A fabulous, funny novel full of suspense. It has a great story line, full of twists and turns. You'll never get bored reading this. It's just jam-pack...moreA fabulous, funny novel full of suspense. It has a great story line, full of twists and turns. You'll never get bored reading this. It's just jam-packed with great characters, personalities and scenes. When you think it's all over, there's a monster around the corner. It's not unusual for Percy to bump into Medusa or Ares, or come across three furies on a bus! Percy Jackson is a normal kid, living in New York with his mum and step-dad "smelly Gabe". Gabe Ugliano reeks of beer and gone-off garlic pizza, wrapped in sweaty gym-shorts. He uses Percy to help him with his secret gambling funds, and secretly hates Percy. Percy gets bullied at school and has dyslexia, but one morning on a school trip, he accidentally vaporises his maths teacher. His entire world changes when he realises he is a demigod. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a witty, adventurous story. Until I read this, I was really missing out!! All in all, I enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and found it to be a fast and captivating read. I recommend this especially to mid-school and high school teenagers and even tweens. It is especially good to find a book that appeals to such a wide range of individuals, particularly boys. You will find it entertaining regardless of your age. (less)
This 2nd installment like the 1st installment was full of humor,Adventures and action packed , OR should i say too much action packed, more then neces...moreThis 2nd installment like the 1st installment was full of humor,Adventures and action packed , OR should i say too much action packed, more then necessary. Don't get confused with this book as a YA book COz its a middle-grade book for children, Therefore i can't be too harsh with this book.The book picked up really well and things are taking place really fast. for example One thing i know that i am in school, the next thing i know that i am fighting with MONSTERS at gym class(PERCY POINT OF VIEW).since i am a little old for this kind of books there were times that i didn't like the unnecessary scenes. But it did't matter me much. OVERALL it was fun read. I would recommend this book to all who have ever loved the genre FANTASY
the 1st 150 pages are very interesting, the next 7 pages are BULLSHIT..! and the rest was AWSOME. the author wrote some very Magical LINEs in the story...morethe 1st 150 pages are very interesting, the next 7 pages are BULLSHIT..! and the rest was AWSOME. the author wrote some very Magical LINEs in the story.. This book is brilliantly written. It touches your heart as the story comes to an end. It teaches that every treasure lies in our own hearts and there is no need to search for it in the outside world. Search yourself and you get the world. It is recommended for those who love spirituality and for those who would love to read something to make their heart smile…!(less)
SPOILER ALERT### This book is a fable all about how the animals of Manor Farm stir up a rebellion against humans and capture the farm. It all started w...moreSPOILER ALERT### This book is a fable all about how the animals of Manor Farm stir up a rebellion against humans and capture the farm. It all started with the old pig called Old Major giving everybody an inspirational speech one night on how miserable their lives are at the farm with humans. The major also made a rebellion song called The Beasts of England. After some weeks the Major died, but the rebellion continued quietly with the pigs leading, until one day they put it into action and kicked out the humans. The animals celebrate their victory and change the farm's name to Animal Farm, and the farm has a happy and successful year ahead with a good harvest with Snowball, the pig, as leader. When Snowball was leader, he wrote the Seven Commandants, he brought such wonderful tactics into action when the owner Mr Jones attacked the farm again, but an evil plot was hatching in the mind of Napoleon, the evil pig. Napoleon trained these nine fierce dogs to send Snowball off the farm for ever. Then the most evil act occurred - Napoleon held a meeting in which he said whichever animal had to confess something should confess it now. However, Napoleon set the dogs to go off with the heads of whichever animal did confess. Napoleon also broke the Seven Commandments, but every time he broke a commandant his followers would add an extra word to the Commandments and nobody would notice. Whenever an animal would get old or get ill Napoleon would kill them, for example the devoted and very hard working Boxer (the horse) got ill and Napoleon sent him off to the knacker's. At the end there was a very shocking surprise (which I am not going to reveal to you). Review time: the book is pleasant in the first few chapters then goes evil. You get really angry at the last chapters because they're way too cruel and it's not happy - it's sad stuff. At the end of the day, this book tells you that whoever is in charge ends up behaving like cruel humans. So this is not a great book for small kids, you have to be above 10 to read it, but it is a book with a lot of twist and turns.(less)
Gud read..but not satisfied.. Charlie is an outsider, a typical wallflower. He gets bullied at school and prefers taking the forty minute walk home ins...moreGud read..but not satisfied.. Charlie is an outsider, a typical wallflower. He gets bullied at school and prefers taking the forty minute walk home instead of the school bus. Charlie is sixteen years old and when he starts high school, his life is going to change forever.
In a series of letters written by Charlie and sent to an anonymous person we learn about his life, his new friends, his family and especially Charlie himself. He writes about school and his English teacher, Bill, who gives Charlie extra books to read. Charlie then writes essays about them. He would like to become a writer some day.
Charlie himself is a mystery. He has mental problems, gets angry, sees things and then passes out. Right before he started high school his best friend shot himself, but there is also another, worse reason for his problems. At school Charlie meets Patrick and Sam, both of whom are outsiders too, just cooler ones. Patrick is gay and before his stepsister Sam introduced him to "good" music, he was a popular kid. They introduce Charlie to all kinds of new things. Parties, drugs and rock music become new parts of Charlie's life and for the first time he knows what it really means to have good friends.
What makes this book so special and authentic is its reality. As an adult it takes you back to when you were a teenager, as a child it shows you what lies ahead and as a teenager it inspires you. And as we all know there is no other time when finding out who you are and where you belong to is more immediate than when you are a teenager. (less)
The Sins of the Father is Volume 2 in The Clifton Chronicles, a family saga by Jeffrey Archer that began with Only Time Will Tell and centers on Harry...moreThe Sins of the Father is Volume 2 in The Clifton Chronicles, a family saga by Jeffrey Archer that began with Only Time Will Tell and centers on Harry Clifton, the son of a Bristol dock worker who died under mysterious circumstances and an impoverished woman who went above and beyond the duties of a mother to ensure her son received the education he deserved. The latest installment in the series picks up right where Only Time Will Tell left Off. The drama of the Cliftons and the Barringtons continues at top speed in The Sins of the Father. Archer grabs readers’ attention by plunging them into the action from the first page, shifting frequently between different characters’ points of view, peeling back another layer of the story in nearly every chapter, and knowing exactly when to leave readers dangling in suspense.
The book is divided into sections by character, with overlapping years so that readers follow each of them over the course of the war. This narrative structure works so well here because the characters are well developed and could each have a novel of their own. Moreover, Archer connects all of them a strong central character — Harry, a reluctant hero who is made out to be almost saintly at times but is very real in his emotions and mistakes. As in Only Time Will Tell, Archer leaves readers with another cliffhanger ending. That usually drives me crazy, but at least I was expecting it this time. I highly recommend this series for readers who enjoy fast-paced books with a little war and a lot of family secrets and well developed characters. There’s a lot going on in these books, and sometimes they might cross the line into unbelievable, but they really are meant to be escapist reads. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long for Volume 3(THE BEST KEPT SECRETS) What made Only Time Will Tell enjoyable was the narrative: the story was told through multiple points of view, each version of the tale carried forward the element of suspense. Sins..., however, has a comparatively staid narrative. While the tale is still told through different characters’ perspectives, the story trudges on towards a predictable end. Like its prequel, part deux of Harry’s story ends with a cliffhanger — rather gimmicky, considering the year-long wait for its sequel.(less)
Su*kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk... On the first page, James introduces Anastasia Steele, a recent college graduate who is quickly swept up in the ar...moreSu*kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk... On the first page, James introduces Anastasia Steele, a recent college graduate who is quickly swept up in the arms of Christian Grey, a young, self-made, smoky billionaire who seems perfect — minus his dominant-submissive sex habit. Told from Ana’s perspective, the book explores how she changes as she becomes involved with Mr. Grey. Spoiler alert: She doesn’t change at all. A lot of the rumors circulating about the book are true: Yes, Christian Grey controls — or at least tries to control — Ana’s every move. Yes, he has a contract drafted by his lawyer that she signs before they begin their role play. And yes, there’s even a special room where he keeps all of his “toys.” I assumed I would find the story of a girl who lost herself in a submissive relationship — that the relationship would change her, forcing her to question herself. Frankly, the book would have been better if she had. I wasn’t at all surprised when she predictably fell in love with him — she gushes over him from the first chapter. I, too, would probably fall in love with a handsome man who paid for a luxurious lifestyle and gave me intense orgasms. So she falls in love with Mr. Grey but still walks out, even though he never once does anything to her without her permission. Their contract is never broken, but she inexplicably changes her mind. What boggles my mind and frankly really annoys me is that Ana remains the same witty — albeit whiney — college graduate throughout her relationship until she leaves. She has a brief relationship with a rich man who takes her virginity and has some weird habits but is good at sex. Then she leaves him because she suddenly decides that his habits are creepy. As my esteemed colleague Jeremy Tramer (SFS ’12) once wrote, ipso facto ergo latino, she’s a normal person, remains normal throughout the book and then continues to be normal. James peppers the plot, if you can call it that, with the infamous sex scenes. The graphic nature of the book hasn’t been understated by critics: Some of the content is extremely explicit — but not in a good way. It’s done in the kind of way that makes me feel like I will never be able to wash away the shame from having read such disgusting details. After reading the book in Barnes & Noble, I felt like I had committed a humiliating crime. The atrocious writing robs any credibility the book might have retained. The whole thing is so poorly crafted that nothing struck me as believable. I expected Fifty Shades to provide a unique take on sex. It does not. Nor does it provide any useful insight to the world of, shall we say, alternative preferences, because it lacks meaningful descriptions or any analyses. When I brought up this point to a friend of mine, he reminded me that I have no way of knowing what is credible and what isn’t in these circumstances.But I have to think that if I’m questioning James’ command of the English language above a middle school level, it’s legitimate to question as well whether she knows what she’s talking about. My biggest problem with the book was that the entire premise is completely unrealistic. I had a hard time believing that Ana, an independent, self-assured college graduate, who also happened to be a beautiful virgin who never dated anyone until she met Christian, decided to give up all her personal agency to him after knowing him for one weekend. I didn’t believe that his brother would just happen to fall in love with her roommate, giving them an excuse to hang out. And I couldn’t believe that Christian would be willing to pay for all her food, numerous flights on private jets, computers, cars, Blackberries, et cetera in order to keep an eye on a girl he’s just met but still wants to do daily, nightly and ever so rightly every weekend. This isn’t a substantive story but rather the wistful daydreams of a hormone enraged 15-year-old with a dirty imagination. Apparently there’s a second and third book in the series. I have no idea why. I thought we were done with boring Ana and her weird little sex life. I cannot imagine what James has against trees that she keeps producing these “novels.” While I understand I can’t actually stop you from buying this book, I wish I could. You’ll never get back the time — or money — wasted.(less)
OMG...! love the book..freaken amazing.. it has got.. HISTORY SECRETS LOVE PASSION & FRIENDSHIP.. it has everything a brilliant story needs.. Jeffrey Archer...moreOMG...! love the book..freaken amazing.. it has got.. HISTORY SECRETS LOVE PASSION & FRIENDSHIP.. it has everything a brilliant story needs.. Jeffrey Archer is a master story teller and in this book, he weaves a tale so unforgettable and as a reader you will be left yearning for more. Only Time Will Tell is a family saga that spans through generations. This the first part of a five volume series, rest of which will be published in the coming years. The main protagonist of this book is a man named Harry Clifton. Harry is introduced as a child, the son of a dock worker, who died in war. His mother is a waitress who toils hard to secure her son’s future. Harry is a gifted child and this gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, which in the time to come will shape his future. As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? This tale is set in 1920′s and later years and the author has captured the era vividly in words. I could almost picture them in my head. The novels also touches many aspects of the social-economical environment of Great Britain at that time- the disparity between the rich and the poor, the dilemma in the minds of the people with World War II around the corner and many more. All the characters are beautifully sculpted but the one that stands out to me is Harry’s mother – Maisie. She is an example of perseverance and an epitome of motherly love. It is only for her sacrifices, Harry’s life had been different from his father’s or uncle’s. However, she feels her one thoughtless action has jeopardizes so many lives. If it was not for her, this story would not be written. Mr. Tar is another unforgettable character. He plays a big role in shaping Harry future and to Harry, he was a fatherly figure whom he could turn to for advice. The narration in the story shifts through each of the main characters and hence the reader knows the story from various perspective. It makes the story even more engaging. But, the ending of the novel took me for a surprise and I nearly gasped! Needless to say I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.#@#@#@#(less)
Bloodline is another fascinating novel by the author Sidney Sheldon. The book is divided into two parts: BOOK 1 is only the introduction part.it tells a...moreBloodline is another fascinating novel by the author Sidney Sheldon. The book is divided into two parts: BOOK 1 is only the introduction part.it tells about the background of all the main characters. Book 1 is extends to 180 pages out of 409. the 1st part might seem a little boring.
The main story starts from BOOK 2.
The Novel is incomplete.. after completing it i found many things does't have its end.
As his other works this one too provides a fantastic read from the very beginning where the story begins with news of death of Sam Roffee, the president of a multinational company set by his ancestor. With his sudden death his daughter is becomes the sole heir of his billion dollar fortune. Elizabeth, who is very young, is forced to take the charge of his father’s business. But someone wants to kill her to get the whole fortune himself. The novel follows a series of incidents and accidents that provide a breath-taking suspense. Till the end the murderer is not unveiled and that provides a series of spine-chilling adventurous read.
The various relatives of Sam Roffee have been presented very well giving a detailed account of each one’s life separately. The starting chapters are a sneak-peek into the lives of the members of Roffee family. The accounts of their lives are more like a different story through which the reader glides smoothly as they all provide a thrilling and dark side of each oneâ?Ts characters.
As he does in all his novels this one too has a mesmerizing ending that captivates the reader. I won’t spill the beans here I would suggest you to grab a copy of your own. Though I am a slow reader but I had completed this novel in mere 2 day span as once I started I couldn\’t stop myself… The novel has around 409 pages and each one provides a thrilling and enchanting read that makes the reader feel like he himself is in the midst of all the happenings..(less)
How a story is presented in the beginning, middle, & end is an essential factor that keeps the readers of into pages. Sidney Sheldon did it well o...moreHow a story is presented in the beginning, middle, & end is an essential factor that keeps the readers of into pages. Sidney Sheldon did it well on his Windmills of the Gods, & successfully placed a strong ingredient that surprises readers every now & then. The pacing is perfect. The plot is excellent. The story itself is well-researched. Windmills of the Gods is one of the greatest suspense stories I've had read, and Sidney Sheldon succeeded in hooking me up with such a breath-taking story, a fast-paced journey unto the world of politics & its darkest mysteries, the hidden risks behind intellect & fame, the roller coaster ride to the international secrets, sex & murder at their worst, a family at danger in every choice to take, and the survival amidst greedy interests and deceits in a game of life. There are only a few writers who can bring it on; and Sidney Sheldon is one worth to get such prestige.!!###(less)
A Thousand Splendid Suns starts with the story of Mariam, a young girl who lives on the edge of Herat with her mother. Mariam was born out of wedlock,...moreA Thousand Splendid Suns starts with the story of Mariam, a young girl who lives on the edge of Herat with her mother. Mariam was born out of wedlock, and the first part of the novel follows her as she grows into a woman. The second part of the novel shifts to the story of Laila, a 9-year-old girl who lives near Mariam. Although both girls' stories are interesting, it was not clear during my first reading how they connected or where the novel was going. In Part III, Mariam and Laila's stories converge. This is where the novel really takes off and becomes hard to put down. For those readers who read The Kite Runner and are afraid during the first part of the novel that A Thousand Splendid Suns will never pick up the momentum of Hosseini's debut work, fear not. It will all come together, and you will appreciate the time Hosseini spent developing the characters in the first hundred pages or so.
A Thousand Splendid Suns starts in the 1960s and ends in 2003. One of the things I liked most about the novel was the personal view it gave into Afghanistan's history. Regime change, war, hope, and oppression are the backdrop of the novel. Laila and Mariam's stories provided a powerful glimpse into life under Soviet occupation, then under warlords, and finally under the Taliban.
Overall, I highly recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns. Hosseini has written another page turner that moves quickly despite how difficult it is to internalize the sad and violent content that runs throughout the book. This is not light reading, but it is very good reading.(less)