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Joyland

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The latest offering from the undisputed ‘King’ of horror, Stephen King, is a crime thriller which is bound to excite all you fans out there. ‘Joyland’ is a distinctive deviation from the spine-chilling horror novels that we have to come to associate with the writer. This is more of a whodunit with a splash of the paranormal thrown in for good measure. I bet, King could not resist himself when he was writing the story. The story is narrated by twenty-one year old Devin Jones who decides to take up a job at the local amusement park to earn some extra money over the summer, and more importantly, take his mind off his sweetheart, Wendy Keegan who has just dumped him, albeit in not so many words.

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Norwegian Wood

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Sometimes, pieces of art are what they are. They are simply art; they are simply what they are shown to be. At other times, when our minds are free and the days are sunny, and the thoughts unravel at a pace which I cannot describe out here, we stumble across a piece of art that speaks. Yes, it does and it does to whosoever is not blinded by the beauty of it. Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood is a piece of art that speaks to me. I have seen through its faults, one and two, scattered in between, but I have no qualms in saying that here is a book which should be treated with reverence, praised and loaded with all the adjectives that one can scour the earth for.
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All those who loved “Catcher in the Rye” are definitely going to enjoy this one by Stephen Chbosky.  Its his debut novel and undoubtedly, the book will be regarded as one of the hallmarks in contemporary fiction.
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Someone has to die that the rest of us should value life more. Thus ends the book “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. The book is an intelligent and thoughtful attempt at treading the ever-so-confusing topic of existentialism. The novel happens to be a dedication by the writer to the life of Virginia Woolf. She was someone who examined the concept of existentialism and a lot of other beliefs to the minutest of details. It is only a very dramatic yet excruciating account of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first of the trilogy by Swedish writer, Steig Larsson. The trilogy was published posthumously in 2005 and went on to become an international rage. The various references to murder, suicide and casual sex have only added to its popularity across the globe. Not so surprisingly enough, the novel managed to win awards like the Best Nordic Crime Novel Award as well.
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Escape by Death

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Published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides was Jeffrey Eugenides’s first ever novel.  Set in America in the 1970s, it’s a woefully distressing story of the suicide stories of five sisters, one after the other. Though this is his debut novel, Eugenides never makes you feel that at any point through the novel. He has also won the Pulitzer prize for his other novel, Middlesex.
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