BOOK REVIEW: Enterprise by Vonda N. McIntyre

Enterprise: The First Adventure is a part of the Star Trek: The Original Series. Star Trek is a fascinating world of its own. Like our world, it represents it consists interesting cultural diversity with characters like Spock who is as emotionally stable as a rock.

Enterprise:The First Adventure is the book about the first time captain James T. Kirk, the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. He takes of the Enterprise for the first time. Spock, Sulu, Scotty, and Janice Rand are among some other characters who try to adjust to their new captain and are introduced as it is really the beginning.

The author Vonda McIntyre makes the story interesting, by her steady narration. The plot drives forward as the characters get indulge with themselves. Te science fiction thing is limited in this book to general Star Trek SciFi stuff. The story focuses on the crew as they put aside their differences when a monstrous starship appears on their nascent flight path. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera had had come across my sight a few times before I actually picked it. This time it wasn’t in front of my sight until a friend of mine and a fellow blogger, heartily recommended me to read it. When it comes to recommending books, there are two kinds of people, one who recommend books to their fellow beings according to their taste, and the one who would recommend anything to anyone. I am surely of the latter category, but I adore the recommendations as always.

Milan Kundera certainly knows how to write. Set against the Russian invasion Czechoslovakia, it is the story of characters as real as you are. It starts with a philosophical discussion considering the lightness and heaviness of oneself in human form, the coincidences through which paths of two different human beings cross with each other and then moves on to discuss the recursive nature of life and form, and how we intend to give meaning to things that are meaningless yet only meaningful in our heads. Once we find meaning, “we find only an unbearable weightlessness.”

Along with these philosophical discussion, the author forms characters and there lives, and their struggle to find ‘lightness’. There is no fix protagonist after reading it, I felt, and I guess one can choose their own protagonist. The story starts with Tomas who is a surgeon in Prague. He seeks lightness, but is torn between love and lust. He loves his wife Tereza, but his fond of his adulteries. However, for Tereza love and lust go hand-in-hand. She suffers from heaviness and is convinced that her husband has achieved the lightness. Only later she would realise what was what. Continue reading

Book Review: My Dream Man by Aditi Bose

Not often do I read romance fiction, nor they are written well versed in first person narrative. Aditi Bose’s latest contribution to contemporary romance genre is a light read, and you might be mildly impressed as I was, by the choice of her words, the humour, the verse well written, and the combination will drive the reader forward without the plot being too complicated.

The story is about an ambitious yet a struggling writer, wanting all the success those limited amount of contemporary writer get out of their words. Ajopa Ganguly. A girl in her twenties who lives with her parents in Delhi. She does not take the ‘rejection’ she receives from the publishers on reading her manuscript. Instead, she tries to kill the sadness that comes along with ‘rejection’ by making cupcakes and embroidering handkerchiefs.

The mind of a writer is a curious one, and a curious mind will often seek redemption once the short term task has been fulfilled. That is when she meets the lost love of her life, who is twelve years elder than her and yet has the charm which once duped her enough to dwell with him for the lifetime. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

When you are in mood of a quick yet not so short looking book, you can pick E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. It is a different book I have read in a long time. It is not something you usually read neither it is written in that way. I can tell you it is a modern suspense novel.

Here is some blurb: The story is about the Sinclair family. Cadence is the eldest granddaughter of the family so rich that they never mention money. Every year, the Sinclairs spend their summer on a private island, where the grandparents have built four houses for themselves and their three daughters, plus a smaller building for their cooks and cleaners. The story is about the ‘liars’,  Cadence, her cousins, and cousin’s cousin. The quad of them spend these summers together at the island on a tiny beach. Soon a tragedy unfolds that affects the Sinclair family which concerns the ‘liars’.

The pace of the text in this book is extraordinary. The length of the chapters too short. The characterisation can be easily visually experienced by any reader reading this book. The description of the characters is enough for the reader to wove them in his own imagination.  It is written in first person and is narrated by the protagonist herself. Continue reading

Spotlight: Debt by Rachel Dunning

DEBT

By Rachel Dunning 

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Expected Release Date:

March 2016 

What’s it about?

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.

I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Circle by David Eggers

The Circle by David Eggers is a dystopian novel. Even though it doesn’t contain any epidemic wash out that is affecting humanity on a large-scale or affected by some alien species(people from another planet), yet it is a science fiction, sub genre dystopian novel. It is closer to the reality, set in not afar future, and is about the daily musings we deal and care about: anonymity! Anonymity from the internet, which nowadays is a synonym for the term world.

The blurb is simple. The Circle is an organisation specialising in technology related to internet. It’s basically like Google. To get hired to work for Circle is once in a lifetime opportunity just for the developers and engineers in real world. The Circle is all about its California Campus,  social media, banking, and their universal operating system resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. Even the employees have ranks and ratings that determines their popularity inside the Circle.

Mae Holland, our so-called protagonist is given this opportunity. She works hard, day in, day out and is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. But things starts to change. Mae is introduced by an unwanted event to the company’s one of the founders and  who will change the way the privacy is handled in our lives.

The quite the liked whole idea of the story even before I started reading the book. Continue reading

5 Books on “Writers and Writing” I read in 2015

Today’s book list is based on the “art of writing” which I have read this year.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I know, most of you know about this one, and I regard this book as one of the best on the art of writing I have read so far.

My Rating 5 out of 5!

To learn about the craft of writing is from the masters. Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors does provide some insight on writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Franz Kafka, David Foster Wallace, and more.

My Rating 4 out of 5

The book, How Proust Can Change Your Life has the most fascinating subject: Marcel Proust.

My Rating 4 out of 5

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