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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-12-29 14:05
Rounding off a Trilogy - Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
Mockingjay - Collins Suzanne

I have just finished reading Mockingjay and I really liked it. In fact I think that this book may be the better one of the trilogy.

I was happy to see that the series wasn't wrapped up in a sugar-pink and sticky-sweet happy ending, an end like that would not have been in line with the tone of the book, so the ending was, as a whole, good. But I do think that it was wrapped up a bit too quickly - but that is a trend that I have noticed in many books and films these days. It's as if the authors run out of steam and have nothing else to say as the story is nearing its end, and that I find a huge pity, and it was a pity to see this in this book as well.

What I would have seen differently would have been a more humane Katniss (not just in this book, but throughout the series), as I generally speaking don't find her character very likeable, she's generally unsympathetic and quite cold, and the same goes for Gale. Only after her 'shell chock', after seeing her sister die before her eyes, am I able to identify with her. I wish that more of her emotional turmoil was present in the previous books and in the first half of this book as well. The character I found it easiest to identify with was Peeta. It's a pity that we didn't see more of him in this third and final instalment. It may have been very interesting if the last chapter had been written from Peeta's perspective, I'm sure that he would have had many interesting things to say.

But this definitely made ud for a very good read. I'm looking forward to catch the movies once they get on Netflix.

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review 2014-10-31 09:07
Meh...
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester

I was really looking forward to read this science fiction classic by Alfred Bester. It turned out to be a major disappointment. I find it very difficult to see what is so special and "master-piece-y" about it. Sure, it has a few good ideas here and there, but it's way too erratic, too chaotic and unstructured, it's like the author wanted to write about too much in too little space instead of taking the time to flesh this thing out to something that personally would consider decent. Is it just me that feels like that bout this so-called masterpiece?

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review 2014-10-05 06:16
Amazingly Informative.....Highly Educational, Deeply insightful and Myth busting Book.., 24 July 2014
Don't Lose Out, Work Out! - Rujuta Diwekar

Amazingly Informative.....Highly Educational, Deeply Insightful Book..

I Was blown away , i must admit...all the way..
The way Rujuta has peeled away the layers and layers of prevailing nutritional & exercise myths/fads in our society that are very far from the truth, revealing the beautiful science behind is really worth a standing ovation,in my opinion.
With a deep understanding of the human physiology and kinesiology , the holistic approach suggested by the author , offering insightful,sound scientific backup every step of the way.... is what captivated me through the entire book..

The Fatloss myths of our society ,The Aerobic & Anaerobic metabolism,Training in the Lactate Threshold,FITT Principle, etc with their specific advantages and how the Elite,smart fitness pros exploit them.. was explained in a way that even a layman...(of course an english speaking one)
can easily understand..is Brilliant.
The book is loaded with myth busting principles..
for eg..
How Cardio in the morning does not help fatloss..,
How Aerobics might work against the very attempt of fatloss if not combined with anaerobic exercises,

All in all...this book is a MUST-if you are a fitness enthusiast...coz you will know the science behind the principles
(FITT, EPOC, VO2 Max,4R , Metabolic pathways, Type 1-2 fibres, Isotonic vs Eccentric contraction,Insulin sensitivity,Resting Metabolism, RPE, Glycogenolysis, etc...etc..),

and is an ABSOLUTE..MUST -If you are NOT a fitness enthusiast,
coz you will Then have the exhilarating joy of seeing all your myth bubbles getting busted..

Thank you Rujuta , for such a wonderful book...

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review 2014-08-21 16:40
Misleading Title..
Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting - Wayne W. Dyer

The book is a misnomer.
The title -" Wishes fulfilled through Jesus & Christianity.. " is more apt and would have done more justice to represent the book's content.
Not getting me ?? yeah...i thought so..let me introduce to you,some excerpts from the book :

"..........perhaps it is a radical idea for you to declare," i am god & god is love" or believe that " He who abides in love abides in god, and god in him " (1 john 4:16) is who you are. when you are this god, this essence o pure love, it is all you have to give away, and when you realign yourselves in this vein (once again quoting Juesus the Christ,)" With men this is impossible,but with God all things
are possible " Now, all things are possible leaves out nothing including your ability fulfil any and all wishes that are aligned with God.
".......Every time you think of the expression I AM, you initiate God in action.why not continually remind yourself that I LIVE , MOVE,AND HAVE MY BEING AS GOD, THE I AM THAT I AM?If you are a christian or Jewish, you will see that these tidings of spiritual truth i am delivering here are dramatically harmonised with your core teachings....."

Seriously ....i summoned my iron will (lost in the battle of understanding the book's content) and Tried so hard to actually go through the immense Pain of reading this book.. which was but futile, and proved to be too much an effort..

Once ...
lost somewhere in the middle of the ocean of quotations from The Bible,
Suddenly did the insight struck up on me like a thunderbolt and my the then emaciated cerebral hemispheres realised that i am NOT reading The Bible..., but a book concerned with the process of fulfilling my wishes.believe me ...it was the happiest moment all through the journey of reading this book and i said goodbye to the book.....
with tears of joy in my eyes..

Seriously guys....if you belong to any other religion, then this book will bore you to death...Period.
And if you are a regular in church activities, you will love the book ,
But sure will FORGET THE ACTUAL REASON...you picked up the book.

For me, its a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.

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review 2014-08-16 13:14
Knits for Nerds
Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy - Joan of Dark,Toni Carr

Not sure how relevant the models are, but the models provided a definitely fun to check out and a must for every sci-fi nut such as myself, and I would go as far as to say some of the models have real life application and not just "Halloween" potential. :)

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