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Book Review: Sleeping on Jupiter, by Anuradha Roy

There are these books that come once in a while which appeal to you because of the blurb and the title. This is one, but it appealed to me because the blurb made the book more mysterious, than shed light on what lay ahead. A variety of characters, seemingly independent of each other’s stories, weaving in and out through the book; how can their disconnected lives be connected, I wondered. And that’s what Anuradha Roy does through this book. She connects them in a way I couldn’t quite have expected. Continue reading “Book Review: Sleeping on Jupiter, by Anuradha Roy”

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Book Review: The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly

When one of my favorite authors releases a new novel, it usually gets top priority in my reading list. One such author is Matthew Reilly. I’ve read almost all his books, and have most of them in my shelf. When this book The Great Zoo of China came to my hand, the cover design itself gave me an idea of what to expect. The question was, would it live up to the billing and be a brilliant novel? Come on, bringing dragons into the picture, that was already a point in favor of the novel. A friend said – maybe it’s like Jurassic Park. Continue reading “Book Review: The Great Zoo of China, by Matthew Reilly”

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Some things change, and some remain the same. Perhaps it’s the power of memories that help keep these things the same. It’s a similar feeling when the protagonist of this novel returns to the farm which changed things when he was a child. He finds himself walking back to the back of the farm, to a pond that the girl there had once called an ocean. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman”

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Book Review: Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre

In many discussions with book lovers and friends, the aspect of a good horror novel that has been said as most important is its ability to make the reader feel the horror the character feels. And in my notion, the aspects of a good crime fiction or mystery are threefold, viz. the detective, the victim(s) and the motive. These three are in addition to the plot which has to move quickly. Would I classify this novel as a horror or a crime thriller, I do not know, because it has the aspects of both. Continue reading “Book Review: Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre”