PRIVATE DELHI BY ASHWIN SANGHI AND JAMES PATTERSON

 

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Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson come together for the second installment of the collab series this time in delhi. Having read and liked both of their stuff separately I was very excited to read this thriller.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed. But Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, needs him back. Jack is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust.

Still battling his demons, Santosh accepts, and it’s not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. But this isn’t just any house, this property belongs to the state government.

With the crime scene in lockdown and information suppressed by the authorities, delving too deep could make Santosh a target to be eliminated.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

The plot follows a serial killer who is running around killing some very important people in gruesome ways and our protagonist Mr. Wagh is given the job task of getting to the root of the matter. How he deals with a collection of officials; Commissioner of Police, government ministers, chairmen, doctors, governors etc. ,some are working alongside each other, some are sworn enemies, all while finding the killer is the gist of the story.

 

THE GOOD

  • Typical fast paced thriller
  • Short chapters make you want to finish the book in one go
  • Enough gore for Stephen king fans

 

THE BAD

  • A huge cast of political characters may confuse some readers
  • Plot is a little predictable
  • I dint find it believable that the killer could kill people with that much precision in the ways he did with a medical background.

MY THOUGHTS

Even though this is a fast paced thriller with a star detective I dint find Mr Wagh to be the star at all in this book. He doesn’t find any major leads or use his brilliance to find and legit clues. Also the killers modus operandi is a little unbelievable. Having said that the rest of the book is fast paced and a good read for the fans of this genre.

MY RATINGS

3/5

 

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THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS BY AMISH TRIPATHI

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I wanted to read the part two of the Shiva trilogy as the first book ended with a cliff-hanger and for the first time an Indian author has managed to retain my attention for such a long time.

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries only to find that nothing is what it seems.

Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.

 PLOT IN SHORT

The story continues with the adventures of Shiva and company in the pursuit of true evil and everything bad across India with a lot of twists thrown in the middle which climax to a ‘shocking’ reveal at the end pretty much like the first book.

 

THE GOOD

  • Fast paced
  • Nice set up for the next book

 

THE BAD

  • Predictable plot twists
  • Poor literary language

 

MY THOUGHTS

A good sequel for a great concept by an Indian author. This one is for the fans of inian mythology and for those who liked the first book. Others can give this one a miss.

 

MY RATINGS

3.5/5

CARRIE BY STEPHEN KING

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This is the Stephen Kings first published novel. Its one of those things that come in small packages but make a big impact so don’t let the brevity of the book  fool you. The movie adaptations of this book are also quite popular.

 

STUFF ON THE BACKCOVER SAYS

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction..

 

PLOT IN SHORT

Mr. King uses a series of articles, reports and books to string together a telekinetic catastrophe that occurs in Maine on a prom night due to our heroine or should I say villain Carrie White.

 

THE GOOD

  • Fast paced story
  • Well developed characters
  • Different narrators gives a better perceptive to the story
  • Well written scenes

THE BAD

  • Some of the stuff may turn some readers off Menstrual blood, electrocutions, live burning

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

I enjoyed this book but it left me feeling sad. I felt bad and rooted for Carrie and wanted a happy ending for her. However this ending feels more realistic. All the Stephen King lovers and the movie fan don’t miss this one.

 

 

MY RATINGS

4.5/5

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