Sci-Fi Books

Ascendance Sadhna Shanker

Ascendance | Sadhna Shanker | Book Review

For all the science-fiction readers out there, author Sadhna Shanker, through her latest book Ascendance, brings to you a world where the whole setting is foreign and the population segregation bizarre. It has a whodunit factor that answered to the thirst for mystery in me.

Keepers of the Kalachakra by Ashwin Sanghi

Keepers of the Kalachakra | Ashwin Sanghi | Book Review

PLOT: 5/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 My Musings India’s greatest storyteller is back again after a long gap. After penning masterpieces such as The Krishna Key, The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Sialkot Saga, Ashwin is back again with yet another magnum opus and this time its size …

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Europa Hywel Pinto

Europa | Hywel Richard Pinto | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTER: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 “Europa” opens with a tantalising scene of Captain Sparks, completely consumed by lust, finds himself in the mouth of the most feared fictional creature of outer space- the Ulugu. Set in the year 2250, Captain Sparks is getting ready to be the star …

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Ice Bound

Ice Bound | Hywel Richard Pinto | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 “Ice Bound” is based in 2034 on the post-apocalyptic earth – a new world, where only faint traces of the old world remain and the survivors of the apocalypse fight the deteriorating cold every day. The temperature of the earth is dropping – …

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the alien conspiracy

The Alien Conspiracy | Krishna Sriteja D. | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 It’s not every day that you come across an Indian science fiction novel and thus finally when you find one, it is hard to resist oneself from the lures of it. The first thing which draws you to this book is its cover. …

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skyfire

Skyfire | Aroon Raman | Book Review

PLOT: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 It’s not every day that you come across a great book but when you do, it is hard to pull yourself out of it and get back to your normal routine. Aroon Raman’s Skyfire is one such book which I just finished reading …

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ready player one

Ready Player One | Ernest Cline | Book Review

PLOT: 4.5/5 CHARACTERS: 2.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 2/5 CLIMAX: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5 There is nothing quite as irksome as a promising book that fails to deliver. Despite its potential, Ernest Cline’s poorly executed science fiction/fantasy debut “Ready Player One” has too many glaring deficiencies. The two non-negotiable elements in producing top-notch fantasy are imagination and intensity. Cline’s imagination is …

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Memories with Maya by Clyde Dsouza

Memories with Maya | Clyde Dsouza | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Science fiction stories are always fascinating. The technology involved and the settings are almost always futuristic, and to see how the world in the future may evolve always keeps the reader interested. Of course, sometimes, the circumstances become too improbable, and readers may …

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe | Douglas Adams | Book Review

PLOT: 5/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 When it comes to books, I’m largely a fantasy-oriented guy. I haven’t read too many science-fiction books but Douglas Adam’s comic sci-fi series, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, seems more a parody of science-fiction as a literary genre than science-fiction itself. I read …

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Lexicon by Max Barry

Lexicon | Max Barry | Book Review

PLOT: 3.5/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 2.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Reading a lot of books can be good and bad. On the one hand, one can learn a lot from books, fiction or otherwise. But on the other hand, you would be able to see patterns in books that you would have already …

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Mockingjay

Mockingjay | Suzanne Collins | Book Review

PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Mockingjay is the 3rd and final book in The Hunger Games series. The book, true to its name, is the story of Katniss as a Mockingjay. As the readers of the previous books may recall, the third quartell quell Hunger Games was abruptly …

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Catching Fire

Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins | Book Review

PLOT: 4.5/5 CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 The second book of The Hunger Games series – Catching Fire is as captivating and gripping as its prequel. As the young fighter Katniss Everdeen yet again proves her mettle in the Hunger Games arena, so does Suzanne Collins proves her worth with her words. …

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