**spoiler alert** Profanity and vulgar language with imagery. I couldn't fucking help it, really.
There are a lot of parallels with Ayn Rand's We the...more**spoiler alert** Profanity and vulgar language with imagery. I couldn't fucking help it, really.
There are a lot of parallels with Ayn Rand's We the Living but this one is more brutal. There was a bit of Russian culture in We the Living which made the whole thing bearable or less grief-y. Orwell spares nothing though. This entire theme, the whole set-up is fucked up.
You never fuck with someone's head, man. That's rule one. You don't make someone believe in something. The Party can do that too apparently. And talk about the ending. Fucking, depressing ending. I don't believe in that ending. I don't think I would let that happen if I were Winston. I wouldn't. No. Nope, never.
I don't know what to say. This book is just inhuman. The entire thing - it's wrong. You can't do this to people. You can't show them a fucked-up, oppressive government and then "Fear not. Help is on the way." And then go on to a depressing ending which just makes me throw up.
Don't give me the bullshit about 'realistic' ending. I'll tell you what is realistic. If someone (O'Brien) led me to believe in a revolution and then if that someone (O'Brien) goes on to capture me and torture me and finally try to pull out the rebellion from me, shit would go down so hard that someone (O'Brien) would be a splatter on the wall. My boot would be so up his ass, he would have to surgically remove his sphincter to avoid any further trouble. I would put the entire Party in the morgue and then their fathers' and their mothers' and their children and any fucking person who fucking thinks that they can fucking make me think what they want me to. Fucking O'Brien, man. Fucking sonovabitch. Fucking book sucks.(less)
**spoiler alert** Review contains expletives. Yes, a lot of them.
It's sad. It's very sad. It's very realistic too. It's got all these fancy, Russian n...more**spoiler alert** Review contains expletives. Yes, a lot of them.
It's sad. It's very sad. It's very realistic too. It's got all these fancy, Russian names and then it shows that only names are fancy. Wow. This book - it's fucked up, man. I hope that it's exaggerated cos if it's not I'm hanging myself. Or maybe I'll shoot myself. Or some insecticide would do too. Jumping off a building is an option, yes. I mean, I have always heard about communism and how people don't like it and all that. Hell, there is even a legitimate party here in my country that has communistic ideals. Nobody votes for them, of course. I thought it was all bull crap and over-reactions when it came to communism. I used to think, how bad can it be? Well, let me tell you. Very, fucking bad.
I never liked Ayn Rand much. Serious. She wrote like she had a...something up her ass. Kind of pompous. And spoke like that too. Now, before you start typing hate comments on this review telling me Ayn was a sweet person and that she deserved the Nobel Prize, let me say that my opinion has changed. I read her other book - Dickhead. Oh, I mean 'Fountainhead'. Dickhead was the lead character in it. Welcome to Jackass, this is Mr. Howard Roark. He likes buildings. He likes sex. He likes blowing up buildings. Meet Dominique. She gets raped - kind of - by this dickhead and decides she loves him. And then there is the newspaper guy. Wayne. No. Waynard. Something like that. He admires Roark. He fucks Dominique. Roark is okay with it, so is Dominique.
Yeah, I never understood that book.
Something else I have observed about Ayn is that there is always infidelity in the lead character and the lead character is usually based on herself. I didn't say it. I did not say it. Don't jump to conclusions. Or do, if you want to. Don't tell me I made you. I'm not saying anything about Ayn's character or her sexual preferences. All I'm saying is this: Dominique - does both Roark and newspaper-guy, and they are both kind of okay with it. Kira Argounova - does both Leo and Andrei. Leo is angry about it, though and she doesn't even flinch or apologise. In fact, she acts surprised that Leo is even bothered about it. Kind of supercilious, this Kira.
Halfway through, I forgot my reality. I was in a place where nothing is mine and nothing matters other the common good. The food was meagre and you got it only if you worked. I couldn't buy things or sell for a profit. After all, profit is only for me not for the 'collective'. All this might sound pretty lame. I mean, how many times have you heard about 'greater good'? That term will have a whole new meaning and an entire back story after you read this. Property, food, drinks, clothes, land - every fucking thing could be taken any time and redistributed to someone who came from a less fortunate family, someone who had it rough before the revolution, someone who did not have all the luxuries you had. (less)
This could easily be the best Indian young adult book in the recent years. Not that this genre is terribly competitive, except for Chetan Bhagat who...more This could easily be the best Indian young adult book in the recent years. Not that this genre is terribly competitive, except for Chetan Bhagat who regularly churns out some variation of "geeky kid-beautiful girl- unprotected sex" crap. And then there is a group wannabe writers mostly from the IITs and the IIMs, who think their life story is so interesting that grammatical errors and terrible language skills ( shitloads of spelling mistakes in a published book; kill me now, please). Times like these, hope is bleak. Hope for original and honest works. Hope for real writers. ( Shame on you, Saumil Shrivasava. Shame on you for publishing something like this and openly bragging about it.
Enough about that crappy guy. Keep off the grass is original in every sense. The plot, the characters and the backdrop of things. The writing style is particularly good. It's creative too. An Indian author writing from the POV of an American born Indian and capturing the inter-culture issues that he faces, now that's quite a feat. Like Stephen King says, If you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write. Karan Bajaj reads. And he must have read a lot. He brings in references of various characters he must have liked himself. And the title is really clever. And natural as you will see as the plot unravels.
I just hope that his creativity never flounders. I hope he writes in some other genres; with that writing skill, he should definitely experiment a lot before jumping into a platform of his own. This is a great read. He's an IIM guy but don't hold that against him. He isn't one of those guys. This is a real and talented writer. (less)
A rough roller-coaster ride is what this book is, yeah.
Tune in to Jeffery Deaver and dance to his music! Oh, he likes a slow tune at first, sure. A...more A rough roller-coaster ride is what this book is, yeah.
Tune in to Jeffery Deaver and dance to his music! Oh, he likes a slow tune at first, sure. A bit of tap dancing to keep your feet warmed up. Maybe salsa for the emotional and romantic. Break-dancing? Well, we sure got a lot of that. Sometimes he cuts all the lights suddenly and lets you wander in the dark but don't you worry, he'll be back. And BAM! act-two twist, you book-reading smartass! Didn't see that coming, didcha? And BAM! again, baby, one more to keep you on your feet. And two more to keep you going. Drowsy, lad? Oh, we haven't even started the real dance, child. Wait till you get to the last coupla chapters. Better sit down too, drink some water. (less)
This book is a treat for Stephen King fans who, I would presume, must have read most of his famous books. He takes examples from them and explains how...moreThis book is a treat for Stephen King fans who, I would presume, must have read most of his famous books. He takes examples from them and explains how he came upon a certain plot twist or the reason for a certain character trait. It's a pretty straight forward book that tells you the reality of writing. It is not an inspiring read or even close to an encouraging one. But it is more - it is an honest take on writers and their trade. Anyone who is confused about their stand on writing, this is definitely for you. There are some harsh truths that will shake your confidence but fear not, King demystifies the whole process of writing and helps you see yourself as a writer in an entirely new light. (less)
One of my friends said she read this when she was about fifteen. I wish I had. I read this at the age of nineteen and I could still relate to it. And...more One of my friends said she read this when she was about fifteen. I wish I had. I read this at the age of nineteen and I could still relate to it. And I guess I'll keep reading this again and again, and no doubt I'll always be able to relate to it. This is one of those books that you either like or you don't. There is no middle ground. There won't be any "Meh. It was okay". You either love the sarcastic, terribly funny and cute bastard, or you hate that whiny, depressing sonuvabitch. Either way I think it's okay.
This book was supposedly banned in schools and colleges right after it came out. Big controversy. I can understand that. I mean, you don't have to ban fifty shades of grey. It's about sex, after all. But when a book comes out with a character so rebellious and realistic, you know your children are gonna want to be like him when they read it. But it's okay to be him. I think everyone should read this once and decide for themselves. The character is very powerful and life-like. After reading this I caught myself thinking at times, "What would Holden do?" and then I would chuckle. Holden will help you know yourself more than your psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are a bunch of phonies anyway. All they do is make you sit on a comfortable coach and then ask very uncomfortable questions, while they sit back and pretend to listen and care about you. (less)
As always, another masterpiece that leaves you thinking hard and breathing heavily. The lengthiness is very well justified by the amount of character...moreAs always, another masterpiece that leaves you thinking hard and breathing heavily. The lengthiness is very well justified by the amount of character development involved. I could tell you the entire story in one long sentence. Then again, I could only tell you. You wouldn’t feel it and to be able to do that is the reason why NEEDFUL THINGS is of such length.
The Characters Sometimes I wonder if King makes characters for his story or a story for his characters. I'm not saying the plot was contrived. Certainly not. A few weeks from now, I might as well forget the order of events in the plot, but I certainly will never forget Alan Pangborn or Leland Gaunt. The key is the patience with which characters are developed. King leaves no stone unturned and gives the Constant Reader every last piece of every character.
The Plot There always seems to be a subtle message, one that the majority seems to miss ( or maybe I'm just a pretentious prick ). The Shining was as much about a haunted hotel as IT was about a maniacal, psychotic, killing clown. They all have one thing in common – the human mind and its depth. Time and time again, SK proves to be one of the best writers to understand human psychology.
Needful Things addresses the compulsive shopping disorder and the aggressively possessive mind when it comes to certain objects. Leland Gaunt’s motto is: “Everything is for sale. For the right price” and he makes perfectly sure that every customer pays him his full price. As events unfold, the grand scheme Leland Gaunt has planned for Castle Rock, Maine comes into view. (view spoiler)[ The Resemblance The ending very much resembled IT, but unlike IT, this book doesn’t falter or stumble in the plotlines during the climax. It slowly ambles up and delivers perfectly. It would seem, SK had a clear outline of the plot before he started writing, which is very uncharacteristic of him. The resemblance to IT doesn’t make it any less enjoyable in the end. It’s an awesome ending to a very stable plot.
The answers? Certain issues were left unclear. The key issue was the origin and the who Mr.Gaunt was. Towards the ending, we are led to believe Mr.Gaunt certainly has magic involved when he set the events in place. An extensive narrative about Mr.Gaunt and his exact methods, procedures he uses to do what he does to Castle Rock is not full. It’s magic and that’s all. Who he really was? No sir, no luck, maybe next time. That does seem to a hole, but the complete bafflement of the towns’ people justifies the mystery to an extent. Throughout the plot, the narrative is very close to the people and since they are baffled, the reader should be too. Either way, it’s a SK novel and the mystery only adds to the charm. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book is set in 922 AD. It is a fictional tale based on the poem, Beowulf. Unless you are determined and hell-bent on reading this, you would...more This book is set in 922 AD. It is a fictional tale based on the poem, Beowulf. Unless you are determined and hell-bent on reading this, you would probably quit half way through it. There isn't much character build-up, but the manuscripty style of writing peppers up everything.
Idn Fadlan was an Arab traveller and he finds his way into the Vikings. They refuse to let him go and he ends up with them. The entire book is in the first person narrative, Idn Fadlan's view. He looks at the Viking way of life, their customs and quests from a neutral view-point. He also relates, at times, to his Arab customs and draws conclusions.
Gripping, thrilling and surely an engaging science fiction. This is a more like a series of the first book, Jurassic Park, but it's still okay if you...more Gripping, thrilling and surely an engaging science fiction. This is a more like a series of the first book, Jurassic Park, but it's still okay if you read this straight off ( I did ). It has the enough of the back story to cover the previous one. Starting off with the mysterious appearances of these lizard-like creatures, scientists and bio-tech companies race to the island. The scientists are research oriented while the companies want to exploit the situation commercially.
Ian Malcolm is a recurring character from the previous book and has knowledge about the reason of these appearances. Together with Richard Levine, he sets out to the island in hope of finding proof about the extinctions of the dinosaurs. The scenery, the forests and the hardships are explained very beautifully. The close encounters with the raptors and the T-Rexes are very thrilling and does make nibble your fingers.
It's sad that the movie reduced the book to only the car-chases, the thrilling scenes and the graphics. It cut down all the academic background of it. That is one more reason to read the book.
(view spoiler)[ In no way is the book less riveting than the film. But one particular downside of the book is that, all through it you expect to ear a fancy theory about the extinction. Something new and fascinating. but there really is none given and the ending is very rushed. The ending is the same in the film, but there is no academic buildup in the film thus making it easier to let go after the climax. The book, after all the suspense about the extinction and hints of a new discovery, ends very abruptly and leaves you bored and wanting more. (hide spoiler)]
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My cousin is a Number One fan of Crichton. I used to wonder why, now I get it. Interesting, gripping, large plots and quick narrative. Immensely comp...more My cousin is a Number One fan of Crichton. I used to wonder why, now I get it. Interesting, gripping, large plots and quick narrative. Immensely complex things explained for a layman in a few hundred pages. I just wish my textbooks were as interesting; I would happily go on studying. (less)
A riveting, realistic tale of a robbery, nowhere faltering in essentially details. Michael Crichton gives you the real deal - the whole works, the pl...more A riveting, realistic tale of a robbery, nowhere faltering in essentially details. Michael Crichton gives you the real deal - the whole works, the planning and the robbery.
It happens in the 1850s Victorian England and Crichton does an awesome job of recreating the society, the location and the people. To dismiss this as a tale of mere thrills, robbery and some villains would be a very narrow view of it. You'll learn more about England's workings, the society back then, the prejudices involved about certain practices, the press and their role during crimes, the relatively new police force and its working than from a history book. Well, maybe not more - but surely this is the more interesting way to learn.
It has thrills as good as the movie series Ocean's without the frequent Deus Ex Machina that current crime movies seem to employ rather excessively. No skipping, no skimming - the real deal all the way till the end. (less)
Having read quite a few of Stephen King novels, I deem myself fit enough to see at least what it is that appeals to readers in his novels. The X Fact...more Having read quite a few of Stephen King novels, I deem myself fit enough to see at least what it is that appeals to readers in his novels. The X Factor of his narrative style. It's true that he is a salami writer; he's said that himself. It is also true that he never has a plot outline or character sketch in mind at the start of a work. 'The Road Virus Heads North' is one of the short stories in the collection 'Everything's Eventual'. You know how those portraits sometimes appear to look at us irrespective of the angle we look at it. He had one of such a portrait and that's where the idea for the entire story came from.
I read this about two weeks back but couldn't bring myself to write about it. I wanted more time for it to settle in. Maybe I thought the effects would wear off, the magic gone, but they did not and the magic indeed exists.
Characterisation is the King
Everyday events, things and phenomena seen with a dramatic and extremely imaginative eye, is what all his tales are. IT is a pretty long novel, about a 1000 pages. Initially one might feel there is no need for such length for cheap thrills and frills and horrorific incidents. IT is not a horror novel, though it does have some supernatural elements in it. It's about a lot of things but mainly it is about children, childhood and all that innocence. The plot involves children as the main characters and everything is said like how a eleven-year-old would look at it. Seven main characters, all children and one might assume the characters are gonna be repetitive; after all they are just children, how distinct can they be, right? Well, I can tell you this, the characters in the book are certainly more distinct than you and me. I miss them and you will too, after the 1000 pages.
The narrative jumps between various main characters and also, at times, some side characters and the effect is profound. The town is brought out realistically, the characters and their back-stories. The magic of the characters is how their relationship reminds strongly the reader of his/her own childhood.
It has got enough comical elements to make one Roll On the Floor Laughing. It has got more than enough childlike innocence to make you reminisce for those wonder days. It has got enough scares and thrills to keep you at the edge all through the pages.
The feel-good elements are all there. King is known for his graphic killing of characters enough to make readers puke but he can also bring them out on an emotional side to tear you up.
That is the trademark of Stephen King. Interludes in the characters' minds. A free narrative style that allows the reader to not move with the character, but be the character itself. I'm not sure if he did this from his very initial works or if he does uses this technique, but it sure is the best way to bring the reader close to the character. Point to be noted is that it is a past tense narrative; usually this wedges a gap between the character and the reader. King uses the past tense with the Mental interludes to bring out a closeness to the character like no other.
A real character is one which is believable and you allow yourself to be led by that character through the plot. King's characters are one step more. They don't lead you; it's more like they are standing by you. Sometimes it's scary the way I could predict what the character would do. You get that close to a book character, it means the author has put more than sweat and life into them.
He appeals to your inner sense, the intuitions. The whole story has an ominous feel to it. As you read into the first 400 pages, you start feeling something's not right. "Of course, it's not. It's a horror story, for chrissakes" but that's not what I mean. It's evident King writes his deepest secrets in his characters but the scary thing is when you start discovering a lot about yourself when you read the book. The reading experience does not end with the skilful recreation of the events and horrors in Derry, Maine. It leaves you with a yarn of introspective thoughts that might otherwise be untouched deep in your mind.
Come on now, seriously. Every book has some of them but that doesn't mean you don't read it.
King never has a fixed outlining of the plot. The idea starts as a seed and he writes from that. He's said he doesn't know the ending himself until the very end. Well, sometimes it's good, but sometimes not. The author's hesitation in the last two hundred pages is evident. The sure-footed narrative is gone and it takes a little bit of bumps here and there.
The length itself is a downside when it comes to patience of people, these days.Internet and short-attention spans is the trend now, and some readers may just not have it going after 500 pages. But I tell you this, you quit in the middle of this book, then you are never gonna like it. And yes, you are missing a lot. (less)
Some books are good. Some are scary. Some are terrifying. Only a few are haunting.
The Shining is a haunting book, maybe haunted. Nah, just kidding....more Some books are good. Some are scary. Some are terrifying. Only a few are haunting.
The Shining is a haunting book, maybe haunted. Nah, just kidding. But I doubt if I was as brave while reading as much now, after reading it. It's terrifying, it's scary and it's genius in the plot. It's a must-read for horror fans. Just do the reading with the doors open and well before dusk. I was some hundred pages in, and I realised it was 3 in the morning. The night felt ominous to me, unusual that was. I buried the book under some clothes, left the lights on and tried to sleep. First time in almost five years, I feared the dark. I did, I'm not exaggerating.
Jack Torrance resembles Paul Sheldon in the way he entertains himself with his mind games, those funny random thoughts that was a trademark of Paul Sheldon too. Both Paul and Jack, their characteristics are very close to Stephen King himself.
The drinking problem highlighted in the book is also a personal touch about SK. And the drinking problem has a very integral part in the plot. If you think about it for a while, it is a bit evident that the out-of-control drinking is the subtle message SK delivers, with the amount of blood, gore and a sprinkling of monsters and spirits.
There are some terrifying moments in the book, not by virtue of the goriness. It is the situational irony that frightens you like when Wendy tears off her finger-nail accidentally ( pg. 391 ) . Times like this are many and spread throughout the book, and do remember to breathe then.
The book doesn't have any cheap thrills and frills, not the ones you probably would see in the movie make of it. I haven't watched it fully yet, but I am kinda judging already from what little I saw. It's not the pages you have read, the revealed plot uptil then that scares you. It's the unknown, the yet-to-come and the seemingly inevitable. The small details, the ones that define the character, the way the character is and it could become - that scares you. Oh, that scares you shit-less.
The Shining will give you the creeps, the jitters and the nightmares too. The narrative smooth and interesting, as always it is with Stephen King, the characters deep and alive. Well, not all characters, not if you count the ones that are dead. You know, literally dead. (less)