Historical Fiction

#Review - A column of fire by Ken Follet

2:45:00 PM

If my teachers taught history this good , I would have know most of the stories already. Well, it did not happen and that gives us a reason to pick historical fiction books . This is my first Ken Follet book and if many people say this is the least favorite book of the trilogy, am going to read the first two ,I am sure.

This is not just a book that pits countries or ideologies against each other but also tells the stories of families broken and friendships cracked as politics and religion changed in the region. For me the whole history and the politics of that era and countries - England , France , Spain and Netherlands was very I retesting read. It was interesting to read and know of the Queens that ruled or dominated the scene that time. Also , the setting and the working of the spy network was quite fascinating.

This was a huge fat book that took me just 5 pages to get into it and surprised me with the fondness I had for characters even after I closed the book. A few too many people , but too good action going around all time. The sea warfare was specially my favorite scene of all. This book was a wonderful ride that I managed in less than 2 weeks. That engrossing this book was.

My rating - 5/5


Humor

#Review: The whole shebang- sticky bits of being a woman by Lalita Iyer

3:06:00 PM

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The book did not take time to get into the business of why it was written. And. That was something that made reading this so easy and fun. It handled every aspect of being a woman with sensitivity and a lot of humor. I could relate to a lot of the chapters specially live and career and the whole thought process if friends and money. But then, the fun ended too soon for me.

While the book was indeed funny and most times it hit the mark bang on with the analysis and the comparisons , I felt it a little rushed. It started beautifully with some amazing anecdotes and painting a picture of what to expect. But by the end , it felt a little rushed. I would have wanted to dwell a little more on the chapters , perhaps I just enjoyed it too much. I actually laughed out loud while reading this as my husband gave me amused looks.

I will recommend this book to guys more than the ladies so they might have some idea about what goes behind the scenes in the life ofthe women around them or in their life.

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Indian fiction

#Review: Twice Blessed by Rani Ramakrishnan

7:03:00 PM

Twice Blessed Twice Blessed by Rani Ramakrishnan
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Twice blessed is a story of a suicide and the events leading to It explored layer by layer later. Its not the reasons of the suicide that matter 8n the end but how to convict the people responsible. While it deals with a sensitive issue , the author has managed to highlight other issues like caste , prejudice , education etc in the story line. I loved the central characters and the way the author picked a urban cool Muslim family. That was fresh characterization. The book is neither slow or too fast. It allows time to read and reflect on lot of things. No event is dramatized or feels forced while the story progresses.

 It has all the markings of a good thriller but fell a little flat in the end and how some of the characters evolved in the story. I will definitely try another book by the author.

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crime fiction

Review: Return of the Trojan Horse Tales of Criminal Investigation by Amit Dubey

1:10:00 PM

Return of the Trojan Horse Tales of Criminal Investigation Return of the Trojan Horse Tales of Criminal Investigation by Amit Dubey
My rating:  3 of 5 stars

This is a semi-fictional version of some of the real cases handled by the author , helping the police in solving crime. And it show cases not just the intelligence but also the emotional involvement of the security forces in managing this huge tasks. The risks, the uncertainty and the patience it takes for solving any crime does not come without disappointments and frustration. In that sense, this is a good book to read and to reflect on the fact that there are some honest dedicated people in police and otherwise who care about others security and safety.

 The book falters in the storytelling aspect. As in you feel it is a little flat in places. The dialogues do not have a punch. Basically it lacks some editing. I would still want to read more from the author about his work. This book was enlightening.

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indian crime fiction

#Review: Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija

9:43:00 AM

Unlawful Justice Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I discovered Vish Dhamija books on Kindle Unlimited and I was intrigued by the blurb. The writing and the thrill of the stories made me read three of his books in succession. So when this book came out , I had already decided to buy the paperback. Luckily, writermelon sent this to me for review.

A quick , super engaging book that highlights a lot that goes unpunished and unnoticed in the society till some one stands up and say , enough. This is a book that start predictable but by the middle it just takes a turn that makes you sit straight and pay more attention. I wish the court scenes were a little more and the lawyers matched in capabilities. The drama leading to the court was done well though.  Typical Vish Dhamija book ! Enjoyed this one a lot as I raced to reach the climax.

Having said that , do check his previous works as I find them a little better than this one.

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Booker Prize

#Review: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

12:20:00 PM

Exit West Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exit West starts like any book about wars raging in the region. A guy meets a girl ,who are totally opposite to each other and that's how they get attracted and start being with each other. The love story you know might be doomed soon , but it survives as unexpected events brings the girl into the house where the guy stays with his parents. When they migrate using the doors that connect one country to another and appear randomly in the country. And then you realize that this is not just their story but of how the whole world is changing and getting used to the same. There are similar stories playing out all over the world and soon it becomes evident how it all is connected.

 There are worlds that are alike the present and yet so unlike ,but humans always stay same and yet changing. This is a story of changing worlds , changing human bonds and the similar search for love , home and rhythm of life. Its nit just a story but an observation of way of life - of love evolving into respect, comfort and finding home. This book is a beauty to treasure while it lasts.

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