Angelology Review

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni, Finished reading on 30 October 2012

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Synopsis

“When sister Evangeline finds mysterious correspondence between Mother Innocenta of the Saint Rose Convent and legedary philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller, it confirms that angels walked among us – and their descendance,  the cruel Nephilim, still do.

Indeed the Nephilim are hunting for artefacts concelaed by Abigail Rockefeller during the Second world war – onjects that will ultimately allow them to enslave mankind – and they have so far been prevented from reaching their apocalyptic goal by one, clandestine organization: The angelology Society.

And if the angelologists are to stand any chance of winning this new battle in he age old war, they must find the artefacts first. But their fate rests in the hands of innocent sister Evangeline who holds the key to unlocking Abigail Rockefeller’s hiding place and whose own destiny may yet find her prey to the terrifying Nephilim army with horrifying consequences for humanity.”

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Review

Too lengthy man….

That’s the simplest review I would write for this book. I loved it in some places. There were some brilliant scenes which I read with bated breath. But overall it turns out to be a drag.

May be spoilers ahead

Story…

I found the story unique and interesting. It swings between present and past.  Normally dual timeline often confuses me. But here, it was surprisingly interesting. In fact the sphere 2 – past of Sister Celestia – was more interesting than the part 1. The old charm, the old beliefs and the old insecurities are good enough to keep you love the nun till the end.

Characters…

I loved Evangeline. As usual, just like any other protagonist, she also had to make a choice from her heart at the end. But the last chapter, where she decides to keep her identity as an angel and embraces the wings  of freedom with poised withdrawal, makes her stand apart.

Liked Gabrielle – elegant and awesomely etched character. 

What’s wrong…

Despite a nice story and strong characters, what was wrong with the book? Its length. Its too narrative. There are places where author goes over the top to narrate a scene. Redundant narration slows down the pace of the book. And there are so many scenes which could have avoided.

Example – Scenes between Gregori and his servant Anakim – I did not get what was the need of those. To represent the emotional dependency and isolation of villain?But then, what was the end of that thread? Its a loop opened, ending no where. It was just added to state a point which was established many times before. Could have edited out.

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Rating 2.5/3

Random thoughts of a slaphappy mind:-

Note:- This may not be related to the book at all. Few passing thoughts which I am tagging with the review.

Oddly this book reminded me of a movie which I have seen years before  – a love story of a celestial singer and a earthly woman. At the end, both of them are cursed to lead a life of pain and separation because they have fallen in love violating the rules of the skies. Here, the untoward happens when Sons of god and Daughters of men fall in love. The whole idea of forbidden love is interesting.

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Lazy Sunday afternoons

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Falooda from kothaguda junction. One of the Hyderabad ‘things’ which I am gonna remember forever.

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the ‘world famous’ Chicking opens in Hyderabad.

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The  tagline seemed a little childish. Anyway chicking gets a thumbs down from us.

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A juvenile photography experiment gone bad

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Review

Alice’s Adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Finished reading on 23rd October 2012

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Synopsis

“This book-entertaining for both adults and children-follows the fantastical adventures of a little girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a nonsensical world full of peculiar creatures. She returns to that world six months later through a mirror.”

Review

I have read the book before and have enjoyed it to bits. A book which lets your imagination run wild and colourful. Loved the movie too.

After reading so much about the hidden meanings and symbolisms in this book, thought I would give it one more try. It turned out to be a boring activity. The references and the hidden jibes, all are intended towards people lived during the books authoring phase.  I have no idea about the political climate and headline makers of that time. So the hidden jibes did not amuse me.

On a positive side, The book has lot of brilliant paragraphs which has metaphorical meaning and I had fun reading those with the help of some googling.

So If you enjoy a nonsense read with lot of scope for colourful imagination go for it. If you are more interested in the symbolism stuff, read wikipedia or google. One time must read, second time, nah.

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Alice and the white rabbit

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I loved the last paragraph. Its so me remembering my happy summer days. 

Lets go with a 3/5

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Ice Gola Smiles

Ice Gola adventure and accompanying smiles on Sunday 21st Oct 2021
Sujith had a kala khatta…
I had a pinapple…
sithara had a kala khatta and khush mix.

And we all shone like rainbows with colorful smiles.
Let me steal few pics from a friend’s awesome clicks.

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Pineapple……..
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Street shopping… Best ways to keep you fit, physically and financially. 🙂

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Colors  Colors   Colors  ….
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Meal of the day. Fruit custard….

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And today’s kill 🙂

The GodFather Review

The GodFather by Mario Puzo , Finished Reading on 15th October 2012

The-Godfather Synopsis

“More than thirty years ago, a classic was born. A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction — the Corleones — and became the definitive novel of the virile, violent subculture that remains steeped in intrigue, in controversy and in our collective consciousness.”

Review

One of the best books I have ever read. Characters are etched so damn perfectly and they never let you down even for a scene. There is a certain detachment from the author which gives a liberty to the reader to make his\her own judgments over characters\scenes. Narration is neither dramatic nor over the top.

Spanning over 10 years, Story is flowing smoothly and it has a snow petal structure – i.e. characters  stitched around a central man. Though senior don is omnipresent in the book, it is the journey of Mike – The born leader. The way his beliefs and perceptions change because of a series of mishaps. My favourite part is how Mike learns about his father’s past and Senior Don’s journey to become a mafia king. As the famous quote goes by “No one, not even the chosen one can escape from the past” . True that.

Side characters and side stories – Layered out perfectly seamless with the main story. Never ever a time, I felt this or that could have been edited out. Oh ya, Mike in Sicily – I feel there were couple of redundant illustrations. But I loved the ‘thunderbolt’ in Sicily  and how the author was so not judgmental about it. So I am letting it go :P.

As they say, If you have not read The God Father, You have not read anything. 🙂

4.999/5

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