Books, Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: MISTRESS by JAMES PATTERSON & DAVID ELLIS

This was my seventh James Patterson’s book and I would say he writes better when he is not co-authoring. There were times when I read his Alex Cross‘ series or Women’s Mystery Club series and when I read his Private series or the Mistress. The difference would be in front of you. The difference is like between the day and the night. This fact may be true that he has sold more than combining Stephen King, Dan Brown and John Grisham, also, 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds The New York Times record for most bestselling hardcover fiction titles by a single author but books like Mistress, it feels gone are those days when James Patterson was a real Page turner. It is just not his class or I would say, it’s not him. It’s a disgrace the way his books are written nowadays. Mistress being lengthy novel of 448 pages, the plot and the story are acceptable however the way of telling the story, the way of portraying the first person narrative was not good at all. Actually it was pretty bad, no reader would like to read the way this book is written.

In the past, I have always enjoyed Patterson’s books immensely. I used to like his style of short chapters and page turning essence his books had but now it seem, What the hell am I reading? It’s better if I read my textbooks.

After reading 100 pages you would realize that the main character of the book, Ben, might be an interesting character in this psychological thriller but reading further you will realize that before you just had a bad thought. Though I agree, it’s a fast read but I had to force myself to finish it. The character of Ben often goes  on and on about mundane facts which have nothing to do at all with the storyline. And due to this he is an annoying character. I am disappointed with this one. Looks like, I’ll have to go back to Alex Cross or Women’s Mystery Club.

I would advise not to buy and waste your money. Either loan it from a library or borrow from the person who has it.

I won’t recommend this one to anyone, and if I do… Dear Devil, I shall rot in hell.

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CONFESSIONS OF A READAHOLIC: FIRST BOOK

When did I start reading? Hmm… Well, surely I must have been a small kid with the curiosity of childhood. Nevertheless, I remember when I bought my first book. I was in third standard then. I remember the incident clearly. There was a book fair for a week in my school (my school always had them) and we use to get a leaflet containing the name a brief description and the pricing of the book. I showed that leaflet to my father after the dinner and I think he agreed and gave me money. Next day came early, and I was blooming with the excitement. I remember the book, it is still there on my shelf. Though, I don’t remember finishing it.

I have been keeping a record of the books and their authors I have read since my school days. They are numbered as I read them. The number is a secret, I would share that someday if I reach the milestone of 500 or maybe 1000.

I quite clearly remember the first book I read. It was a classic, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and I must have been in my seventh standard. That is the only Stevenson’s book I have read till date. I remember glancing over shelves of my school library to explore more and more innovative and fresh new worlds. The dust, the smell of old paper, the colorful covers and the hardbound covers. At one time, I did explore some books in my library which were not issued to anyone in last eight years. Even my librarian did not know about them.

Since then, I have been an avid reader. I don’t stick or read only one genre, as I love to try and read different genres. But I do have my favorites one. People always complain that they don’t get time to read but they do want to read. Well there is an advice for them, you will never get time to read till you seek it. Make reading a part of your day to day activities, like those you do daily and never forget them to do. It will help you. I have been reading and keeping it in my list of day to day activities from the past six years.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges

So my friends, which was your first book?

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CURRENTLY READING

Mistress by James Patterson
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

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NEW BUYS- CLASSICS

NEW BUYS- CLASSICS

Finally the most awaited order of this month has arrived. I was eagerly waiting for the below books from past four days, and they were giving me sleepless nights. They are in order:

The Complete Father Brown Series by G. K. Chesterton
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Divine comedy: Inferno by Dante
Fathers and Sons by Ivan S. Turgenev
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton

What do you guys have to say?

 

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WORLD OF FICTION

Books are written because an author wants to write and a reader wants to read. Fiction is a most read form of writing and it is the kind of writing that is not factual.

In the world of fiction, I am going to concentrate on four aspects of fiction: Flash Fiction, Short StoryNovella, and Micro Fiction.

Flash Fiction is small. They are short, short stories. Generally consists of 500 to 750 words. Well, if you think writing that many words is easy for you, think again. If you still think it is easy for you, well try to the limit. In my research a Flash Fiction does not exceed 1,000 words.

Short Story which is something between a Flash Fiction and a Novella. I love reading short stories. They give me enough to really satisfy my curiosity about the character and plot, bringing the story to a dynamic conclusion—all without leaving my chair once. That’s the hallmark of a short story. You should be able to read it in one sitting.

Normally, a short story range from 1,000 to 10,000 words but the genre also has a big part in it.

Novella. Five years back if you would ask me what a Novella is, I might have not known. And I have never written one. The length gives you room for more characters and more story. It pulls up short of a novel, making it the perfect size for avid readers with a short attention span.

Some writers want to call their 50,000 or 60,000 word manuscripts a novel. The culprit of this is probably National Novel Writing Month. It challenges you to write a novel in a month. The goal is 50,000 words. But if you ask a publishing company they would underline the words that  minimum is usually 80,000 words and can go as high as 240,000. But then we have the genre thing again.

Micro Fiction. It is tiny. Generally about the length of a Tweet or maybe a little longer than that.

Hopefully, my explanation of the specific terms was informative.