Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Digital Fortress, Dan Brown


Written in a style so simple, yet so captivating, Dan Brown's debut into the world of fiction with his first novel Digital Fortress is one that would ensnare and galvanise readers throughout to pick up something short, yet filled with the ingredients that would make a thriller fascinating. Digital Fortress is nothing short of excellent and I'm sure it would have dealt a major blow to his latter works after all his enticing wonders of his first four books that made his readers instant fan to his works. Separating fiction from fact is something writers do all the time but to be able to chum both together, now that would take some creative thinking in order not to tamper too much to make it untrustworthy or unbelievable. Brown has got the knack of it to be able to implement fact into fiction and I love the way he intricately delves into his prose with so much simplicity that it falters not of pure, genuine entertainment.

Once you've read all his books, you would have grasp the ideal that his books are all written in a time interval of within a 24 hour span. This makes the style fast paced and packed with hardcore thriller action with multiple twists and turns. The sole weakness and flaws out of this is the fact that he has been using these trickeries for far too long and far too much that his latter books - in particular, The Lost Symbol and the Inferno would have to suffer from the precedented destiny. Though... despite even so, with his style of prose still very much intact, he would need some form of more potent injection to revitalise either his stand alone books or that with the Robert Langdon series. Depending on what novels that are to follow, I am confident that Dan Brown still has quite a number of tricks up his sleeves.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Deception Point, Dan Brown


This masterpiece marks the fact that complicated words and extreme verbosity isn't a definitive requirement for an extremely wonderful novel. Cleverly written and irritatingly attractive, this book would get you senseless as you keep the pages turned. There's no fortitude so bulky that one would needfully put it down for even a toilet break. The chapters are cleverly spaced with each ending marking a state of urgency that drives you to keep turning the pages to find out just what the heck is all that fuss about with regards to the deception point. The beauty of the book is the cleverly written scenario and its vibrant characters that diminishes any doubt that anything new introduced here could be fictitious. It was made believable, each twine of fiction interspersed with fact that made it so utterly convincing. Coupled that with a fast paced never-ending action with some plot twist and you get a cold hard thriller out there that would chill you just right.

I doubt anyone could rest before one reaches the epilogue, so keep the pages turning as I would so highly recommend this one.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Dogs of Christmas, W. Bruce Cameron


Cameron's latest novel published in 2013 veers off from his usual prose of narration which used to be from the dog's perspective. The dog, being the main protagonist in his two other witty novels are by no means bestsellers for several weeks capping off other works. Humans crave attention no matter who they are and Cameron, from his vast experience with dogs know this particular virtue that requires addressing and re-addressing from time to time. Two of his previous works remain my favourite and this one nails it right there to the third in the bookended shelf. I love The Dogs of Christmas despite its shift in perspective this time around to include a man.

Josh is a socially inept dude who lived in far up the mountains in Colorado inheriting a lodgepole hut from his father. Divided in his attention to his work and his socially depleted life, he regales himself in the pride of hiking, reading and the hut's upkeep most of the time. His life is about to take an about turn when his neighbour Ryan dropped in intrusively with a heavily pregnant dog, Lucy at his doorstep. Not so much of an obligation or rather by compelling nature to do something nice for his friend, Josh has got no choice but to accept the responsibility at hand.

The story took a brilliant tinge of heart wrenching event with Lucy having stillborns and Josh having been abruptly changed through a vastly new challenge that he has not adopted before. With his life taking a switchback course from the new responsibility upon returning with Lucy empty-handed off the brood, he found himself in a totally differing dimension of acceptance as he glanced down a box left unattended in the back of his pickup truck which turned out to be five German Shepherd puppies. Newly born and abandoned.

This new insight shoved right through Josh's life as he could only feel dumbfounded at the event unravelling right in front of his eyes. The hours of difference was all it took to give him a kickstart towards life, towards a new emotional turmoil, towards the real meaning of sacrifice, happiness, togetherness and retracing his steps towards his background with the help of his newfound friends.

Dogs will always remain as Man's Best Friend and this book enthused with eager vibrance and vivaciousness on the triumph of dog's kind personality and characteristics towards that of human. I loved the way Cameron filled the pages with witty humour, love, misunderstandings and some unexpected plot twists which is not so uncommon in our way of life. There are haters of animals and there are lovers of animals, and I stand proud I remain the latter. It is after all, the latter who will be giving a second chance to abandoned creatures needing so much attention and love.

This book is good for you, for anyone who needs softening of the heart in a way no man can do. Thank you Cameron!

A Dog’s Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron


If you are familiar with the book A Dog’s Journey by W Bruce Cameron, then you should also read its predecessor, A Dog’s Purpose. Written in the similar context that fans are by now comfortable with, it sparks the momentous journey of man’s best friend seeking out the true purpose of its life as it gets a chance to reincarnate several times to live up to the human life’s expectancy just so that he could fulfil his ultimate goal. Filled with witty points, clever humour and certainly some sad moments, I would recommend some preparation of Kleenex tissues before you make do with this emotionally hyped novel for those who owns a dog. Even those who don’t have pets would relate relatively easily with the points listed out by Cameron.

It would certainly strike a hot nerve with those who are familiar with the crimes of dog abuse and how it reels one to feel attached to the novel’s canine protagonist. Which is a point to consider out of focus on retrospect. Cameron did not only write a novel that is filled with wonderful unconditional love of that from a dog, but forces his reader to absorb the nature that dogs has to face - both domestic and feral. The dangers lurking out each corner and the anticipation welling up as you skim from sentence to sentence is more than sufficient to keep you sure-footed and remind one to think twice before hurtling a hurtful object to a living thing, and in particular dogs. Scenes are clearly made to liven up the poor condition of rescue shelters, doghouses and abandoned ramshackle huts aimed to help the poor souls out there, but not as long as we start to open up to our faithful partners, we will never sense the degree of how God once grant these beautiful creature to roam the earth just so to keep our sanity in check and balance.

I speak as an owner of my wonderful dog, Bruno, and I know at each juncture that I speak from the heart. Each points in these book related personally to me and I applaud the cleverness in reliving each moment of a dog’s life that I so cherish as a teenager.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Allegiant, Veronica Roth


Just when you thought things wouldn't get any worse, here comes Allegiant prowling around into the realms of purposeful creation of a world filled with haphazardness and confusion. The storyline is so utterly and totally bull that it kinda fails to deliver in all the aspects that it aims to fulfil. I retract my comments on the sound basis of a foundational work for the Divergent series after having only read the first volume earlier. Having completed all three books, I suppose I am qualified enough to have my own say with regards to the poorly plotted storylines filled with loopholes so big that it would make Bermuda Triangle pale into comparison. You've got a great bunch of uprising and rebellions fitted into a short span of time that to first plan one of those, you'd best be prepared to plan for another rebellion upon winning the first rebellion.

Somehow Roth seems to have lost herself in the whole scheme of things. Sorry, but I can't believe how this is a bestseller to start off with. It's just plain idiotic and it mocks my intelligence to the extreme. Now let's see how they try to make this into a film without confusing the audience who has yet to have the notion to read through slowly and grapple with the horror of getting heaved into utter disorientation. For those who yearns to read better books, discard the Divergent series. It's just plain dumb and is a waste of money.