Review: The Secret of the Nagas

The Secret of the Nagas
The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After all the hype about this book, mostly due to the success of its predecessor, I was pretty excited when I got hold of it. Unfortunately, that excitement was probably the only high point. I enjoyed ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ – it was interesting, gripping in parts and an enjoyable read. But as is the case with most sequels these days (except Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, where Parts 2 and 3 were better than 1!), ‘The Secret of the Nagas’ failed to meet my expectations.

At just 396 odd pages, it still felt long. There was quite a bit of boring narrative that was impeding the already not-so-fast-paced story. And, I’ll be honest, the names, terms and the general writing style that I overlooked in part 1 got my goat in part 2. I understand that when it’s fantasy fiction, the author does end up using names and terms that do not exist – however, when the names and terms are derived out of known and existing concepts, it gets very tricky. Example, there was a reference to a place called Sangamtamil – a bit weird for me, because I know SangaTamil is a language. There was also a huge dose of very Hindi-filmy Mother-Son drama – for me, it stuck out like a sore thumb, inserted just to gain some brownie points with a sentimental reader (which, unfortunately for the author, I was not).

Come to think of it, the book felt like it was written with a future movie in mind. And the reason that doesn’t work always is because very less is left to the reader’s imagination – I, personally, enjoy books that give me some parts and let me build the rest of the scene!

‘The Secret of the Nagas’ had a very predictable narrative and the writing was very amateurish. Might have been overlooked in ‘Immortals’ but the author may not be lucky a second time.

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Review: A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I’m still in utter disbelief that this book was written by GRRM and it’s part of the ‘Songs of Ice and Fire’ series. What the first 3 books did, the gripping story, the frantic page-turning – well, all that was completely absent in this one. I skipped entire pages, even 3-4 at a stretch and I didn’t miss much.

Every stone, every leaf and every ant had a story behind it. It felt like plodding through a genealogy text book, rather than a book from the GRRM stable. The only reason I kept at it is to have a thread of continuity when I read ‘A Dance with Dragons’. And if ADWD is also like this..well.. I hope it isn’t.

And, oh, a huuuuuuuuuuuge crush is happening on Jaime Lannister. 🙂 That’s pretty much the only good thing about this book.

Do yourself a favor – read the summary of this book on the interwebz and go directy to ADWD.

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Review: The Coffin Dancer

The Coffin Dancer
The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Typical Lincoln Rhyme novel! If you’re a fan of this genre, then you won’t be disappointed. This is the second book in the series, where Rhyme and Amelia Sachs match wits with a ruthless killer known as the Coffin Dancer. It has the Deaver stamp on it, with loads of fast-paced action, CSI details and a wee bit of romance thrown in too!

It’s a veritable cat and mouse game between the cops and the killer, with the trademark Deaver twists and turns.

I wanted to take a break from all the fantasy books I’ve been reading and this definitely was a welcome change!

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