Fiction

Pow! Mo Yan

POW! | Mo Yan | Book Review

PLOT: 2/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 3/5 CLIMAX: 2.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 “Wise Monk, where I come from people call children who boast and lie a lot ‘Powboys’, but every word in what I’m telling you is the unvarnished truth.” Just as the author, I too would like to present my opinion in all honesty. …

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The Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5 CLIMAX: 4.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 Set at the brink of the Early Modern Era, a time which remains a landmark in the power struggle between the Pope and the Roman Emperor, Umberto Eco’s inaugural novel, The Name of the Rose, is as much a murder mystery as it …

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Roll of Honour Amandeep Sandhu

Roll of Honour | Amandeep Sandhu | Book Review

PLOT: 2/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5 Amandeep Sandhu is a friend of mine (on Facebook) and I find him to be very creative. He had, very recently, posted an album consisting photos of the people who had influenced his life while he was in Delhi. It was a very interesting …

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Behind the Silicon Mask

Behind the Silicon Mask | Eshwar Sundaresan | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 There have been numerous books these days on office life – “The Bankster”, “31: A Thriller”, etc. but most of them have been based on either financial or advertising industry. Behind the Silicon Mask is based on the lives of Indian IT professionals and …

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South of the Border, West of the Sun

South of the Border, West of the Sun | Haruki Murakami | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 After spending almost an hour wondering how to do justice to this work, I’ve realised the best way would be to begin by stating outright what South of the Border, West of the Sun isn’t. Firstly it isn’t a raunchy novel about a …

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Compass Box Killer

Compass Box Killer | Piyush Jha | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5 With over a hundred options, every week, to choose from, selecting a good book to read is a very difficult task. Some go with the cover, some with the author name, some with the title and some with the synopsis. I prefer going …

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The Redeemers Suresh Taneja

The Redeemers | Suresh Taneja | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5 CLIMAX: 2.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 Suresh Taneja’s The Redeemers shows you an ideal India of 2030. It gives you hope and the power to dream; it is inspiring, but in the end, it gives an idealist way and not a perfect way to fight corruption. The book was …

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Ghostman Roger Hobbs

Ghostman | Roger Hobbs | Book Review

PLOT: 3.5/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5 I love thrillers and can never have enough of them. Unfortunately, most of the books that I receive for review are either non-fiction or general fiction. I do not leave any chance of reading a thriller book when I am faced with one. …

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soul mate bharat hegde

So…U’l…Mate? | Bharat Hegde | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 3/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 The first thing anyone would notice about this book is its title. It is not ‘Soul Mate’; it is ‘So…u’l…mate?’ and I need not tell you the meaning. This is the first clue that the author gives about what lies within those 200 …

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Romi and Gang Tushar Raheja

Romi & Gang | Tushar Raheja | Book Review

PLOT: 2.5/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 3/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 In Star Wars, Yoda had said, “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not.” When I received Tushar Raheja’s “Romi & Gang” from Pirates, this quote was the first thing that came …

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Krishna and the Lake of Souls

Krishna and the Lake of Souls | Anurag Bhatt | Book Review

PLOT: 1.5/5 CHARACTERS: 1/5 WRITING STYLE: 1/5 CLIMAX: 2/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 1.5/5 Harry Potter is the best fantasy fiction I have ever read. It is my strong belief that by penning the Potter series, J.K Rowling has done a service to the world. I salute her for giving us this greatest work of literature, giving …

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Complete Convenient Ketan Bhagat

Complete/Convenient | Ketan Bhagat | Book Review

PLOT: 3.5/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Chetan Bhagat taught India to read. Now his younger sibling Ketan Bhagat has joined the coveted “author” bandwagon by penning his debut Complete/Convenient. I know it’s really not fair of me to introduce the debut author by relating to his brother, but then …

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