Short thoughts on several books

>> Monday, May 23, 2011

Relentless by Dean Koontz – Too many similarities with another Koontz book that I just read recently (The Good Guy), and several unconvincing plot, predictable ending - and yet, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the book because it’s written from a first person’s narration who’s funny and witty. Quite refreshing to read a thriller with humour.

Aku Mahu Superbibik By Ain Maisarah & Izanor Sharif – I’m not the target reader for this book (which is teenage girl). I found it quite flat with unsuccessful attempts at humour.

The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwall – Quite a lot of ‘histories’ of the main characters (must be from Cornwall’s previous books) interwoven in the plot, but a fresh reader can still follow the story. Intense, interesting.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – Not quite extraordinary, but still a sweet read.

Karipap-karipap Cinta by Nazri M Annuar – Ordinary story, but the author pulled off the humour nicely. Funny. I can’t help thinking this novel is suitable to be adapted as a telemovie.

The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell – A comedy and tragedy at the same time. An enjoyable read.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel – A promising start, very engaging. But I’m a bit a disappointed with the ending (say the last twenty or so pages), a bit flat and ‘off’.

Breaking Knees by Zakaria Tamer – Weird. Odd. (Why did I pick up this book?) It’s an anthology of very short stories translated from Arabic to English. But the concept of ‘very short story’ is very interesting. Some are really just a few sentences long (not even one page).

3 comments:

H,  June 7, 2011 at 4:24 AM  

I actually had to be unrelenting to read Relentless. Things only got interesting enough halfway through the story.

Anonymous,  June 13, 2011 at 12:25 AM  

Salam...

Saya kurang setuju tentang komen tentang buku Aku Mahu Superbik. Ya, memang pasarannnya adalah remaja dan jika dilihat dari ulasan banyak pihak, banyak emosi yang dialami semasa membacanya. Salah satunya tentu sekali, humor:)Buku itu antara novel remaja terlaris tahun 2010 terbitan PTS One.

Satu lagi, buku Karipap-Karipap Cinta memang sangat bagus dan kelakar. Ya, tepat seperti sangkaan...karya ini sudah dijadikan filem. Akan ditayangkan di pawagam mungkin pada Hari Raya Aidilfitri nanti.

Cik Bulan-

Siti June 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM  

H,
that's why i gave it a 3 instead of 4 :)

cik bulan,
saya setuju humor elemen menarik untuk dimuatkan dalan novel. cuma saya rasa humornya tidak banyak yang benar-benar lucu.. saya sudah tua barangkali haha ;p

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