"Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. ~ Novelist Jeanette Winterson

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

I got this at a book fair when I was in college. This book fair which was held inside the huge library was like a blessing in disguise for many of us. Right on the first day, I picked up 3 of Jeffrey Archer's books after I overheard one of my college mate describing the works of the author.

This book was born out of the authors personal experience with near-bankruptcy. This also happens to be his first book and it was published in the year 1976!

 Four men- Stephen Bradley,an oxford don, Jean Pierre, an art dealer, James Brigsley, an English Lord , Dr. Robin Oakley, a revered society Physician suddenly find that the oil company shares that they had purchased have gone done to the lowest possible price and they are left penniless.

To get it back, Stephen calls in the other three whom he has never met before and puts forth a plan to get each penny back from the con - Harvey Metcalfe,a Polish immigrant.

Each one of these men have to come up with a plan to bring Harvey down and get back the money. While the other three are seriously going about formulating the strategy, James falls in love with a beautiful model - Anne.

He spend more time with her and also takes part in the 'drama' to get back every penny from Harvey.HE discusses every move with her except revealing who the target is. Finally the wedding bells ring for James and Anne and he finds out that she is none other than Harvey's daughter!

The 4 manage to get back every penny that Harvey swindled from them ,which amounts to a million Dollars, and suddenly they find an announcement in the papers that the Oil Company in which they had invested has struck oil and the share rates have gone up! Finally Stephan says he has to work out a way to give back the money to Harvey!

I loved this book the first time I read it and enjoyed it more when I read it after so many years. A good entertainer which keep you turning pages and one that you cannot put down till you reach the last page.....

At a Glance....

Book - Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

Author -Jeffrey Archer

Genre - Fiction

No. of Pages - 255

ISBN No. - 0-671-64312-6

Year first published - 1976

Other books by this author that I have read - Kane & Abel, A Prisoner of Birth, The 11th commandment, Prison Diary,Shall we tell the President

Trivia about the book- The author found it difficult to find a publisher for his first book and sold only 3000 hard back copies! Later it was a mega hit and sold over 20,000 paperback copies in a year!!This book has been reprinted 57 times!

This book was also adapted into a mini TV series.

Get in touch with the author @ his Website - Jeffrey Archer

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Vector by Robin Cook

I became a huge fan of Robin Cook after I read 'Sphinx'. I loved it to the core and re-read it so many times in the past. Then the time came when all my novels and other books had to be shelved.I would sneak through a few pages of my favorite novels and put them away quickly for I knew I had other duties to attend to-like running behind 2 lil kids!

Now that my daughter is in school, I have a few free hours when my lil one takes a nap. I now happily sit with my favorite novels to do the 2014 reading challenge.

Like I mentioned before, I have taken down half a dozen cardboard boxes full of book that I have collected over the years.Some of these book have not even been touched!

In one of the boxes, I saw this book and picked it up for this week's review. Though I remember reading it as soon as I bought it in the year 2000, many parts seem new to me now!I just did not have the mind to put in down and finished this book in 3 days !!!

This is a thriller involving bio-terrorism. A Russian immigrant in the States takes out his grudge by manufacturing and testing a bio weapon after he gets involved with two Americans. For Yuri Davydov, States did not provide the life he dreamt of and for the two Americans, they felt cheated by the Governments policies.

The three get together to take down the city by producing and dispersing- Anthrax, a potent Bioweapon. Yuri,with his training in the bio weapon industry in Russia, produces Anthrax  and Botulism toxin in his basement and tests it on a Rug dealer and his wife!

But these two unrelated deaths trigger the suspicion of foul play and Dr. Jack Stapleton and his colleague Laurie  Montgomery solve the case.They find out the culprit .What happens to the three men who wanted to take this extreme step brings about the conclusion of the book.

In this book,Vector, Robin Cook paints the startling picture of what would happen if any nation is attacked with a Bio weapon and it is really sends down a chill!

As with the other Robin Cook books that I have read so it, this too was very engaging and in true 'Robin Cook' style.

At a Glance....

Book -Vector

Author -Robin Cook

Publisher -Rupa Publications India Ltd

Genre - Medical Thriller

No. of Pages -416


Year of Publication - 1999                                                                                

Get in touch with the author - Website 

Other books by this author that I have read - Fever, Sphinx, Coma

The next book that I am reading is also a fiction and a very interesting one too.Stay tuned for the next post...

Happy Browsing...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

One Night At The Call Center

A few weeks back, I saw this on a discount sale and thought it would be a nice read .Since I have heard quite a few reviews about the author and his books I bought this one without hesitation.



This book was born when the author met a young girl on an over night train journey.She tells him the story about the lives of 6 people working in a call center / BPO and the time when their world up side down! After a conversation with God, they make life changing decisions that make them feel better and happier.

My Thoughts....

Since this is a small book, I chose to read this one for week 1.I read this book within a couple of days. The book , as the name suggests, is based on what happened one night in the workplace.

The story is narrated by Shyam and work with Radhika,Esha,Priyanka, Vroom[a nickname given to Varun coz he loves to drive his bike very fast!] and Military Uncle. The story shows the various sides of the characters when they are at home and at work.Each one of them have something on their mind and their lives that makes them sad and frustrated. 

When I read the gist of the story, it said they got a phone call from God. I expected it to happen somewhere earlier on in the book, but God comes only on page 200 [of the 257 paged book!].
The story has flash backs almost after each chapter as Shyam recollects certain incidents and events as the friends chat in their work place.
All in all it is an 'OK' book for me. Nothing much to get excited over. But what I did like was the fact that each character / event is so real that you can almost relate their lives to you or some one close to you!
At a Glance....

Book -One Night At The Call Center

Author -Chetan Bhagat

Publisher -Rupa Publications India Ltd

Genre - Fiction

No. of Pages - 257

Price - INR 140


Year of Publication - 2005                                                                                                

Get in touch with the author @ his Website -www.chetanbhagat.com / e-mail him @ info@chetanbhagat.com

Other books by this author that I have read - None so far

The next book that I am reading is also a fiction and a very interesting one too.Stay tuned for the next post...

Happy Browsing...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks - 2014 Reading Challenge

Yeah, I know, I wrote this here too.But then I started this blog just for the reading Challenges :).So here we go again.....

In spite of signing up for the Foodies Read 2014, I have joined another reading challenge!!! Looking at the number of challenges and the categories[click the link to know more], I just could not help myself from stopping with just one reading challenge!

So here I am, joining the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks - 2014 Reading Challenge. As the name suggests we have to read 52 books by the end of the year.The reading week starts on Sunday and  all genres are allowed except children's books. And there are some mini challenges too !!

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Quite recently I started buying novels apart from my favorite - cookbooks!I have them all stacked up on the shelf. I am surely going to enjoy doing all the reading and reviewing. And the best part is re-reads are allowed too!!Yay! So I can get to read those books that I got long back!

For further details on participating, check out Robin's post - Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks .

Happy Reading!!!

Hello !!!

Hello World!!

I know this will sound crazy but sometimes its nice to get a little crazy,right!! Yes, I have started another blog just to share my experiences and reviews for the Reading Challenges that I am taking part in 2014!

I am an author of a food blog - Seduce your Tastebuds and a Travel blog - My Foot Prints on Earth .Check these out if you love to cook and travel!

So,this blog is basically about all the books I read, the ones that I would love to read and all other stuffs relating to reading and reading Challenges.

Come back soon to see my very first post on the subject!!

Happy Browsing,