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Undead | Kristy McKay | Book Review

October 29, 2013

undead kristy mckay book review

By  for Scholastic

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Zombies have been part of the American culture for quite some time now. There have been a lot of movies, books, cartoons and comics that center on zombies. It is a very interesting conc…

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Classic Tales from Mystic India | Kamla Kapur | Book Review

October 25, 2013

classic tales from mystic india kamla kapur book review

By Sarthak Singh for Jaico Books

SUBJECT: 3/5

RESEARCH: 2/5

WRITING STYLE: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

It's always a pleasure to read a book which talks about one's religion, its history and origins, be it purely based on mythology or the logical understanding about one's inclinations tow…

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Only One Life to Give | Arun Kaul | Book Review

October 25, 2013

only one life to give arun kaul book review

By for Arun Kaul

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Writing memoirs is a tricky thing. There is always a doubt whether the stories are interesting enough for the readers, especially since you can't be sure if the rest of the world will agree with…

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Shadow Play | Shashi Deshpande | Book Review

October 25, 2013

shadow play shashi deshpande book review

By IndiaBookStore

PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Shadow Play, the newest novel by Sahitya Akademi Award-winning author Shashi Deshpande, starts simply, with the no-frills wedding of the eldest daughter of a middle-class urban family. This…

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The Hunters | Chris Kuzneski | Book Review

October 16, 2013

the hunters chris kuzneski book review

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PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Writing the first book in a series is always the toughest. The author has to create a plot that will intrigue the readers, he has to build the characters and ensure they survive and he has to make th…

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Happy Birthday and Other Stories | Meghna Pant | Book Review

October 16, 2013

happy birthday and other stories meghna pant book review

By  for Random House India

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

I have never really been a fan of short stories. I have always felt that they do not have enough material to let me enjoy reading it. But, of late, I have time and again b…

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Red Rain | R.L. Stine | Book Review

October 15, 2013

red rain r l stine book review

By  for Simon & Schuster

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

‘Red Rain’ is written by the glorious R.L. Stine, the undisputed ‘Numero Uno’ of our childhood horror fantasies. The writer of the greatest works in children’s h…

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Aisle be Damned | Rishi Piparaiya | Book Review

October 15, 2013

aisle be damned rishi piparaiya book review

By  for Jaico Publishing House

SUBJECT: 3/5

RESEARCH: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT SYTLE: 3.5/5

From the look of it, it appears to be a chick lit novel. The tag line – ‘swaying hips, praying lips and flying tips’ – confirms that it’s a chick-lit based on t…

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Final Cut | Uday Gupt | Book Review

October 12, 2013

final cut uday gupt book review

By  for Market My Book

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

How much we cry these days for the want of good books. We crib about the deteriorating quality of the books flooding the market; about authors turning into salesmen; about publi…

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More Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills | Minakshi Chaudhry | Book Review

October 11, 2013

more ghost stories of shimla hills minakshi chaudhry book review

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SUBJECT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Done with the prequel, “Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills”, I piously sat down to read its sequel. More Ghost Stories of Shimla is very similar to the first one, not in terms of the stories and chara…

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Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills | Minakshi Chaudhry | Book Review

October 11, 2013

ghost stories of shimla hills minakshi chaudhry book review

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SUBJECT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

A month back I was in the beautiful hill city of Shimla. At the railway station, I came across a bookshop selling dozen or so book on Shimla. It was here I saw the book, More Ghost Stories of Shimla Hi…

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MANISH GUPTA | Author Interview

October 10, 2013

Learning a new language is generally tedious and outright boring. Manish Gupta changes this with his debut book 'English Bites'. His experience of about 2 decades combined with a funny story-telling style, makes this book a must read for all English learners. In this interview he talks about his ins…

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I Refused to Bribe | Gireesh Sharma | Book Review

October 10, 2013

i refused to bribe gireesh sharma book review

By  for Gireesh Sharma

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

“And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are right.”

-      The Bible

Have you ever given a bribe, n…

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Midnight Breed Series | Lara Adrian | Book Review

October 9, 2013

midnight breed series lara adrian book review

By Rohinee (Guest)

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Fiction that deals with paranormal protagonists and antagonists seems to be a popular trend in the present times. Like a domino effect, but without an exact known causation, the …

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Lady You're Not a Man | Apurva Purohit | Book Review

October 8, 2013

lady you are not a man apurva purohit book review

By  for Rupa Publications

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5 /5

I recently reviewed a book by Disha Chhabra “My Beloved’s MBA Plans”, well the one I am writing this review for now, is also on a somewhat related subject i.…

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5 Things You Shouldn't Mess Up in a Book

October 7, 2013

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Almost everyone has a story to tell. And what better way than to write a book so that millions of people can read and revel in it? True, but not every book leaves the reader with a good experience. In fact, there are very few authors who can consistently reach out to readers and give them wha…

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Black List | Brad Thor | Book Review

October 7, 2013

black list brad thor book review

By  for Simon & Schuster

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Edward Snowden was in the news recently for disclosing top secret US surveillance programs to the media. These exposes, which gave accounts of the extent to which the federal …

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SURY VEMAGAL | Author Interview

October 5, 2013

With so many books releasing everyday, it is no wonder that quite a few good books go unnoticed. But if the author perseveres, and is truly skilful, he will shine, today or tomorrow. One such book which did not get the due attention it deserves is Jestus, written by Sury Vemagal. But, not a man to b…

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My Journey | APJ Abdul Kalam | Book Review

October 4, 2013

my journey apj abdul kalam book review

By  for Rupa Publications

SUBJECT: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

“A country is not made of bricks and stones, but of its people.”

India is a superpower today, and it is because of its people; people who have dreamed of a developed India and wh…

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Baramulla Bomber | Suraj 'Clark' Prasad | Book Review

October 3, 2013

baramulla bomber clark prasad book review

By  for Clark Prasad

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Spy thrillers are perhaps the most popular genres among people who are voracious readers. There is nothing like a good spy thriller to get your adrenaline flowing. In fact, most o…

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