Review: The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters- Elisabeth Robinson

This is one of the best epistolary novels I’ve read in quite some time. Composed entirely of letters from our protagonist to others, it is an engaging, emotional and heart warming read.

Olivia Hunt, a struggling film producer covers a year of highs and lows and her letters, full of tiny details show us how her life and of those around her is going. While struggling to produce a film version of Don Quixote, she has to cope with her sister’s leukemia and not to mention relationship troubles.

The novel touches a cord somewhere. It’s not a very complex read, rather straightforward and peppered with a sprinkling of humor. But it brings out the dynamics of relationships very well. Not all of us are very attached to our families, but we are still there for them as they are for us. And that is what the novel is all about. You might not like doing things for them, but you still do, with all that you have and when you do, you know you did the right thing.

Review: Roo Kickkick and the Big Bad Blimp

Roo KickKick and the Big Bad Blimp
Roo KickKick and the Big Bad Blimp- Ryan Gattis

This is one of the most twisted, unconventional novels I have ever come across.  The book covers the lives of the residents of Barguss, a small town in Western America. One of the characters is Roo Kickkick who gets beaten up by a bad guy and the bad guy and his friend meet their nasty end in an incident involving a runaway blimp. Hollywood finds this story good for a movie and thus you have the title of the book, and the movie being made in the book. Interesting, innit?

Narrated by an omniscient set of twins, the story runs at a breakneck speed, pausing for thrilling obstacles that only heighten the sense of this comic caper.

The story has amusing characters, with even weirder names that takes the craziness level of the book a notch higher; Like Thorpe Thorpe  and Thed Teldut who had an electric/acoustic band called Autistik/Artistik, which was originally named 6T by Thed and stood for Tee Tee Ta Tee Two Too or the Gee Street Girls of the popular local joint that called Taco Coleslaw Hamburger Hot Dog Apple. With a slew of such people and incidents, Gattis launches an avalanche of zaniness in his debut novel.

For anyone who likes a quick quirky read, this book is highly recommended.

Full review here.

Review: Digital Fortress

Digital Fortress
Digital Fortress- Dan Brown

There was a time when Dan Brown could write any book and it would be a bestseller and everyone would love it. It would be made into a Hollywood movie and we’ll all make Dan Brown very very rich. This book was a huge hit at that time. One look at its synopsis and plot on its wiki page and I began to wonder why and how I managed to finish the book.

There’s the NSA and their code breaking machine and an attempt to insert a virus algorithm that would bring it down. There are people’s civil liberties at stake and to avert this big a crisis they call none but an employee’s fiancé to crack it for them. Yes, that is exactly what Government organizations, especially the likes of National Security Agency do when there’s a crisis. They get one of their employee’s fiancé to do it for them- because they can’t afford to get a real expert and because they are really really trusting.

Have fun reading this book which has taken the concept of word play and pun too seriously to have a title of Digital Fortress.

You can read the complete review here.