W…W…W… Wednesdays (May 29)

Today, I would like to join in with MizB in her Wednesday musings and answer her three questions – 

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  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

My answers to:

  • What am I currently reading?

 I’ve just started reading this one. Seems interesting. Let’s see how it goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What did I recently finish reading?

 I found this book truly good. Will be sharing my review soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly…there are too many books and too little time. My to-read list is growing day by day and as I usually pick a book at random, it’s difficult to name one. That said, I do have my sights on the First Series by M. S. Fowle and Valley Walker by T. W. Dittmer. I have been meaning to read these for a long time now. Hopefully next week… 

If you like, you too can join us 🙂  Just leave a link on MizB’s blog . Let’s spread the word and see what everyone is reading these days. Who knows, maybe you’re own work may come up on someone’s reading list. 🙂 

Happy Reading!!!!

Book review – Anne Holt’s ‘1222’

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was the first time that I read Anne Holt’s work and I enjoyed it. It’s a good thriller and kept me glued to the pages to the very end. You get to see a terrifying face of nature – so wild, overpowering and closing on the people from all sides – enough to give you goosebumps. One after another tragedy strikes, bringing out the best and worst of human nature. While some people are calm and control, others play the devil’s advocate to gullible minds.

I liked the way Holt weaves the whole episode and uses Hanne Wilhelmsen, who is restricted due to a physical injury, to narrate the incident. Though the dry and detached narration gives you a clear picture of the events at the hotel; it is also a bit jarring on your nerves and at times I was really irritated with Hanne’s entire stance. Her sarcastic remarks are sometime funny and sometimes irksome. Also, certain sections (I personally felt this, for other readers it might be different) of what Hanne was saying or thinking left me clueless. The end and certain portions in between, especially the last page, made me think that I was missing out on something. Maybe reading a book before or after this adventure of Hanne would make more sense. Let me know if this is the case, then I would arrange for that book.

To summarize, 1222 is a very good, well-written book and you would not want to put this one down even for a moment. (I was persuaded though, after a scolding from my mother to leave it and go to sleep) Since we’re experiencing chilling winter in Delhi and my limbs refuse to move or leave the comfort and warmth of the blanket, the thought of being trapped, surrounded by tons & tons of snow, is a very frightening concept. So sections about cracking windows, bellowing wind and moaning walls, was terrifying for me.

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Life of Pi – Awesome movie.

After a very long time, I was able to convince my parents to go see a movie with me. My mom was more receptive to the idea than my dad, who, if you’ve seen some of our Hindi movies would probably understand, hates to have to stay in one place and endure all that for hours. Plus his knees trouble him a lot with all that sitting. So as you can imagine, lot of drama ensued and after quite a bit of pleading from my side, they were ready to go and we reached just in time to get the tickets, before the show started. I have to say, I am glad we did go because it was worth all that effort. 

Life of Pi (3D) was quite a mesmerizing experience for all of us. The story is very simple — a a young boy is lost at sea – but the depiction of his whole journey, his struggles, was just so touching and enthralling that you can’t help but sit throughout the movie with your mouth open and have an occasional tear roll down your cheek.

Ang Lee has done a fantastic job in creating a whole new world before our eyes. Every scene captivates you with its rich color and celebration of life.  Even the digitized scenes, seem more real than actually possible. Pi is a smart, intelligent, inquisitive and a determined young man and you will loose yourself in his world.

The movie was exciting, entertaining and yet heart wrenching. All the actors have done a great job.  Irrfan Khan as senior Pi was believable, likeable. Having seen him in some very good Hindi movies, it was quite a pleasure seeing him in this one too. Tabu is a darling. She has given Indian cinema some really good movies and paints a good picture of the loving, endearing Indian mother.  Of course, how can one forget Suraj Sharma? For a debutant, he’s really good and has portrayed Pi with conviction.

If the movie is running in the theatres near you, please go and see it, with your family. The visual appeal of the movie is so immense that you will not be disappointed. Rather you’ll just end up wanting for more. I know I have.

5 stars from me for Life of Pi.

Book Review – “Mirror Bound” by Leanne Herrera

I know I am way behind in meeting my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I am not giving up. 🙂 I am trying to read as many books I possibly can, in whatever time I can squeeze out of my work. Mirror Bound is one such attempt that thankfully, has been successfully accomplished.

I received this e-book as part of a book promotion, in exchange for a review. Though there were many books on my to-read list still I went ahead with this one first as I just did the author feature and it made sense to follow it with a review. Well as promised, I have read it, actually liked it and so am reviewing it now. Here it is…

Mirror Bound” by Leanne Herrera

Book Summary: She came home to settle her great grandmothers affairs and figure out her own life. Finding out that her grandmother left her everything including magic powers she forgot to unbind before her death. Anna finds someone to love amidst the war against the woman that was supposed to love her and her twin sister. The mother goddess helps her gain her magic. Can Anna stop her mother before her mother stops her?

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My Review:

I found this to be a good book with both +ve as well as -ve points. Honestly, it is readable and quite enjoyable too. The story maintains a steady pace throughout and the element of magic and mystery keep the interest levels up.

The book is written from Anna’s perspective and it starts off quite smoothly.  However, in the first few pages I felt that there was some confusion between who’s Ma — the mother or the grandmother or great grandmother. It’s only later that things get sorted out. The introduction of John spices things up. But I actually could not come to terms with the ease with which Anna accepts that her Ma is a witch and she too has powers as did her sister. I mean, I would probably have freaked out if a stranger, whom I’ve just met, tells me that my loved one had such a big secret. This section should have been a bit exciting rather than just swim by you. Also the whole ‘I knew what was coming’ attitude of Anna was a bit odd.

Still, I liked reading through the book. The author does a good job in creating a balance between all that is happening and the different characters that appear in the story. As the story progressed, it became more engaging. Anna’s  meeting the Mother Goddess and preparing for the final battle, sure are the highlight of the book.

I would recommend this book to those interested in witches and magic.  I am sure that they will like it.

I give this book 3 stars out of 5.

 

A Time to Kill By John Grisham

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw the movie a long time ago and had always wanted to read the book. Finally I got my chance and I really enjoyed going through it. This is a very emotionally intense and engaging storyline. It keeps you glued in from the start to the finish. The rich courtroom drama keeps the excitement live. The storyline – a father seeking revenge on those who wronged his daughter – may sound to be a simple story; but trust me it is anything but that. It surpasses all your expectations.

John G. shows how a crime tends to touch so many people and alter the course of their lives. He highlights many aspects of our society – crime, justice, racism, poverty, politics, religion, our value systems, the essence and struggles of a normal family, personal vendettas and the thirst for power and attention in people. He shows the naivety of the media and how susceptible it is to manipulation and misinformation. Everything is intertwined and the plight of one family would not only become a spectacle for the entire nation but would bring into focus some serious issues that had been swept under the rug.

Reading this book, you will find yourself overwhelmed by Carl Lee’s struggles. While being horrified at the action of men, you will question the judicial system that protects all.

A very touching story; would recommend it to everyone.

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