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Name : Timeline

Author: Michael Crichton

Genre : Techno-thriller and science fiction

Pages : 421

Language: English

Publication Year: November 1999

Is Review Spoiler: No

Awards :

Movie based on this book : Timeline (released in 2003)

Rating: 4/5 —————————————————————————————————————————

Time travel is one of the most loved topic by the science fiction and fantasy writers. The word Time Travel always fascinates every one, Imagine what it would be if you can travel through time. You can go back in time and meet your self as a child. you can go to the future and see how we will progress in the coming centuries.

Michael Crichton knows how to put forward the very complex ideas of time travel and quantum physics so that the normal reader can understand it. Michael Crichton always takes very specific and current events in the scientific world and blends them with our day-to-day life, in this case, very specific historical events, which are clearly researched and thoroughly presented. You can find plenty of references about the material he put forward in his novel at the end of his book as always.

Michael Crichton has contributed much to techno-thriller genre, people even call him father of techno-thriller genre. His novel like Jurassic Park, The Lost World brought him the world-wide fame. People always talk about the advantages of the technology, it may be genetics or quantum physics. They never talk about what will happen if these technology go wrong. In Jurassic Park he has shown what Genetics will do if we don’t use it wisely and same thing he has done in Timeline, this time the area is quantum physic.

Timeline is basically a blend of Ultra Modern Technology and Medieval warfare. The Combination of Medieval warfare and technology works great. I think the action sequences in this book are much more detailed like he is writing a actual film script not novel, detailing out every bit of the action.  The only problem with the book is the character development. The few characters which are detailed too much never appear again in the book and the character who are critical to the plot never developed.

In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site.

Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival six hundred years ago.

Overall a interesting read which will teach you what Quantum Physic is and How one can achieve time travel at least in theory. I will recommend this book for techno-thriller and sci-fi fans.

Name : Alice Adventures In Wonderland Through The Looking Glass.

Author: Lewis Caroll

Genre : literary nonsense, fantasy, fiction

Pages :

Language: English

Publication Year: 1865 and 1871

Is Review Spoiler: No

Awards :

Movie based on this book : Many movie are based on this book.

Rating: 5/5 —————————————————————————————————————————

While watching ‘Animatrix’ [The Animated prequel to Matrix movie], In the detective story there are plenty of references to the Alice Adventures In The Wonderland book. Being the fan of Matrix Trilogy and Animatrix, I picked this book to see what connection it has with the Matrix movie and to my surprise many Ideas in Matrix Trilogy and Animatrix are inspired by “Alice Adventures In The Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There”.

The Story of Alice Adventures In The Wonderland is spread across two book, The First one is “Alice Adventures In The Wonderland” and Second book is “Through The Looking Glass”. First Book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published in 1865 and relates the event when Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole. Alice meets all kinds of strange creatures down the rabbit hole (wonderland). There is no solid storyline, instead we see Alice moving from one bizarre situation to other and meeting more strange creatures. In wonderland Alice meets some very interesting and bizarre characters like ‘The Red Queen’, ‘The White Rabbit’, ‘The Hatter’, ‘The March Hare’ and many more.

The Second Book “Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There” was published in 1871 and style of writing is very similar in nature to the first book and the story line is slightly different. In this book Alice steps through the looking-glass which starts to melt when she touches it and steps to the other side of the looking-glass. Here she needs to move in opposite direction to get the desired location and the whole land is a giant chess board. Here she meets even more bizarre and strange creatures than first book like ‘Humpty Dumpty’, ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’, ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ and many more.

In these two books, Alice the main character is based on real life child ‘Alice Liddell’ of whom Carroll was very fond. What is most interesting in these books is the way Lewis Carroll created the amazing and unforgettable characters and the way he expressed the story. You will find plenty of symbolism throughout the books and every thing in the book has some double meaning. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense  genre, and its narrative course and structure have been enormously influential, especially in the fantasy  genre.

Name : The Broker

Author: John Grisham

Genre : Suspense Thriller

Pages : 368

Language: English

Publication Year: January 11, 2005

Is Review Spoiler: No

Awards :

Movie based on this book :

Rating: 3/5 —————————————————————————————————————————

The Broker is a suspense novel written by American author John Grisham published in the United States on January 11, 2005. This novel is not like other John Grishams novels, this novel is not a legal fiction this is suspense thriller. This novel revolves around Joel Backman, a newly pardoned prisoner, who once know as “the Broker”- a Washington power broker-lobbyist.

John Grisham is known for his legal fiction/thrillers, his books like ‘The Client’, ‘Time to kill’, ‘The Firm’ and many more are loved by millions of fans all over the world. As a John Grisham fan, I love his legal fiction but this book different this is not the usual John Grisham-ishy book. After reading few John Grisham’s book I noticed that he lets the reader down with a ‘well let’s finish it’ kind of ending.

This novel has pretty good pace, character development is also very good as usual but the ending of this novel is not good. And another problem of this book is Italian language, architecture, cuisine, fashion, coffee etc. He put too much Italien details in this novel, it felt some times like I am reading Italian travelogue and coffee diary and also there are many dangling plotlines in this book.

In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world’s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is not whether Backman will survive—there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?

I will recommend this book for only John Grisham’s fans.


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