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BOOK REVIEW: Quantum by Dean de Servienti

Quantum by Dean de Servienti
Genres: Fiction

Pages: 301, Kindle Edition
Published: June 2017, translated version
Cover Rating: 3/5

I love to find out how sci-fi novelist approach a story. The possibilities of storylines, if you are sci-fi writer, are endless but only researched sci-fi books thrive for a longer period of time and have an ability to entertain a reader. Similar is Dean de Servienti’s upcoming trilogy, Quantum.



BOOK REVIEW: Arnos Hell – Horror at NHS Direct by Eamonn Murphy

Arnos Hell by Eamonn Murphy
Genres: Fiction

Pages: 125, Kindle Edition

Published: 2014 by EAMONN JAMES MURPHY

Cover Rating: 3/5

On the eve of Halloween this year, I decided to read something different. A book that is based on the Halloween night, written by Eamonn Murphy, Arnos Hell – Horror at NHS Direct. I know many think that horror fiction is not their piece of bread, I used to think that, but I must tell you there are books that might seem to represent a traditional way of this genre but are attractive enough to try out. Not every spirit is bad, there are some good souls even in afterlife.



REVIEW: The Games/Private Rio by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan

The Games by James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
Genres: Fiction, Thriller

I am not a fan of Private Series but this book, Private Rio or famously known as The Games has forced me to rethink my paradigm about the series. In past, I have accused James Patterson and his co-authored books being not upto the mark once, or may be more but Private Rio or The Games, if you prefer, definitely raises the bar of my expectations from him and his works.

If you are familiar with Patterson’s style of writing you can rightly expect the chapters being short in format and plot be fast paced to create a sense of thrill among its readers. The idea behind this genre is all about the reader to keep guessing of what will happen next. The novel starts with a prelude though without any mention that takes the reader back in 2014 when FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil where Jack Morgan head of the renowned investigation service PRIVATE is in charge of security of that event. Two years after, Rio is hosting Olympics and Jack Morgan’s Private is again the head of security along with support of Rio’s Police. One thing, I like to compliment the authors on using the real time frame, the FIFA World Cup & the Rio Olympics. It clearly shows a sense of connecting to the reader, a very realistic approach and they have chosen the right moment to release the book.



2014- The Year in Reading and of Reading Resolutions

The previous post I selected Ten Books I read last year and I would recommend to anyone. On recalling about the books I read did bring back a lot of memories, some related to the books, some not, the good ones, the hard-to-forget-yet-creepy ones as when I had a thought about writing this post. I haven’t revealed here or anywhere before that I did made some reading resolutions before the year started. At first, I was afraid of writing them somewhere and then disappointing myself at the end of the year by not completing them. Though, later on, I did made a list of some of the reading resolutions. Here is a glimpse:

  • Diversify my reading by focusing on other genres apart from Crime/Mystery Fiction. (which I did, by reading a mixture of non-fiction, tried paranormal, poetry, science-fiction books)
  • Read Ten Books Written by Indian Authors. (Jhumpa Lahiri, Arundhati Roy, Anand Neelakantan, and a few more)
  • Pick Two contemporary authors and read all of their works. (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • Read at least twenty non-fiction books. (I ended up reading more than forty)
  • Read at least fifteen authors that you haven’t read before. (Charles Bukowski, Nora Carroll, Adele Waldman, Ava Dellaira, Ken Kesey, Mary Shelley, Andy Weir, Walter Isaacson, J. D. Salinger, Gustav Flaubert, Anna Quindlen, Henry Miller, Thomas Harris, Cornelia Funke, Sara Maitland, and many more)
  • Read Hundred Books (highly important, tracked on


Ten Books I read in 2014

2014, has been a sublime reading year for me. Not only I conquered my target of reading a hundred books (as currently, I am sixty four books ahead of my schedule and few hours are still left), I have read a variety of books. Fiction, non-fiction, many kind of sub-genres. I am happy to meet Diversity this way.

Hereby, I conclude a list of ten books that I am recommending to you.

Let’s start with a classic. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a great piece of Gothic Fiction, well written novel which will give to rise to a whiff of compound thoughts when you are done with it. This book is a great example of how society has not changed much in the past two centuries in terms of greed for power, immortality, and innovation.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Exquisitely written, complete, this biography of the iconic computer genius is a textbook study of the rise and fall and rise of Apple and the brutal clashes that destroyed friendships and careers, and of course, Steve Jobs. (more…)


Had a busy October. Of course, I did spent my time reading few books. I had my fun and also learnt a thing or two during the time I spent reading. Though I am excited to get my hands on new titles releasing these month, I am finding it difficult to adjust these titles in my current reading schedule. But somehow, I have utter confidence on my reading conscience and I hope I’ll manage.

Below I include a list of five books to look out for in this month of November

Revival by Stephen King

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.



Being lost in books for whole month, September ends pretty soon for me.

The weather is moving forward in the welcome the winter and I am moving forward to read more books and welcome new book releases this month. Let’s get started. Below I include a list of five books to look out for in this month.

Pen & Ink: Tattoos & the Stories Behind Them, Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

Based on their Tumblr blog of the same name, BuzzFeed Books editor Fitzgerald and accomplished illustrator MacNaughton team up to find the real reasons people get tattoos.

Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York, edited by Sari Botton

Remember when Botton’s first collection, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, came out last fall? Now we have, essentially, the answer rap to that, the Jay-Z reply to Nas, if you will, with a series of essays from writers about loving New York. Come for the Adelle Waldman, stay for the sterling essays from the likes of Kathleen Hale, our former literary editor Jason Diamond, and Alexander Chee. (more…)

FRIDAY FIVE: Five New Books to read this August

There are so many books releasing this month. Some of them are looking interesting and torturing my curiosity. Some have attractive titles while some have eye-catching covers. But here I am putting down a list of five books that I think are worth reading for you and me both. For the sake diversity (#WeNeedDiverseBooks), I try to pick one from different genres.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Why?: This one is  straight forward and considered light in comparison to his recent works. Though it’s still 400 pages. (more…)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten books of 2014

2014 has been a mixed bag year for me in reading. I have read a variety of authors, especially a lot of new authors this time, took non-fiction seriously and some interesting books on recommendations. My challenge to myself to read 100 books this year is on track and so far, as the year comes to half, I have read 49 books.

My 2014 Challenge, so far…

The challenge bar on the tells me that I am “one book ahead of the schedule” which means I am doing well. Thus, here  I am evaluating ten best reads I had so far in the year.


10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Winner of Man Booker Prize 2009, Wolf Hall is amazing story written surrealistically from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.  

9. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

An exciting thriller, unfolds the story of an identity-less man. If you like the movie, you will love this book. 

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

An important book in the history of man kind. Totally sci-fi and easy to visualize. True story which suites every era of man kind. (more…)


Still 39 minutes left as I am writing this post. I am much obliged to a lot of things this year that I am not going to waste the precious time listing them. But most precious things to me are books. And yes, each and every I try to read more and more, and I try to learn and explore new things through them. And till now I have been successful. It is fun that this year that I set a target of reading 100 books but could not achieve it, still I manage to read 78 of them. I am also hoping to overcome this number next year with reading more and more.

I also learnt a lot in the art of buying books. Yes, buying books is an art. And to perform that art, you have to buy books. I read more than 50 % of books I read in e-book format. But reading in paperback has its own pleasure. The aroma of those yellow pages when reaches those two nostrils is stronger and beautiful than a the fresh morning and hits harder than the smoke.

For next year, my intentions are to read more than 78 books, read at least 20 new authors I haven’t read once and yes write more and more. First thing when the next year starts, I am going to set a target on Goodreads.

Thank you all fellow bloggers and friends for appreciating me and motivating me to write more and more, for spending your time on reading my words, I wish you guys a Happy New 2014!


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