The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
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7.7/10
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Fiction , Review / December 12, 2017

While having a conversation with a friend, I expressed my inclination towards science fiction. Although I am not a well-versed reader, yet I was recommended with the book titled The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. I was told that this book belongs to science fiction genre, and she was right. But what I wasn’t told is that its setup is in post-apocalyptic world, making it bit gloomy in it premise. Hence I would recommend this book to fans of science fiction genre who are willing to overlook the gloomy setting. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau Review Genre : Science Fiction, Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic First in the series of ‘Book of Ember,’ The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau lays a very apt foundation to a intriguing story-line. Although the setting of the book is in post-apocalyptic world there is always a sliver lining present in the book from the beginning. The city of Ember is a city located somewhere on Earth where the only sources of lights are the floodlights hanging up above the city casting a shadow of many interpretations. As the story takes-off we learn from the experiences of our leads, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow….

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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7.5/10
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Fiction , Review / December 7, 2017

 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is definitely a nostalgic journey specially for a 80’s kids. The book undoubtedly reflects that the author has done his part of all the research work of that time. Picking up this book from the shelf was never a mistake. Though the book is fairly predictable yet it’s an adventurous ride. I had heard a lot about this book previously from few of my friends. And since then have been waiting to get my hands on it. This is what I think about the book : Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Review Genre : Science Fiction If you have ever played a video game before from the late eighties and early nineties, you know there are certain tropes that most of these games use and how they are enjoyable in a silly and over the top way in which you suspend disbelief completely and immerse yourself in this strange world of sometimes great and sometime crude visuals. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a book that expertly reconstructs this very familiar feeling for 80’s kids who grew up nerding out on video games, comics, movies and books. This is a book written…

Sinners by Naveen Durgaraju
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8.5/10
Sinners by Naveen Durgaraju
Fiction , Review / November 30, 2017

From the look of cover the book Sinners by Naveen Durgaraju, the book appeared distinctly intriguing. One will get an air of mythology combined with modern outlook. And this is reason I picked it up from the bookshelf. It turned out to be a delightful read with a right mix of fiction as well as the mythological element. The novel was dark and grim at times but still lured me to read further. Naveen being a young rising artist has certainly shown great dexterity in character building and retaining the flow of the story throughout the book. Sinners by Naveen Durgaraju Review Genre : Mythological Sci-Fi Thriller Fiction After reading The Krishna Key, I had very few hopes from any Indian Writer in the genre of Mythology. Even though Ashwin Sanghi deserves a pat on the back for all the extensive research work, but the story writing was not gripping and after a thrilling start it crash lands. But Naveen has created a magic with his simple yet grasping writing in Sinners. Based on post Apocalyptic Dystopian prophecy, Sinners is an interesting saga unveiled by Naveen. The book has an engaging blurb and even more interesting book cover. I wouldn’t say…

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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8.5/10
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Fiction , Review / November 5, 2017

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a kind of novel that is not appreciated at it’s own time. It’s a work of art whose understanding is so deep that getting it on the first try would be a surprise. There are so many aspects and interpretations which makes it a beauty to read. This novel is perhaps most eminent because of its movie adaptation by film making genius Stanley Kubrick. The extensive influence of this book on literary ethos is commendable despite the initial commercial failures and mixed reviews. Misinterpreted for its depiction of extensive violence, the underlying theme of this book is the significance of ‘free will’. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Review Genre : Fiction , Satire Set in the dystopian near future, the book confronts pressing issues that stem from government oppression. The protagonist of the story is Alex, a 15-year-old boy who leads a gang of other 3 young so called ‘Mates’. They derive sadistic pleasure by menacing the streets and assaulting strangers. The nature of their crimes even extends to brutally raping women. It really shows the psychology of these young lads who have a free will which I think is necessary for the…

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
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8.2/10
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Non-Fiction , Review / October 24, 2017

Ever wondered about the evolution of the Humans. If you are a FRIENDS fan, you might happen to remember that episode where Phoebe doesn’t believe in evolution, which bothers Ross enough that he feels he has to convince her of the theory. How did out of so many species, humans were the only one that dominated in this Game of Evolution? How the factors like social, natural, ecological, geographical etc affected it? Hoping to find all these answers, I decided to pursue my journey through Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Review Genre : History, Non-Fiction Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari is a primer on the human existence and its progress right from its dawn to its current shaky supremacy. Sapiens is a personal book. It is not a scholarly documentation of the entire history of humanity. Undoubtedly seems like Harari’s own take and his own version of the events that transpired.It glosses through the different popular ideas in broad strokes on what happened and how, while allowing Harari’s own beliefs and biases to come to a conclusion as to which is the definitive and the most probable explanation. Sapiens deals with major shifts through out history –…

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
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7.3/10
The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
Non-Fiction , Review / October 18, 2017

While surfing through a book store few days back, I saw the book The motorcycle diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. Immediately decided to read it. I wanted to know more about Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara then knowing him just as a revolutionary figure and as a Graffiti on t-shirts of people who sometimes don’t even know who he is. This novel is a travel journal of Ernesto. Narrative from his travel diary. Don’t expect a great revelation regarding what lead him to become a revolutionary icon, or any political insights etc. But this will give you a hint of his persona. It reflects the experiences of two carefree riders, about their journey through the South American continent which later proved crucial in making Ernesto what he was. A legend. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara Review Genre :  Non-Fiction , Travelogue The Book is a travelogue by Ernesto in it’s most natural form. Two friends on one fine day decide an impromptu journey toNorth America on their mighty motorcycle La Pedrosa II. And the deal was sealed laid on the foundation of improvisation and passion for travel. The adventures they encounter during this trip, written by Ernesto, is what this book…