Kindle Single Review: Everyone’s Reading Bastard

What made me buy this one was the name of the story and the cover page. The name does not make sense at all and it compelled me find out more about the story. I had a couple of hours to spare and this 29 pager short story proved to be a perfect choice.

Its more of a slice of life story without a well defined start and ending, however the premise is very interesting. Its about a man whose ex-wife starts writing about him in a weekly column called “Bastard” (that explains the name – Everyone’s reading bastard). Its all about the trials and tribulations of this man as each week some of his most embarrassing secrets become public fodder. Funny and ironic at the same time, its the story of ones dirty linen gone viral.

Everyone’s reading bastard is a Kindle Single by bestselling author Nick Hornby.

Book Review: Wrath of the White Tigress

He thought he was a hero. She showed him the truth. Now he’ll do anything to stop the man who made him a monster.” – Excerpt from Wrath of the White Tigress by David Alastair Hayden

When I started reading this book, I did not have much expectation. The publisher and the author were not known to me, nor had I any strong recommendations regarding the book. Further, it is not the genre which I generally prefer reading. However, a few pages into the book, it felt interesting. By the time I finished it, I was pleasantly surprised.

The story is a standard redemption/revenge drama based in a fictional fantasy world called Pawan Kor. The characters, specifically the protagonist Jaska Bavadi, are interesting and well itched out. Although the basic premise is predictable, story is well written and keeps one captivated. Certain sex scenes were un-necessarily pushed into the narrative. Probably it was an attempt to play to the gallery, but I would have been better without them.

The highlight of the book for me was the fine balance which David achieved between the pace of the primary narrative and the details/back stories of the secondary characters. This is where I have seen many authors failing, specifically for stories set in unfamiliar setting and having unfamiliar characters.

If you like reading supernatural/fantasy fiction, you should try this. It may not sweep you off your feet, but still you will enjoy it.

PS: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it

Dune: Right Time to Remake the Movie

Dune by Frank HerbertJust finished reading Dune. What an amazing book! Now I understand why it is called as “one of the greatest sc-fi novels of all times”  and an “Unparalleled Achievement of Imagination“. It was a start to end read, consuming the whole of my weekend.

The book got me interested in the movie adaptation. Upon searching, I came across David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune. Opinions are divided about this movie. It is definitely not Lynch’s best work, with most loyal Dune fans having a negative opinion about it.  Even Lynch has sort of disowned the movie, and does not talk about it in interviews etc. It did not perform well commercially either.

I have seen portions of it on youtube and I must say that I was not impressed. Some very powerful portions of the novel are presented in quite unimpressive manner. For example, see this scene where Paul rides the sand worm for the first time. Such a waste of  a wonderful cinematic opportunity.

Also, probably the technology required to present the grand canvas of the movie was not available at that time.

In short, this one is not a worthy cinematic cousin of this great Keep Reading…

Book Review: The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes

After killing Moriarty and faking his own death in “The Adventure of the Final Problem” Sherlock Holmes goes missing for a few years. On his re-appearance in “The Adventure of the Empty House“, the readers become aware that Holmes has spent this time travelling to various places including India and Tibet. Jamyang Norbu’s novel “The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes” is about Holmes’ adventures in India and Tibet during this period. Accompanied by an Indian spy, Huree Chunder Mookerjee, (who plays a role very similar to Watson) Holmes travels to India, where he dodges a few attempts on his life from Colonel Moran. Then he travels to Tibet and saves Dalai Lama’s life.

A great premise – a book on Holmes’ missing years, that too in India. The idea itself got we salivating. This should have been a great book. And it does start well. We see the glimpse of typical Holmes in the way Keep Reading…

Book Review: Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

“Watching television and surfing the Internet are really excellent practice for being dead” – excerpt from Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

Madison is thirteen year old, overweight, ignored by her movie star parents and is attracted to her adopted brother. And yes, she is dead. The novel is all about her life (?) in hell, the souls she meet there and her conversations with Satan.

After starting and not completing some of the previous books by Chuck (some were boring, some were unreadable and some were downright offensive), I had my reservations about this book. The premise of the book sounded Keep Reading…

Book Review – Mockingjay

“Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children’s lives to settle its differences. You can spin it any way you like. Snow thought the Hunger Games were an efficient means of control. Coin thought the parachutes would expedite the war. But in the end, who does it benefit? No one. The truth is, it benefits no one to live in a world where these things happen.” – Excerpt from Mockingjay

Mockingjay is the third part of the Hunger games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

In every coming of age fiction, there comes a point when the protagonist takes control and starts driving the story. After this point, the turn of events in the plot should be in response to the decisions taken and choices made by her. At this point, the protagonist should be sure, confident, and taking decisions which are critical to the way the plot proceeds. This is exactly what I expected from Katniss in Mockingjsy and this is where Keep Reading…

Book Review – Catching Fire

“The berries. I realize the answer to who I am lies in that handful of poisonous fruit. If I held them out to save Peeta because I knew I would be shunned if I came back without him, then I am despicable. If I held them out because I loved him, I am still self-centered, although forgivable. But if I held them out to defy the Capitol, I am someone of worth. The trouble is, I don’t know exactly what was going on inside me at that moment.” – Excerpt from Catching Fire

Catching Fire is the second book of the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  It takes forward the story of Katniss Everdeen, who after winning the Hunger Games along with Peeta, has unknowingly become the symbol and mascot of a revolution against the capitol. By threatening to eat poisonous berries instead of subjecting herself to the whims and fancies of the gamemakers and their  Keep Reading…

Book Review – The Hunger Games

“The rules of the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins” – Excerpt from The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy, is the story of Kateniss Everdeen, a young girl competing in a Keep Reading…