Friday, November 02, 2012

1875 : Nine billion names of God by Arthur C Clarke

This is probably the only time I am compelled to add a short story (stand alone) onto this reading list. 9 billion names of God by Arthur C Clarke, is not more than 4 pages long, and is still the most intriguing story I have read.
Go read it online at 9 Billion Names of God. An interesting nerdy analysis at Tinkoo Valia.

19 Oct 2012 Arthur Clarke 9 Billion Names of God 10/10 Fascinating. Very small story. Worth the 5 minutes you spend on reading – a thousand times over.
18 Oct 2012 JM Coetzee Life & Times of Michael K 8/10 Good. Stark imagery and a stunningly dark book….a signature Coetzee work.
17 Oct 2012 Lisa Genova Still Alice 9/10 Outstanding. You just connect with Alice immediately and her life becomes yours. You can see shards of her mind through the book.
16 Oct 2012 Arthur C Clarke Rendezvous with Rama 9/10 Outstanding. It hooks you on completely, and leaves with emotionally attached with Rama, quite some time after you have finished the book.
15 Oct 2012 Salman Rushdie Joseph Anton 7/10 Good Read. Strictly only for a Rushdie fan.
14 Sep 2012 Walter Issacson Steve Jobs 9/10 Excellent read. I found it inspiring and the book made Jobs a more humane person with an infantile ego
13 Aug 2012 JM Coetzee Disgrace 10/10 Outstanding. My 3rd read of the book. If you have not read this book…I urge you to. Minimalism combined with stark imagery. Coetzee is cross between Kundera and Rushdie, my two other fav authors
12 Aug 2012 Randy Pausch The Last Lecture 3/10 Crappy. This is my third attempt at reading this narcissist take on dying. I have learnt more from the Jobs book than this shit tale. I have never finished the book.
11 Aug 2012 Garth Stein The Art of Racing in the Rain 9/10 Fantastic. It starts of as a cute book, gets philosophical, and actually gets damn endearing and makes a bigtime emotional connect.
10 Aug 2012 Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being 10/10 Outstanding. My 3rd read….and 2nd in the last 2 years. What can I say? I plan to read this every year, at least once.
9 Jun 2012 Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children 8/10 Fantastic. My 4th read…..strangely I did not enjoy it as much this time around.
8 June 2011 Robert Spencer Books on Islam (set of 2) 6/10 Engaging Read. But very Islamaphobic. I am genuinely interested in religion and philosophy, so I liked this history….but others might not.
7 May 2011 Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being 10/10 Outstanding. My 2nd read.
6 May 2011 Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar 6/10 Read Once. Her poems are so much better.
5 Apr 2011 Salman Rushdie The Enchantress of Florence 7/10 Read Once. Only for fans.
4 Mar 2011 Stephen King The Shining 9/10 Haunting. Must Read. The movie and the book are both one of a kind.
3 Mar 2011 Michael Ondaatje Divisadero 4/10 Pass. Very mediocre book.
2 Mar 2011 Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses 10/10 Outstanding. Controversies not withstanding. My 4th read, as a piece of fiction, this book is a masterpiece. Also, its really not disrespectful to Islam, all it does is use a bit of creative licensing while telling history.
1 Mar 2011 Salman Rushdie Shalimar The Clown 10/10 Outstanding. Fall in love with Kashmir.
Dec 2006 Rohington Mistry A Fine Balance 10/10 Outstanding. My own initial review at Post 197 - Book 6 – Rohington Mistry’s A Fine Balance

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