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Blog posts August 2013

Tall Man Small Shadow | Vipin Behri Goyal | Book Review

August 31, 2013

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By for Vipin Behri Goyal

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Shadows are, what one may say, the most miserable creatures of the…

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Dominion | C.J. Sansom | Book Review

August 30, 2013

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By Chirag (Guest) for Macmillan Publishers

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Alternative history is a genre that has a very niche audience because of the background knowledge one needs to have to really appreciate or even understand the …

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Unaccustomed Earth | Jhumpa Lahiri | Book Review

August 28, 2013

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By for Random House

PLOTS: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Hailed as one of the best known authors of today, she is a celebrated recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in the year 2000. Though named Nilanjana Sudeshna, she lo…

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A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life | Ravindra Shukla | Book Review

August 28, 2013

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By for The Reader Cosmos

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

A cocktail of ‘Five Point Someone’ and a few other lesser known works, and strikingly similar to one of our recently reviewed books, The Redeemers, A Mavericks H…

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Narcopolis | Jeet Thayil | Book Review

August 27, 2013

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PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

nar·co (/ˈnärkō/) – A prefix added to the start of a word to indicate sleep; it has originated from the Greek word nark, meaning numbness.

po·lis  (/ˈpōləs/) – A state or a society; origina…

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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins | Book Review

August 26, 2013

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By for Scholastic

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

It was the year 2012 and I was cooling my heels off at my family home in Agra. With little to work my hands on, I was desperately relying on Facebook and the ‘Game of Thron…

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Techie @ Heart | Karthik S. | Book Review

August 26, 2013

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By for Hachette India

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

There are many who say that writing is a very difficult task, and it is true to an extent. But it is not something that cannot be learnt or mastered. Robert Ludlum once said, “Stor…

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Message from a Hidden Past | Jos Rogiers | Book Review

August 25, 2013

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By for Jos Rogiers

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

HISTORICAL VALUE: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

Imagine you get up in morning, step out of your house to relish the freshly settled morning dew on your bougainvillea and begonias, and you come across a book…

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Jestus | Sury S. Vemagal | Book Review

August 23, 2013

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By for Sury S. Vemagal

PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

I am of the belief that books are of 2 kinds: Ones that have a good story to be told, and ones that are written so well that the story does not really matter. Rarely does an aut…

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Songs of Blood and Sword | Fatima Bhutto | Book Review

August 21, 2013

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By Chirag Mehta (Guest)

SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Scholastic textbooks on history give a vivid account of life in the Indian subcontinent, weaving through different time periods. As students advance in their school years, we reach the Late M…

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Buck: A Memoir | M.K. Asante | Book Review

August 20, 2013

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By for Spiegel & Grau

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Zimbabwe-born American author, filmmaker, producer M.K. Asante is a household name in the United States. Son of the widely known Molefi Kete Asante, the famous African Amer…

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Never Go Back | Lee Child | Book Review

August 19, 2013

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By for Random House

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

“Jack Reacher is back and this time he is in the capital, in his old office. This is his yard, his playground. Do not mess with him.”

Finally. Finally I get this chance to rev…

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Thundergod: The Ascendance of Indra | Rajiv Menon | Book Review

August 17, 2013

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By for Westland Books

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Among the plethora of mythological fiction authors that have swarmed the local bookstores and online retailers, some manage to make their mark in the world of literature,…

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The Fire Chronicle | John Stephens | Book Review

August 16, 2013

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By for Knopf Books

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Fantasy fiction is a tricky thing to write. Not only does it require imagination on the part of the author, he/she should also be able to translate it onto paper effectively so that t…

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PIYUSH JHA | Author Interview

August 14, 2013

Piyush Jha has been a successful director and screenwriter in Bollywood. And now, he brings that flavour into his books. They have all the ingredients of a true Bollywood flick. His latest novel in the Mumbaistan series, "Compass Box Killer", was a fast-paced, nail biting, hair raising, edge-of-the…

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The Black Coat | Neamat Imam | Book Review

August 14, 2013

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By for Neamat Imam

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

I trace my roots to Jamalganj, a sleepy village in Bangladesh. My grandfather was born there; my father and my uncles were born there and I too, was born, not very far from the border…

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Missing Varrun | Amar Agarwala | Book Review

August 13, 2013

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By for Amar Agarwala

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything,” says the famous and one of most versatile Canadian American actor, producer and activist, Michael J. Fox. His is n…

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The Paperback Badshah | Abhay Nagarajan | Book Review

August 12, 2013

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By for Srishti Publishers

PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

Sankalpita had earlier reviewed Abhay Nagarajan’s “Corporate Atyaachaar” on BookGeeks, and she was not very generous with her review. I had even questioned her becaus…

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Broken April | Ismail Kadare | Book Review

August 9, 2013

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By Chirag Mehta, Staff Reviewer

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Albania is one of the remotest Balkan states in Europe, with a population of no more than 3.5 million people, which makes finding a literary translator to English, an arduous …

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Delhi Is Not Far | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

August 7, 2013

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PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

As will be the case with most of the people who grew up in the 1990’s, a major chunk of my childhood too, was spent on watching Doordarshan sponsored children television programs. Among the…

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