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Book Review: The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons


5/5 STARS!!!!!!!

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Gibson Vaughn is like the American equivalent of Cormoran Strike – in a refreshing, believable and non-super hero kind of way; and this first book builds a great back story for him. This is not a James Bond / Mitch Rapp equivalent and I’m so grateful to Matthew FitzSimmons for keeping it real. I am definitely looking forward to the release of the next one in October this year.

The story hooks you from the very first page and keeps the tempo up throughout. There is something about surveillance videos of missing persons that just keeps you glued and I’m sharing no more than that. Though I was able to guess the plot before the big reveal, that didn’t spoil it for me, it was still super interesting till the end.

Usually, in this genre, the lead character is either unbelievably ‘uber cool’ or so ‘flawed’ that it doesn’t seem real anymore and I find it hard to relate to. But I liked all the characterizations in this book. They are well balanced, and don’t fall into the usual cliched territory. The other thing that sets this one apart is that while the book is so fast paced, its not a shallow story and makes one care for its characters. It will stick in the mind for a while.

I think this story is perfect for American TV or at least a movie, though I think 2 hours wouldn’t do justice to all the plot lines.

Read it!!

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The 2016 Compulsive Collector’s Reading Challenge


I’ve already set myself a challenge to read 30 books this year (last year I managed 27). But the real challenge I’m setting for myself is to complete this target by reading from the books I already own.

Like most book lovers, I love to collect books – to be surrounded by books on my shelves, in my bag and in my iPad. I labor for hours online, reading several reviews and book lists to find the in best crime, thriller and contemporary fiction, and discover the most interesting true life, historical and autobiographical non-fiction. And while I keep hoarding this absolutely great stack of books (which I also fondly gaze at everyday), whenever I need to pick one to read, I almost always choose a completely new one, that was never even a part of this pile. I am greedy like that, yes. I only seem to want more and I never want to share! 😛

Having 10 unread books sitting in my book rack already, and 44 others in my iPad, did not stop me from bringing 15 more into my heart and home from the Delhi World Book Fair this weekend. Though I will say that I got these at throw away prices and at least I am not guilty about spending the month’s salary on them!

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So with that firm resolve, here’s my 2016 Reading the books I own Challenge.

Indian History

  • White Mughals
  • The Blood Telegram
  • Delhi: A Novel

Non Fiction

  • Geisha
  • Daughter of China
  • The Book of General Ignorance
  • Gangs
  • The Girl with 7 Names
  • Quest

Fiction

  • The Seventh Secret
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • That Thing Around Your Neck
  • Jailbird
  • 14 Stories that Inspired Satyajit Ray
  • Americanah
  • The Accidental Tourist
  • Snow Flower and the Secret fan
  • Kafka on the Shore

Crime / Thriller

  • American Assassin
  • Naoko
  • Salvation of a Saint
  • The Case of the Missing Servant
  • K is for Killer
  • The Beautiful Bureaucrat
  • Red Queen
  • Six of Crows

Classic / 18th Century

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Wolf Hall
  • Bring Up the Bodies

Graphic Novel

  • Fun Home

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And that’s it!

I will be working really really hard to stick to this list. I’m sure I’ve missed a few interesting ones, but if I ever want to switch one around, I promise to switch it with one from my existing stack only. Wish me luck!

Do you have a compulsive book collection condition too? I’d love to hear how you deal with it. Until then, Happy Reading!

 

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the TALAASH ends here…..!


SPOILER ALERT!!!! (if you haven’t yet seen the movie, you might want to save reading this for later :))

Talaash is the kind of film that re-instates my faith in the hindi film industry, or rather in the “commercial” hindi film industry.

The credits are barely over and the first sequence of the film jolts you in your seat, pulling you into the story immediately. Aamir Khan enters the scene and so begins the unraveling of a mysterious death that seems to have no logical explanations.

Playing a hardened police man, Surjan Singh Shekhawat, Aamir Khan is delightful as the no-nonsense yet sensitive guy, with a tragic backstory. Rani Mukherjee, as his wife and the other half living their shared tragedy, underplays her character perfectly. Even though her role is not dialogue heavy, her acting is so emotive and sensitive, it is endearing. Dressed in simple sarees and minimal makeup, she blends comfortably into a policeman’s humble flat.

What I really miss in Bollywood movies is a good murder mystery, one that keeps you thinking and engaged till the very last. Talaash for me, was one such film that checked all the right boxes where story, direction, editing, acting and dialogue – were thought through and executed with detail and precision. Isn’t it obvious why Aamir Khan takes so long to make a film – the experience of watching it clearly evident when you come out of the movie hall amazed / thoughtful / surprised / delighted all at once.

Aamir Khan is undoubtedly the king of conviction, perfection and execution. His insistence on his movies / shows being produced by his own production house is what the production of his movies most often reflect. Though I wouldn’t say that’s true always, especially in the case of the recent PK.

 

Note: This post was written almost 3 years ago in Dec 2012. I found it sitting in my drafts folder today and decided to publish it as it was. The decision to revive the blog was rewarded with a ready piece of writing to lend me some much required encouragement and impetus. I hope to do it more justice this time. 🙂

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