Book 23: The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Finished reading on 29.12.2012

Rating 7/10

As something to read in a rather short period of time, “The Prince of Mist” was a good choice. I namely had to finish reading two books in three days to fill the quota for December and I chose this book merely because it has so few pages (desperate times call for desperate measures…).

The book was good, the writing simple and the plot exiting enough to keep me fixed on a spot until I’d read it from start to finish… took me five hours with some coffee-breaks inbetween.

It was first published as a young adult novel,  and that fact isn’t hidden- you can feel it.

There’s magic, mystery and  three children, a creepy cat, odd statues in a walled garden and a symbol that keeps coming up. Not much more needed for a story.

I think it is indeed something that would keep children or teenagers reading. As for adults – just some light reading.

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Book 22: The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle

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The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle

Finished reading on 27.12.2012

Rating 9/10

The Black Cloud was such a great book – it was short (some 200 pages), it was exciting and as always – almost anything to read is great when you’re sitting on a bus filled with people you’d want to hide away from, (possibly under a seat, but it’s unpractical for reading – not enough space and a bit dark).

It’s a sci-fi book about what would
happen if the Solar System happened to come across a dense large cloud. It’s a nice thought experiment really, with some interesting physics behind it – the cloud can either freeze the Earth and rob it of the sunlight, or it can burn it and leave without an atmosphere… and what if it were’nt just a molecular cloud, but instead something unexpected like another form of life, although a huge one of those?

I really enjoyed the book and to any science fiction fan, I’d highly recommend reading it.

Book 21: One Night @ the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat

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One Night At The Call Center by Chetan Bhagat

Finished reading on December 22, 2012

Rating 8/10

I had the thought of reading this book in the back of my mind since I finished reading Bhagat’s “Five Point Someone” on one rainy northern-hemisphere autumn day.

Having finished this one so little time after Desai’s “The Inheritance of Loss” I’ve got to mention that just a few more books like that and you’d get a perfect set of books to suggest to an American tourist planning on visiting India – they’d probably change their minds and choose an European country instead… (just joking…maybe)

I didn’t find this book fun, but at least it wasn’t depressing, rather a little motivational, and despite Vroom’s rather politically and morally incorrect approach to helping the call center, I found the ending great.

As for everything else – some books give me the feeling, as if it were all about a different planet, a different species sometimes too. “One Night @ the Call Center” did it too. The Human’s ability to complain doesn’t stop surprising me… it does amaze me though, how often they’re complaining about other people..or whole nations or countries… and it just doesn’t make a difference unless the ones you’re complaining about hear it too.

Anyway, the book was good, but I liked “Five Point Someone ” better.

 

Book 20: By The Seat Of My Pants

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By The Seat of My Pants, edited by Don George

Finished reading December 18, 2012

Rating 7/10

It’s a collection of short stories by travel writers, which as the subtitle says, are dubbed as humorous.

I was reading it Monday morning on a bus ride home, just because it seemed like something nice to do – read about other people’s travels while being bound to the same old route between Tartu and Tallinn.

Reading it was easy and fun, however some of the stories are “lough out loud” funny, so I found it wasn’t the best idea to read it while there’s some stranger sitting next to me – it was difficult to stifle the laughter and not be annoying (I know how disturbing it can be, when there’s a random person next to you, reading and laughing – there’s the eternal question of whether the laughter is to get your attention and make you ask something about the book, or something else and the person would rather sit on top of a cactus than talk about the book. ) .

In general one could say that it serves its purpose well – it’s good fun and it’ll probably make you want to go traveling and avoid incidents the like of which you can read about in “By the Seat of My Pants”.

Book 19: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

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The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Finished reading December 16, 2012

Rating 9/10

I read this book mostly while sitting on a bus, that is I started reading it last Monday in the morning, going home from Tallinn and when I went back to Tallinn on Saturday I was rather sad that the trip (186km) only lasted for two and a half hours, because I had 40 more pages to read (and it’s hopeless to read anything much while I*m staying there – I had to agree to watching The Amazing Spider-Man on Sunday just to be able to finish reading the book. The Movie was fine though.).

I thought that the book was great. Refreshing after all the non-fiction I’ve been reading lately and very interesting (not that I would have been reading sleep-inducingly boring books recently…).

Apparently there are so many people who just want to leave their home country in search of something.

“[…] Just ordinary humans in ordinary opaque boiled-egg light, without grace, without revelation, composite of contradictions, easy principles, arguing about what they half believe in or even what they didn’t believe in at all, desiring comfort as much as raw austerity, authenticity as much as playacting, desiring coziness of family as much as to abandon it forever.” K. Desai

Fine, it’s not really “just”, it’s almost always when it becomes too difficult to cope at home or it’s easier to leave. (I wonder whether it’s for the same reason that the early humans left Africa to conquer the world…).

I almost wish I were on a really long bus-trip with only this book with me so that I could read it again.

It was truly fascinating.

Right now I’m still a bit in a loss for words about it. I seem to get lost in thoughts when I try to think of some of the story-lines in the book.

In one word: Great.