Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Mastermind- How to think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most curiosity generator fictional character and has been impressive in his ways for over a century. Starting from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books to the modern day adaptions on screen, every generation has known him. Even those people, who haven’t read the books but are always eager and curious to watch adaptions. Many on screen actors have tried cherishing him in their own ways, but few have grasped our curious mind by similarity in looks and characteristics. Sherlock Holmes, by using his simple methods and techniques of observing and deducing things, even the minute details which most of us at the times are ignorant of. He deviate our curious minds towards a disciplined approach and motivates us to remain fully aware of our surroundings and to practice the art of deducing. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Mastermind- How to think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik

The first rule of the fight club is that you don’t talk about the fight club. Yet, I guess to honor this book with a review, I have to talk about the FIGHT CLUB.

I remember watching the movie a long time back but do not remember when and why I added this book in my TBR list. Let bygones be bygones, so now that I have read it, I can surely tell you few things about.

In his debut novel, Chuck Palahnuik, with some black humor tells a story about an unnamed narrator who suffers from insomnia and seems had enough and feels jaded towards his radical monotonous life. He tries to do differ to transform his life into something gratifying by joining cancer support groups on a regular basis. Meeting people who are on the brink of their deaths does not gratifies him or his life. Then until one day he meets Tyler Durden, his life transforms at a faster rate.

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Books, Essay

PULP FICTION, Anyone?

No, I am not talking about Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction here. But what is Pulp Fiction anyway? The real pulp fiction goes back to the magazines that used cheaper pulp paper in order to sell in great volume to a voracious reading public. These magazines had their heyday in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

It was fiction for the people, for the guy on the crowded subway going to work, or the busy mother with five kids who got a little reading time at night. It was for the people who wanted to be caught up in a fictive dream. It was not written in a style aimed at some elite literati. Continue reading “PULP FICTION, Anyone?”

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TWITTER Hashtags Every Reader Should Know

Hashtags are the most important element to use Twitter successfully. Hashtags allow you to find new readers, connect with others who share your interests and to find out about upcoming books. They can help you to raise your reading knowledge and the opportunity of interacting with other readers.

You need to be smart when using hashtags – don’t over use them, be natural and never spam people.

Below are #hashtags that every reader should know: Continue reading “TWITTER Hashtags Every Reader Should Know”

Books, Reviews

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014

2014 has been a mixed bag year for me in reading. I have read a variety of authors, especially a lot of new authors this time, took non-fiction seriously and some interesting books on recommendations. My challenge to myself to read 100 books this year is on track and so far, as the year comes to half, I have read 49 books.

My 2014 goodreads.com Challenge, so far…

The challenge bar on the goodreads.com tells me that I am “one book ahead of the schedule” which means I am doing well. Thus, here  I am evaluating ten best reads I had so far in the year.

 

10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Winner of Man Booker Prize 2009, Wolf Hall is amazing story written surrealistically from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.  

9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

An exciting thriller, unfolds the story of an identity-less man. If you like the movie, you will love this book. 

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

An important book in the history of man kind. Totally sci-fi and easy to visualize. True story which suites every era of man kind. Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Drive by James Sallis

There is so much about this character called Driver, that after watching the movie and reading the book it still bugs me. There is a movie adaption of the book (highly recommended to me by a friend) by the same name starring Ryan Gosling, Carry Mulligan and few more. The movie is an exception, the one you might have never seen before. It proves the statement, “Silence is so freaking good” true. Go and watch it yourself, and you won’t regret watching it.

I am here to talk about the book more, and yes that’s what I’ll do. Drive is a new novella by one of the nation’s most respected and honored writers of noir fiction, James Sallis. Set mostly in Arizona and L.A., the story is, according to Sallis, …”about a guy who does stunt driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night. In classic noir fashion, he is double-crossed and, though before he has never participated in the violence (‘I drive. That’s all.’), he goes after the ones who double-crossed and tried to kill him.” The guy’s called Driver, he drives on special jobs and one of the few attraction a reader will find here is that the character’s specific name is not mentioned in the entire story. He’s just a driver. He loves to do that, and he can only do that. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Drive by James Sallis”

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It’s Monday, what are you reading?

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It’s Monday, fellow bloggers, what are you reading?

I am currently reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

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New Reads

I have added three more books to my collection…

                  

 

Philip K. Dick’s Ubik is sci-fi, I generally do not read sci-fi, but being bored of other genres I guess it’s the time to pick this particular genre. The other two books are on football (soccer) and I’m counting on The Gaffer by Neil Warnock.

Any more recommendations are welcome, especially in the sci-fi genre!

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

“Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is a kind of book that gets better, the more you think about it.”

I have always been fascinated by the life of Henry the VIII, and adding, reading through the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, another identity in history whose rise and fall is essential and is directly connected to the history of Tudors, the feeling I am getting now after finished reading the book is staggering.

The majority of the pages cover Cromwell’s career as he advances from being a Cardinal’s aide to the king’s trusted advisory. The author has totally tried to keep it the historical events as realistic as necessary and not altering a single event for the sake of fiction. Many people have not completely read the book and the major defying factor of the book is it’s pace which is quite slow and does not go well with the story. The plot, what to say about it, it’s almost perfect but then I would say as compared to the timeline the book covers the plot is quite micro. More than a novel, it’s kind of a play. The plot advances more with dialogues and less with actions. I quite enjoyed that. And as the plot advances the reader can certainly notice that the current book is very much essential and the plot justifies itself for the next two books in this trilogy. Why it won the Man Booker Prize? It’s not for me to decide.

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21 signs You’re Addicted to READING!

The first step is admitting you have a problem, and I admit — I have an addiction to reading. So using my own personal experiences, I’ve compiled 21 signs that your love of books may have gotten out of hand.

 And don’t forget to share ‘what you’re reading’ in the comments below!

You’ve spent hours in a bookstore.

You’re super-tired at work because you stayed up way too late reading just one more chapter, and then another.

You’re always making your partner or friends crazy by reading aloud lines from the book you’re reading.

You get more than a little defensive of your favorite authors.

You’ve been late to work/college classes to finish a book.

You know the book will be better than the movie before it’s out.

You’ve read more books than seen movies in the last month.

You’ve sunk into a state of depression after finishing a really good book (also called a ‘book hangover’).

There are literally piles of books in every room of your house.

You bring home way more library books than you can actually read before they’re due. Continue reading “21 signs You’re Addicted to READING!”