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983) Anari by Ahmed Iqbal (Part 8 of 9)

Pages: 288

Date read: Feb 2017

Date published: 2013

Part 8 is here and I read it. Sad to say this but the story declines. This part had a lot of action and that’s about it. The story does not progress at all. It is mainly about Rafeeq’s cousin Rabia. And it is full of action, if you’re a fan of action. Rafeeq has made enemies and they are attacking from left, right and centre and the whole part is spent them running around dealing with this attacks. Something tells me the next part, which will also be the last part, will be the same. There’s nothing much to be added on. Well, there is. Rafeeq could go in the politics and really make an impact on the society. We know in Pakistan if you want to do some good for the community, you get harassed. We get that. Now let’s just see if a person with so much money and power can actually do it. 

I’m gonna leave the next part till some time. I’m not abandoning it. I’m going to hopefully start ready Shikari by the same author. I did start it before but couldn’t get into it as it was a slow start but hey, I paid money for it and I’m gonna read it. 

982) Dolly by Susan Hill

Date read: Feb 2017

Me and my wife decided to take the kids to the library and I just wanted something small to read. So I looked around the fiction section while the kids looked at their own books. I didn’t find any. The kids had already picked their books so I went for a final desperate quick search and grabbed this small 153 page novella. My son already called the cover dreadful. It looks pretty scary. 

The story is about two nine year old cousins who spend holidays at their Aunt’s mansion during a summer. The girl cousin, a spoilt brat, wanted a doll for her birthday and she got one. A haunted doll. 

To be honest, there is not much to the story. There are only two main characters and it is the story of their lifetime around the mansion of their Aunt. The supernatural didn’t come for a 100 page. Only a couple of instances were scary. 

I’m going to give this one a 4/10. Mainly I liked the dark and gothic writing. 

‚Äč981) Anari Part 7 of 9

Author: Ahmed Iqbal

Pages: 270 pages (digest) 

Date read: July 2016


There comes a moment when you are writing a long story when the writer wants to take a break. So what he does is he gives the characters in the story a break. He separates his main character from other usual supporting characters and takes him on a different journey in a different location. It happened in Sarkash when Mehmood Ahmed Moodi took Afzal to Sindh in Part 6. It was amazing. Of course you have to write it good, otherwise the reader will lose interest. 

Like I lost interest reading this. It was too much for Rafeeq. He was getting attacked by Rana (directly or indirectly) from left right and centre so he had to escape to London with Noor. About half of the pages of this part, he spent in London when Elisha kidnaps Noor and then attacks Rafeeq and goes mental. Finally Lord Ernest ended up giving Rafeeq his estate and business. 

All that is fine. The story was irrelevant and the author just kept dragging the story line on and on. The pacing was slow. He just made a mess. And another thing he was trying to give the impression that everyone is desperate to earn some pounds legally or illegally. He would make the characters go to random people and asking them if they wanna do something for five or ten pounds. The dialogues were robotic and repetitive. 

I just can’t wait to finish this story and start Shikari. 

977) The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three (Book 2 of 7)

Author: Stephen King
Date started: 30/11/15
Date Finished: 13/02/16
Read on Kindle Paperwhite
Size: 6134 locations

It took me a long time to read this. Not that it wasn’t interesting or anything but rather it was an inner struggle of kindle vs paperback. I am still getting used to reading on my Kindle Paperwhite so I had to read it in short bursts. Although, I have to say the last 12 percent I read in one go.

As you are/or not aware I am re reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King after 13 years and 13 years ago I was still learning English so I didn’t know what was going on in the book. I just kept reading for the sake of it and hoping I would understand it better. Thankfully that day had come and the Kindle vocabulary builder is so good and it helped me a lot. In this book alone I checked 80 words which I had not known the meaning of and now I am going to go through the flashcards to master them.

This book had a consistent pace which I loved. There were mini climaxes through the book and at some points it was dark and disturbing and King handled it well. You could just tell from the writing, it was more mature. The Gunslinger was just a brainstorm in my opinion, ideas scattering everywhere and thus the pace lacked and parts of it would get boring. Also there was too much back story in The Gunslinger which, for the reader, was not very appealing. King failed to create the hook to this series but as they say, read the Gunslinger one way or another and read 100 pages of The Drawing of the Three and if you still aren’t hooked then leave it. Otherwise look forward to being a tower junkie.

13 years ago the only thing I remembered in this book was whatever happens to Roland at the start of the book (keeping it spoiler free) and the air carriage encounter with Eddie. Basically Roland goes through three doors to different parts and periods of New York. Through the first door he meets Eddie Dean who is a junkie, an intelligent one at that. The second door he meets Odetta/Detta, two confused women living in one body and thirdly he meets Jack Mort who is a murdered. The three characters were interesting especially Odetta. She was my favourite. This is where you see the skill of Stephen King, how he handled such a complex character and when I say complex, I mean it that way.

I really loved the ending of The Gunslinger though. It was more satisfying answering a lot of questions and raising some too. The Drawing of the Three had good ending too but I preferred Book 1’s ending. Good book overall. Now that I’m starting to get used to Kindle, I’ll probably get to read more.

Next up is The Eyes of the Dragon.

973) The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Book 1 of 7 of The Dark Tower Series)

Read on Kindle

Size: 3384 locations

Things have advanced technology wise. The world has moved on, you can say and I am revisiting The Dark Tower. I remember when I first started reading The Gunslinger. It was 18th of December 2003 at midnight. I was listening to Radio and reading this with whatever understanding of English I had. I didn’t know English very well. I just kept reading it even if I don’t understand some of the sentence meanings. After rereading now, I found out that I have missed a lot of things.

This re read has been amazing. I did not have to fall in love with Roland all over again. I was already in love with him and he took me through the start of his journey and I enjoyed it. The first quarter of the book has a dark and perverse theme. Of magic and forbidden things. Talks of demons and supernatural.

The second quarter is about Jake and Roland. How they manage to continue the travel in pursuit of the man in black and the last quarter is when the man in black makes palaver with the gunslinger. Everything just makes so much sense and I will have a good time understanding and reading Roland’s back story in Wizard and Glass.

The only boring parts were Roland’s flashbacks. Although they were interesting, but they were dragging. Apart from that, this book is lovable if you are rereading. For the new readers, just hang in there and read these 300 pages with a bit of a salt. I assure you the awesomeness is going to start in The Drawing Of The Three. Which is up next.

518) Anari Part 4 of 9 by Ahmed Iqbal

271 pages

Read 30 and 31/8/2013

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Rafeeq and Raja are very busy planning and plotting to free Dr Shehnaaz. They end up kidnapping Rana’s daughter (Gul) who was coming from London. Gul after knowing how cruel her father is decides to tell the court everything about her father’s crimes. Dr Shehnaaz comes back but Gul gets shot down (supposedly by her father). The welfare project inches forward a little bit but Faryal leaves and Noor Jahan is in trouble.

I had already read these episodes from suspense digest but it’s good to refresh the mind. Noor Jahan is an interesting character and I am looking forward to her.

442) The Wheel of Time book 14: A Memory of Light

Author : Robert Jordan

Date (I read) : 5.7.13 to 18.7.13

Length : 909 Hardback page (I read most on e book although I have the hardback)

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Finally finally finally after six years of reading I have completed this hell of a journey. Here it is, the final volume in this gigantic series which is called The Wheel of Time. The final volume is called A Memory of Light.

First of all, let me slap those guys who say ‘the final book is rushed’. It is not. Only the rushed bit I feel was the very ending. The epilogue. There should be a bit more to it. The rest of the novel was superb. I can’t even explain it.

The whole novel was a HUGE climax to the whole series. This is where the forces of Light strike the forces of Shadow. This is it. This book is the Tarmon Gai’don.

Probably the best book I have ever read. It carries emotion in little sacks which come right at you as you turn the pages and discover something new. Perrin and Mat shone through the entire book. Rand, Aviendha, Elayne and every single body was marvellous. Even Min, haha. Egwene was the star. She stole the show. She had my heart in tears.

Very carefully written, the battle scenes were perfect. You feel like the Light was losing then some hope then lose then hope. It was a rollercoaster. I really loved it.

About the ending, I think there should have been more words on it. I would love to read what would happen to certain characters and how would events roll out. I would definitely love to read more novels in the future of it. There is always some scope for it no matter what the author says.

Overall it was an amazing experience. Really touching and emotional. I would rate it 10 out of 10. I was blown away because it passed my any expectations. Every single theory, every piece, every character fitted in the jigsaw and made this story complete.

After six years, finally I feel there is no tugging.