story lines are not even related to the GOT television series. It is definitely not my favorite of the series so far. However, I am gonna continue down the road and will soon bring the review on the next in line of this fantastic tale.

Please also check out my takes on the previous three books of the series:


Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Girl On The Train .. By Paula Hawkins



It would not be just enough to say that this is a good suspense novel that keeps you awake all night. But it is the best psychothriller I read in a very long time.

One for Sorrow..Two for Joy..Three for a Girl..Four for a Boy..Five for Silver..Six for Gold..Seven for a Secret never to be Told.


It is a superbly-crafted story with an excellent narration. The main protagonist of this plot, Rachel, is a depressed and raging alcoholic girl, who travels daily on a slow train from Ashbury to London, that happens to stop on a signal at her old village, Witney. She sits there everyday and watches the house where she used to live and which is now occupied by her ex-husband and his family. Along the way, she creates a story about a perfect couple who lives at a home just a few houses down from where she lived with her husband.


The whole perfect dreamy story suddenly gets shattered and leaves her even more doomed than she already feels in her life when Megan, the heroine of her so-called story goes missing and Rachel feels that she in some way is responsible for Megan's disappearance.

The author expertly ties the whole tale with a few hot characters whose life gets entangled in all the mysterious ways possible. Released is 2015, is still stuck in the top ten position of the best-sellers fiction list.

The only drawback I found in this book is that you can't peruse this book again as the charm of it itself is its suspense after revealed is no use for you again. So, better not waste your library space for this baby and go grab an e-book immediately.

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, 31 March 2017

The Witch of Portobello .. By Paulo Coelho



Paulo Coelho is one of the few writers who keeps surprising us with his amazing stories, not to mention his absolutely wonderful writing and different styles of narration in each of his books.

The Witch of Portobello is again a very mystical and psychological story about a mysterious gypsy girl with psychic powers who frees herself from conventions of the society and is killed in an attempt to bring her ideas of God being mother into this world. The story of her life is narrated in the form of interviews with different people who has known her throughout her life.

I had my doubts when I first started reading it because it felt a bit philosophical. However, I was quite literally surprised to find this book curiously unique and one of a kind. The story was very different and the thing that I liked most about this book was the interesting blend of mysticism and storytelling. 

I would most definitely recommend this book to the readers who are looking for some fresh story and has a taste for some philosophical musings.

Happy Reading!!!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Mayan Prophecy # 1 .. By Steve Alten



This is the first book of the Mayan Trilogy created by Steve Alten based on the well-known prophecy of Mayan Calendar that tells us that the world was supposed to end on 21 Dec 2012.

Ironically, this book was published in 2001 and I read this book last year, long after the 2012-world-ending fuss was over. However, I still found this book intriguing and entertaining because it has a well-researched plot and the author captures the interest of the reader till the end.

The story is of an archeologist, Julius Gabrial, who uncovers startling discoveries about the Mayan Calendar, that is a 2500-year-old enigma, which predicts the end of humanity off the face of the earth.

He connects the dots between the meaning of the ancient sites placed by the Mayan people in various locations around the Globe, linked to the salvation of our species. These sites include the Stone Henge, the Egyptian Pyramids etc.

Only Julius's son, Michael Gabriel, can decipher this puzzle passed along by his father in the form of a journal. However, he is incapable of any action, as he is locked in an asylum where he has been wrongly incarcerated for the past eleven years. As the calendar is ticking down to the date of the winter solstice, Michael has only a few days left to stop the strange phenomena starting to appear all around the world.

Although the concept wasn't new, the story was quite fascinating with a combination of few facts and fiction. However, there were some loose ends to the story that seemed pretty far-fetched in my opinion. The story started with a doomsday fashion but went on to places I did not expect or particularly enjoy.

Overall, the book is worth reading and captivating, if you are looking for an interesting read with ancient mysteries related to Apocalypse of 2012, this is one of the books I would suggest.

Happy Reading!!!



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Foundation .. By Issac Asimov



Another popular Science Fiction novel which won the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series in 1966. This book is about the people living in a Galactic Empire and a mathematician among them, who studies psychohistory, predicts the doom of the entire Galaxy using psychoanalysis.

The novel contains several story lines starting from a planet called Trantor, the empire's capital, where Hari Seldon openly predicts that the Galactic Empire is about to crumble and requests the Foundation be established to create the Encyclopedia Galactica, which can greatly reduce the period of dark days to follow the collapse to as few as 1000 years and in turn, he and his mathematicians are sent to exile into a remote planet of the galaxy where they are allowed to document their scientific knowledge as encyclopedias.

Over the decades of its existence, the foundation, located in the Empire's periphery, enters a series of so-called Seldon crisis' and solutions. The solutions revolve around technology, religion, and trade and emphasizing the strategies not only that would be used in this far future, but also those techniques relied upon throughout human history to control lands and people.

To give you my review on this book, I would say that I did not like this book as much as I liked the concept of it. It was written in the 60s and I believe any science fiction written is bound to capture the interest of the readers during those times, however, I am not sure if this book should be read now when many such sci-fi novels have evolved during the last century or so and with much better concepts.

A bit dry for my taste, but please let me know your comments on this book below.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Catching Fire .. The Hunger Games # 2 .. By Suzanne Collins


Here comes the review of the second installment of this super action packed entertainment. The sequel to the first book, the Hunger Games, continues with the story of Katniss Everdeen, who was chosen as a contestant for the 74th deathly game played in the capital of Panem. After winning the game along with Peeta, she returns back to her home in District 12.

They start their victory tour across the country, where she realizes, she has inspired a rebellion and uprising against the capitol and President Snow in other poor districts because of her bold stunt during the game. To take revenge on her, President Snow announces that for the 75th Hunger Games, twenty-four victors from previous years will be forced to compete once again in an event known as "Quarter-Quell".

This book brings an interesting twist to the plot and much darker turn of events.
Don't want to give away the spoilers, so would just like to let you all know that I have absolutely enjoyed reading this book. With the subtle act of intelligent writing, Suzanne Collins has again bewitched us all to keep reading this innovative saga.

If you all want to know whether Katniss is going to outsmart the judges of the Hunger Games or is going to die in the process, please read this exhilarating book.

Will soon bring the review of the next and the last in line, Mockingjay.

Also, check out my review on the prequel to this book .. The Hunger Games.

Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Beach .. By Alex Garland



This is a travel fiction book released in 1996 by an English writer Alex Garland. It is a genius creation in a very simplistic and straightforward first-hand narration of a lone traveler from England.

The narrator of the book is Richard, a young backpacker who gets a map at Bangkok from another traveler with directions to an uninhabited and inaccessible beach, located in the Gulf of Thailand. He sets off to find this beautiful and untouched location along with a French couple.

What comes next is an exciting and haunting surprise to the trio at their destination that I will not be revealing here. But I would like to add a bit more on how I personally feel about this book. It is an absolute vacation read with dark psychology and extraordinaire story.

I am not sure if I particularly liked the ending of this book as it turned out to be very abrupt, but all-in-all the book is terrific and I recommend this to each and every one of you.

It is also adapted as a movie, which I haven't watched yet, but got to know that Richard's character is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Also, the shooting of this film took place at Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi Lee in Thailand, that I have already visited and so can tell that it indeed is a paradise location as mentioned in the book.


Go for this gripping tale of adventure in the lands of white sand and blue water.


Happy Reading!!!


Monday, 6 February 2017

Deception Point .. By Dan Brown



Please allow me to bring you the review of my favorite author's work and one of his masterpiece creation. I am truly enthralled by the way he captures his readers' attention right from the prologue itself and absolutely surprised why this story wasn't yet adapted as a movie.

Here goes the synopsis....

Trying to rally back from a series of embarrassing blunders that have jeopardized the US President's political career, NASA makes an astounding discovery: there is a meteor, embedded deep within the Arctic ice shelf. And it is not just any meteor. Inside the huge asteroid rock, which crashed into the earth in 1716, known to be the Jungersol Fall, contains fossils of giant bugs that gives proof of extraterrestrial life!!!!

Yet again, NASA's slipping reputation and the President's sudden rebound in the latest election campaign arises a new question: Is the Meteor real or fake?

Trying to determine the truth are NRO's Intelligence Agent, Rachel Sexton, who is the daughter of the Senator and Michael Tolland, famous Oceanographer and Corky Marlingson, a renowned Astrophysicist. Their doubts quickly make them the target of a mysterious death squad by unknown forces while the Nation is buzzing on the bewildering discovery and how that is going to impact the upcoming election.

It is indeed a rip-roaring page-turner action thriller that I love to read again and again. The rhythm of the book is so frantic and the plot of the essential conspiracy of Dan Brown's books for me is one of the best.

It's been ten years since I first read this book and after reading so many other novels after that, it is still on my top five list. Not only an entertaining 24-hour plot spin with audacious takeovers but uncover superb scientifically interesting information about space and technologies.

I am sure that most of the book-lovers have already perused this book at least once, if not then I am not sure what is stopping you guys?!

Watch this space for more on the author of the Da Vinci Code in my upcoming blogs and get ready for my takes on Professor Robert Langdon's series as well.

Happy Reading!!!


Thursday, 2 February 2017

A Walk To Remember .. By Nicholas Sparks



I consider Nicholas Sparks among the best creators of romantic stories and this is one of my favorites. This book makes me happy and sad at the same time in ways I can't really explain. 

It is a short and tragic love story of a seventeen-year-old careless, rowdy and popular boy in school, Landon Carter, who falls in love with a plain-looking, unpopular devout Christian girl, Jamie Sullivan, daughter of a strict reverend. The girl who wears the same brown sweater and carries a bible around with her everywhere she goes. 

It all begins when Landon, being the school president feels a compulsion to bring a date at the school homecoming dance and had to reluctantly asks Jamie as all other girls are unavailable. Jamie agrees to go with him only on one condition - "Promise not to fall in love with me!"

Things start to move forward for them when Jamie asks Landon to participate in a school play and they start to develop a close friendship during the rehearsals and doing things that Jamie really likes. Like visiting the orphanage and collecting money for the poor children. And gradually even after promising her, he couldn't help but fall in love with her.

When Landon gathers the courage to tell her about his feelings, she melts down and tells him that she does not have long to live, as she is dying of Leukemia.

What follows is a heart-wrenching suffering of two seventeen-year-olds. One who is counting her last days and another who watches the painful few last breaths of his love until he makes her last dying wish come true.


I will admit, however, that the movie was much better than the novel itself as it has some more melodrama and few twists that show us an improved version of the plot. But I can't deny the fact that the story was undoubtedly a formula of romance punctuated by tragedy!


"She did tell him not to fall in love with her, didn't she?!"


****If anyone interested in reading the book, it is available here.



Happy Reading!!!