Monday, May 25, 2020

The Da Vinci Code: (Robert Langdon Book 2), by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code: (Robert Langdon Book 2), by Dan Brown

That was it. I had nothing else to say after I read this book. No words can do this book justice.
Despite saying that I’m still going to try, note the key word here is ‘try’ to describe my experience.

Here goes my try.

The prologue literally yells for your attention. It’s like a Venus flytrap that coaxes you in with its pretty appearance and smell but the moment you’re close it traps you. After reading the prologue you cannot, I repeat CANNOT, leave the book because the prologue is about a murder. And as we know murders in books don’t reveal anything - not even the tiniest clue, but they let you in enough to make you curious.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

A month ago I was basically at a stage where I was reading books all the time and did that for about two weeks until I realised that I didn’t have any new books to read. I found this in my bookshelf while searching for something to read.

My sister had actually told me about it but I hadn’t paid much attention to it until then.

Ready Player One is a science-fiction book. It’s set mostly in a virtual world called the OASIS. In a world crumbling and a destroyed economy, the OASIS is the escape of millions. With a pair of gloves and a headset, even the poorest could use the OASIS. To get a better idea, imagine a world, perfect in every aspect and you have the OASIS. With millions of planets and thousands of quests to prove your worth, the OASIS can make even the poorest feel rich, albeit virtually. Well, perhaps that isn’t completely true. There is a chance, one chance to become the richest person alive. The Hunt.

Encyclopedia Brown, by Donald J Sobol

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detectiveby Donald J. Sobol

OK fine, I know this series is kind of kiddish for my age. But while I’m stuck at home, I’ve been dying for books to read. And this series was something I hadn’t re-read in a long time so I decided to read it.

There are quite a few books in this series and I have three of them. The Encyclopedia Brown series is about a ten year old boy named Leroy Brown aka Encyclopedia due to his knowledge about the smallest trivia and his knack of noticing things most people would ignore.

Each book has around 10 stories about the various mysteries and cases he solves along with the help of his partner Sally Kimball.

Sounds quite simple and not that complicated. Well, that’s exactly what I love about this series. I mean most of the books I read have complex plots, at least three subplots and a million other complicated mysteries to solve along with a race against time to save the world or something. Don’t get me wrong I love all of those books and they are thrilling to read. But amidst all of these complex and complicated books its kind of refreshing to have a book that’s just so simple and has mysteries about missing cookies. This simplicity is what makes me want to read this book when I’m not in the mood for a long thrilling mystery.

And most of the mysteries are pretty easy to solve if you just pay attention to the details. Most of the answers are just staring at you in the face but you don’t notice it until Encyclopedia points it out and solves the mystery. It might seem kiddish but amidst the races against time and mysterious death threats, this series is quite different.

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