Monday, July 20, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] Tales Of The City by Armistead Maupin

One City One Book, unique to San Franciso is an annual literary event where the entire city reads and discusses the same book. For the year 2014, it was 'Tales of the City' by Armistead Maupin. It is the first book out of a series of nine novels and the story takes place in 1976 about residents of a mythic apt at 28 Barbary Lane. One common underlying theme of Tales of the City is that the characters are on an endless exploration of love, loss, loneliness, ambition and sexual adventuring. It is an easy read and an eye-opening throwback on SanFrancisco in 1970's.

Monday, July 13, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] Leaving Time by Jodi Pocult

My second book by Jodi Picoult this year (the first one was The Story Teller). The author manages well to blend in mystery, love and supernatural elements. There is a heavy dose of research on elephants which at first is very endearing but wears you off as the story slows in pace. The ending is strange, surprising and unpredictable- all at the same time!

Monday, July 6, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Right from references to how newage companies like Google operate to a glimpse on how old musty bookshops are, the story works for the most part. What I thought was the plot didn't end on a satisfying note and the 500 year old mystery which makes the basic premise of the book was very conveniently solved.