Review: Gone Girl

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first time I read a book after watching the movie. And I still enjoyed the book every bit. Yes, even when I knew all the twists and turns. The credit goes to the awesome writing and the well-developed characters. I absolutely loved the multiple layers, complexities and the nuances of the characters. Some of the cliches in a marriage were very well observed and written and sometimes actually hilarious.

A great read indeed.

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Review: Long Time Coming

Long Time ComingLong Time Coming by Edie Claire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a good change of pace for me when it comes to romance/YA. It is one of the better books I have read recently.The main characters seemed mature (well, they were in their mid-thirties, so maybe that should be kind of expected), had their insecurities figured out bit better and overall likeable. The plot was good too. I enjoyed the writing style, especially all the spooky parts. I liked the supernatural element woven into the plot. It wasn’t the central theme but it helped in keeping it interesting.
Although it isn’t without flaws. The two things that annoyed me the most were that eighteen years seemed a bit of a stretch to still not be over the death of a close friend and the fact that Joy had practically no recollection of the events surrounding the incident and how she was dealing with it. I am no psychologist and I had to make peace with it. And the amount of build up to get to the part of what really happened was too dragged and not fully worth all the wait.

Overall, the book was nice light evening read.

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Review: The Mind Readers

The Mind Readers
The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would give 3.5. This is one of the better written YAs that I have read. The story was gripping, although a bit dragged at times, but still good enough pace to keep it interesting.

I liked Cameron, a 17-year old for being a 17 year old. Yes, she was immature many a times, made wrong decisions and was vulnerable. But she was also courageous, strong, kind and moralistic. She was a lot more realistic character(minus the mind-reading) than what I would expect in YA novels. The author delves very well into the psyche of a girl who has too much of contradicting information being thrown at her and who has been dealing with mysteries and unanswered questions all her life. I could feel her confusions and dilemmas.

Lewis, on the other hand, turned out to be a brain-washed kid. I almost felt sorry for him. More points to Cameron, for deciding to not to be with him anymore as their beliefs don’t match.

Characters were well-sketched. Each was given enough depth to expose their flaws as well as their good qualities. Although, I still want to know what are Caroline’s powers 🙂

At times, the plot was a bit silly and predictable but overall it was a good, fun read.

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Review: Private: #1 Suspect

Private:  #1 Suspect
Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was yet another disappointment from James Patterson. The book began with great promise, gripping plot and got me hooked to it, building up lots of high expectations. But when I realized nothing significant or interesting has happened in any of the initially exciting plots till almost 3/4th into the book, I knew this was just going to tank.
First of all, why there were 4 completely different and unrelated plots, I did not understand. Then the plots kept dragging on with unnecessary details and boring predictable twists and then, all of a sudden, they were rushed to closures as if suddenly the writers realized that this book needs to come to an end after all and now is the time to do it!! Too many loose ends, too convenient suspects and situations and almost nil character development. There was nothing brilliant about Jack Morgan. Del Rio and Cruz had lot more action going on than the protagonist. Other than the fact that Jack was a marine, owns a Lamborghini and a multi – million dollar private investigation business and has an evil twin (duh!), I did not get to know this guy. Anyway, all my hopes came crashing by and I just skimmed through the last 50 pages to get it done with.

Overall, not a keeper.

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Review: Journals

Journals by Kurt Cobain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book provided quite an intimate peep into the enigma -Kurt Cobain. I was quite amazed at how eloquently Kurt could express his weirdest, deepest and tumultuous of thoughts.
I don’t know if I should say this was inspiring or just plain scary to see how tormented Kurt was?
At times, it was innocently funny and I was actually laughing!
Overall, I am left with an eerie, sad feeling and even after 20 years of his death, it is still a bit hard to wrap my head around it.

PS: I noted down all the monologues and quotes from Journals here: part 1 and part 2

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Review: Hooked on the Game

Hooked on the Game
Hooked on the Game by C.M. Owens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Got it as a free ebook from Amazon. It is pretty much the poor-girl-meets-rich-handsome-guy-falls-for-him story. But the writing was good and interesting. There were some funny moments and the author did a good job in keeping the reader hooked. Raya is likeable and relatable.
Kade’s character developed with sudden twists which felt too cliched. But I can live with it because the story is Raya’s POV and Kade is shown from her perspective. But Kade, except for two instances of jealousy and possessiveness, was a little too good to be true. But then, this is fiction 🙂

Overall a good easy read.

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Dull Talks

robots-cute-two-300x225Disclaimer: This post is more of a rant and I am totally taking the risk of  coming across as a snob. Well..can’t help it right now.

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So where did the art of conversation go?!

In this age of technology, everybody seems to be glued to a device. And when they are not, people can’t really find anything to talk about. Monday through Friday go by in a jiffy. Wakeup, work, get to work, work, come back home, work, eat, work, watch some TV, work, maybe a few words with friends and family, work, sleep. And did I mention work?

And on the weekends, if and when we meet people, what do we talk about? Work, kids, commute hassles, insurance, mortgage rates, restaurants you’ve recently tried, the vacation you last took, Apple’s new iPhone or Samsung’s new Galaxy, maybe a little bit about the middle-east crisis or whatever is latest in the political scene, some sports, stock market, Breaking Bad (if you are still watching), weather, celebrity news and on and on. The “conversations” more or less are along these lines. I am not saying these are bad things to talk about. But are these the only things to talk about? Is that all the mental bandwidth we are left with?

It doesn’t matter if these conversations are one on one or in a group. Family or colleagues or friends. It is just the same stuff repeated over and over, in slightly different formats with slightly different opinions.

Or is it just me? Am I expecting too much? Sometimes I feel, the mundaneness and a general apathy towards the world has dulled the conversations even more. People no longer talk about their passions or feelings or thoughts. What they felt when they visited this new place. Or what did they learn. Why they thought it was a good idea to do what they did. It is all generic one-line answers, facts and opinions on things that I can’t bring myself to care about. I am guilty of doing the same or following the lead on “dull talk”. I can’t think of interesting topics anymore. And when I do, I see that the conversation isn’t sustainable for more than a few sentences. Because people are too damn busy to think about anything else other than the things that will get them through this phase of life. Then bring on the next phase and voila, you built another set of conversations that would last a decade!

And don’t get me started on the slow painful death of a good sense of humor. It is vanishing. Like thin air out of a punctured balloon. And nobody will hear its hissing, escaping sound. Because nobody is paying attention!

Even though lives are more comfortable now, abundant with luxuries and facilities, It is just getting emptier.

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