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The Girl who Played with Fire

I am convinced this book is wrongly named. Lisbeth Salander the protagonist is definitely not the girl who plays with fire – she is fire. This book is the second in the Millennium series written by Stieg Larsson. I have reviewed the first book here. While the first book introduces Salander as a character, this one goes in-depth into her troubled past, and the reasons why she is the way she is. The mystery is Salander itself. Book Synopsis WITHOUT SPOILERS: Mikail Blomqvist and another reporter from Millennium magazine are investigating a story on sex-trafficking – young girls are being brought from Eastern Europe, and forced into prostitution. This investigation threatens to bring down many high-ranking Swedish officials who are involved directly or indirectly in this trade. Unknown to Mikail Blomqvist (the hero from the first novel), the investigation touches upon Lisbeth Salander’s past with whom he is no longer in touch. When the journalist doing the primary research on this story is murdered, suspicion falls upon Salander. Blomqvist believing her innocent, starts his own …

The Chandelier Made of Human Bones at Sedlec Ossuary

The Black Angel

Ever on the lookout for good thrillers, I checked out The Black Angel by John Connelly from the library (Just Books, yep I eventually switched libraries and I am extremely content with the change 🙂 . The story starts off with a murdered prostitute. Because the police can’t care less about her fate, her cousin Louis (a reformed hitman), his boyfriend Angel, and his best friend Charlie Parker try to track down and punish the bad guys. The reason for the murder soon becomes obvious – she and her friend have stolen a fragment of an ancient map. The pieces of this map, when put together reveal the location of the Black Angel – a fallen angel who wandered the Earth until he got into a confrontation with a monk and was embalmed in silver hidden within an ossuary in Sedlec in the Czech Republic. Apparently werewolves are not the only supernatural species with an aversion to silver! Now, the twin of the fallen angel is roaming the Earth searching for his twin so that …

The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves – A Book Review

What I feared would happen has happened. I have finished The Swan Thieves, which I had expressly picked up for the flight, even before the trip has started. There were a lot of reviews on the web mentioning that this book is slow, so I didn’t really expect to finish it within 3 days – especially considering I have so much travel preparations to get through. But that is what I exactly managed to do! Now, I am stranded with nothing to read, and will have to make a last-minute dash to the bookstore/library and pick up something to read. I can’t say that I feel too bad about it because I enjoyed this book thoroughly – slow and all. The story: Robert Oliver is an extremely talented artist. When he attacks the painting ‘Leda’ in the National Gallery, no one can understand why. Oliver ends up in a psychiatric hospital and Dr. Andrew Marlowe who paints as a hobby is assigned to treat him in the hope that he will understand the artist’s mindset. …

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov – The Finale

After the pace and excitement of part III, I went into part IV with great expectations. Unfortunately, the book does not quite deliver. I expected a lot more from Dmitri’s trial. I found these sections (the speeches from the prosecutor and the defense attorney) to be very tedious, with too much speculation, and psychology. All the events of Part III are rehashed again and again until I was bored speechless. As a comparison, I found Crime and Punishment to be much more snappier and suspenseful. There were some expectations that I had from the ending that the book just failed to meet. I was hoping for some hard evidence for or against someone. Instead, all we got was a half-baked confession and a suicide. I also started feeling very disappointed with Alyosha’s role during this section. For the most part, he is a passive observer rarely playing any role in the proceedings. I was hoping that he would go through some kind of trial by fire just like his brothers and come out a stronger …

The Poet

The Poet

This is the year of thrillers, it seems. Last year, I read lots of young adult and fantasy, but this is the year of thrillers, and here is one more that I am reviewing for you guys. I spent last night wide awake compulsively turning the last 100 odd pages of The Poet by Michael Connelly, and I can’t say enough good things about how well the book made that lack of sleep all worthwhile. The book starts off with the following sentence: Death is my beat. I forge my professional reputation from it. I treat it with the passion and precision of an undertaker – somber and sympathetic about it when I am with bereaved, a skilled craftsman with it when I’m alone. I’ve always thought the secret of death was to keep it at arm’s length. That’s the rule. Don’t let it breathe in your face. The above sentence is how professional crime reporter Jake McEvoy introduces himself and his profession – a crime reporter. He finds himself at odds with the above …

The Orbis Terrarum Reading Challenge

Challenging Myself in Different Ways

You guessed it right (partly). Yes, I am signing up for another reading challenge. This one is the Orbis Terrarum challenge hosted by Bethany. According to the rules of this challenge, I need to read 8 books written by authors from 8 different countries. This sounds absolutely cool because my reading is generally restricted to American, British, or Indian authors. I rarely venture out of this comfort zone, so I am hoping to diversify my reading by taking on this challenge. Bethany also has options where bloggers can run mini-challenges (related to Orbis Terrarum), and I am seriously thinking about taking this on. This will be the first time I host anything on my blog, and I am really kicked about the idea I have for the mini-challenge. If I eventually decide not to host the mini-challenge, it will only be because of the lack of time or because all mini-challenge slots are full, or because…well, so many reasons really :). Anyway…this is a heads-up from me regarding this. I have yet to plan my …