Hmmm so I am the Hungry Reader. The one who reads. The one who is constantly reading or wanting to read constantly. This blog is all about the books I have read, the ones that I am reading and gems that I plan to read in the future or whenever it arrives.
Title: The Shining Girls
Author: Lauren Beukes
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
I can safely say that “The Shining Girls” is one of the best reads for me this year. I may be a little late on this boat, but the point is that I loved the book. It has been a fulfilling read and there are times I randomly think of it at work. Why do you ask? Well, simply because it is wonderfully written.
Lauren Beukes talks of sci-fi and a thriller and at the same time, there is a literary angle to it, which very few books or novelists are capable of. “The Shining Girls” is about Harper Curtis and he isn’t your run-of-the-mill serial killer. He kills “shining girls”. That is also quite usual. What is unusual is that he travels in time – from the 20s to the 9s0s and kills these girls. A house makes him do it. Yes, a house makes him. As every serial killer, he makes a mistake. In 1989, he leaves Kirby Mazrachi behind and doesn’t kill her. Kirby, now an adult, wants to track him down and figure about the murders. She enlists the help of a Sun-reporter named Dan and the hunt for the killer then begins. To add to this, there is another angle, which I will not give away in this review.
This is the plot of the book. It seems very simple, however it is not. The writing is razor sharp and sometimes even gruesome. “The Shining Girls” is perfect for supernatural fans. I was a little hesitant to read it at first, however as I turned the pages, I became more and more engrossed in the writing. Lauren takes readers to worlds beyond and then right back, spinning between realities and mind games. This makes “The Shining Girls” what it is. A read which must be savoured.
Title: Steve Jobs
Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Little Brown and Co, Hachette Book Group
Writing a review about a book on Steve Jobs’ life is not easy. It is close to being very difficult, nonetheless here is a review of, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. This might sound a bit strange, however I have never owned a single Apple product and yet I am so taken in by the man behind it all.
Steve Jobs at the same time was also a person and not just the man behind Apple and that’s the beauty of this book. The way it unearths the person behind the persona. I will be very honest – I did not want to read the book when I first laid eyes on it. I was skeptical only because technology as a topic has never been of great interest to me, so I was under the assumption that the book would be all about Apple and its making and nothing else. I am glad that my assumption has been put to rest.
The book is spread across forty seven chapters, talking about the man and his life. It is written in form of stories, which is what makes it so interesting. A lot of interesting people are spoken about throughout the book – from Tony Fadell and his role in the development of the iPhone to John Lasseter and the entire Pixar story. About how Jobs created Mac and then was ousted by the company he founded only to come back to it.
What almost took me by surprise in the book was the fact that the emotional aspects of Jobs’ life were also covered and not ignored. The chapters about his illness and his family around that time almost had me close to tears.
What I thought could have been spoken of more was Apple and what really happened there and how Steve helped fix it, after coming back to it. Nonetheless, what was written seemed alright to me at the end of it all.
Steve Jobs as a book is a great read. It is not a PR piece (as the danger might be in an authorized biography most of the time) nor does it try to glorify the person. Jobs at the same time also gave Isaacson complete freedom to write what he wanted to and did not at any point demand editorial control. The book is a treat for all those who want to know more about Steve Jobs and the kind of person that he was. A fitting tribute to a genius.