We finally have a book which can rival dark matter, finally!!! The Martian is a book from beyond the boundaries of the earth(actually, it is based on Mars). It is a book full of tragedy, irony, comedy and just pure awesomeness. Every serious moment is atoned for by relief through comedy, the story is perfectly set and the factual details are correct to the core. This story almost feels like a real Martian adventure. The thing that is brilliant about this book is not the story, but how the author has connected it with real-life events in every small thing: hatred of disco music, a desire for coffee, human instinct to crack jokes and cry, tendencies to eat full meals and much more, the Martian truly is a mix of all the different, inspiring elements a book can have, a must read for space enthusiasts. The realistic-ness of the atmosphere generated by the author sucks the reader into the story, it absorbs you and it captivates you. What makes this book more amazing is the fact that the author has the technical details down to the wire, such as the chemistry involved in separating hydrazine molecules and creating water or the radiation given off by a plutonium cell.
In the Middle East, there is a Zionist nation with a supreme intelligence force which rivals the likes of the CIA and INTERPOL, this intelligence agency is known as the MOSSAD, and it belongs to the formidable power of Israel. Israel, in recent years, has emerged as the dominant force in the battle for peace in the middle east, sound ironic, right? With ramsads such as Meri Dagan and Little Isser, the MOSSAD has carried out thousands of successful operations from rescuing Jews from the clutches of the Ethiopian government to delaying Iran’s nuclear project. Created in 1948, the MOSSAD succeeded the Haganah, which was the Israeli secret service till 1947. With enemies like Syria, Iran and Egypt, the MOSSAD has operated with extreme precision and success. Agencies around the world rely on the MOSSAD to eliminate threats, assassinate terrorists, gathering secret information, delay nuclear projects and forge relations with other countries. This book is one of the best ever reads for nonfiction, it embodies the traits and values o countless MOSSAD operatives and ramsads. The MOSSAD is perhaps the most active intelligence agency around the world, performing and executing more actions than the CIA itself.
Brilliance at work! Never before had I thought that a basic thing such as checklists could improve and define our life and job in a new way, in fact, the overpowering data and statistics thrown into the book provide the innovative ideas of the author with a powerful spine. In fact, it is astonishing how even trained professionals, like doctors and pilots, forget routine procedures which sometimes eventually lead to emergencies and complications. In fact, the author clearly and effectively links the expertise of professionals with a reader and that relation, in the end, is much more important than the general idea, innovation, preventive measures and statistics. In all, this book is a must-read for people who forget a lot, and for trained professionals. Who knows? What if we see checklists for almost every job or endeavour on the planet. Checklists have already become an integral part of our lives, we see them every day: installing applications on a Macintosh, solving math problems using formulae, recipes for delicacies, having a sports team practice and flow of debate in competitions.
An epic series comes to an epic end, at least for now until the winds of winter is published. As always, George RR Martin leaves the story in suspense, with Daenerys and Drogon facing Khal Pono’s khalasar, Theon Greyjoy about to die and Jon snow in a state of feeling only the icy cold but not the pain inflicted upon being stabbed four times. The seven kingdoms are ripe for conquest, but to go to the light you must pass beneath the shadow. The stage is set for yet another drastic war, this time with Daenerys in it. Will Cersei’s prophecy come true? what does the future hold? and yeah, winter is here!
Another brilliant book and the war for Westeros and Meereen continues. Daenerys and her dragons grow ever larger and her situation becomes more complex. To defeat the Yunkai army, she will need to marshal all her forces and put the lives of her soldiers at risk. The Yunkish have more soldiers at their command, with legions from New Ghis, unsullied from Astapor, a fleet from Volantis and Mantarys and four sellsword companies. Tyrion the Imp, falsely accused of killing his nephew, is in search of the last female dragon as well. Cersei Lannister remains powerless behind the bars of her cell in the great Sept of Baelor, master Qyburn is ready to hatch an abomination in order to save Cersei. Jaime Lannister continues his journey across the Riverlands in order to restore peace to King Tomnen’s realm. The seven kingdoms are in disarray, only a false Arya Stark binds the north together, an intense rivalry is forming between the Lannisters of the Rock and the Tyrells of Highgarden and Dorne only years for the return of a Targaryen.
“For the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons.” With this sentence, another great book comes to an end. George RR Martin has truly captured my mind with this spellbinding novel based on empires, fantasy, pride and fantastical beasts. This book cannot be described, it is simply fascinating, intriguing, magnificent and wonderful. The brilliant ripple effect created by Martin throughout the book is brilliant, one action taken place anywhere, in any location will have consequences everywhere(every mapped place in this book). According to me, Daenerys Targaryen is the protagonist in the story, she represents all that one can lose and all that one can gain at the same time. That last paragraph had me on the edge of my seat, i cannot wait to start with the second edition(A Clash of Kings). If you differentiate between the beginning and the ending of the story: In the beginning, there is only one peaceful kingdom ruled by a loved king and at the end, there are three kings in the realm, strange happenings in the north and one more supposed king not to mention Daenerys Targaryen who is safely across the narrow sea, although the same cannot be said for those who are being targeted by her. The fluidity with which Martin moves from one event to the other is startling, it is amazing. This book truly is a piece of art, an intricate and beautifully detailed piece of art.
The best book I have ever read in my entire life. Dark Matter is a brilliant book which combines scientific possibilities, human nature and simply bizarre happenings into one great book. Blake Crouch is a true mastermind. In this book, Jason Dessen, a normal, middle-class man with a loving family is kidnapped by an unknown person. He is then asked one question, “Are you happy in your life” before his world changes forever. Blake Crouch weaves an intricate story saturated with suspense, awe and fear to satisfy any reader’s appetite. After that, Jason wakes up to find himself in a world in which he is a famous scientist. Shocked, Jason tries to investigate and finds that his son never existed and his wife is a single woman and an established artist. Finally, Jason understands the quantum complexity of the situation, he finds out that there are an infinite number of universes, each one having different scenarios of a single moment. If this is true, then that means that another version of Jason did this to him, he himself did this to him. Through how many universes, how much pain and how much anguish will Jason have to travel through to get his world, wife and children back?
End of watch is a truly magnificent book, full of suspense and magic. This book makes the impossible seem possible. Stephen King not only weaves a beautiful story but also changes the way we look at police and criminals. The story is set in the states, a place the outside world sees as a paradise but will Brady Hartsfield change that? Brady Hartsfield, a genius who has attempted public massacres and is now reduced to a shell of a man tries to influence another public massacre by using his strange telekinetic powers. Since childhood, Brady has been attracted towards suicide, he has even coaxed a few people into killing themselves. How can a person who can’t even walk, influence and start a tide of suicides in America? Retired police officer Bill Hodges acts as the protagonist in the story, Stephen King portrays that not even the good are perfect, this is shown when Bill is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bill’s partner, Holly, is a lively and ingenious human being, her way around with computers and diplomatic problem-solving skills are the perfect companion for Bill’s bravery and determination. This book is a masterclass with a basic theme of good versus evil.
Ab De Villiers is one of the most astonishing cricketers of all time. He can do everything from pulling off breathtaking catches to hitting bizarre sixes off toe-breaking yorkers. He has never failed to amaze us fans with his spectacular gallery of shots containing everything from reverse sweeps to amazing drives. As a fielder, he is the best in the world. This is his journey as a sportsman, a humble person and most importantly a respectable citizen of South Africa. The book not only talks about cricket but about his hobbies and passions too.
He grew up in a sport loving family. He was intrinsically attracted to sport. While growing up, he was an impeccable sportsman who excelled at tennis, rugby and cricket and was the youngest of three mad, sport loving brothers. For him, sport was ingrained into his basic psychology and biology.
The book describes every single moment of his epic journey through his own words. From debuting for the titans to smashing the world’s fastest century against the West Indies, from hitting sixes in the Indian premier league to encouraging the development of South Africa off the field through protea fire. Ab De Villiers has never failed to amaze us, whether he is at home or smashing a swashbuckling century.