Passenger to Frankfurt

This book was a total disaster. Which is surprising, since this is an Agatha Christie. I guess it was one of the few that bombed but it was so far from what you would expect.

Obviously, she was out of her depth when she wrote this. It was meant to be a sattrical spy thriller. Unfortunately, it was just a bore. The cover may be beautiful, but the contents were far from it. So much so that as soon as I closed the book (and I remember I was on the verge of abandoning it), I promptly forgot everything about it. I don’t even remember the characters, the plot, or anything else about it.

I guess I am writing this review so that somewhere down the line, when I feel like re-reading some books or reading Agatha Christie and come upon this book, I remember I wrote this review and decide against re-reading it.

Brilliance – not so brilliant

So I just finished another supposed sci-fi. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey. I’d honestly give it 3 of 5 stars and that too only because of the premise and the promising beginning. However, overall the book was just disappointing. The premise was that there is now a police force that polices a bunch of X-men-ish brilliant people with super-genius savant syndromes without the anti-social tendencies. (yeah right! I wish)

So anyways, the story starts of with this badass agency man (who is a brilliant himself) who hunts other brilliants who have totally wronged humanity in some way. Seriously at this point I would like to add that we human beings are a total bunch of assholes who stick their heads in the dirt to avoid the future. Case and point: this book, x-men and any other super-hero book in the world. Anyways. Like a bunch of dirtbags, we capture kids who are brilliants and put them into shitty academies. Basically it was like the Holocaust and how the jews were put into the concentration camps. I was definitely feeling it. Life became specially unfair when one “terrorist” brilliant decided to go ahead and kill like a bunch of people.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Now I’ve noticed this in a lot of TV shows and books recently and I’ve realized that the root of the drastic measures the government usually takes against individuals or organization is usually when something this severe happens (a bunch of people getting killed by a lunatic). It makes logical sense to the reader until it is usually discovered later on that the lunatic wasn’t the lunatic behind the rampage in the first place but the government itself. I’m guessing the author is American. So is House of Cards. Really makes you think what these writers are thinking and what is this whole new genre of literature telling us? I mean I’ve heard of conspiracy theories but this is just out-of-control.. A whole lot of pop culture is now rooted in government conspiracies and the bad kind. Now if the politicians in this world are so messed up, honestly, how can you as a public let your opinion change believing the bullshit that is being peddled by the media!? I mean this is a serious question that has nothing to do with the book but it honestly made me question the world. Honestly, if that was the aim of the book; to drive you not to believe a word the government tells you about the enemies of the state then what the hell are you supposed to do and what is expected of you? Everything is a lie. I come back to my life’s motto. Live your life, the best that you can, without causing harm to any other by just being selfish.

Maybe I’m just too pissed off at the world right now. After all, I am reading Marvel’s Civil War side-by-side. Governments are pissing me off recently.

Another thing I don’t understand is how this macho bad-ass hero protagonist turned into a soppy teenager and ran off into the forest crying when he found out that he had been out-maneuvered by a brilliant chess grandmaster-turned-activist-labelled-terrorist. I mean what did you expect? He was a brilliant whose gift was supposedly strategy. And how can this big ass macho man be turned into a whimpering-tantrum throwing clown who proceeded to have sex in the wild with the woman who was THE pawn that totally played you throughout the game. I mean. I don’t know. I’m guessing the author either got bored with the book and wanted to finish it or the editors of the book told him he needed to heat things up and allow this character to have some personality. Wrong path to take. It did not lend the character any depth whatsoever.

Gahh! Read this book for the questions it makes you ask, not the story. That is my only piece of advice.

The Help

So what can I say to possibly justify the awesomeness of this book!? Possibly nothing new. But I shall try. This book is not the kind that I would usually read but seeing as it had won numerous awards, I went and bought a copy. Of course the amazing book cover also compelled me to finally get it. I didn’t regret the decision. This book is amazing. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, sometimes at the same time. Really the book is an emotional roller coaster. Its set in a time where the African American race were enslaved. As with real life drama, there are good people and bad people on both sides of the fence, but the way this story has been told is heart rendering. I loved every minute of it and contrary to the impressing it gives of (a very intense and serious impression really) the book is written in a very light-hearted and funny manner even while its addressing such serious issues as racism and slavery. I think everyone should read this for sure.