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 TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD BY J K ROWLING

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These tales were written by Rowling as gifts for her few close friends and then were published to the muggles next year because of the overwhelming  public demand .This was a book mentioned in the ‘Deathly Hallows’ so reading this book was a must for me.

 

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

It is a collection of 5 wizarding world fairy tales along with footnotes by Albus Dumbledore himself. Each tale has its own message which is further elaborated by our headmaster extraordinaire .

 

THE GOOD

  • EVERYTHING

 

THE BAD

  • It could have been longer or may I say never-ending?

 

MY THOUGHTS

This is something I will read to my children and grandchildren. It bought back so many childhood memories of practically growing up with Harry Potter. Loved every bit of it. Must read for all the Potterheads .

 

MY RATINGS

5/5

JURRASIC PARK BY MICHAEL CRICHTON

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Who hasn’t seen The Jurrasic Park movies? It completely blew my mind as a kid. I wanted to read this book ever since I came to know it existed. The book and the movies are responsible for the way we look at dinosaurs today and also at special effects in movies.

 

STUFF ON THE BACK COVER SAYS

A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

 

PLOT IN SHORT

A rich old guy and his biotech firm has cloned dinos and created a park for the public’s  entertainment and ofcourse to earn money. He puts together a bunch of people from different fields along with his 2 grandchildren to show off the park and its security. A disgruntled employee tries to leak out the parks secrets to a rival firm and kicks off the events that prove how dangerous dinos really are.

 

THE GOOD

  • Edge of your seat thriller
  • The concept is amazing
  • The story line is crisp and fast paced
  • The characters are memorable
  • Well researched work
  • Dinosaurs !!

 

THE BAD

  • Lot of science stuff may turn some readers off
  • The character of Lex is extremely annoying
  • Some loop holes maybe still found in technical aspects of palaeontology

 

MY THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved this book. I personally think Michael Crichton is a genius. The story, the setting, the characters are all very exciting. However I loved the movie too and can’t decide which one I liked better-the book or the movie. I saw the movie first and then read the book .This helped me understand the book better. A must read book for the lovers of sci-fi genre. This science-at-the-brink-of chaos thriller will not disappoint you.

MY RATINGS

4.8/5

 

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

 

 

 

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

MORRIGANS CROSS,DANCE OF GODS,VALLEY OF SCILENCE (THE CIRCLE TRILOGY) BY NORA ROBERTS

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I have never really been a Nora Roberts fan neither have I ever jumped the vampire bandwagon but I surprisingly enjoyed this trilogy especially the last book.

Stuff on the back cover says

Number-one New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers an extraordinary new trilogy—an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for the fate of humanity

 

Plot in short

Take rich vampire
one serious sorcerer
one  creative witch
one studious queen
one happy go lucky shape shifter
one tomboyish vampire slayer
= the circle of six

Vs

A hot and evil vampire queen

And her army of undead

Along with a dark wizard

ROUND  1 (MORRIGANS CROSS)

The circle meet and greet and try to fit in together

In typical NR fashion one couple falls in love and marries(Hoyt and Glenna)

ROUND 2 (DANCE OF GODS)

The bonds and strengthened,new love is found (Larkin and Blair)

Preparations are made,training continues

ROUND 3

Home run..Moira proves what shes made of

Cian and Moira fall in love

Triumph on the battle field

Love lost and found !

The good

Enough action with love and nicely paced

The bad

Typical NR, the battle wasn’t satisfying

My Thoughts

A nice series to read for people whole still want some vampire love stories. Also a good read for people into supernatural /fantasy romance.

My Ratings

3.5/5