Apr 25, 2008

Carnival Of Rust

Earlier my site welcomed my visitors with the following sentence-"Footsteps Into The Unknown...". However, now I have edited it to "Carnival Of Rust" taking inspiration from the rock band "Poets Of the Fall" hit song, "Carnival Of Rust". Even though the music of the song in itself is very enjoyable, what I liked more was the infinite meaning in the words, "Carnival of rust".

The music is infectious to the listener because they just keep hitting the repeat button of the music player. But the words, "Carnival Of rust" basically means that a place with all the nostalgia related to you, your failure in the past, the painful relations you might have had previously that crashed to an end. Rust signifies the past. The past which has rusted with time. "Carnival" along with "rust" showcases a kind of exhibition of old memories and the melody of the music implies that it is painful and has not been pleasant.

Now why did I get "Carnival of rust" to welcome my visitors. Well, I found a subtle charm in the sentence and I frankly felt that the header needed a change since I have held the previous one on the head from a long time. The lyrics of "Carnival Of rust" is as follows-
"D' you breath the name of your saviour in your hour of need,
n' taste the blame if the flavor should remind you of greed,
Of implication, insinuation and ill will, till' you cannot lie still,
In all this turmoil,
before red cape and foil closing in for a kill
Come feed the rain
Cos I'm thirsty for your love dancing underneath the skies of lust
Yeah feed the rain
Cos without your love my life ain't nothing but this carnival of rust
It's all a game, avoiding failure,
when true colors will bleed
All in the name of misbehavior and the things we don't needI lust for after no disaster can touch us anymore
And more than ever,
I hope to never fall,
where enough is not the same it was before
Come feed the rain...Don't walk away, don't walk away, oh, when the world is burning
Don't walk away, don't walk away, oh, when the heart is yearning"

Apr 20, 2008


Oh yes, the novel starts on a high note with the US President speculating a pardon for a infamous, controversial power broker Joel Backman. Consequently, the Prez does grant Backman the pardon. But the catch is, he is freed so that CIA can finally nail Backman by getting him killed by the intelligence agencies of other countries. The reason is that Joel Backman before getting imprisoned had ended up making enemies with a lot of countries so much so that, the jail became a safe-house for him.

Grisham manages to dream up a great plot but the anti-climax begins midway through the novel. Because now all Grisham can do is keep getting Backman to run from his enemies. The research he has done on Italy and its roadside cuisine is evident as you read the book.

The novel fails to keep hold of the same high-velocity start it was given, which is a shame as the cash for pardon scheme is truly brilliant. I take refuge in the fact that Grisham truly gives his main character Joel Backman, a standing respect and a subtle charm with great human quirks in him. All in all, the book is dragged and it could have used a little more plotting, a greater range of characters. It lacked a few colours and sparks in it otherwise, truly John Grisham's 'The Broker' would have gone a longer way than it has.


No, I really don't hold any kind of grudge against Sidney Sheldon. Its just that the only thing that I appreciate about Sidney Sheldon after reading Sidney Sheldon's "Are you afraid of the dark?" is that he affirms millions of wannabe authors that anyone can become a popular author even if you are horrible at making fictional stories look convincing.

This novel deals with the two wives of two men who worked for a think-tank named Kingsley International Group(KIG). The two men when murdered, their wives set out to uncover who was responsible for it and what was the reason for the killings. The reason is because the men knew about a legendary system which could control weather.

However, what I would like to be explained is that how do the women escape and think of things that are so crucial to the plot. They literally dream of the next move by their enemies then work accordingly. So that really put me off throughout the book. Even the enemy who is the head of the seemingly 'invincible' KIG just dreams up off the location where these two women might be. Moreover, to think that he believes that these two women could possibly uncover the secrets is absolutely mythical. Basically, the whole of the book seems impossible and except for a few sentimental scenes where the wives miss their husbands the rest of the book is highly unrecommended.