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Tom Clancy’s “Executive Orders”

I did spent my vacation while reading this huge book

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I read Tom Clancy’s name when I was reading the review of a book by different author and it caught my attention. I had seen his books in bookshops but never paid any attention to them before. The first book that I picked up was “Executive Orders”. It was quite a surprise to me in terms of scale, detailing and scope of plot.  I have read many more books by him after that and I will write about them separately but this is the one that got me hooked to Tom Clancy.

The first thing that attracted me in the book was the characterization of Jack Ryan’s secret service agent Andrea Price. She has the job of personal security of president after the disaster that makes Jack the President in the book. Even though Tom has kept this relationship purely professional in the book, it does strike your mind many…

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Chetan Bhagat’s “Two States”

One of his best books

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I have liked this book from Chetan Bhagat most as compared to his other books, even better than “Five Point Someone”. It is a  very simple story where you almost know what is going to be the end but you are curious to read how it is going to happen. The beauty of the book is not in the story as much as it is in the narration of completely different cultures of north and south of India. Again the view is more from the Delhi Guy perspective but still it captures a lot of South Indian Tamil nuances.

The story also feels real to me since I have many friends who have married across different cultures and have gone through similar experiences. To an outsider, it might seem why I am calling it different culture because Krish and Ananya are both from India but Indians would know that Punjabis and Tamilians are as…

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Same Book, Different Effect

It was my first post on general book reading without reference to any specific book

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I am going to write the tenth post on this blog, so I thought of writing a general stuff instead of a particular book. Can a same book create a completely different effect on its reader at different time? I believe yes. In fact it has happened to me multiple times. There have been times when I have picked up a book based on recommendation from a friend, but I could not read it. Whenever, I started to read, I found it boring, un-interesting and in most of the times sleepy. But then I will pick the same book after few months or years and I end up reading it with lot of interest and was unable to put it down. What changed between these times? The book was same and the reader was also same.

What changed was probably the mood of the reader or the environment or the…

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“Eragon” by Christopher Paolini

This series started so well …

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I have heard about comparisons being made between Eragon and Harry Potter or Eragon and Lord of the Rings, but I would like to not go into those. I was primarily attracted to Eragon since I was reading a lot about this in media. The book is responsible for making dragons most loved mythical animals. To me it was a love story between Saphira and Eragon. A love that was based on strength and care about each other.

The most important aspect that I liked was the concept of creation and storage of energy which is then used to create magic. The idea almost look plausible at times. It is as though Paolini has figured out some advanced form of energy creation and storage and then he is just converting that energy for either material transformation, communication or transportation.

Saphira is not a slave to her master. She is a…

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“Love Story” by Erich Segal

Another one of my favorite

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I guess all college going students get introduced to this book in some way or the other. It is one of those timeless romantic classics that is enjoyed for the first time by kids who suddenly start taking interest in opposite sex. The story is very simple and is about a rich boy meeting a poor girl and falling in love and how in the end the girl dies due to illness leaving the guy alone.

For me the book was a classic example of dialog writing. Many times I have found that it is difficult to come up with conversation in a book. Movies are great for conversations. You don’t have to keep writing A says; B says; You don’t need to write expressions, you can leave sentences half-finished. The medium of movie allows that since you have a powerful dimension of visuals. But in the books, you need…

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