Dream BIG!!

EIGER DREAMS (1997) 6.5/8 Yes Non-Fiction Adventure Rs.160 (Amazon.in) Jon Krakauer [3.97/14983 ratings Goodreads]

Review #421 (Book Review #121) :

16 days and 186 pgs later I completed my 3rd read of Journalist Jon Krakauer’s non fiction book EIGER DREAMS. It is a collection of 12 different stories aka experiences of different feats in the field of climbing (mountain, boulders, waterfalls, ice caps etc), including stories and names of the people related and their feats. These all stories / articles are written by him and got published sometimes here and there. Below are the details chapter-wise:

1. Eiger Dreams: It contains the memoirs of mountaineers climbing the Eiger, including himself.

2. Gill: It including another form of mountain climbing called Bouldering i.e. climbing steep and high boulders, and includes experience of John Gill, famous boulderer.

3. Valdez Ice: It contains expereinced of another type of difficult climbing, waterfall climbing at val-DEEZ Alaska.

4. On Being Tentbound: Here Jon explains one more important aspects related to mountaineering, being tentbound, the courage not only includes difficult climbing, but also the skills to survive, when there is a long storm, and you have to remain inside tent with your co-climbers or maybe alone even, can you survive the climb psychologically.

5. The Flyboys Of Taalkeetna: It includes the race between different air pilots who make their living by depositing the climbers and their gears to nearby mountains of Talkeetna Alaska.

6. Club Denali: It including the experiences related with Mt.Mckinley and the mountaineers who became part of this Denali experience.

7. Chamonix: Chamonix is a place which is specifically known as the climbers paradise, it situated on the border of France, Italy & Switzerland, and the life of the city situated near Mont Blanc.

8. Canyoneering: This includes the experience of canyon climbing and discovering in the Arizona areas, and how still so many of these wonderful canyons not yet discovered.

9. A Mountain Higher Than Everest?: It includes the historical stories and descriptions about competing mountains and calculation of their heights, how some mountains scared Mt. Everest’s claim of being the highest mountain of the world.

10. The Burgess Boys: It covers the story of Burgess brothers who were very notorious yet very known due to their unique nature.

11. A Bad Summer On K2: It includes the climbing experiences in and around Mt. K2 in Hindukush mountain range.

12. The Devil’s Thumb: This is the last story but not the least. It is the personal experience account of Jon himself, what difficulties he faced when he decided to climb the Devil’s Thumb situated at a remote location at Alaska Canada border.

The book is a well prepared non fiction account of the heroics and deeds done in climbing arena, since the book is thin, it is full time pass and not at all boring, also it is not one story, its 12 different stories hence it glued you till end, and the language is easy, anyone-can-read types. I have read his other 2 non fictional books ‘Into the wild’ and ‘Into thin air’ and liked all these 3 books. I recommend it to even a new reader, rating 6.5/8.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1.5, Way of writing 2, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5, Credibility 1

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the honor of the lost eagle!!

THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH (1954) 5.5/8 Yes Historical Fiction/ Adventure Rs.126 (Amazon.in) Rosemary Sutcliff [3.91/6835 ratings Goodreads]

Review #420 (Book Review #120) :

14 days and 210 pgs later, completed my 1st ever read of Rosemary Sutcliff. THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, which was also adapted as the movie The Eagle, I may have seen that.

It is a story of Rome occupied Britain era, a centurion (Commander of a legion aka battalion) of a roman legion Marcus Aquilla who was posted at a outpost in Britain, where he fought a rebellion and become half-crippled as his leg got a big wound. He lose his job, but he has an intention to find about his father’s legion and their lost eagle (The proud emblem for a legion), his father’s legion has gone northward beyond the wall and Hadrian’s wall and never came back from the unknown lands (Historically there were 2 walls built on the northern side of Britain to prevent them from northern barbarians). He also took with him the slave he bought, the Britisher Esca.

Rosemary Sutcliffe was better known as a children writer and who was into retelling of old myths and legends through her stories. She was born in Dec 1920 and died in Jul 1992. She has wtitten a lot of novels on the histotical premises, this was one of the series, she has also wtitten her autobiography ‘Blue Remembered Hills’.

This a good read and book is just 210 pgs long (my copy), you are able to understand everything, she has used a lot of nature and surroundings explanations in here, so you will get a feel of the era and harsh northern barbaric lands, but the English uses is different, you cannot read fast as the language has a unique property of using such words you may not get the meaning, but slowly and steadily you get hang of it and can complete the book. There are not much of high end war descriptions, as it basically consists of journey details which the 2 main characters took.

Its an adventure read, I will rate 5.5/8

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 1, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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my LIFE..my WAY!!

MUD SWEAT AND’ TEARS (2012) 5/8 Yes Autobiography Rs.68 (Bookchor.com) Bear Grylls [4.14/6418 ratings Goodreads]

Review #419 (Book Review #119) :

17 days and 472 pgs later I completed Bear Grylls’ autobiographical MUD SWEAT AND’ TEARS. This is my 2nd read of his books, and 1st ever complete read of a biography, previous to this read half biography of Indian Cricket God Sachin Tendulkar.

This book is a big one, and is full of anecdotes and inspirational quotes wherein he included his childhood details, his family details, his SAS selection routine (quite a lot of pgs dedicated to it), his everest expedition and MAN vs WILD tv show starting details. He has summed up his life journey here. What values he got from his ancestors, where he did schooling, he tells us a lot of his early days. He also shared his friendship bonds, where and how he made friends. The biggest part of the book is dedicated to his SAS selections, which is again an inspiring read.

Though, some other incidents he just finished in few pgs like his journey through North Atlantic Ocean in an open boat (Though he has a separate book for it FACING THE FROZEN OCEAN, which I have already read and an inspiring read). But the biggest drawback of this book is that it is 470 pgs long and can take a toll on you, sometimes you can feel bored, but if you stick its quite an inspirational read, he used some humor and some short sentences but a lot of preaching as well. The best part of this book is colored photographs of his various happenings. Language-wise its easy to read.

I rate it a 5/8 on my scale. Do read it if you get your hand on it.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 1.5, Target Readers 1, Characterization 0.5, Credibility 1

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a spy on loose!!

THE SPY (2010) 6.5/8 Yes Thriller Rs.68 (Bookchor.com) Clive Cussler Justin Scott [3.94/6597 ratings Goodreads]

Review #418 (Book Review #118) :

I have completed one more from the clive cussler / justin scott’s Isaac Bell series. I very much loved this series, this is my 4th read of the series, all 4 books scored top ratings, this one score a 6.5/8. It is the 3rd book of series (I completed first 4 books of series now).

Again the story is based in 1900s. A guy died mysteriously who was also a notable battleship gun designer for US, it seems like a suicide but when Isaac took the case in his hands after the guy’s daughter plead for investigation suspecting it a murder, it seems that this incident is not only one stray incident instead it could be a bigger level play at hand. Someone is targeting the battleship minds of US, who is that and what is his purpose?? Is he a spy? Read it.

This book again has that characteristic style of revealing the culprit quite early in the book but still there remains 1 suspense which get revealed at the later stage, which was a bit new for the series. In this series, they always reveals the culprit Nicely woven story and intriguing read. The book is 450+ pages long and readable in fine language, plus I like the vulnerability of the detective character which is good for the series. I recommend.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 2, Way of writing 2, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Credibility 1

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life on bike!!

ONE LIFE TO RIDE (2015) 5.5/8 Yes Travelogue Rs.162 (Amazon.in) Ajit Harisinghani [3.79/352 ratings Goodreads]

Review #417 (Book Review #117) :

I ordered this book in Aug 2015 but today only got the chance to read it, its a thin book and only took me 3 days to finish 230 odd pages, but book reading depends on my mood at that time, that’s why sometimes I have 3 different books opened which I use to read on the basis of my mood.

Ajit Harisinghani is a Speech Therapist, practicing in Pune India and a motorbike enthisiast, 55+ in age but have done many cross country biking. And this book is his memoir of cross country biking started from Pune, which is somewhat below the Central India all the way across to Leh Ladakh (northernmost India) on his bike Enfield. That’s somewhat near to 3000 km.

This is an adventurous journey, and if you’re an adventure seeker and wanted to feel life, you should read this book. He first took the bike trip to Goa to check if his body is intact and can take one more long ride over his enfield or not. Simple language and author’s style immediately get connected with the reader, it felt like I myself was traversing that journey. He had planned his journey is perfect way, and travelled to picturesque locations in harsh conditions and harsher roads.

Though there are some parts which I didnt liked which includes author’s own perspective of India’s different faiths/population. But that didn’t hinder the reading flow. If you are not affected by these parts its a must read for all adventure seekers. Plus there are some photographs which the writer took en route and shared, but thosr are black and white and not of good quality, had it been colored it would look too good as addition supporting his journey. Also this is one of those books where the traveler didn’t point out the negatives of his rides instead he highlighted the best things (unlike always complaining Paul Theroux). I rate 5.5 / 8.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 2, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Credibility 1

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the lovely bones..

THE LOVELY BONES (2002) 4/8 No Drama Rs.50 (Amazon.in) Alice Sebold [3.77/1633422 ratings Goodreads]

Review #416 (Book Review #116) :

Got this book from Amazon.in from the 2nd hand store, and it costs me Rs.50 (0.78 US $), was a good deal and the book’s condition was okay, plus I was very much interested in reading the story behind the movie, yes I have seen the movie long back, and liked it. Started reading the book on 6th Mar 2017 and finally today finished it (very low speed), but that can be said about the book genre.

SPOILERS AHEAD: So the story goes like, a girl named Susie Salmon got killed by a pervert and psychopathic kind of guy and goes missing. Then how it affects the family formed the crux of the whole novel. It’s not written in a thriller genre, but its written in drama, emotional way, it emphasizes on how the death of a young girl affect her family. And let me tell you, the book is written in first person view, from the eyes of Susie herself, she’s in heaven and observing all the lives unfolding beneath on the earth, how her death affected her lovable father, cute sister, her mother and small brother and her first crush of school.

Alice Sebold is the writer and this is my 1st read of her, though this is her 2nd novel (as per wikipedia) first published in 2002, and as I already told you above that a film adaptation is already there, which I liked, though same cannot be said about the book. Rare it happens that adaptation scores better than source. This book is certainly not for all. If you love simple family matters and drama emotional stuff, you probably will love this book, since in whole 328 pages, that was what concentrated upon by the writer. Finding the murderer was easy, also that was not the purpose of story, but how the family cope up with the tragedy is this book all about.

Language wise its okay, but some lengthy sentences along with first person usage made it somewhat difficult for the reader to follow the author’s thought process. And since not much of a story to offer, even 328 pages seems dragging. Let me tell you I am a very serious reader – read epics like Hawaii, Alaska (James Michener) and Lord of The Rings ( JRR Tolkien) and rated all of them a full rating 8/8 so it cannot be said that I cannot handle a mere 328 pgs. Plus i never liked books with heavy wordings (though this book has none), since for me a good writer is that person who will be able to convey his meaning in most easiest way ( you dont need dictionaries). Yes but this book cannot be read fast else you’ll lose the gist of it. Sonetimes it seems that love making is the only priority of that girl, but that was not required to elaborate that much, we have Paulho Coelho for that, yes it could be said that at that adolescence age of 12 -15 it is too obvious to have that feeling but as a writer there are many other things she could have concentrated in her book ( I didnt read Paulho Coelho’s 11 minutes after that first vivid description by the girl, you may get if you have read it)

I rate this one a 4/8 on the basis of story and audience targeted, you can avoid this book, only lover of specific genres can read this one.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 0.5, Credibility 1, Target readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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Is it for REAL?? or its FEAR!!

STATE OF FEAR (2004) 4.5/8 Yes Sci-fi Techno Thriller Rs.73 (Amazon.in) Michael Crichton [3.69/69074 ratings Goodreads]

Review #415 (Book Review #115):

Completed another one from one of my fav writer Michael Crichton STATE OF FEAR (687pgs/24days). This book was first published in 2004, its a sci-fi techno thriller based on the fear the world is spreading about global warming.

It has a story wherein our protagonist are trying to foil attempts by some so called environment protection agencies to disrupt the environment, and it speaks that more than any threat of global warming, its the fear which is fed to everyone, in reality global warming is non existent, the thing happening is natural, happens everytime with intervals, and human intervention to correct something which is natural occurring phenomenon is actually making it worse, it also put a problem forth that any research done by scientists should be done independently where researcher should not know who is the funder, that way it will remain ethical and truthful. The story is same, where some good guus trying to save earth. So yeah on story front the book is weak, not upto the mark if compared to other MC’s novels, but it presents a different and unique idea and message of fear and manipulation, which is proven by many (a long bibliography and references are provided in the book throughout the story and at back as appendices).

I rate the novel 4.5/8, its good in facts but its lengthy for not so long story, took a lot of time to establish the characters. Story took a lot of time and pages to open the thrills otherwise till so many pages confusion is going on, and thrill wise nothing exceptional. But as a MC fan I will recommend the novel to other fans and reading fanatics.

GRuchirG.

May be stamina with u…

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 1, Length 0.5, Credibility 1, Target readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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