The underline theme of The White Tiger, at least in my point of view, is that in order to climb up the ladder of financial success, rules and sometimeThe underline theme of The White Tiger, at least in my point of view, is that in order to climb up the ladder of financial success, rules and sometimes the law need to be broken. In many ways it reminded me of the movie Working Girl with Melanie Griffith. There may no longer be a cast system in India and at least in theory people can be anything they want to be, but there needs to be an extra push in order to rise above what society and the person's upbringing may dictate.
Personally I don't know much about Indian culture but this book was written to explain to an outsider how things are in the country. In this case a self-made Bangalore entrepreneur explains customs to a Chinese Premier before his visit to India.
The explanations of the customs were not done in a critical manner, they were simply stated. This is the way things are, simple as that. Overall I found this book to give a very interesting insight into another country. Now I'm interested to read more from Adiga....more
In a tarot reading, getting the Death card is not as bad as it seems. It means change, it is telling the person that one aspect of the their life is cIn a tarot reading, getting the Death card is not as bad as it seems. It means change, it is telling the person that one aspect of the their life is coming to an end and a new one will begin.
And for Sophie Campbell, that is exactly what happens when her Aunt Wol dies, forcing her to confront her secrets, especially when people from the past and her own mother constantly show up to disrupt the protected life she had under Aunt Wol's roof in the village of Saffron Sweeting.
Sophie's big secret may seem like no big deal at the beginning and then one layer is peeled off and some things make sense, but it still seems too trivial to make such a big case out of it. Then another layer comes off and then another, yet things don't quite make sense. There came a point when I wanted to shake Sophie and tell her "Seriously? you're gonna do THAT to protect your secret? What are you thinking???". And of course, eventually, when it all made sense I thought, "Oops. Sorry for yelling at you Sophie."
And while we learn more about Sophie's secret, we also get the romance part with two very handsome and very different hunks. We have the adorable village, the lovely pub, the busy bodies and my favorite side character Amelia, the local real estate agent and scene stealer extraordinaire. We also get a quick trip to Scotland, which is such a treat for me as the reader, even though Sophie had to confront very painful facts from her past.
Overall, this is a very entertaining story, with memorable characters, real-life situations, lovely settings and once again leaves me sighing for the life in a small village like Saffron Sweeting....more
I've read a several chapters, but the way the main character, Mabel, goes on and on and on and on about how lowly she is and how grand Ev and her famiI've read a several chapters, but the way the main character, Mabel, goes on and on and on and on about how lowly she is and how grand Ev and her family are was too reminiscent of Meyer and the Twilight books, which I can't stomach either. So after giving the book a chance, I stopped, checked out the goodreads reviews and decided not to continue reading....more
One of my top three Stephen King favorites. This story is so unlike his usual horror theme, this one is very reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's fantasy storOne of my top three Stephen King favorites. This story is so unlike his usual horror theme, this one is very reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's fantasy stories in which an evil wizard tries to bring death and destruction to the kingdom.
The story begins with King Roland and how he managed to sire two sons, even though he wasn't fond of women and the whole procreation process. The brothers, Peter and Thomas, are complete opposites and since the Queen died giving birth to Thomas, they grew up with a rivalry born out of the King's preferential treatment of one over the other.
It is an absolutely charming story of love and hate, cowardice and heroism, good vs evil. This is a time of Kings, castles, magic and dragons.
This is a collection of fairy tales within a fairy tale with a feminist slant to it. The prologue gives us a comedic version of the Sleeping Beauty anThis is a collection of fairy tales within a fairy tale with a feminist slant to it. The prologue gives us a comedic version of the Sleeping Beauty and after the princess leaves with her prince, the Castle is left almost uninhabited turning into the perfect refuge for misfits and people looking for shelter.
This is a world where poltergeists are no more than vermin, animals take human form and are seen as regular people and it can be perfectly normal to have a huge crush on a horse in the shape of a burly manly man.
The story begins with the escape of a battered woman, whom we later learn is with child. She finds refuge in the Castle and eventually the child is born, he's green and looks like a cute little ogre, just like his daddy and hopefully the husband never finds out.
Everything about the Lady is a mystery, but as life goes on in the Castle, other stories are told and they become so fascinating that one can put aside that mystery for another time.
The artwork is all black and white, each panel gives a little extra insight of what the life is like in the castle, in the villages, and the character's personalities.
Amazingly feel good type of graphic novel, in love with it! ...more
As soon as the "cold" weather starts in San Diego, my first hankering is for Maeve Binchy's stories. It may be that I associate Ireland with cold, chiAs soon as the "cold" weather starts in San Diego, my first hankering is for Maeve Binchy's stories. It may be that I associate Ireland with cold, chilly weather and I want to get inside the lives described in the book. So I curl up and get lost in the world of characters who fall in love, out of love, get cheated on, find happiness and friendships, where family ties are strengthened or lost for good. Overall it is nothing more than normal lives that normal people live, but told in such a way that it's fascinating. This book does not concentrate in one family, it's a series of short stories of people who live on Chestnut Street through the decades.
Binchy usually dates her books by mentioning events that mark the country's history. In this case it was Ireland in the World Cup and the referendum to allow divorce. It gives an extra layer in her books, if they are read in order of publication, the reader will get a historical education of the social, economic and political conditions of the country and how it shaped the lives of its citizens.
Even though I know I will re-read her books over and over again, I'm glad I still have books I haven't read yet, I'm savoring them!...more
This is the second installment of the Leah Ryan series, in this story full of plot twists, those who are shunned by society are the ones with honestyThis is the second installment of the Leah Ryan series, in this story full of plot twists, those who are shunned by society are the ones with honesty and true hearts while the productive members hush their deep dark secrets with money and influence.
Leah gets suckered into looking for Chloe, a junkie stripper who turns out to be a judge's daughter. Because of her colorful past, Leah has a propensity to do everything to help people in trouble, especially those who are not worthy of help for the authorities. Even though Leah unknowingly begins her investigation with lies, she digs and digs until she finds the truth.
In the meantime, the relationship with Callahan that began in the first book of the series, plus a new budding romance, suffers as she puts her life and the life of those around her in danger as she looks for Chloe.
Great story that will have you guessing at how it will all turn out, with the right amount of romance and lots of action. Now off to continue with the third book in the series: Dirty Business....more
Blueprint for a Kiss is the third installment of the Take a Chance series, I haven't read the first two books because back then I wanted nothing to doBlueprint for a Kiss is the third installment of the Take a Chance series, I haven't read the first two books because back then I wanted nothing to do with love things, but I'm over it now so I can enjoy romance novels again. I really had no idea that the Take a Chance series revolves around the Chance family (a HUGE family) and now that I got to meet the protagonists of the first two books, I have to read their stories as well!
As for Blueprint for a Kiss, it involves a anal-retentive, artistic famous architect, Preston, and a super organized, bottom of the food chain type assistant, Holly. They meet because Holly is on a mission ordained by her ruthless boss to get a house designed by the famous architect and she won't fail, no matter what she has to do, her job and her career depend on it.
This story has a lot of local San Francisco charm with a dash of Mission District Mexican flavor and amazing properties around SF, this books captures life in the big city as well as the micro-cosmos occupied but the Chance clan up in the mountains. It was such a treat to see uptight Preston dealing with his fun loving brothers and their pranks. And now that I think about it, I want to see how Preston is portrayed in the first two books and how he and Holly will be in the next ones in the series!...more
It's always a treat to pick up a book knowing nothing about the author nor the story and discovering a gem. From the beginning of the book I was fasciIt's always a treat to pick up a book knowing nothing about the author nor the story and discovering a gem. From the beginning of the book I was fascinated by the history. Going back to the start of the NYPD, or how they were known back then "Copper Stars". The mid 1850's are still the like the Wild West, where rules are easily bent or non-existent, taking small bribes is fine and justice was more important than following the law.
A reluctant Timothy Wilde finds himself in a position where he does more than patrol streets and keep the peace, he investigates crimes, in particular a set of gruesome murders that plague the newly immigrated Irish community, particularly child prostitutes.
Because of the age and occupation of the victims, rage and wild accusations flourish between Protestants and Catholics. Which made the story more interesting for me. Coming from a country where Catholicism is the main religion, it was fascinating to read of that religion as a minority and how it was vilified.
The characters themselves were well constructed, with Timothy Wilde in the middle with the type of personality that just had to make relationships difficult. Whether it was with his brother Val or his secret love Mercy.
The story brought several good twists and turns and since this is a series, I've already gotten my hands on the next installment and hope to see more of the Bad Boy Val Wilde....more
With this book I did something I've never done before, go straight to book #3 of a trilogy. I remember starting reading Book #1 and lost interest butWith this book I did something I've never done before, go straight to book #3 of a trilogy. I remember starting reading Book #1 and lost interest but with The Night Eternal I was hooked since the beginning of the book was the new world order, one where the vampires won and we the human race is cattle.
Each vampire author wants to bring something new to the mythology and in this case, the way the vampires were born was interesting but the end result of vampires with waddles, worms for blood and stingers, it wasn't one of my favorites.
Del Toro did a good job explaining the characters from the previous books that died in the battle and how their actions help shaped the present. Because of this I not very tempted in going back to read the first two books.
Finally, as a Mexican, the one thing I adore about Guillermo is how he brings tidbits of Mexican culture, with well known phrases like Gus saying "A guevo!" and the mention of Nora's quinceanera dress.
Not sure what to think of this story from John Grisham. Maybe he just wanted to fulfill a contract or he's just famous and wealthy enough that he canNot sure what to think of this story from John Grisham. Maybe he just wanted to fulfill a contract or he's just famous and wealthy enough that he can afford to write a fun novel with plot points one can see in any made-for-cable movie? Either way, this is an entertaining story that will either capture the inner sports fan, travel junkie or foodie.
The more I think of the story, the more it reminds me of a romantic comedy where an American ends up living in Italy and between the food, wine, art and opera finds him/her self and falls in love. But in the case of Quarterback Rick Dockery falling in love is more of a loose term.
For anyone interested in Italy and American Football, this is a great book to read. If you expect the same plot level as is typical in John Grisham novels, don't read this, you will be disappointed. Then again, just by looking at the cover one can see this is not a typical Grisham novel....more