The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel

The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel is great historical fiction which is the second book of Earth’s Children Series. Earth’s Children Series show how things happened after last Ice age. The Valley of Horses is about the time,  Ayla, the heroine of the Earth’s Children Series spends in this beautiful valley. Story is all about  nature, Animals and the way of life as how it happened thousands of years ago before all major civilizations started. Jean M. Auel is extremely good at detailing every tiny thing, which take you in to story and make you feel like you are there watching all these events unfolding in real life. Author makes the reader live inside the story let them feel the emotions the characters in book. I’m a action, thriller, comedy fan but I enjoyed this novel a lot. I can tell same about all books of this Earth’s Children Series and all of those  novels show how the talent of wonderful author.

The Moscow Vector by Robert Ludlum

The Moscow Vector is a thriller written by Robert Ludlum and Patrick Larkin. This is the third Covert One book and this has more action than last 2 books. I can say this is bit more like a Action-thriller.

One might think that time would have taken its toll on the crusty, disgruntled Soviet dinosaurs who want to return Russia to its Communist glory days, but evidently not. Larkin, helming Ludlum’s Covert One series, has dreamed up a new bunch of hard-liners, armed with HYDRA, a designer poison that singles out and kills victims based on DNA. With HYDRA having dispatched numerous U.S. and allied intelligence agents, Russian President Viktor Dudarev is poised to launch Operation ZHUKOV, a takeover strike against Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and half of Ukraine. Leading a covert investigation of HYDRA is series regular Lt. Col. Jonathan Smith, U.S. Army molecular biologist and chief operative of supersecret spy agency Covert One.

Like most of  Robert Ludlum Russian government play the bad guys role and white house trying to save the world. I don’t know this idea is still selling or but storyline is good. I was told by few Robert Ludlum fans The Moscow Vector is not good as first 2 Covert one books but maybe that’s because this book has more action than usual Robert Ludlum thrillers. Still you can see enough high rating at Amazon.com to take it as a great thriller novel.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel by Garth Nix is another great Fantasy Novel which should be read by all Fantasy novel fans. I guess anyone who love the Lord of the ring series gonna love this Fantasy novel. I have to say I enjoyed the book very much. I think I’m falling for Fantasy novels.

After receiving a cryptic message from her father, Abhorsen, a necromancer trapped in Death, 18-year-old Sabriel sets off into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands. Unlike other necromancers, who raise the dead, Abhorsen lays the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him–and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father’s title and duties–to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible exhaustion, violent confrontations, and terrifying challenges to her supernatural abilities–and her destiny.

Now I can’t wait to read second and third novels of  Abhorsen Trilogy. Garth Nix‘s writing style is great and he knows how to built a story well. Sabriel
is a great book for both young and adult fantasy novel fans though it was written for Young readers. If you check reviews at Amazon.com you ll find how good the book is.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud is a fantasy novel which I enjoyed a lot. I have justed finished reading it and now I want to find the second book of  The Bartimaeus Trilogy, which is The Golem’s Eye. This novel reminds me the Harry Potter which is the most famous Fantasy novel of all times. But There are differences specially in main characters.

When five-year-old Nathaniel’s parents sell him to the government to become a magician’s apprentice, the boy is stripped of his past and is given over for training to a grim, mid-level magician from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Over the next seven years, Nathaniel studies the lessons given by his cold master, but in secret he delves into advanced magic books, gaining skill beyond his years: he summons a djinn to steal the powerful amulet of Samarkand. Inspired by a desire for revenge, this bold act leads to danger and death.

If you like Fantasy Novels which are about magic then you are gonna enjoy The Amulet of Samarkand a lot. The story is written in cool way, Nathaniel’s third-person narrative alternates with the first-person telling of Bartimaeus the djinn, a memorable and highly entertaining character. This is the first novel of  The Bartimaeus Trilogy and if you read this you will be want to read the second book. Amazon.com has lot of positive reviews about The Amulet of Samarkand, highly rating the book.

Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen

Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen is  a comedy. I’m kinda bored make a review about this book. Maybe that’s because I’m sleepy. I read the book till end and its readable. It has its moments like those 911 messages were hilarious. But I don’t think it gives you laughter like a true comedy book gives. But I’m just a one person and not a fan of Carl Hiaasen. So fans of his wouldn’t agree with me.

When budding young ecoterrorist Twilly Spree begins a campaign of sabotage against a grotesque litterbug named Palmer Stoat, he gets much more than he bargained for. Stoat is a political fixer, involved with a bevy of shady types: Dick Artemus, ex-car salesman, now governor; Robert Clapley, a crooked land developer with an unhealthy interest in Barbie dolls; and his business expediter, Mr. Gash, a permed reptilian thug with ghastly musical tastes: “All morning he drove back and forth across the old bridge, with his favorite 911 compilation in the tape deck: Snipers in the Workplace, accompanied by an overdub of Tchaikowsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major.” After a wave of preemptive strikes centered on a garbage truck and a swarm of dung beetles, Twilly ups the ante and kidnaps both Palmer’s dog and his wife, Desie, who finds Twilly a great deal more interesting than her slob of a husband. In doing so Twilly uncovers a conspiracy (well, more like business as usual) to jam a bill through the Florida legislature to develop Toad Island, a wildlife sanctuary, in a deal that will make a mint for all the politicos concerned. Chapley wants Twilly silenced and dispatches Mr. Gash. Palmer wants his wife and dog back and asks Dick Artemus to help in the rescue without derailing the bill.

Amazon.com ratings for this book is better than I thought. Seems Carl Hiaasen has lots of fans specially in Florida. You can read reviews of these fans and get an idea about the book.