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Skyfire | Aroon Raman | Book Review

November 24, 2016

Skyfire | Aroon Raman | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

It’s not every day that you come across a great book but when you do, it is hard to pull yourself out of it and get back to your normal routine. Aroon Raman’s Skyfire is one suc…

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Stephenie Meyer: The Unauthorized Biography of the Creator of the Twilight Saga | Marc Shapiro | Book Review

April 30, 2015

STEPHENIE MEYER: The Unauthorizes Biography of the Creator of the TWILIGHT SAGA |  Marc Shapiro | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Having being translated into 38 languages around the globe, her series has sold 120 million copies worldwide. Her fourth book “Breaking Dawn” had sold a record of 1.3 million copies on the first …

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The Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky | Meg Cabot | Book Review

June 5, 2014

the princess diaries third time lucky meg cabot book review

By for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITINGS STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Very few book series have the ability to retain reader’s attention beyond their second and third book, but here it is, the Princess Diaries – Third Time Lucky, whic…

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Che in Paona Bazaar | Kishalay Bhattacharjee | Book Review

June 5, 2014

che in paona bazaar kishalay bhattacharjee book review

By for Pan Macmillan

SUBJECT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

They say that the beauty of India lies in its diversity and that diversity is what holds us together. A few days back, I chanced upon a foreign national, one who was an overly enthus…

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The Finisher | David Baldacci | Book Review

May 17, 2014

the finisher david baldacci book review

By for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

I have never read a David Baldacci before, but from what I could gather from so many of my fellow book lovers is that he is indeed a master craftsman of words. Unfortunatel…

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The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science | Will Storr | Book Review

May 10, 2014

the heretics will storr book review

By for Pan Macmillan

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

The world is never short of alternate sciences or theories or remedies or any other thing. If there is a correct way to do a thing, many alternate ways, some good and some farce, always find a …

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Be Careful What You Wish For | Jeffrey Archer | Book Review

April 30, 2014

be careful what you wish for book review

By for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Writing a series is not as easy as the plethora of successful titles that you see on the shelves of your local bookstores. Not only would you have to make sure the long drawn o…

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The Princess Diaries: Take Two | Meg Cabot | Book Review

April 15, 2014

the princess diaries take two meg cabot

By for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Having found peace in her life, Princess Amelia or Mia, finally moves on with her regular life. Slowly and steadily her life has started falling into place, as she is co…

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My Days: A Memoir | R.K. Narayan | Book Review

March 27, 2014

my days r.k. narayan book review

By for Pan Macmillan

CONTENT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Who doesn’t know Malgudi, the small, sleepy and fictional town in South India which has long made its imprint on every Indian heart? Thanks to the widely popular Indian television s…

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The Princess Diaries | Meg Cabot | Book Review

March 20, 2014

the princess diaries meg cabot book review

By for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Meg Cabot is a highly celebrated author. There is no doubt about that. Her books are a big time hit in the US, UK and other countries, but just how relevant is her flagship …

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe | Douglas Adams | Book Review

February 24, 2014

restaurant at the end of the universe douglas adams

By Kshitij Rawat (Guest)

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

When it comes to books, I’m largely a fantasy-oriented guy. I haven’t read too many science-fiction books but Douglas Adam’s comic sci-fi series, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, …

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Cell | Robin Cook | Book Review

February 22, 2014

cell robin cook book review

By  for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Mobile phones have penetrated deeply into our daily lives; they have become indispensable. They started as a communication device, and slowly outgrew themselves; now a mobile p…

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth | Chris Hadfield | Book Review

February 18, 2014

an astronauts guide to life on earth chris hadfield

By  for Pan Macmillan

SUBJECT: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

1969 is a landmark year in world history. It is the year in which Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. This brought astronauts into limelight; Star Wars, released 8 years later, certainly helpe…

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The Treasure of Kafur | Aroon Raman | Book Review

February 1, 2014

the treasure of kafur aroon raman book review

By  for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Last year Ravi had reviewed Aroon Raman’s debut book – The Shadow Throne. The book and the cover seemed very interesting to me and I had immediately made a mental not…

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The Prisoner | Omar Shahid Hamid | Book Review

January 15, 2014

the prisoner omar shahid hamid book review

By  for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Of all the books that I have reviewed, two will always remain on my recommended reading list – Narcopolis, in which Jeet Thayil brings out the dark side of Bombay, and ‘The Bla…

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Dominion | C.J. Sansom | Book Review

August 30, 2013

dominion c j sansom book review

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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The Psychopath Test | Jon Ronson | Book Review

July 5, 2013

the psychopath test jon ronson book review

By for Picador

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

I am not a big fan of non-fictions and possess a tendency to avoid them as much as I can. I also have a weakness for funky titles and book-covers. So, when I was given Pan Macmillan’s…

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Contest | Matthew Reilly | Book Review

May 22, 2013

Contest Matthew Reilly review

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PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

"The New York Public Library. A silent sanctuary of knowledge; a 100-year-old labyrinth of towering bookcases, narrow aisles and long marble hallways. For Doctor Stephen Swain and his daughter, Hol…

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A Prisoner of Birth | Jeffrey Archer | Book Review

May 13, 2013

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PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

"If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But when the four prosecution witn…

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The Tattooed Fakir | Biman Nath | Book Review

May 3, 2013

The Tattooed Fakir - Biman Nath

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PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Imagine this – You are at an airport. To kill some time, you enter the bookstore. You come across a book with a catchy title and an equally catchy cover design. You look at the blurb and that too see…

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