THE RED PYRAMID BY RICK RIORDAN ( Kane Chronicles #1)

I’ve read and loved the Percy Jackson books,so this book fictitious mythological book was very high on my to – read list for a long time.

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. 

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. 

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them–Set has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe — a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

PLOT IN SHORT

A pair of brother and sister are suddenly pushed into a world of Egyptians gods and magicians and they have to race against time to..you guessed it..save the world..
THE GOOD

Typical RR brand of humor

Loads of action

Light hearted look into the world of Egyptian gods

Fast paced story telling
THE BAD

Gets predictable

The switch between narrators gets monotonous after a point..

The lead character of Carter is rather boring according to me
MY THOUGHTS

This book is like the Percy Jackson books with respect to the ending..you defeat one obvious bad guy to realise a bigger baddie hiding behind to facilitate the making of a series of books.However this is where the similarities end between the two series. I did not did not find The Red Pyramid aren’t as enjoyable or engaging as I wanted it to be.Lovers of Egyptian mythology or fans or Rick Riordan can read this one.Others can give this one a miss.
MY RATINGS

3.8/5


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THE REGULATORS BY STEPHEN KING

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The Regulators is one of those books which shows SK’s power of imagination. It is a  mirror book to his novel “DESPERATION” written initially as Richard Bachman .

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

There’s a place in Wentworth, Ohio, where summer is in full swing. It’s called Poplar Street. Up until now it’s been a nice place to live. The idling red van around the corner is about to change all that. Let the battle against evil begin.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

A violent story set in a quite Ohio neighbourhood which is turned into a bloody ground by an autistic boy under the influence of an ancient evil spirit called Tak. High on violence this SK book may make you love or hate westerns .

 

 

THE GOOD

Imaginative and fast paced

Good scene setting

 

 

THE BAD

The amount of mindless slaughter might turn some readers off.

Not for people with low tolerance for gore.

 

MY THOUGHTS

Good book to read if you are a SK fan or if you want to try something different. Its  mirror novel Desperation has the same set of characters’ along with the same villain Tak with a different plot. Do try it out if you like this one.

 

My Ratings

3.8/5

SUCK IT, WONDER WOMAN!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek by Olivia Munn

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I picked this one up out of curiosity and in must say the curiosity indeed killed the cat. It is a collection of entertaining short stories from the life and times of Miss Munn -the self confessed queen of geeks and pies.

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Olivia Munn is an actress, comedian and television host, best known for being the face of the G4 network.  She also occasionally likes to get dressed up as Wonder Woman. Suck It Wonder Woman is her paean to Geeks everywhere.  Using her trademark humor in essays like Thoughts About My First Agent’s Girlfriend’s Vagina she skewers what it’s like to live in Hollywood.  In Sex: What You Can Do To Help Yourself Have More Of It she frankly gets down to the business of getting it on. In What To Do When The Robots Invade (Yes, When!), Olivia offers valuable information on… what to do when the robots invade! And just when you thought she couldn’t get any more Geeky, she can. This book also includes an Olivia Munn timeline of great moments in Geek history and her answers to the Unofficial Geek FAQ. Is it any wonder that Olivia Munn is quickly becoming the most powerful Geek on the planet?

 

PLOT IN SHORT

In short chapters Olivia Munn talks about her childhood her and  journey to becoming what she is today. Everything from Playboy to pies to her presidential campaign is covered . Advice on love and dating along with random true stories fill up the book.

 

THE GOOD

A written sneak peak into a celebrities world

Light read

 

THE BAD

It feels like reading a teenagers dairy

Not all that funny

Not all that geeky

 

MY THOUGHTS

I liked Olivia Munn before I read this book. That is why I picked it up. Did I like this book? No. Its was like reading a gossip magazine -The Olivia Munn Only edition. Do I still like Olivia Munn? Yes. But I wont be reading any of her books in the future. This one is for die hard Oliva Munn fans/celeb gossip lovers only. Others can give this one a miss.

 

MY RATINGS

2/5

 

 

 

UNDER THE DOME BY STEPHEN KING

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This sci-fi novel has the classic SK stamp – small town, huge cast of characters, evil all around, people dying and…surviving.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

It is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.

The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late . .

 

THE GOOD

–  The antagonist is one of the scariest, meanest bad boy produced by SKs pen. Big Jim Rennie is scary because he is believable. There are probably politicians like him or worse than him out there right this moment slowly destroying the world with their greed.

–  Good cast of supporting characters

– Fast paced

–  a bunch of very well written scenes

 

THE BAD

–  The cause of the dome and how it is resolved let me down

–  The antagonist’s end was not satisfying. He could have suffered more

– After stories of even the lead characters aren’t told

– The book is long

 

MY THOUGHTS

I personally enjoy this set up seen is other SK books like – The Tommyknockers, The Regulators, The Stand etc as well. However I did not enjoy the cause and the ultimate resolution of the dome at all especially after ploughing through a thousand pages. It was a anti climax. This one is only for the die hard constant readers or lovers of sci-fi.others can skip the book and watch the TV series based on this book instead.

 

MY RATINGS

3.8/5

THE PRINCESS DAIRIES SERIES BY MEG CABOT (PRINCESS DAIRIES, PRINCESS IN SPOTLIGHT, PRINCESS IN LOVE,PRINCESS IN WAITING)

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I read this series in my school days and really enjoyed at that point of time.the book and the movie are pretty different each with its own charm. I however enjoyed the book more than the movie.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

What? A princess??

Me??? Yeah, right.

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

 

 

PLOT IN SHORT

The story of Mia Thermopolis’ adolescent turmoil as an average teenager and a princess of royal descent is chronicled in her on-going journal, where she explores topics of teenage angst, love, and betrayal through an opinionated eye.

The princess dairy – (volume 1)

Mia a funny (at least in her dairy) unpopular teenager with a spunky friend discovers that she’s the princess of a country

Princess in waiting (volume 2)

Mia’s mommy is pregnant and her baby daddy is Mia’s algebra teacher. Both her grandmas are up to no good and also there is a secret admirer in the picture

Princess in love (volume 3)

A love triangle ends with a happy ending giving us major couple #goals and Grand’Mere turns likable.

Princess in waiting (volume 4)

Mia battles her insecurities about her love life, gets some more advice on royal affairs by Grand’Mere and finds her talent – writing.

 

THE GOOD

A funny young adult series

The concept of being a modern day princess is every teenage girl dream brought to life

The book endings will leave you feeling happy

Clever writing

 

THE BAD

Mia can be whinny and annoying at times

Lot of pop culture references may turn some readers off

Some parts might come across as pretentious

 

MY THOUGHTS

This series is for readers with a love for the chick-lit genre or for those looking for a easy breezy read. I loved the third book of this series and found the rest of them to be entertaining .Although this isn’t quite the ‘chicken soup for the soul’ Mia might help you deal with life’s problems a little bit better or maybe not. Read and find out for yourself.

MY RATINGS

3.8/5

 

 

CHROMOSOME 6 BY ROBIN COOK

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This medical thriller is the third book in the Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery series and the first med thriller I ever read. Released in 1997 this book probes the issue of genetic modification and cloning.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Chromosome 6 is a prophetic thriller that challenges the medical ethics of genetic manipulation and cloning in the jungles of equatorial Africa, where one mistake could bridge the gap between man and ape–and forever change the genetic map of our existence.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

Cook develops two parallel and intersecting plots about scientists in Equatorial Guinea who are  exploring the ethics of genetic engineering and medical examiners in New York who are  working on to determine the cause of death of a mysterious mobster. A liver and a all expense paid trip (courtesy Dr Jack Stapleton) brings these two plots together leading to its climax.

 

THE GOOD

Fast paced.

This book will make you think.

Adventurous plot line.

Great read for medicos.

 

THE BAD

The part where a doctor flies all his friends to a African country for research just like that seems unreal.

The end leaves a lot of characters stories unfinished.

Lot of medical and technical terms.

MY THOUGHTS

This face paced thriller is one of my personal all time favourites. I like the idea of an adventurous doctor fighting unethical baddies. A great read for all those in healthcare industry and the lovers of medical fiction.

 

MY RATINGS

4.8/5

THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA BY AMISH TRIPATHI

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I read this extremely popular first book of the “Shiva Trilogy” without much expectation thinking it will be just like Chetan Bhagat’s books and boy was I wrong.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills!

The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

This is a story of how a good hearted tribal leader who is brave and strong (and smokes weed) is chosen to become something he doesn’t want to become just like a lot of heroes we already know. What makes it interesting is the backdrop of Indian mythology and  Hindu Gods. In essence part 1 of this trilogy is about “Shiva the tribal commoner” turning into “Neelkanth the promised One” ending with a cliff-hanger .

 

THE GOOD

The concept of humans turning into Gods because of their karma.

True blue page turner.

Engaging read

Does a good job of portraying an Indian God as human without pissing the orthodox Indian worshippers offs

 

THE BAD

The English is very simple for the regular bibliophiles

The plot feels like a bollywood movie in some places

The writing could have been better

 

MY THOUGHTS

I felt inspite of being a page turner with a great concept the book isn’t a satisfying read because of the writing style. Nonetheless a nice book for an Indian author. Give it a try if you want to read an Indian mythology/fantasy book or if you like Indian authors.

MY RATINGS

3.8/5