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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars There are movies based on books. I've seen movies based on scrumptious books. Indulged in book vs movie contrasting from time to time. A couple of times I've seen movies and went back to their source material - the original book they were based on. This too winded up with the book vs. movie indulgence mentioned earlier. For the first time ever, I bought and read a book based on a movie trailer and related news articles. "The Lovely Bones" came into my consciousness when Peter Jackson (Lord of the rings trilogy, King Kong) announced that it would be his next movie. The trailer came out this summer. I found myself in the suspended state between book and movie unable to decide which one to pursue first. The book won. The story is narrated by a 14-year old whose life has been cut short by a monster. She is suspended in the after-life and witnesses the effect that her death has on her family, friends, the police and the murderer. A wonderful point of view with the right amount of everything. View all my reviews >>
The Lincoln Lawyer and Harry Bosch join hands in this Connelly novel. Its more of the lawyer than the policeman. I understand that the book is set in the fantasy world of Hollywood but Connelly shouldn't have made a Hollywood (in fact Bollywood) ending to this otherwise trademark grim narrative.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Where the Da Vince code and Angels & Demons provided a healthy dose of puzzles of various forms, The Lost Symbol restricts itself to one big puzzle that sort of underwhelms when revealed. Dan Brown gets a little too philosophical and almost all the main characters mull upon their respective beliefs - sometimes whole chapters are devoted to this exercise. Thanks to the Tom Hanks driven movies, I was imagining the screenplay for this version. It is going to be a tough task without some major alterations to the story line. Will Washington D.C benefit from tourism revenue the way Paris did? I doubt it. View all my reviews >>
And the real life inspiration to the heroine in this story talks to NPR