Monday, July 11, 2011
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I used to be a great fan of horror novels and movies during school and early college days in the eighties so imagine my surprise when i see this book of which i have no idea topping a list of the greatest horror novels of all times on good reads. It was placed above dracula,stand,it etc etc.on the list.
So obviously I had to read it.
It is entertaining and engrossing but not really a horror novel.
It is more on the lines of Robert Ludlum or Alistair Mclean with expected plot twists, stock characters and the obligatory apocalyptic climax.
The pace is also variable with the plot dragging at some points.
I don’t think Dan Simmons is anywhere even near Stephen King.
The redeeming thing about the book is its descriptions of the atrocities in the Nazi concentration camps and it is in these portions that Dan Simmons really shines and that is why I would recommend this book so that new readers can know what cruelty we human beings are capable of.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008
KITE RUNNER BY Khaled Hosseini
This book is about two boys and their coming of age in war torn
At one level this is a coming of age book about two boys from different social background,
at the same time it is also about the recent history of
It is a well written book and the writer is a natural story teller.
Khalid Hosseini's writing style is reminiscent of popular writers like john grisham and tom clancy rather than so called literary writers like Philip Roth , Salman Rushdie etc.
Khalid also seems to pander to the Americans. The main character who is a Muslim does not really show the mindset of a Muslim who has lived in
Though it does describe the Afghan culture and the situation there with the effect on the people, it is from an American viewpoint. Being a Kashmiri myself and having faced a similar situation I suppose that I can tell the difference.
I still recommend the book to everyone and 3 cheers for a best seller with a Muslim though Americanized hero.