Review: The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4)The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A true Lisbeth Salander fan should never pick this book. They should stay with the original millennium series and move on. The story lacked depth and the characteristic rawness was missing from Lisbeth Salander’s character. One irritating thing I noticed was, when the author narrates an event from different perspectives, at times it turns repetitive. Stieg Larsson was truly enchanting with the initial three books, the sequals by another author simply didn’t live up to Stieg Larsson’s standard. I would go with one star.

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Review: The Master Algorithm by Pedro Domingos

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our WorldThe Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The hardest book I have read this year. Took over two months to finish it. The book is clearly not meant for a layman. Despite having a little appetite for such donnish trivia’s, this one ended up as a squishy mess in my head. I picked up the book assuming it would be a continuation to Heartificial Intelligence by John C. Havens. Turned out to be a different theme. In parts, I liked the book. The way it guided the reader to be open to many analogies in the search of the Master Algorithm was interesting. Evolution, Brain, Mind – it touched upon many interesting topics to sculpture a perfect learner. But overall, I had difficulty wrapping my head around The Master Algorithm. I would go with a 3 star.

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Review: Ready Player One By Ernest Cline

Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ready Player One By Ernest Cline is a Science Fiction set in a post-apocalypse world. A skilled gamer in the dilapidated earth and his Quest for the ultimate power in a Virtual World – the story might be cliche, but the environment author chose to display these contrastive threads are interesting. Like a labyrinth, it is easy for a reader to get lost in the Virtual world. I enjoyed the book and its exploration of new possibilities in the VR world. Despite having very limited knowledge of 80’s pop music and games, I managed to enjoy the book till the last page. The ending didn’t sound that perfect, but glad to know that Author is working on a sequel.

Back in 2009, I read a thriller named The Last Testament by Sam Bourne. The protagonist used Second Life – A Virtual world on the net – as a medium to pass on clues. I played it for a few months and then discontinued. Now after reading the book, the spooky similarity of Second Life and Oasis forced me to log in back to Second Life. The graphics have improved multifold enhancing the VR experience and awesome features have been added. And Just like the Oasis, Second Life has virtual classes going on too!!! OASIS is not far away, in reality, it’s just a matter of time.

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Review: A SELFIE as Big as the Ritz

A Selfie as Big as the RitzA Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had hit a reading slump. So took this one for a quick read, thinking the quirky cover might hide something quirky, funny and light. Contrary to my expectation, this one turned out to be concentrated-bites of luscious melancholy. It is a collection of short stories, sometimes really short, dealing with a plethora of emotions. #heartbreak #abortion #menopause #depression #postpartumdepression #postpartumdepressioninmen The book often sounded bleak, yet was captivating mainly because of the writing style. Some stories felt like repetition and writing sounded monotonous. I read it in one go and by the end, weariness crept in. I would have enjoyed it more if I had taken a break in the middle.

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Review: The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True HermitThe Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am not impressed with the book as much as I thought I would be. The foremost reason is, in the book, the author itself is debating on whether Mr. Knight is a hermit in its true meaning or not and on the other side, he has given the subtitle ‘The Extraordinary story of the Last true Hermit’. Other than inducing a mystic aura around the book, the title doesn’t stay true to the content. I might have interrupted it differently, still doesn’t fit with my level of reasoning. Another thing is, the author was not able to go deep into the subject ‘Solitude’ and its philosophical side, though he tried. The book felt like a documentary narration, with a few very good paragraphs to relish. The book could have been better narrated and reflected that’s my final verdict on the book. I will still go with a three star, considering the extraordinary tale of Mr. Knight, which kept my interest throughout the book.

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Review: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a HurryAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading Cosmos, I am a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson. This book is a crisp reminder of things which I have read in cosmos and much more. Quick read and ever interesting, just like any Neil deGrasse Tyson. Just like the book Cosmos, the book reminds me how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things. After finishing the book, you wander around a few days thinking about all the stars, the scent of stardust lingers. I would go with five stars for the book.

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