Too much Rose

Rose Labyrinth

The Rose Labyrinth

Genre: Confused

SPOILER ALERT

Honestly, I fell for the cover. Just look at it! An ARTIST made it! Its beautiful! The content however, is crap.

So the first 30 pages of the book were scattered. I couldn’t really get a grip on the story as it flittered through different eras and times, looking into different peoples lives. I believe the characters weren’t really developed. And it was entirely too descriptive of every little thing, every atmosphere of every setting.

30-40 ages through the book, one of the main characters (you would think) really throws you for a spinner and DIES. LOL. I thought it was a pleasant surprise. It intrigued and I kept on wanting to read more. So I read on. The book did keep me engrossed for the next one third. But after that it took another nose-dive and I found myself skipping pages and then entire chapters to get to the gist of it. The plot was pretty loose.

The ending was disappointing. Another one of those books that are classified as intellectual literature but really mean that no one will get it because the plot is incredibly complex.

One good thing I did learn from this book was the concept of cellular memory. It makes me want to do some research into it. Lets see where it goes. Other than that the ending was beyond lame, the suspense wasn’t suspense enough and the thrill fell flat on its face. It was like a burst balloon. Its attempt to reconcile or cause conflict ( I couldn’t make out which) was pathetic. It only ended up making no sense.

The historical character the book is supposed to be base on forme was not only unworthy but insignificant and incapable of holding my interest. God I hope to God I take into consideration the reviews I see on goodreads before reading a book.

So. Another pretty faced empty piece of fluff of a book.

Da Vinci or not to Da Vinci. that is the question?

Davinci

Da Vinci Code

Genre: Historical religious conspiracy

Anything Da Vinci has fascinated ever since Ive been a child. The only painting that I knew of his when I was a kid was the Mona Lisa of course. Famous for her enigmatic smile, the mystery behind it and the eternal question everyone wanted an answer to: why the hell is she smiling like that!? Like she KNOWS something the rest of us don’t!? Honestly though I never saw it. Didn’t bother about the smile ever. In fact I found her downright ugly and wondered why everyone was so obsessed with her. But I gotta give it to her. She is and was and will always be famous. And then to be told that there might actually be a thriller novel about its painter; I was hooked before I ever laid my eyes on it.

It was suggested by a very good and a very old friend that Ive lost touch with. The sort of friend you could sit with over tea and have in depth conversations with about life and such. The sort of friend who you could sit next to quietly and read with. Geez. I had to get the book the minute he recommended it to me.

I never did know much about Christian theology or about a lot of other religions. Not even my own. But I am a staunch believer. Suffice is to say that this is the sort of book that shakes your beliefs to their very core and tests your faith to the extent of disbelief. Whether you pass that test and remain a believer or whether you end up disbelieving is entirely dependant on you. The book will just open your mind to question everything you believe and to question everything anyone asks you to believe in the name of religion.

It scared me. Faith is one of the most fundamental bricks that Ive built my life on quietly. Someone tries to take that away from you and you feel fear. I did. I finished reading the book in two days, devouring every word from cover to cover. Most of that time was spent jumping out of my bed where I was reading and heading over to the computer to do the research this book requires you to do. Who couldn’t love a book that pushed you? That made you curious? That drove you mad and frustrated you? That scared you? I crave for books that instigate my need to learn. I love them and I loved this.

Who was this person MARY MAGDALENE?! Why had I never heard about her? Why didn’t any of my Christian friends talk about her? Why hadn’t I noticed the mention of her in the Bible or the Old Testament? What role did she play in Jesus’s life? I wanted to know. It drove me to sleeplessness but I savoured every moment of it. It was a roller coaster ride not just with my emotions but with my faith, with an overload of information. It blew the socks of my feet. It was THAT exhilarating. Two parts Leonardo, two parts religious conspiracy, two parts mind-blowing action packed thriller. What more could anyone ask for!?

No spoilers though. Although I seriously doubt there is anyone left in the world who hasn’t read this book, but Im not going to tell on it. This book exceeded all my expectations. It left me hungry for more and converted me into (if not a disbeliever) a conspiracy-theory fan. Im paranoid, Im a geek and I love it!

I wish this book had never ended. It jump-started my love for reading, my love for learning and my curiosity. I can’t thank Dan Brown enough. It begs you to question what you know, shows you that you don’t know enough, and reinforces the idea that you will never truly KNOW. Because you were never there. Which is when it brings you full-circle. You only can believe what you choose to believe. It is your choice. Its inside you. You cannot be influenced by things that you are told are the word of God. At the end of the day, everything written in the Holy Books also have double-triple and God knows how many meanings within meanings hidden in them. It is our job to question, challenge, use logic and common sense to glean whatever hidden meaning is there behind the letters and between those lines. A lot of the times, the situation in our life affects the way we see things. It goes for everything.

In conclusion, this book was beyond brilliant. It managed to do things and instigate feelings and emotions that probably didn’t exist within me. Its awoken the dormant hunger of curiosity and now I buy every book I can find pertaining to this historical, religious conspiracy theory fiction that I can find. Its allowed me to expand my mind beyond the horizons I had been comfortable with earlier. It made me want to look for more intelligent literature, to appreciate the brilliance of other peoples minds. To see God in every little thing, rather than a pedestal that we love to put Him on.

Yes, most of these other historical conspiracy books were disappointing no doubt. Rip-offs and loose and scattered. None have the togetherness of the Da Vinci code. But I have found some authors that do justice and explore other avenues. Give other solutions to the problems and anomalies in our history and in our religions. Here’s hoping my horizons keep expanding.

Love at first sight!

Kindle

Lets start up my blog with the best thing that could have ever happened to me. A Kindle! Who could ask for more I say! It was love at first sight! I cant stop touching it! Its beautiful!

So Ive managed to stuff over 700 books in it already. A lot of people say that it is very difficult to read anything which is not on paper; but after holding this in my hand, I think I disagree. It is extremely light-weight and uses e-ink paperwhite technology which makes the display look as if you are reading on actual paper which in turn doesn’t strain my eyes. I have no trouble holding it in my hand when reading in bed and since I can change the size of the font, it allows for a much easier reading. I love a large type-face in a book. It is something that I actually consider when buying a book so this really is an added quality.

It is true that being able to hold a beautiful edition of a good book with an amazing cover is an entirely different feeling as compared to reading on a kindle; but it helps when you are looking for rare books that you cannot find at bookstores and that you need to read like TONIGHT. Plus with the ease of downloading books online, it just gets easier and easier. Of course that doesnt stop me from buying books from Sunday Bazaar every week 😀

The new software update for Kindle Keyboard allows for comics to be read on the Kindle as well; but for those who wish to buy this machine just for the sake of reading comics, I suggest you go for an iPad or some other gadget instead because it is pretty difficult to navigate through comics that require some zooming in and zooming out for the text to be read. Oh and it doesn’t support .epub’s so you will have to convert them to .mobi’s for those of you who own other gadgets. But that isnt a big deal really. You can do that for free online or download an app like Calibre to organise you library and covert files.

So here’s to love at first sight! ❤

“Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” – Shrek

So I personally hold the belief that no one really has the right to judge a book. Unless of course it is a good judgment. A book is like a vessel containing information, knowledge, understanding, the light of God, illumination, intellect. You can only take what you are capable of absorbing from it. If a book was not meant to be written for a reader who comes from a background like yours, or a past like yours, or with interests similar to yours etc, the book will not be able to give you that which it holds in between its covers. Every book is good. It is just not meant to be read by you or the place where you are at in your life at that point. That is what we should remember when writing a review and this was the reason why I have chosen never to write a review. Someone though, recently heard me say this and replied that if I chose not to write review because I felt incapable of judging them, maybe I should write good reviews or explain what I managed to take from the book.

So these reviews are just my opinions on a book. I am in no way judging a book. I’m just explaining what I’ve managed to grasp from the book and what I have not managed to absorb. Hence, the review will tell you more about me than about the book itself 🙂 Cheers!

Just something I read somewhere

“If Pi is an infinite, non-repeating decimal – meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in pi… Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all the great questions of the universe. Converted into a bitmap, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is a pixel-perfect representation of the first thing you saw on this earth, the last thing you will see before your life leaves you, and all the moments, momentous and mundane, that will occur between those two points… All contained in the ratio of a circumference and a diameter.”