Book Reviews

Book review: Outstanding, but minus the usual sparkle

May 23, 2013
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Take a character out of London’s underground (literally), take a legendary literary figure, take an attempt to murder and the investigation that follows…and hand them over to one of the greatest authors alive. Well, if you are lucky, the result will be something like Dodger. Terry Pratchett’s latest book (he has been VERY prolific of…

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Review Round Up: Inferno by Dan Brown

May 21, 2013
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It has been exactly a week since Dan Brown released his latest Robert Langdon book, Inferno, and the reviews are almost all in (including our own ). So if you are still wondering whether Dan Brown has pulled off yet another winner with his usual blend of historical fact and thrilling fiction, here are some…

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Book review: The business of betting on cricket

May 18, 2013
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Book review: The business of betting on cricket

If you think that Ed Hawkins Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy is a sensational revelation on the seamy world of fixing matches, full of thrills spills and chills (and other ills), we must warn you – it is not exactly what. For, Hawkins is not your run of the mill muckraking journalist. If anything, the man…

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Like Dan Brown? Then you will love these seven authors!

May 17, 2013
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Like Dan Brown? Then you will love these seven authors!

Dan Brown may have achieved fame – and multimillion copy sales – with his ability to blend ancient and modern conspiracies and puzzles, but he is by no means the only author to have done so. There are have been writers before him who have tried a similar approach, using conspiracy theories, myth and popular…

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Book Review: Not as Infernal as expected

May 17, 2013
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Robert Langdon’s back. Yes, the Harvard University Professor of religious iconology and symbiology, who has a knack of stumbling across ancient mysteries with modern repercussions is with us again. And after tackling the Illuminati, Da Vinci, and the Freemasons, he now takes on a foe who draws inspiration from one of literature’s greatest works, Dante…

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Six Books on Corruption, Fixing in Cricket

May 16, 2013
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Six Books on Corruption, Fixing in Cricket

The cricket world is abuzz with the spot fixing scandal that has hit the IPL. Puzzled by what is happening? Want to get some background on how the Gentleman’s Game has been sullied by those seeking to make a fast buck? Then go right ahead and read these six titles on the darker side of…

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Book review: The best actor’s autobiography ever?

May 12, 2013
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Book review: The best actor’s autobiography ever?

The word knows him as Mr Spock, the logical, pointy-eared Vulcan of the original Star Trek series. Well, we also think that he is the author of the best autobiography written by an actor. Yes, we know that is quite a statement and yes, we wrote that down after every careful consideration. The fact is…

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Book Review: The Best Book on Hitler. Period.

May 5, 2013
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Book Review: The Best Book on Hitler. Period.

There have been dozens of books written about Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately, not all of them are readable. Don’t get us wrong – we admire the scholarly efforts of some of the best historians in the world and their efforts to give us a glimpse into the mind of one of the most fascinating characters of…

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Book Review: Two Sides of a Terrific, Terrifying Tale

April 29, 2013
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Book Review: Two Sides of a Terrific, Terrifying Tale

Thrillers come in many forms. Some have you riveted from the first page. Some stutter from event to event. And some – some very rare ones, alas – suck you into them, leaving your mind in a whirl when you have ended. Gone Girl falls right into the third category. It is a thriller, yes,…

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Book Review: Compelling Plot, Dry Narration

April 22, 2013
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Book Review: Compelling Plot, Dry Narration

So, did Adolf Hitler actually die in the bunker in Berlin in 1945 or was he able to escape? That is a question that has been raised a few times, but any theories that imply that Der Fuhrer actually got away have been moved to the “crackpot conspiracy theory” category by “experts.” However, we think…

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