The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Contributor: Rohit Mishra

Rohit’s Rating: 3.5/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 4.2/5

Genre: Coming of Age

Review:

Movie on the same

  • has same director, characters, punchlines, excellent music
  • deserves 4.5/5.0.
  • is a must watch
  • has been tailored version of book at very few places
  • makes you feel infinite

Book is only half as good!

Comments: Some might call it effect of watching a movie before reading the book, but movie made me read the book, I just had to. And I am not sure if it would have happened other way round had I read the book first.

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Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes – Thomas Cathcart , Daniel Klein

Contributor: Switler

Switler’s Rating: 4.0/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 3.77/5

Genre: Philosophy

Review:

‘Pluto and Platypus walk into a Bar’ can also be called ‘When Philosophy marries Humor’! This is a philosophical book and the best part is that it is Humorous! This is the only book I have read (so far) which blends the two wonderfully. It tries to explain the reader about various branches of Philosophy without going too much into the details. And the authors have used jokes to explain the philosophical concepts.

Those who enjoy philosophy will enjoy this book thoroughly but those who keep such books at bay can still go for it. They will at least enjoy the jokes! They may not make one roll on the floor with laughter but one will nevertheless find those amusing! I give the authors full marks for finding appropriate jokes for the concepts!!! Just amazing!

Let me end the review with 2 jokes from the book!!

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(This one is where authors try to explain that everyone has a purpose!)
“Mrs. Goldstein was walking down the street with her two grandchildren. A friend stopped to ask her how old they were. She replied, “The doctor is five and the lawyer is seven.”

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(This one is where authors explain the difference between essential and accidental properties!)
Abe: I got a riddle for you, Sol. What’s green, hangs on the wall, and whistles?
Sol: I give up.
Abe: A herring.
Sol: But a herring isn’t green.
Abe: So you can paint it green.
Sol: But a herring doesn’t hang on the wall.
Abe: Put a nail through it, it hangs on the wall.
Sol: But a herring doesn’t whistle!
Abe: So? It doesn’t whistle. Sue me!

Comments: Happy chuckling:-)

The Runaway Jury – John Grisham

Contributor: Switler

Switler’s Rating: 4.0/5.0

GoodRead’s Rating: 3.85/5

Genre: Legal Thriller

Review:

I don’t know if I should be writing this review or not. I also don’t know if I will be able to do justice to this book. To me it’s simple. It is a John Grisham book and that’s all about it. However for all of you who are not his die-hard fans or have never read his work, this is my humble opinion!

‘The Runaway Jury’ is just another Legal-Thriller by John Grisham. However, once you finish it, you will definitely want more! It’s about a tobacco trial – the case of Celeste Wood, the widow of Jacob Wood, who has died from lung cancer after years and years of smoking three packs of Bristols a day. They are up against Pynex, one of the Big Four tobacco companies in the United States. The start is interesting but the story becomes a bit slow when Grisham tries to explain how the Jury functions. This, in a way, is good for those, who otherwise, would not understand what is happening! Gradually it picks up pace! Big four are trying everything to win this case as the stakes are enormous – just one verdict against them and all hell would break loose! This trial is everything but a routine trial! Jurors are being spied on, behaving strangely, and even sequestered. Everyone wants to control the Jury! The point however is, who is able to do it and how? Just when you thought it’s over, is when it takes an interesting turn! While writing some court scenes, Grisham has added subtle humor in such a way that you not only are forced to imagine the events, but you also end up chuckling! Give him 80-90 pages or so to get you hooked, and he will keep you up reading half the night.

Comments: Happy Reading 🙂

Inferno – Dan Brown

Contributor: Vimal Thiagarajan

Vimal’s Rating: 4.5/5

GoodRead’s Rating: 3.7/5

Genre: Historical Fiction

Review:

After the Lost Symbol got lost forever in the climax, Dan Brown is back with a vengeance with a solid, suspense-filled and educational roller-coaster.As usual, it demanded some intense reading, google-imaging, and wikipedia. And as usual, it is a mixture of history, art, science, action, intrigue and a tad bit of romance. The plot is highly convoluted in typical Dan Brown fashion, and has more twists and turns than a speeding snake.One twist especially is so brilliantly executed that you will stop and go re-read a few pages before shaking your head and thinking, “You got me this time,Mr Brown!”.
Dan Brown delivers the character of Robert Langdon in exquisite detail,ably supported by a strongly-built support cast, once again providing us with a historical lesson nestled amongst harrowing action scenes and strong emotional situations.But unlike other Langdon books that extensively solve puzzles, this is about figuring out what puzzle one is trying to solve.It does not infer so much of Christinity but heightens a moral issue no one should overlook. With Dante’s inferno as the backdrop,and a nicely crafted antagonist,and seemingly unrelated things like Transhumanism,Genetic Engineering and Black plague, Brown bridges past, present and future to draw attention to a pressing and much-denied international problem – Overpopulation.For most part of the book, he sets us thinking and succeeds in creating a riveting dilemma, where you feel conflicted when you start seeing the bad-guy’s point.

There is enough action to keep one’s eyes glued to the book but if one is a bit impatient, he/she will be tempted to skip through the educational parts about the artistic intricacies of Florence,Venice and Istanbul. But those really are not only well-researched and amusing, but some info is privileged as well, as Dan brown’s fame lent him access to lots of secret passageways, tunnels and artifacts, which a common person might never have access to, even if he spends a fortune and tours Florence for a month. The ending was good as well, with a lot of moot-points to ponder. Overall, a very satisfying read for me.