January 2, 2012

Happy 2012…

by pennpaper52

The New Year has started and I am already deep in three books simultaneously. This year I made a resolution to read the maximum books I can read… even if that means sitting up late till the wee hours. I have been procrastinating in the last few weeks of last month, taking my own time to read a book to completion. This I realize is disastrous for me… I lose interest v. soon… so this year I m all about focus and determination. Here’s to 2012 & me winning BOOKWORM OF THE YEAR award…

Cheers!!!

P.S: Happy New Year to my readers… :)

December 23, 2011

Come Out Of The Kitchen! A Romance by Alice Duer Miller

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Come Out Of The Kitchen! A Romance (1916)

This book was a hoot to read and I couldn’t wait to finish it. It was one of those old world romance classics… Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany etc. It starts with a guy renting a house in the country which belongs to some aristocrat. Burton Crane has however insisted that the house come equipped with servants. He is introduced to the servants, one in particular, the cook catches his fancy and thinking not fit to judge he enlists the help of Mrs. Faulkner. Immediately the cook is rejected for she is too pretty and has manicured hands. Burton by now enchanted by the cook finds a way around it and in the end the servants are grudgingly approved. There starts the fallacy for although the Butler is perfect and the cook is divine, not only in looks but in skills, the maid and servant boy are not up to par. The servant boy steals cigarettes from Burton and the maid quits amid charges of theft. Soon one by one everyone is fired except for the cook who try as he may, Burton just can’t fire. The book has been made into a successful Broadway play and also a movie. This is one book that doesn’t disappoint, there is love, anguish, mystery, adventure, horror, shock… in the end you become an emotional fool… but of the good variety.

 

December 1, 2011

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4)

This was one of the most weirdest of all the books I have read so far by Douglas Adams. I did cheer a bit when I learned Arthur was going to get a girl friend… about time… although Trillian was around, she wasn’t a proper girl friend. She was more like one of those blown up dolls… no romance in the strictest sense. So Arthur gets a girl friend just as weird as him named Fenchurch… like the railway station on monopoly boards. The thing about Fenchurch is she remembers when the Earth actually exploded, and the people on Planet Earth remember the Volgan space ships which the CIA are hushing up and saying it was mass hallucinations and nothing else. It was amusing to read about Arthur’s clumsiness and how he goes about wooing Fenchurch. The scene in the cafe with the raffle ticket and Arthur trying to explain to Fenchurch where he has been for the past eight years… Well read the book and find out all these little quirks that make you smile and sometimes laugh quite loudly…

November 30, 2011

The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat by Thornton W. Burgess

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The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat

I often read children’s books as light reading, without having to really think about what the universe is telling us etc. This book was charming in the essence that it is straightforward in its story. It starts with an intro to Jerry Muskrat and how he is caught in the farmer’s boy’s trap even though he is warned by his friends and his mom. In the next chapter his mom organizes a meeting to put the problem of the traps to the animals in the forest and so forth. The stories after that concentrate on a single problem, the decreasing water level in the Laughing and Smiling pool. Jerry Muskrat along with his friends go in search for the cause of this and discover a dam built in the Green Forest that creates a man-made pond right smack in the middle of the forest. The discovery of the culprit and how everything goes back to normal is quite entertaining. The stories are interesting and you are not bored so I would recommend anyone to read the book… especially the young readers…

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November 30, 2011

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

Here was a story with big names thrown at you. Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s bigger and brainier brother who worked for the government, Sherlock Holmes whose intellect and smartness are well-known, Dr. Watson who is Sherlock’s trust ally in the detective work and Detective Lestrade who is lacks in brain but makes up for it in tenacity. Secretive plans for a Bruce Partington is found on a government clerk with 3 pages missing. He has been found on the train tracks and Mycroft wants Sherlock to find out if a) Was the clerk guilty of espionage b) Who killed him c) Where are the 3 important pages d) How did the clerk steal the plans… I was clueless as to who the culprit was until the very end. It’s a good mystery novel with action, adventure, mystery, intrigue minus the blood shed…

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November 30, 2011

The Adventure of the Cardboard Box by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

A Sherlock Holmes mystery with an edge. Two gruesome ears are sent in a cardboard box to an elderly woman. The police are called and Lestrade calls in Sherlock Holmes with Watson tagging along. The story was in my opinion easily predictable, although there were a few surprises along the way. The one thing I am always amused at in the older generation books is how easily the murderer confesses. Does this really happen??? As for the story, well Holmes deduces that two people have been murdered, the ears are different in size. Then Holmes talks to the elderly woman and suddenly he is inspired. Watson is as always Watson trying to piece together and struggling to see what Holmes has seen. It is a totally enjoyable book minus the ear lobes thing… but then again perhaps that me… any cut out body part makes me cringe…

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November 28, 2011

The Vital Message by Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Vital Message

I thought this was going to be a Sherlock Holmes mystery, instead I find that the book is an essay written with passion by Doyle. It starts with Doyle trying to shake the very essence of the Christian religion stating that the Old Testament and the New Testament should not be taken verbatim but that it should be modernized with the times. As the essay progresses, it approaches hypnotism and soon turns it attention to explaining the supernatural… psychic phenomenon… showing with examples the different psychic mediums, the people renowned in this profession, how the media at large attack these people and the people at large shun them until they want to seek someone from beyond the grave. The essay is very boring in the beginning and only shows a bit of an edge when Doyle is discussing the psychic phenomenons. I would have long discarded the book except for one single genuine thing… Doyle… whether he writes Sherlock Holmes mystery or the Lost World or this essay… the force of his words makes you read on even though you want to just close the book and forget all about it. His ideas lingers in your mind, making you question things and you do forcefully end up reading the book just to see what all the fuss was about…

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November 28, 2011

The Monster of Lake LaMetrie by Wardon Allan Curtis

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A bad movie if ever I saw one… Oops sorry this is a book… but reads so much like those cheezy B-grade horrible movies. We often are astonished at the amount of trashy books that are emerging nowadays, but it seems even in the bygone era, such books were published. The Monster of Lake LaMetrie is about a scientist who goes to a lake to observe a phenomenon. To be honest, I have no clue what that was, it was described in such a vacant manner with whirlpools. I kept imagining a sink with water draining… perhaps that was the effect the writer wanted to give. Anyway, so the drain apparently overflows and once a black log is seen in the water which turns out to be dinosaur… sorry forgotten the Dino name… the scientist cleaves the head off, but apparently the thing isn’t dead. The man then goes along and carves out the dino’s brain matter and still the creature lives. Now the scientist was accompanied by a sick frnd who kills himself to stop the pain. The scientist gets a brilliant idea to turn into Frankenstein and while his frnd is still alive… mind you… he carves out the brain and sticks it in the dino. Yes yes, the dino without a brain is still alive… any Tom Dick n Harry intern will tell you that’s next to impossible, not without machines… As for the rest of the story, well if I have peaked an interest… Read on and see what happens next…

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November 28, 2011

The Deserted House by Ernest Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann

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The Deserted House

I really sort of liked this story. It had the element of surprise, mystery, romance, ingenuity… just the ending left me short of saying… Awh! It starts with a group of frnds sharing stories and one of them starts with how he once came across a Deserted House with a story that sent shivers down his spine. This house is situated in an Uptown Street with the house flagged on both ends by rich establishments. As he stares at the house, a Count of acquaintance comes up and declares the house to be haunted. The way the house looks he cannot keep his eyes away, and then suddenly one day he sees a delicate maiden hand open one of the upstairs windows and deposit a bottle perhaps of scent on the ledge. The hand now has captivated him and he dreams of the maiden whose hand it is. The element of mystery isn’t Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot comparison, but it does keep you reading. The end felt weak, but then again in those days such swift endings were preferred. There is however no happily ever after… the man does not marry or declare undying love to the maiden…

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November 27, 2011

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The last book is where it all comes to an end. We finally find out if Percy is the God of the Three that will bring down Olympus or not. This was one explosive book to read and I couldn’t wait for the end… Percy and his friends are right smack in the middle of the war between the Olympian Gods and the Titans. Kronos has taken over Luke’s body. Percy goes to the Princess Andromeda, Luke’s ship, to blow it up but Kronos is waiting for them. Beckendorf sacrifices himself to blow up the ship and Percy is injured while he tries to escape. When he opens his eyes he finds himself underwater, in the palace of Poseidon with Tyson by his side. Tyson shows him his workshop and although Percy wants to stay and fight side by side with his father, he has to reluctantly go back to Camp Half-blood… they need him more. Percy tells the other campers that they have a spy among them, that Kronos knew beforehand of their plans and that they must weed out the spy else the battle will be lost. Betrayal, suspicion, internal struggles among the campers, Percy’s prophecy… these all come head on and you sometimes feel lost as to where to start and where it will all end. Percy and Annabel decide to find out who Luke’s mom was and on that journey they discovery many truths about Hermes. Will the battle end well for the Olympian Gods… Who is the true hero or villain of the prophecy…. Will Annabel and Percy become an item or will Percy chose Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a mortal with the ability to supersede the magical veil. These burning questions are all answered in the last offering of the Greek Mythology series…

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