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

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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

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