BOOK REVIEW: A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

Only few writers have a peculiar calmness and soothingness in their narrative voice. Kazuo Ishiguro is one of them. I thought my fascination with Japanese writers ended a few months ago, when I read Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. But then I found Kazuo Ishiguro. His narrative voice, as I observed in Never Let Me Go and A Pale View of Hills, is mild and relaxing to a reader’s mind.

A Pale View of Hills tells the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living in England. Dealing with the recent suicide of her daughter, Etsuko attempts to reconstruct events and figure out what happened by dwelling on her past and the time when she was living in war-torn Nagasaki. She recounts being pregnant with her daughter, living with a cold, domineering husband, and her strange friendship with a mysterious woman and her young daughter.

This book is a short read, you won’t even know when it might get over. That’s exactly what happened with me. I read it in one go. I have already told you about narration. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro”

GUEST POST- Gun Control by Richard Rensberry

Time flies, doesn’t it. Well, this the 12th and the last guest post of the Guest Post program I started earlier this year. Next year, I won’t be conducting this ones a month activity. But if anyone is interested in writing as a Guest for Confessions of a Readaholic, drop an email.

Gun Control

by Richard Rensberry

The recent developments on the gun control front have me scratching my head.  Those who will be violent will be violent whether that have a gun or not.  Gun control is the wrong target when it comes to lessening acts of violence, it only serves to create its counterpart; unchallenged and unrestrained violence.  Just look at the unrestrained violence that happened recently in Paris as proof of the illegitimacy of gun control.

The byproduct of gun control is arms only being in the hands of the violent offensive front, be it criminals, terrorists, drug cartels, governments, you name it.  This end product is the complete opposite of what should be stressed.  What should be stressed is the ownership and skilled use of guns by responsible citizens who would then have the capability to curtail the the irresponsible governmental and criminal elements.  The bad guys will always retain or manufacture weapons no matter if all guns were labeled illegal and taken away from the general citizenry.   Continue reading “GUEST POST- Gun Control by Richard Rensberry”

3 Non-Fiction Books I read in 2015

Some times fiction isn’t enough to get accustomed to a subject deeply. One has to read non-fiction book and yes there are some non-fiction books which are written with quality writing and posses good amount of knowledge on a specific subject.

Zero to One by Peter Theil. You just have to read this though provoking book.

My Rating 5 out of 5

In The Plex by Steven Levy- Steven Levy is one of the best non fiction writers. This time he tells us the working of our daily lives one of the biggest asset: Google.

My Rating 4 out of 5

Leading by Alex Ferguson & Michael Moritz. Even though this book is written from football point of view, it’s good book to learn something or the other about being a leader. Managing a football team such as Manchester United is like managing a big organisation in itself. This book is all about Leadership.

My Rating 3 out of 5

BOOK REVIEW: Pep Confidential by Marti Perarnau

In life there are times when one is exhausted by what one loves to do. It is when one is out option and monotony of daily routine becomes an unbearable case. This monotony is necessary and in other words called hard work which to find success, has to be in consistent with. Similar was the case with Pep Guardiola, in the middle of 2012 the Barcelona coach, after winning each and every trophy or championship by rallying his troops of 11 men on a grass field consistently for four years. He was the inventor of a new phase a football in this second decade of 21st century, the dominance of one team. But then he needed a new challenge, and took a year off and went to Bayern Munich, another european giant with success in its bloods.

To fill the pages of Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich, the Spanish journalist, Marti Perarnau, was given access to chronicle Pep’s day to day thoughts, methods, and the new challenge he’s has taken himself.

The book consists more than Pep Guardiola’s first season in Germany. It is the complete portrait of one of the greatest football coaches of 21st century. It consists the philosophy by which Pep works everyday and the functionality he adopts at Bayern Munich in 2013. His methods, tactics, philosophy, his emotional touch to the game and his obsessiveness for the game of football. Perarnau was granted access to all team meetings, training sessions, locker room, face to face over a coffee with Pep at times, his left and right hand men, the players and has done a good job by accounting that much in sheer 488 pages. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Pep Confidential by Marti Perarnau”

BOOK REVIEW: City of Bones by Michael Connelly

When it comes to cold cases, we love one of them. We, humans, are designed in a way that digging up the past is not only a hobby or an option for some but it is rather an astonishing state of affairs for everyone. Even the crime fiction writers, such as Michael Connelly.

This is though not my first experience with Connelly’s books. Previously, I read his The Lincoln Lawyer which I thought was an average book and looked better on the big screen with tanned up Matthew McConaughey and his southern accent. After getting much annoyed on listening his fans chanting his name through and through, not wanting to turn a Connelly hater but wanting to explore the world of crime fiction, I decided to give Harry Bosch a chance this time.

Detective Harry Bosch come across a twenty year old murder case, when the bones of a twelve-year-old boy are found and scattered in Hollywood Hills, Bosch’s own territory. With media attending already on the case, the pressure on Bosh grows as he uncovers the story and life of the dead boy. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: City of Bones by Michael Connelly”

5 Crime Fiction Novels I read in 2015

I love reading Crime Fiction novels. They are intriguing, a dynamic pace is maintained by most of the authors in their works and they are often surprising.

Hanging Garden is Rankin’s complete novel and is 9th John Rebus novel, and becomes more fascinating.

My Rating 5 out of 5!

It’s winter and what will be better, if not be in Russia. At least Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 can take us there. Stalin’s Soviet Union, a paradise in books but not in reality. This thrilling novel is the first of Leo Demidov’s trilogy.

My Rating: 4 out of 5  

Another gripping novel, full of thrill and after reading it, there will be some amount of adrenaline rush left inside you. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My Rating 4 out of 5 Continue reading “5 Crime Fiction Novels I read in 2015”

BOOK REVIEW: Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret

There are some things in life which we want to get over or don’t want to dow any more with but the webbing of situations is done in such a way at that time that we are forced to do or take actions that we are not consciously admiring them to be. However, I believe in these times, if we take actions in the favour of situation and not us, it is still our decision to do so, subconsciously we do want to do the things which we earlier claimed we don’t want to.

Similar is the situation with Escaping Psychiatry’s protagonist, Dr. Mary Miller. After doing her PhD, she tries to focus on her writing career rather than her background of psychiatry. The book contains three situational stories: Canned Fodder, Teamwork, & Memory, in which the protagonist is situational forced to choose her background. All three stories are filled with liable characters and share the same protagonist and some recurring characters.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret”