Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Review - The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks well who hasn't heard of the book. Many of us have watched the movie and many more of have read the book. And now I am part of many more who have done both. This was my first read by Nicholas Sparks. 

This is a classic love story of lost and found love. The book starts in an old age home where in an old man narrates a story from 'The Notebook'. Story of Noah and Allie. They met one summer as 17 and 15 years old and had  a summer of whirlwind romance. But like always Allie's rich parents take her away to another city away from Noah. 

Now 14 years later finally then have found each other. Both have been unsatisfied since losing each other and haven't truly found love. Allie is engaged and is about to get married. But then she sees Noah in a newspaper and comes down to meet him. 

I believe that its very easy to make someone laugh in a book but very difficult for a writer to make readers cry. Well I certainly got tears in my eyes not once but many times. This is a wonderful first book. If you haven't read this book do it now. You will not be sorry. 

My Ratings 5/5 --- Stars go as *****/*****

P.S. - This is part of First Reads Challenge 2014

Book Review - The Bro Code by Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn

So here comes "The Bro Code" by none other than our Bro Barney Stinson. Now if you do not watch US TV series you may not know him. Yes TV and he is fictional but very funny. From the episodes of 'How I Met Your Mother' comes this book which Barney quotes every chance he gets. 

How do your character write a book when it doesn't exist, simply hire a writer. So this book here is by Matt Kuhn.

Basically this book tells you:

1. Who is a Bro?
2. How to be a Bro?
3. What are the ways of a Good Bro?
4. How should you behave with other bros?

and many more .... many many more, codes for a bro to live by. 

There are around 120+ codes with small explanation to help the bros. Now if you have seen the series you already love Barney, more so now more than ever when the series is not so funny now. Fear not the book is funny and light read. In fact very light read. Most of the pages would have only around 2 lines text so I was able to finish the book in flat 2 hours. Real page turner with very light on reading but full on heavy with fun.

But yeah this book with would make much more sense if you have seen the TV series. But it is fun and that's what matters.

My Final rating for this funny book is 4/5 in stars ****/*****

P.S. - This is part of First Reads Challenge 2014.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Review - Hexagon by Ishaan Lalit

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So there you have it a Sci-Fi book by an Indian author. That was my primary motivation to buy this book and it was like a breath of fresh air seeing this book among all the myriad kind of love stories which were on offer. Kudos to Ishaan on thinking out of mold. 

Now coming to the review of the actual book. In a word 'Meh' don't get me wrong I liked the book but its not kind of book which would linger in your thoughts by the virtue of being that good. Though the concept is good but the treatment is lacking. 

The story is about a thief Rahul Oberoi who was never caught but his luck runs out when he is caught with his girl friend. But rather than taking them to police station they are taken to a secret base where Rahul's Grandfather worked and we have a secret structure called Hexagon which is a portal between 6 parallel worlds. We come to know that all the worlds are under attack by a vicious people who are called Moths and only Rahul can save all the worlds. And then we are taken through all the different worlds in order to save them all. 

Story is okay but again execution is poor. There are so many mistakes that it appears that there was no editor who worked on the book. Also so many continuity mistakes that it also appears that there was no proofreading done. To top it all there is an entire chapter repeated word to word. Totally unacceptable. 

So in all the book was Okay but could have been better if worked on pace and also if the spelling and other errors are corrected. In all there can be a v2 of this book with corrected mistakes.

In all my rating goes 3/5 ***/*****

P.S. - This reviews is also eligible for "First Read Challenge 2014" and IQRC 2014 (Indian Quill Reading Challenge 2014)


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