It isn't often that I find recommendations for books on Twitter. But when I do, I don't usually buy the book or even add it to my "want to read" list.It isn't often that I find recommendations for books on Twitter. But when I do, I don't usually buy the book or even add it to my "want to read" list. But this time around, when I was randomly browsing through my Twitter timeline, I came across this book recommendation from one of my followers. The title sounded interesting; Paper Towns by John Green had me hooked by the time I was ready to head to bed.
The story starts off on a very weird note. It's only further on in the tale that you realise that the narrator was talking about a time in the future, a part of the story that had yet to happen.
As an avid reader, I keep no hopes on books when I start to read them. I just pick up a book and plough on relentlessly. I'd never read a book from the author before, so the characters were completely new and fresh to me.
Unlike other mystery stories, Paper Towns didn't seem to be predictable. It had me guessing till the end what exactly was going to happen, and I'm not ashamed to say that I got all the guesses wrong. I'm drawn to emotional stories (but not exactly romance) such as "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield" and this story pretty much struck a chord with me too.
Margo as a character reminded me of another of my favourite fictional characters - Jesus of Suburbia from the punk rock opera "American Idiot" by Green Day.
It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
Margo, much like Jesus of Suburbia, is not happy with the town that she lives in or the people that she lives with. So she decides to leave town and head to the city. This is the point where the two stories take a very divergent route. While Paper Towns is focused on finding Margo after she leaves town, American Idiot focuses on the character Jesus of Suburbia as he moves into the city, starts a new life and finds it to be a paper town again.
People like Margo and Jesus of Suburbia are discontent with the mere idea of a place that's inhabited by people who don't think like they do. They take off and leave everything behind and don't care about the havoc they wreck with the people who have actually cared for them. These type of people feel all the places they decide to live in are exactly like the same paper town they had inhabited previously.
Quentin as a character appeals to the majority of us who have actually graduated high school and often go back to those memories with fondness. The other characters have the perfect amount of teenage angst and free spirit that we all had back when we were teenagers. But at the end, it is Quentin who makes the wise choice and decides to let go of his true love for the sake of the future. For Margo Roth Spiegelman is unlike Jesus of Suburbia or St. Jimmy; she doesn't return home after she realizes that even the huge city will be two dimensional like the town she left behind.
I played the string through the end and I found myself reading from a window of Green's mind. The characterisation is very strong and even for a romance, it had excellent imagery. Green's use of poetry and the involvement of Whitman's classic "Song of Me" was pretty brilliant.
As the story progresses on, Green makes the story more of an explanation of the Whitman classic itself and the narrator kind of dwindles to tell the tale there. But the story is a perfect enactment of today's modern youth. It captures the true spirit of a teenager and twists it into an enjoyable and nostalgic tale of a love once lost and found again.
Paper Towns is a perfect read for the "paper citizens" out there. Paper Towns believes the theory of "becoming another self" to truly understand that person. It's definitely not a read for that afternoon on a rainy summer day; it is in fact a read of a lifetime that actually teaches you and imparts in you very useful things that you would do good to remember for the rest of your life.
Life is short. Live life the way it is meant to be. Have fun. Do everything, but within limits. ...more
The Silkworm is a really gripping read...from halfway through. When I first started reading The Silkworm, I expected a lot from it like it's predecessThe Silkworm is a really gripping read...from halfway through. When I first started reading The Silkworm, I expected a lot from it like it's predecessor, "The Cuckoo's Calling".
There were times when the story dragged so much that I wanted to put the book down, but Galbraith has artfully managed to keep your attention drawn to the story by dropping in carious clues across the pages that make you sit up straighter in the chair with excitement.
The twist to the entire story at the end was what surprised me, as I had drawn different conclusions from the smattering of clues. Galbraith makes you keep guessing the culprit until the very end and kudos to her for that amazing piece of literary genius!
It's definitely worth a read for any mystery and suspense junkie out there....more
I came across this book at a local bookstall while I was perusing the fiction stand, liberally choosing books to read at a leisure time. What really cI came across this book at a local bookstall while I was perusing the fiction stand, liberally choosing books to read at a leisure time. What really caught my attention was the mention of J. K. Rowling on the book jacket. While I have been a fan of Ms Rowling as far as I can remember, the idea of her having written a detective story was a bit weird. Having added the book to my to read list at the shop, I came back home and bought the title on my Kindle.
Galbraith takes us around on a tour of celebrity filled London,...more
I didn't have great expectations when I first came across this book. I was searching for fantasy titles for my friend to read and Goodreads recommendeI didn't have great expectations when I first came across this book. I was searching for fantasy titles for my friend to read and Goodreads recommended me this.
I'm not new to fantasy novels, per se; I have read many titles over the past few years when I finished the Harry Potter series and most of them were excellent.
The Alchemyst gave off the wrong vibe. The description sounded mature and I was happy that I had actually found a serious fantasy book to read. Alas! The happiness was short lived to say the least.
The twins in the book aggravated me to no end and even some of the Mary Sue's I come across in Harry Potter FanFiction seemed like heaven compared to these two. Scott's characterisation is very weak. While he may have a talent for writing excellent scripts for movies, I reckon he should stay away from writing further books....more
It's a strangely empty book throughout. I liked the fantasy elements a lot, but the story lacked imagination. The author has NO characterisation whatsIt's a strangely empty book throughout. I liked the fantasy elements a lot, but the story lacked imagination. The author has NO characterisation whatsoever throughout and he seems to have gotten down the entire book in a single sitting. I say that because everything seems to be rushed, as if the author is harried and wants to finish it off as quickly as possible. Perhaps he thinks writing is a sin and wants to wash his hands off the dirt....more
C. J. Box... What can I say? I'd first heard of this author when one of his books (not from the Pickett series) debuted as the international best sellC. J. Box... What can I say? I'd first heard of this author when one of his books (not from the Pickett series) debuted as the international best seller. I liked his style of writing and I picked up his Pickett series as soon as I could. I have already read most of the books in this series, and I'm going through them again to brush up on a few things.
When I picked up Open Season a few weeks ago, I was reminded that this book was written at a time when the author was probably still finding his writing style. The book isn't very descriptive, and neither does it make you hang on to every word.
One of the main reasons I fell in love with this series and this book was because of the setting. A small town, a place where every person knew every other person. Set in Wyoming, this book was what piqued my interest about the Montana region so much so that I wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains by the time I finished the book.
The story drags at times, and at certain others, it is very frustrating to read because the story is kind of predictable. That is not to say that this is a bad thing. The author has a wealth of advice and information to give the readers, and keeping it simple at times assures you that the book will not turn Western like all those Tom Horn stories. ...more
When I was pressured into reading the Percy Jackson series, I didn't hold high hopes for it. Essentially, it was a book about some boy who was like haWhen I was pressured into reading the Percy Jackson series, I didn't hold high hopes for it. Essentially, it was a book about some boy who was like half-god half-human. But then, I really started getting into the book because of the easy and simple way it was written in.
My mom made blue waffles and blue eggs for breakfast. She’s funny that way, celebrating special occasions with blue food. I think it’s her way of saying anything is possible. Percy can pass seventh grade. Waffles can be blue. Little miracles like that.
Rick Riordan (2008-01-01T18:30:00+00:00). The Sea of Monsters (Kindle Locations 46-48). Disney-Hyperion. Kindle Edition.
What drew me into the book was all the Greek Mythology in place. I always had been interested in the stuff, but I had never picked up a Greek Mythology book to read. Call me lazy or whatever, I just didn't get around to it. Anyway, Poseidon, Hermes, Apollo, Athena, Medusa, Zeus... All these names I'd heard of before, but I didn't know who exactly they were, until I read the two books. I still had check up on legends and myths of certain things while reading, but it's kind of easy when you have a Kindle in your hand, you know?
Anyway, Percy was supposed to have a talk with his mother about returning to camp when he leaves for the last day of school. When I say camp, I mean Half-Blood Camp. It's like this place where all these half-bloods live year-around, or for the summer and winter break. Anyway, when his mother informs him that the camp in is trouble, Percy can't wait to get details about it out of his mo0ther, but unfortunately, he intercepts a few monsters at school. He is almost fried to death, and if it weren't for his new friend, Tyson, there'd be no further installments to the Percy Jackson series.
They also meet Annabeth there and they make their way to camp, where they find that the camps boundary and safety walls have fallen, because of the poisoning of the old pine tree that protected it. The camp, which once used to be the safest place for half-bloods, is now overrun by a criminal who replaces the former camp director Chiron, and lots of monsters, who in turn make it unsafe for half-bloods to live there.
When Percy gets a dream that his friend Grover, a satyr, is in danger, he confides in Annabeth, and they come up with a plan to rescue the camp and the satyr. When they propose this to the camp, all of them are enthusiastic, and they start chanting that they want a quest. The new camp director, for some reason, hates Percy and Annabeth from the beginning, so he tells the camp that quests aren't given out to trouble makers and instead gives to the Daughter of Ares, Clarisse. Percy and Annabeth are both indignant; but who can stop a 3000 year old camp director and prisoner when all he wants to do is eat food (which always escapes his grasp, by the way)?
So, when Percy introduces Tyson to camp, who is actually a Cyclops, he is claimed by Poseidon, making Tyson Percy's brother. Percy is ashamed to have a Cyclops for a brother and rebukes anyone who teases him about it. But, after the quest has been given to Clarisse, Hermes comes along and tells Percy to go away and complete the quest. He gives him two gifts for the journey and Tyson, Percy and Annabeth all go away from camp.
The story goes on, but I'm not going to write it out over here for everyone to read. I'd give this book a rating of 4 stars. I'll write up a better review soon....more