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Sea Swept By Nora Roberts: A Book Review

Sea Swept By Nora Roberts

Sea Swept By Nora Roberts


Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: PIATKUS
Price: 257/-

This book was recommended to me by Poonam, when we met in the offline world. She wanted me to read it, and observe how a guy reacts to a book which she categorizes as a chick-lit. Well I did read the book and here is my two cents on the book.

Sea Swept is a part of series which is based in Chesapeake Bay, around 3 brothers Cam, Ethan and Philip, who had a troubled childhood and were adopted by Ray & Stella Quinn and provided a better life. The plot of the book is featured around the death of Ray Quinn in an accident, when he had just adopted another troubled boy Seth.
This part of the series focuses on Cameron or Cam Quinn and his romance with the gradual inclusion of Seth in the Quinn family. Though whole series is focused around all three brothers and the mystery of Ray Quinn’s death, this particular book concludes at the successful romance between Cam & Anna who was the social case worker on Seth’s adoption case.
The flow of the book, is very well done and the author has maintained a consistent sequence of events to engage the reader throughout the books. The descriptions are just right giving the details for an elaborate picture but not overdoing to be a drag or boring. The romance between the two, though main theme of the book is at the back seat for the first half and the plot of the series takes a greater mind space of the reader. However towards the end she has done justice to both the aspects trying to maintain the balance between the two tracks.
The writing style is simple and easy with fair amount of stress on the emotions of the child and the romance. The best part of the book is the engaging writing style of Nora Roberts which doesn’t lets the reader get disengaged from the book. The pace and flow of the story just keep going, she has beautifully used multiple tracks in the story and left some loose ends for the sequel while answering all of the questions relating to Cameron Quinn which is one of the tracks in the story.
Summary: A fiction book with interesting storyline, not much take away but a general time pass read. Can be picked up while travelling or when you want to have a light and quick read. A sweet well paced romantic family story, more of a soap opera kinds, if you like them might as well pick this one.
Rating: For this one 2.75/ 5

Gods of War: Book Review

Gods of War- Ashok Banker

Gods of War- Ashok Banker


Author: Ashok Banker
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Price: 299/-

I have read and heard so much about Ashok Banker, after his famous Ramayna series of books. He was right there in my reading list, though I have not read Ramayna series from him yet but I did picked up his latest book Gods of War ( I am not sure if there is any correlation between the famous PS2 game and this book).
On reading the Introduction of the book, I immediately realized that why he is so talked about author. The introduction is so relevant in the current context of the world and has valid, sensible and thought provoking arguments, especially on the violence and the state policy of the developed countries. His introduction is a question mark, that too an insightful one on the conduct of America’s war on terrorism and the state of human affairs across the world. Needless to say I am really impressed by such a meaningful context setting and introduction by a fiction writer.
It would be a bit difficult to actually categorize the book in a particular genre; it would primarily be a combination of science fiction and futuristic mythological fiction. The book is the first part of a series which would comprise of five books in total. The overall plot of the series is that God has become sick and tired of the incessant human warfare and fighting amidst them that he has finally decided to step down as the ultimate savior of the race. The chance of saving the earth and the human race is dependent upon 5 people an Indian chawl boy, a lesbian American lady, a Muslim British Resident and two Japanese twin brothers lead by the Lord Ganesha.
Gods of War, primarily sets the context, and introduces the characters elaborating the context. The beauty of the book is how the religion is blended with the science to put across the laws of the universe. The details kept in mind while depicting religion as an advanced science, have been absolutely well researched and explained in fair amount of detail. If you enjoy reading science fiction and futuristic science, you would really enjoy how Banker has carefully set up the premise that science and religion are not different, rather converge at a point. His basic premise that even Gods are not independent of science is also depicted very carefully and elegantly.
The first half of the book primarily goes in the detailing of the 5 characters switching between them, this half is a bit slow and descriptive leaving the reader wondering about the constant questions being raised in the context of the story. Banker has followed a style of switching chapters where after introducing his characters where he narrates the story continuing the person account while switching the person every time. Somehow I did not found this very appropriate, as the switch was not exactly smooth every time the character changed and interrupted the flow of the story and also I felt that this continuous switching of characters within the story line prevented the reader from building an emotional connect with the characters.
The story picks a fair amount of pace after the first half and also gets a direction which keeps you guessing and Ashok Banker surprises the readers with his excellent imagination of places their mythological and scientific connect. His stronghold on the blended imagination of science and religion seems to be his strongest point of writing and he has used that abundantly in this book. During the constant flurry of events, the story does propagate in the direction which keeps holding the reader’s interests, where the author has put in some tit bits of humor, thought provoking, and surprise.
However, it is the ending of the book that left me unsatisfied. Though I don’t deny the authors effort and quality, but the book on its own didn’t had a strong terminal point. I agree that the book is a part of series and would have fair amount of open questions and loose threads for the writer to pick up later but still the reader reading it as an individual book deserves to have a terminal point. The idea of ending the book at the completion of the journey and meeting Lord Shiva makes it feel like a travelogue through a mystic journey, the basic objective that they are ought to save the world gets lost somewhere. The author has started the book with a great concept and premise but somehow this books doesn’t do justice to it, the complete series might be up to it, and this book can be an excellent start to it, which only the time would tell after the release of the sequels but Individually reading this book, I was expecting a lot more.
Summary: A good read for people who like the science fiction kind of a genre. Would be appreciated a lot by the students who are currently in touch with their science concept and would appreciate the elegance with which he has inculcated the science in his imaginations. However, people expecting a conclusive end of the book or getting into the details of the plot and the pace of the story might be disappointed.
Rating: I would give this one as 2.25/ 5
Ps. The review treats the book as an individual book rather than a part of a series. The views might change once the sequel books of the series are available.

2 States – A Review

Autor: Chetan Bhagat
Publisher: Rupa & Co.
Price: 95/-

2 States - Chetan bhagat

2 States - Chetan bhagat

Finally Chetan Bhagat’s long awaited novel Two States hit the stores yesterday. I believe Chetan Bhagat is one of the people who has brought reading as a hobby in India for our generation a new life, by writing about the people from the common Indian middle class in situations which anyone could have relate to. And yet he has produced a story which weaves a thread around common character in situations.
This time in his new book he touches a cause of the regional and inter-community biases too and does it very subtly in the background, making a very juicy story all across it. The interesting pick about all his previous novels had been they had an unusual story line 3 IITian’s stealing a question paper and call center employees’ having tryst with god and a entrepreneur trying to commit suicide. But this book is entirely different, the last thing it has is a fresh plot. It’s an age old plot about a Delhi guy falling in love with Tamil girl and their struggle to be together. This story has been told again and again zillion times in cinema, short stories and novel too.
However, to be fair to the writer still the way the story has been told is fresh and the book keeps you entertained by the jibes at the clichés and community cliques about the Punjabis of Delhi and the Iyers of Chennai. The book has fair amount of lighter moments and it does keeps you engrossed in the story line. The shock values and the contrasting descriptions of cultural differences don’t take you by surprise but don’t leave you without a smile either.
The book however claims to be inspired by writer’s own experience on his path to marital bliss, but however he urges the book to be treated as fiction which is a contrast. Another peculiar thing about the book is it references five point someone at a lot of places in a way that the protagonist seems to be Hari from the old book while in this book he is named as Krish which was a bit weird.
Getting in the details of the book, it is written well, and is evenly paced not to leave you bored and not going so fast that you might lost in the plot and characters. The author has done a good job in outlining individuals in the story and ensuring the important characters get enough plot space and the sidelines disappear along with the course. However, I personally felt the character of the protagonist’s father could have had more details some had bumpy description and surprises. Also the spirituality angle which gives the protagonist the direction and future course doesn’t gets appropriate importance, specially given the fact it was a defining incident and could have been more elaborated and be used for bringing in more content.
However, the book is a full masala read with all family drama turned funny. With some really nice situational and induced humor however there were no catchphrases or one-liners which might stick to you even as a jibe. However his satire on the back page on how the love marriages happen in India, was solely appropriate and relevant. Overall this book is a decent read not as fresh as five point someone but stil I would find it a better read than the other of his two books. He has managed to keep the readers attention and interest, though the curiosity angle was not as strong primarily because of the family setup.
All in all you cannot call this book is a must read, but definitely this one is readable and has quite an amount of masala in it for the reader without any gyaan/depth or insights in it except for may be “How to woo your South Indian girlfriend’s family”.

Trying to gauge it on a scale of 5 I would say this would be a 2.5. I would conclude by saying this one is a Read in leisure only for pleasure.