Sphere by Michael Crichton
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7.8/10
Sphere by Michael Crichton
Fiction , Review / September 19, 2017

When I first read Jurassic park, it blew my mind. Since then I have been a fan of the author Michael Crichton. I liked how he takes a sci-fi premise and makes it about something more profound and human. I liked how Jurassic park dealt with themes like man playing God, power, nature and life finding a way. So after that, I was looking for something similar from him to both excite and intellectually stimulate me. I then picked Timeline which though is a great book doesn’t have a lot of commentary about the human condition and such. And this is where Sphere by Michael Crichton comes in. Sphere by Michael Crichton Review Genre : Sci-Fi Fiction Sphere is the book that I wanted to read, that I wanted to exist, that I wished someone had written.This is sort of my dream book. A mysterious object is found deep below the oceans and team of diverse individuals are sent in to investigate and explore. What transpires next is something you would not expect from a story typical to this genre. Crichton immediately takes the story into a brave new original direction that keeps weaving in and out of the expected and…

The devotion of suspect x by Keigo Higashino
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8.7/10
The devotion of suspect x by Keigo Higashino
Fiction , Review / September 12, 2017

This murder mystery – The devotion of suspect x by Keigo Higashino, was recommended by a friend and it is perhaps the best murder mystery book I have read till date. Having read this, I also read The Salvation of a saint and Naoko. And also plan to read A Midsummer’s Equation by the same author. This is the first time I have read a book by a Japanese writer after which of course I got more interested in Japanese writers and read Kafta on the shore by Haruki Murakami which is another marvel. The best thing about this book is that the writer reveals the murderer in the second chapter only but what keeps us intriguing is the perfection of the crime! or was it too perfect in the end ?  The devotion of suspect x by Keigo Higashino Review Genre : Murder Mystery Fiction ‘Devotion of Suspect X’ is one of the masterpieces penned down by Keigo Higashino. The third book in the “Detective Galileo” series has gained success by thrashing the ‘whodunit’ format.  The mystifying and deceptive plot used by the author is so intense that it leaves reader’s spell bounded and astonished. The book is a…

The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna Review
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7/10
The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna Review
Fiction , Review / August 13, 2017

So Recently I came across this second book by Twinkle Khanna. I Dedicatedly follow her columns in Times of India and have become a fan of her Wit and Humor. Her first novel Mrs. Funnybones was an exceptional piece of writing, so decision of buying her second novel didn’t even took a second. It’s really intriguing how she finds humor in daily chores and such simple things so beautifully but then again that’s what writing is all about and that’s what separates her from other writers.   The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna Review Genre   : Fiction Drama This is a simple yet well written feel good compilation of 4 unique stories by Twinkle Khanna. While the stories have nothing in common, they still manage to resonate with the reader compelling him to face the ugly truth about our rigid society and how it is wired. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad weaves its way through a village that, contrary to the age-old belief of condemning the birth of a girl child, celebrates the latter instead. The protagonist of the story is a spirited 17 year old teenager, who provides a simple yet effective solution to battle this malice and…

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8/10
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Fiction , Review / August 1, 2017

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Review Genre   : Fiction Drama What will people do when their lives are bent out of shape by the forces of the world, of those whom they love and those who love them? Lowland is at once comforting and unsettling as it deals with the familiar internal workings of deeply human characters and the harsh alien circumstances that befall them. A tale of two brothers-Subhash and Udayan, each carried by winds of ambition and enlightenment to places very different and very far apart – Lowland evokes a feeling of poignant gloom and at times utter hopelessness.   This book for me was downright depressing. Beautifully depressing.  As the men deal with their own ideologies and their demons, it’s the women in the story that stand out. Gauri, Bela and  even the mother of the two brothers are such vivid forces of will that sometimes nurture but sometimes destroy, never willing to succumb to the crushing tyranny of fate. The characters are not likeable. They are just real.  Everyone in the book does terrible things – to others and sometimes to themselves. Sometimes they do beautiful things too. Sometimes the terrible things are in a way beautiful. You…

I Robot by Isaac Asimov
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8.5/10
I Robot by Isaac Asimov
Fiction , Review / July 26, 2017

You see these futuristic movies based on robots these days and come to know the 3 laws of Robotics: Firstly A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Secondly A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. And Lastly A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Do you know who came came up with these Laws, Isaac Asimov and the surprising part is he came up with these laws in the year 1950. He was way WAY ahead of his time and is one of the most prolific writers of all times. In this book I Robot by Isaac Asimov he talks about of robot stories which are really interesting. I Robot by Isaac Asimov Review Genre   : Sci-fi Fiction I was wrong. I thought Asimov’s books were old classics that would bore me to tears and any interesting themes they deal with might already be done to death over time by other books and media. Well ! I was grossly wrong. I Robot by Isaac…

Kafka on the shore
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8.8/10
Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami
Fiction , Review / July 23, 2017

I think my fascination with Japanese writers came after I read the novels written by Keigo Higashino. His book the devotion of a suspect X and another by the name the salvation of a saint left me speechless. His way of writing a crime fiction is truly phenomenal. So obviously huge expectations were there from Haruki Marukami, and Kafka on the shore didn’t disappoint.  The book is very engaging and although this is my first Murakami, but it won’t be my last. Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami Review Genre   : Surreal Fiction A character in the book says There’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library.  And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, And that is what I think this book is. A way to dust off our own libraries of the mind. A way to let our private libraries of hearts breath once again and a way to understand ourselves. The book doesn’t make sense and I frankly don’t want to make sense of it….