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Old 9th February 2012, 10:03   #571
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Finally laid my hands on The Kite Runner and completed it in 2 sittings - it was un-putdownable actually!

Think I will start on G R R Martin's books next.
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I am currently reading "Absolute Power" by David Baldacci

An amazingly gripping thriller.

Finished just 200 pages in 15 days
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Currently reading, "Beyond the Last Blue Mountain: A life of JRD Tata", by R.M Lala.

Un-putdownable! Thats all I can say!

Thanks be to @Moralfibre for the reco .
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Just finished "Phantoms in the Brain" by VS Ramachandran. An absolute must read. Check out his TED videos.
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My top 5 books (subject to change over time)

Angels & Demons by Robert Langdon
What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack
The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Gandhi
The Firm by John Grisham
The Mind of The Strategist by Kenichi Ohmae

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The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth
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Angels & Demons by Robert Langdon
Sorry to sound pedantic but i guess you meant - by Dan Brown above.
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My picks (not in any particular order)

1. The Millennium-trilogy- Stieg Larsson: 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' and 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest'. The fact that the author did not live to see there success is a story in itself.

2. The Shiva Trilogy- Amish: 'The Immortals of Meluha', 'The Secret of the Nagas', the third 'The Oath of Vayuputras' will be out by end of this year

3. Iacocca: An Autobiography (read it more for the Detroit auto industry stuff than for management stuff)

4. The Bachelor of Arts- R K Narayan

5. The Three Sirens- Irving Wallace (for the liberal in me)

Just finished (like couple of minutes back)
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of The Mahabharata- Devdutt Pattanaik (Chief Belief Officer of the Future Group, he had a series called Business Sutra on CNBC)
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Finally laid my hands on The Kite Runner and completed it in 2 sittings - it was un-putdownable actually!

Think I will start on G R R Martin's books next.
Actually bought A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin but also had an unread A Thousand Splendid Suns in hand. Started off with ATSS first and have just finished it.

Wouldn't say it was as interesting as The Kite Runner but a decently good read nonetheless. Not a strong central character in the book somehow made it a little weak. IMHO.
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I am a big fan of John Grisham. But sorry to say that his "Summons" was a very disappointing read. Stupid plot and weak characters.
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Have been a fan of Robert Ludlum and simply loved his Bourne series.
Got the the next in series "The bourne Legacy" by Eric Van Lustbader, the book is such a disappointment. I had to force my self to read the book, the plot is too loose and the nemesis "Khan" has such a easy time. I did not even complete the book.

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I am big time into detective/ Adventure/Manga. Read a lot of bestsellers. My top 5

Detective
1. Sherlock Holmes - All time Topper
2. Complete Collection of Hercule Poirot
3. Millennium Trilogy- Absolutely Love the pace of the Book
4. And there was None by Agatha Christie

Adventure:
1. Mahabharat -The best adventure ever written
2. Wheel of Time - Eagerly waiting for the last book
3. Lord of the Rings -

I like a lot of Manga
1. One Piece - best Manga ever. Creates an unparalleled world. Brilliant Anime as well
2. Detective Conan - Again top class background Story
3. Lone Wolf & Cub - Classic
4. Death Note

Currently Reading Kurt Wallander Series. And Manga list goes on
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I am currently reading "Absolute Power" by David Baldacci

An amazingly gripping thriller.
I was disappointed with this book, may be the movie heightened my expectations. I felt the movie was better, probably because Clintwood stays live and fights back unlike the book.

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I read the first 2 in the series last week. Am on my way to the 3rd one - The Mammoth Hunters. Fascinating series so far. Liked the 1st one better than the 2nd because of the amazing contrast between Ayla and the Clan and the attention to detail. Had never read anything before like that. The 2nd one, Valley of Horses was equally great specially Ayla's stay in the valley with Whineey and Baby. I could literally imagine the rides and the valley when she had the first ride with Whineey and then Baby. I doubt if any director can capture these kind details in a movie.

P.S - Reading these books is like undergoing courses in Anthropology, Archeology, Herbs, medicine, hunting, psychology and am sure a whole lot of things
I finished reading the last one too, the Painted Caves. For a series that needed 31 years to complete, it started great, but became boring by every successive book. This is mainly because of the massive repetitions, I almost know how to prepare chamomile tea or cook Ptarmigan like the way Creb likes. Just give me the ingredients. But all fans continue to read for the love of Ayla.

Jean Auel focuses mainly on the Anthropology rather than building a great story, unlike the early books.

Regarding knowledge, you are right. They have been neatly cataloged too.

Ayla's Plants: Index

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(A) HMS Ulysses by Alistair Maclean
I read this book based on this recommendation. My god, this must be the most depressing book I have read.
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Just started reading Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Have ordered Outliers: The Story of Success as well .

BTW,this was the first time I ordered something through Flipkart .And I must say they are good
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I read this book based on this recommendation. My god, this must be the most depressing book I have read.
Different strokes for different people. I actually find this book very inspiring and is a great leadership tutorial on how to inspire people when the odds are so heavily stacked against them. Yes, the ending is very depressing, but each of the characters is a case study in themselves.
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I read the first 2 in the series last week. Am on my way to the 3rd one - The Mammoth Hunters. Fascinating series so far. Liked the 1st one better than the 2nd because of the amazing contrast between Ayla and the Clan and the attention to detail. Had never read anything before like that. The 2nd one, Valley of Horses was equally great specially Ayla's stay in the valley with Whineey and Baby. I could literally imagine the rides and the valley when she had the first ride with Whineey and then Baby. I doubt if any director can capture these kind details in a movie. I'll be glad to be proven wrong. 'The Others' first rites and the open romance was surprising to me. Were the Cro-Magnons so advanved and open 30,000 years ago? I found myself skipping through the Sheramudoi and then jumping to Ayla's tales.

Am not sure if the Clan re-appear in the next set of tales. And Durc?

P.S - Reading these books is like undergoing courses in Anthropology, Archeology, Herbs, medicine, hunting, psychology and am sure a whole lot of things
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I finished reading the last one too, the Painted Caves. For a series that needed 31 years to complete, it started great, but became boring by every successive book. This is mainly because of the massive repetitions, I almost know how to prepare chamomile tea or cook Ptarmigan like the way Creb likes. Just give me the ingredients. But all fans continue to read for the love of Ayla.

Jean Auel focuses mainly on the Anthropology rather than building a great story, unlike the early books.

Regarding knowledge, you are right. They have been neatly cataloged too.

Ayla's Plants: Index
Am now into the 15th chapter of the last book. Mammoth hunters was interesting but I guess from there the repititions started. The Plains of passage provided good insight into the changing landscapes from the eastern to the western part of Europe. The shelters of stone was quite boring for me. I guess my expectation from the series rose up quite high after reading the 1st part and to a little extent the 2nd part (Ayla's stay).

But I agree with you, its all about Anthropology and its fascinating to read about the thousands and thousands of years of history. Am wondering if there is any literature on the origins of our race, or Asians for that matter. We may have parallely existed and even interacted with the cro-magnons. Would be interesting to read on that.

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