Book Reviews

Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’

I remember my first impression of the story being something like, ‘How amazingly simple.’ By simple I mean Paulo Coelho’s style of writing in this story is reminiscent of the most natural human function. Just try and think of the most natural and effortless thing you do with great efficiency. In Paulo Coelho’s case that thing is writing a breathtaking story. While there are other beautiful stories by other brilliant authors ‘The Alchemist’ has a distinct quality of being so effortlessly beautiful. It isn’t trying to be anything other that what it was meant to be. It is a story I could easily recommend to reluctant readers as well as staunch avid readers. But of course I’m sure most staunch avid readers have read it already.41ybg235tcl-_sx329_bo1204203200_

The story is about a boy named Santiago, a shepherd who encounters a strange old man who knows about the recurring dreams the boy has been having and how it is meant to lead him to his treasure in Egypt. Santiago sells his sheep and sets off for Tangier where he is swept up in a series of encounters that lead him to an epic desert adventure. This is a story that, once you start reading, carries you right into the plot. Its effortless beauty promises an equally effortless reading experience.

With talks of this story being adapted into a film, I would definitely encourage anyone to read ahead.

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Book Reviews

The Only Alien On The Planet by Kristen D. Randle.

Kicking off my first post in a new feature-Book Reviews– with a really special story. The cover and title made me hesitant to read it at first but once I got into it I realised that I had literally judged a book by its cover.

The Only Alien on the planet is a young adult novel by Kristen D. Randle. Your pair of eyes and ears in the story is Ginny. Ginny is the new girl in town and school dealing with the discomfort of adjusting. She finds comfort in the friendship of Caulder, a schoolmate and neighbour and the two quickly become become good friends. Everything seem to take on a steady pace until Ginny glances over  her shoulder and sees hiimg_201611306_0747m. His name is Michael but everyone calls him ‘Smitty’ and sometimes ‘The Alien.’

Smitty never speaks, he hasn’t in fifteen years. Ginny decides to befriend him, much to the surprise of a lot of people. Caulder has known him since childhood. He tells Ginny the little he knows about why Smitty is the way he is. It was a near drowning experience that happened when he was three.

Caulder and Ginny make it their mission to unravel the mystery behind their friends silence. Things quickly become messy when they push too hard and realise that they may very well be tampering with a situation way beyond their reach.