Gone Girl – Review

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Finished reading on 29th August 2013

“Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

Those are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?”

Spoiler alert: See, its an amazing book. If you plan to read it, then better skip all reviews and read it just like that. I am sure you will be amazed. So please skip the below part if you ever plan to read it. Don’t kill the surprises.

When the story started, I was kind of yawning – the same cheating husband and the doormat wife, what’s new? I was feeling bad for our doormat wife till the story reached midway! Then bang! the tables turned just like that. The contrasting story threads of first part of the book, hits you hard on the face, especially when you reach till the end. I could not suppress a smile, when the story turned around.Yup! the writer surprises everyone, I bet, Everyone. My liking for the ‘Boy’ \‘Girl’ was swinging like a pendulum throughout the book.

Every story needs an antagonist. Every hero needs an antagonist. So I loved the amazing Amy, a rare breed she is! She is the heart of the book and everything revolves around her. The only thing which hurts, even a little, is the end where justice is ill served.

Finally after a long time, I read a book which has the potential to keep me awake whole night. (Off course, I can not do it now due to health reasons. But would have done it otherwise.) Well, the only thing which even slightly impacted the novelty of the Novel for me, is sometimes Nick resembled Brad pit and Amy resembled Angeline Jolie from Mr. and Mrs. Smith. May be it’s the similarity of the surprise elements.

The book is simply a must read…….5/5

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The House of Silk – Review

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowits, Finished reading on 12th August 2013

“It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221B Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

Intrigued by the man’s take, Homes and watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston. As the pair delve deeper into the case, they stumble across a whispered phrase ‘The house of silk’ a mysterious entity and foe more deadly than any Holmes has encountered, and a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society itself.”

Its been a long time since I have finished off the Adventures of Sherlock Homes series. When I bought this book, I was under the impression that it’s a fan fiction turned Novel and thought it would be a nice refresh on the old stories as well. Though its not exactly a fan fiction, it turned out to be a good read.

The novel is in the form of memoirs of Dr Watson, just like the Arthur Conan Doyle style, who much later in his life decided to reveal a hidden chapter of Sherlock’s adventures which is too shocking for the society even for this day. You will find everything the same about the recurring characters, the same old arrogant Sherlock, the same old Dr watson, and the same old Inspector Lestrade. One good point is, Dr watson writes this memoir during the last stages of his life and so the high retrospective content of the narrative is totally justified.

Story is good. Its started from one thread and then hopes to another thread keeping the readers on edge. Finally its interesting to see how both the threads comes to a logical conclusion and conjoining. But while reading the Edmund Carstairs story, I can not stop feeling a Déjà vu. Anyway its just in the starting. As the story moves forward, and when the central theme ‘The House of Silk’ comes into picture everything is well connected and unique.

The annoying thing about reading a Sherlock homes novel now, is my mind keep on oscillating between Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downy, Jr when it comes to the protagonist. I was trying to match the descriptions in the book with either one of them. The worst thing about the visual adaptations of any book is, it override your imagination and put a face to almost everything in the book.

Good news…. a sequel might be on your way. Would love to read more from the author and going for a 4 for this book.

4/5

The Lord of the rings – Review

The Lord of the rings by J.R.R Tolkien, Finished reading on 9th August 2013

 

“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

Considering my love for fantasy novels,  I do not understand how the bloody hell, this novel was lying in my shelf for the last 5 years and I never even bothered to even lift it and flip the cover all this while. All thanks to the funky looking new box set of Lord of the Rings which I got recently, for making me read this one.

Lotr, a fantasy novel about the adventures of four hobbits from a lovely town called Shire. The novel starts with such a beautiful picture of Shire, that you fall in love with these little Halflings immediately. As these four travels around the kingdom, an unimaginable array of landscapes and elvish wonders are described in an enchanting way.

As the story goes by, things get darker and murkier. The surroundings of the journey of the ring bearer and his comrade, reflects the mood of the story in many ways. Starting from the brighter Shire, in the end, they reach the gloomy Mont doom, where their destiny waits them.

Every story will have a character who clings to your mind even after you finish reading that story. Here, Its Aragorn for me. The one who comes into the story as a untidy and dangerous wanderer, quickly makes way into your hearts. <Spoilers> The King indeed has all the humility and wisdom need by the true lord of Gondor. I loved this character and most of the times, I devoured the parts where Aragorn was there than any other chapters of the book. May be it’s the superficial subtleness and the underlying courage of this character which attracted me! Nevertheless Viggo Mortensen got a loyal fan for sure.  

Its one book which I would recommend to any one who love fantasy novels, who love to build things in the mind and feel how wonderful they are. One strong suggestion is please wait for the book series to finish of before jumping to the film series.

Would love to give a 5/5