Dragon thief is set in the world of his previous books but essentially stand alone. I had not read any of his pFull review at My blog : read that also
Dragon thief is set in the world of his previous books but essentially stand alone. I had not read any of his previous books but had no trouble following the book or enjoying it.
The story opens with the jewel thief cum art collector Kal staring a the haul of dragon treasure. But there is a girl sleeping next to the gold. Who is she and what is her story?
The sleeping girl turns out to be Taz, who might or might not be completely human. Kal and Taz sets off for the inevitable adventure, trading quips back and forth and the story of dragon thief is set in motion.
When I was reading, I really felt that Secchia has spend much effort in building the world of Dragon thief.
The language is engaging and funny throughout. And I think dialogues beat the descriptions in the book. The sarcasm is neat and never over done.
There is a slight adult undercurrent throughout the book. But I wish the story had developed a bit more faster. But then, that is my complaint about most of the fantasy I read.Another sore point is the relation between Kal and Taz. I think there was scope for it to have more depth than currently portrayed.
Dragon thief is a pretty good read set in a nicely build world and ticks all the boxes I demand of my fantasy reads. ...more
Set in Ukraine, this James bond meets Godfather kind of novel tells the tale of Mikhail Vorotavich , and contains politicsReview from read that also
Set in Ukraine, this James bond meets Godfather kind of novel tells the tale of Mikhail Vorotavich , and contains politics and sex and espionage and violence and all what is required of an out and out thriller. Krasno puts more focus on unraveling the plot and let his characters set the atmosphere through their actions rather than go into tedious descriptions. This has made entire book crisp and give it a to the point feel.
Book also is a testimony to the volatile relation between Russia and USA, which I feel have taken a back seat in the political thriller genre, losing out to the chaos in middle east.
To be honest, the first person narration can be a bit distracting from time to time. i would have also preferred more tighter grip in dialogues, sometimes the tone becomes just too artificial. However this also doubles up as a charm for the novel, giving it a different style from what is the normal fare. I also wish there were a couple of strong female characters in this novel that screams of testosterone....more
Starve is about a culinary reality show aka hunger games style, sans the kill the losers part, where chefs fight it out to sReview from read that also
Starve is about a culinary reality show aka hunger games style, sans the kill the losers part, where chefs fight it out to serve the best dishes to the wealthy patrons, while the poor folks watch. It was the brain child of one Mr Gavin Cruikshank, culinary genius. But not in the way currently being aired.
Well, his wife took his money and his nemesis took his career, so Gavin is stepping into the the show, a twisted version of his concept, where elite chefs fight each other , as a contestant. And here is were starve becomes gripping.
An interesting concept, and a parallel track of social commentary runs, about the economic disparity and the excesses of the rich against the nothingness of the poor. Gavin’s road to redemption is not easy,of course, with what his wife and foe in the helms of the show, but it is interesting enough.
Still I wish the dialogues were a bit crisper, detailing in the panels a bit sharper. I am no comic book/ graphic novel veteran, but I think in the whole the illustrations and text could be a little more improved....more
Adulthood is a myth. I know that for a fact. Still my stupid cynical brain refused to raise my expectations. Until I sReview from link: read that also
Adulthood is a myth. I know that for a fact. Still my stupid cynical brain refused to raise my expectations. Until I started reading the book. Ugh, btw did I tell you this is a series of cartoons? Yes it is. And it is pretty good.
As I was telling you, I am that girl. The one who cannot walk in heels and stows all the stuff under my bed. The one whose brain is working overtime as her boyfriend holds her hand. One who hates to shave the forest in her legs and have moustaches for eyebrows.
Some of the comics are surprisingly deep. Anderson, in one strip, identifies a real girl as “ one who identifies as a girl and is not a figment of imagination.” A hard hitting reply to all the “real girls don’t xyz” floating around in beautiful sepia backgrounds.
But the best part of the deal was the feeling that sneaked up my chest when I was engrossed in my life drawn in pictures. The feeling that it is okay. To be sad. To be lonely. To be insecure. There are people out there like feeling the same. In the end, it does not matter....more
I am skeptical of top ten lists. The best of this, the best of that. I invariably tend to be disappointed with most ofReview from link: read that also
I am skeptical of top ten lists. The best of this, the best of that. I invariably tend to be disappointed with most of the world’s- best- list- residing books and movies. So I was really glad that I had decided to trust a list and get the book, the name of wind.
Truth be told, the name of the name of wind did not impress me. Neither did the name of the series Kingkiller chronicles. Still in an impulse I got the book and I am so in love with it.
Does this all have a been there read that vibe to it? Don’t worry. Patrick Rothfuss has done a brilliant job of infusing freshness into what could have been easily been a stale premise. A pale shadow of the wheel of time. Infact the freshness is breathtaking and plot moves quickly. Believability of course is not a key term for fantasy but the world building is perfect.
But it is not the words or world that make the name of wind special. It is the small moments that Rothfuss has manged to sneak into the story. In fact the novel is one great collection of small moments sparsely interspersed with anything significant.
And then there is his wry sense of humor. Dancing on the thin line between what is funny and what is obnoxious. And almost always managing to stay in the right side of it.
I will recommend this one as a good read. Well, why so stingy? I will recommend this as a great read. ...more
When I heard the name, An idiot, Placements and IntervYou, in all its deliberately misspelled glory, I had no idea what to make offrom read that also
When I heard the name, An idiot, Placements and IntervYou, in all its deliberately misspelled glory, I had no idea what to make of it.
The first couple of chapters don’t provide much scope for hope. They include an acknowledgement, an about this book, a “not a prologue” and a story behind this book. All of them expressing sort of similar sentiments peppered with bad philosophy cum poetry.
This is the gist of toffee’s story. He was a school topper. He spend the mandatory years of boarding education studying enough to get into a prestigious, if not top, college and promptly forgets about studying. Then comes an expected love story, followed by the break up which forces him to re-think some of his priorities. He works hard from then on, gets placed in a top notch MNC, identified here only as DWELL and writes a book about how to crack the coveted placement drives. All in all not a bad outcome from a break up.
Then all of a sudden book changes tracks. It becomes a sort of self help book. Something like “How to get placed for dummies”. It walks you through the generic phases of a recruitment drive. The pre-placement talks to the HR interview through aptitude tests and GD and what not.
Most of the time the analogies are awful and the case studies are clichéd. But this itself provides a ringing authenticity to the book. After all it was written by a self confessed screwed up. Surprisingly this fact makes the book endearing. It is not the kind of book that is in a suit and tie and is looking down at you with disapproving eyes while dishing out advice after advice. No, this is a book that has been exactly in the position of a hapless engineering student. In fact it has that awesome been there, done that, got it right attitude. ...more
The poetry is not pretentious. And The author has managed to pick and choose some genuinely and uniquely funny instances froReview from read that also
The poetry is not pretentious. And The author has managed to pick and choose some genuinely and uniquely funny instances from real life as subject matter.
A motley collection of poems. Some I liked. Some I did not.Well, to be fair, most I liked. “examples of twisted logic” was hilarious. Some I could figure out the slapstickiness (I know that is not a word). I mean, Items of food beginning with ch? Some went straight over my head. Greek mythology? Opera? A little out of my league.
So, the verdict time? Did I liked the book? I did. Will I remember any of this after an hour? Probably not. But above all, I might, one day, when I bored, come back to this book. That, I believe, is the best recommendation I can give out for this funny collection of poems. ...more
Have you ever read a book that was recommended by so many and ended up wondering why you did not like it? Because that was mReview from Read that also
Have you ever read a book that was recommended by so many and ended up wondering why you did not like it? Because that was my precise feeling after I read The missing rose.
The book depends heavily on coincidences, but is neither able to explain them away, like an ordinary mystery work, nor give them a mystic charm or aura like Coelho's works.The book depends heavily on coincidences, but is neither able to explain them away, like an ordinary mystery work, nor give them a mystic charm or aura like Coelho's works...more
I loved the whole concept of the book. The author has put in painstaking efforts to explain away the supernatural elemeantsReview from Read that also
I loved the whole concept of the book. The author has put in painstaking efforts to explain away the supernatural elemeants of legends and folklore and has skill fully navigated the thin line between believable history and fantasy. This along with the no frills narration makes this book a thrill to read. You need to have a certain degree of intimacy with Indian mythology to completely appreciate the efforts of the author, but it is not needed to enjoy the book And in passing, i just loved it's cover.....more
Review from Read that also This book is a thriller to the core. The narration is fast and attention holding.I sort of found difficult to put down the bReview from Read that also This book is a thriller to the core. The narration is fast and attention holding.I sort of found difficult to put down the book for so much was happening and I just needed to know what came next. The surprises, the twists and turns in the plot were neatly packed. I constantly found myself predicting with confidence, what is going to happen next, only to be pleasantly surprised that there was an equally believable alternative. Speaking of believableness, I guess the author is pretty familiar with the police procedures and lingo and stuff. This adds a shade of reality to the whole drama and its enaction. ...more
I would recommend this for a light read for laughs IF and ONLY IF, you are not an easily offended person who allows a fair aReview from Read that also
I would recommend this for a light read for laughs IF and ONLY IF, you are not an easily offended person who allows a fair amount of latitude for political correctness in the name of comedy. If you are one of the tribe, hop aboard and enjoy the book.It is fun. Else my advice would be to stay away from it....more
Brisk opening and crisp and fast narration does justice to the genre. Mystery is build reasonably well. At times, there areReview from Read that also
Brisk opening and crisp and fast narration does justice to the genre. Mystery is build reasonably well. At times, there are periods where nothing happens, but they also add to the feeling of linearly building up of tension. Sometimes, the bout of action which comes after long periods of idleness makes you wish that the story moved a bit faster. Well, it don’t and I have a sneaky suspicion that this deliberate brick by brick approach is a major reason behind the charm of the book. The author has build up a confusing haze in the beginning and clears it up painstakingly as we move through the book, pausing at intervals to throw a new thread or two at the reader...more
Reality is not a strong point of this book. But who cares? This is a read where you sit back, relax and breeze past the pageReview from Read that also
Reality is not a strong point of this book. But who cares? This is a read where you sit back, relax and breeze past the pages. You just have to know what next before putting it down. The surprise elements are nicely strewn along the way and they develop wonderfully, without hindering the flow of the read. Swain’s mystery of the by invite only club Devil’s door is left at the peak before the narrative jumps to Bradley Johnson.And the privileged ones. An effective technique in building tension. And lo, there comes Tamara, her mom’s client, shot dead in an alley. The pace and flow of narration makes this an interesting read. There is excitement and the book manages to hold on to the tempo well. I was suspicious if the author would be able to pull of the multiple plot lines into a satisfactory ending. Well, my doubts were completely unfounded. Ending was fit to the pace and tone of the rest of the book, with just enough set aside for a sequel. ...more
There were a couple of things I loved. Like a curious raw feeling invoked in the narrative. The story of Spencer was strangely real. WhiRead that also
There were a couple of things I loved. Like a curious raw feeling invoked in the narrative. The story of Spencer was strangely real. Which only made it more sad. There was little dramatization. You could feel his attempts to fix his life. Which never works out. You could feel his mixed emotions about this father and in general adults of his world. His cynicism and mistrust are also real enough.And his transformation is scary enough.I liked the young guy so much that at times I felt like shaking Spencer to his senses....more
The biggest thing I loved about this book was the sheer love and courage of the characters. For some, it is always there. OtReview from Read that also
The biggest thing I loved about this book was the sheer love and courage of the characters. For some, it is always there. Others surprise you with the hidden reserves.
All the rest of the celebrated highlights of the book, I was not that impressed? Healing power of books? Death as the narrator? Everything sort of fades into background as the story progresses. The courage of the book thief, her mama, papa, the jew, the mayor's wife..... it is that which holds this book together and moves it forward.. War is constant. Still life goes on. All all that we care for in life is still there. Love. Family. Fun. Against the constant fear of tomorrow....more
The book would have been quite a good read for me if I had not set my bars so high. But then, it is not entirely my fault. IReview from Read that also
The book would have been quite a good read for me if I had not set my bars so high. But then, it is not entirely my fault. I was smitten by Countess Helga Burbeck , the bossy aristocratically lady. As the blurb of the book says, to her, the war was nothing more than an inconvenience on her shopping trips to Berlin. Her first introduction to the horrors of the war was skilfully portrayed. She starts smuggling children off to Paris. Everyone knows about it. She makes little attempt to do it in dark.
But the book does precious little in developing the characters. Especially the gold mine called Helga Burbeck. And relations. Between countess and her ward and partner in crime Jacob, a Jewish boy. Between Obersturmführer Meyer, the SS officer and her. Instead book proceeds like it was a commentary of her life. Only events were important. Not emotions.
This treatment gives an odd movie like quality to the book. Fast paced and to the point. This is not the way I like my books. But that does not mean that I did not enjoy the action packed sequences towards the end. And the little bit of drama that is inserted as an anti climax....more
Melissa, the protagonist, is a typical working wonder-women, juggling a hundred balls in air. She has all the all too frequeReview from Read that also
Melissa, the protagonist, is a typical working wonder-women, juggling a hundred balls in air. She has all the all too frequent problems, image issues, relationship troubles...I don't know if I liked her or not. Sometimes, she is so real that you can all too well see her. Sometimes, she is bland and lifeless. None of the other characters are given much time or script. I was always interested in the world of broadcasting. Always wondered what goes behind the shows. It was this premise of the book that first captured my attention.And sure enough the book provided some interesting glimpses to the backroom of a news studio....more
The clinical presentation with little fuss is reminiscent of the works of celebrated Asimov.There is hardly any lecturing. PReview from Read that also
The clinical presentation with little fuss is reminiscent of the works of celebrated Asimov.There is hardly any lecturing. People have accepted the advancements is technology as a routine. Reader is mercifully spared of essays about their merit and the nostalgia most of the time. This treatment gives a touch of reality to the narration. The central role played by dreams infuses a fair amount of personality to the characters. After all, what is more personal than your dreams. I have to congratulate the author on his efficient building of tension. He plays his cards close to his chest.
This brings me to something I did not quite like in the book. Too many mysteries. Mysteries building upon mysteries. I was skeptic about how the author was going to tie all the threads together. Well, he has managed to tie most of them, but I am left with the feeling that too much time and effort was spend on setting the stage and the actual play was rushed. ...more
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom. I took this book to read with a fair amountReview from Read that also
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom. I took this book to read with a fair amount of trepidation. Having loads of Muslim friends, I had found many of the books about Islam hopelessly prejudiced. But you have to hand it over to Qanta, the author of this memoir for keeping an open mind. It was the obvious lack of prejudice in the apparent view point of the author and the effort she took in reaching out to people and understanding their view points that made the book pretty different
I loved the sneak peaks to life of different individuals especially ladies. It was fascinating to watch people building up their life around all sort of restrictions. I also enjoyed the picturesqueness with which the emotional turmoil of the author is portrayed. On the flip side, while I agree Hajj is an important experience for a devout Muslim, I found her description too lengthy and dragging. Also, I find her disappearing at times, simply being a spectator and offering little on what she thought or felt. And I found a distinct lack of connection between the chapters...more
I enjoyed the twists and turns the author introduced in the complex relationship between the lead characters with little prReview from Read that also
I enjoyed the twists and turns the author introduced in the complex relationship between the lead characters with little pretensions and easy and effortless language.
Another thing I really enjoyed about the book was it's strong cast. For one, almost every name introduced in the book has managed to convey their personality. This is not a small feet considering the book has a reasonably big list. And all the main characters were developed beautifully. I also enjoyed the care given to simple moments in the plot that were not exactly connected with the story, like the relationship between Rachael, the girl who got the heart, with her mother or the conversations between her and her doctor...more
A Little Bit of Déjà Vu is a book that made me feel exactly that. A Little Bit of Déjà Vu!!!! The plot was vaguely familiar. The stFrom Read that also
A Little Bit of Déjà Vu is a book that made me feel exactly that. A Little Bit of Déjà Vu!!!! The plot was vaguely familiar. The story developed along the same beaten paths. Even the surprises were not surprising. The language in the book is cool and clear. The narration is engaging. But the shallow and slim character list did not do any favor to the already weak plot. If only there was a little more of realism and depth, with the author's amazing grip over narration, the story would have rocked. but sadly it was not so. :(...more
I somehow did not like this book. While I appreciate his tenacity and courage and fighting spirit, he came across as a completely self centered personI somehow did not like this book. While I appreciate his tenacity and courage and fighting spirit, he came across as a completely self centered person to me. ...more