The Subtle Knife [His Dark Materials #2] by Philip Pullman: A review

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Clearly I was misinformed. Or I chose to judge the book by its predecessor.

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I was so wrong. If you read my review on the first book of the series, The Golden Compass, you’d find me cribbing about the tiny details that were missing in the book.

Gosh, I didn’t know I’d find the answers to most of them here, in the second installment.

I picked this book up, only for filling in the answers. But I found much more than just answers. A bigger plot, a bigger concept, a bigger enemy and a bigger war.

This is what I felt while I was reading that book!

The Subtle Knife Reading Progress

So, for the gist – Lyra is joined by young Will in a third world, a world other than the two worlds each of them hails from. There are multiple worlds stitched together, existing in parallel, where time and space mean nothing. Lyra and Will have their own destinies to fulfill. They wander back and forth between the worlds and discover people of power, things of power.

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The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan: A review

A quick Saturday pre-siesta-brunch read.

The Crown of PtolemyThe Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Hilarious, as is Rick Riordan’s signature writing style. It seemed like he didn’t put any effort in the way of the plot. He took liberal references from the internet slang, like selfies and ‘Stahhp’ and made a funny story out of it. It was enjoyable and laugh-worthy.

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God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian : A review

An excellent, unparalleled plot coupled with amazing story-telling!

To be honest, I did not expect this from an Indian author. It was a pleasant surprise.

God is a GamerGod is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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A thriller that managed to make Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown look like kiddos scribbling random stuff.

I’m not going to give anything away in the name of spoilers. Everybody who reads this book deserves to go into it without having any preconceived notions. If you think that Indian authors don’t cut it as Thriller authors – then take this! In your face ! (Yep, that’s my experience literally. I am sorry Ravi Subramanian, I should have picked up your book earlier. I was judgmental and wrong.)

The author clearly knew what he was doing. He has done his research and his home work perfectly. He is an exemplary, masterful, superlative story crafter in the Thriller genre. Continue reading

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella : A review


The Undomestic GoddessThe Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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What a wonderful book!
For those of you who don’t know what the book is, here is the gist – The Undomestic Goddess is about this high-flying big town London based Lawyer, Samantha, who slips into a much laid back job. The changeover is like moving from Violet to Red, literally from one end to the other end of the spectrum.  How Samantha manages this sudden shift is the hilarious content of The Undomestic Goddess.

This novel could top the charts if it were made into a movie. It is easily the material for a Romcom. It is wonderfully thought out, and told with excellence. I did like Sophie Kinsella’s story-telling. It is a tried and tested formula – take up simple theme and story and make it work wonders just by using witty, intelligent story-telling. In this story, we all know how it is going to end, but that didn’t stop me from reading upto the end with frenzied interest. Yep, the momentum was up till the very end. That’s why it would make such a superb movie.

If there is one point I could criticize, it would be the editing. There were huge chunks of prose – could’ve divided that up. That’s about it. I’ve got nothing more to criticize. Continue reading

One More Thing by BJ Novak : A review

One More Thing: Stories and Other StoriesOne More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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I read so many mixed reviews for this book. Undoubtedly am on the I-love-it extreme.

I did . I loved that this book was erratic, skeptical, funny, philosophical, and Zany. Every story was a world of it’s own. There was no overlapping or redundancy.

I’d definitely reach out to this whenever I feel down ‘cos I’m sure that it will be an instant mood lift.

One more thing reading progress

One of the few anthologies I have come across, that delivers full satisfaction on every story. I can vouch that none of the stories were a drag; every bit was interesting and I wanted more and more of it.

Say what you want skeptics, but ‘One More Thing’ scaled new heights in the entertainment genre.
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River God by Wilbur Smith : A review

River God (Ancient Egypt, #1)River God by Wilbur Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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”bruceWhat an epic read !!! 
What. An. epic--CREEPY read.

This was my first African novel – excluding The Kane Chronicles which was only a children’s mythology book series. A novel for adult audiences is what I mean. This was wayyyyy more than what I expected.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak : A review

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Where do I begin describing this book? Some books buy a permanent place in your heart and refuse to leave your mind; this is one such book.

This book

  • Is set in the backdrop of WWII,
  • Has Death as the personified narrator,
  • Talks about the life of a young German girl, Liesel Meminger

 – there is no stranger combination.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini : A review

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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One of the best eye-openers I have ever read!

I am so glad I started this book now and not earlier, because I couldn’t have handled some of the grotesque details this book paints. Khaled Hosseini has easily become one of my favorite authors to date.

Amir and Hassan as boys, have all the readers reminiscing about their childhood when they run around in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, climbing trees and flying kites; they play together and spend many a time under the Pomegranate tree where Amir reads to Hassan.They even carve their names into the bark “Amir and Hassan. The Sultans of Kabul”. But the similarities end there.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman : A review

American Gods (American Gods, #1)American Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Madness.

That’s what this book is. I find this book close to Alice in Wonderland in terms of the twists, turns and wacky people that one cannot even begin to imagine. With all glory to the Mad Hatter, this book is not for children.

The book starts with Shadow’s release from jail.

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