How do you define a good read? Is it by the content? By the theme? By the characters possibly? Or do you simply go by the ease of language and the real life – could be type of story?
You may be totally correct in your own regard, but here’s what I think !
A good book is a book that makes you want to get out of whatever shit you think you are caught up in. A perfect getaway. An escape ! From everything. It’s not a movie that binds your mind for a couple of hours, then lingers in thoughts and generally biased conversations. It stays with you in your subconscious forever.
Let me then go ahead and tell you about a good book – or a good series of books precisely. I won’t write a review telling you the story,why it’s so famous, what’s new and all that back-cover nonsense. Patrick Rothufus’ ‘The Kingkiller Chronincles’ has ‘The Name of the Wind’ as the first book of the series. I was of course highly skeptical of buying this because I’ve never heard of the author, the name looks silly and the cover says absolutely nothing about the story- instead it features a weirdo with red hair and a big black hood hiding god knows what sorcery behind it. Nevertheless, curiosity and a fake desire to try something new takes over and I go for it. After the first page, it was bound to be thrown at the wall in front of me- it talked about three forms of silence(gosh!). But, it kind of survived owing to general boredom and loss of objectivity.
It’s a story of a tragedy hit boy- a tough boy, a good boy, a survivor boy, a killer boy. Obviously, that’s worth it! Add to it the magic !! Now remember chemistry ? Well the magic is made of those old school concepts ! And, of course there is a girl. And, of the freaking course she’s one with killing beauty ! Obviously, he would’ve decimated enemies for her. But, it’s not that simple. Oh yes, there are villains but yes, yes, there’s also a university fashioned learning course that builds up the character. Top that with the fact that the kid’s an awesome musician and has a Robert Langdon sort of eidetic memory. He discovers stuff. He learns stuff. Unbelievably awesomely cool stuff.
All in all, it’s a powerful and gripping story. You want to eat out and digest the pages. Then when it’s done, you want to do the things he learnt to do. And that’s why it sticks in the memory. Takes you to a pseudo world- no the one of the potters or the frodos. A world that makes sense, a world that is so tragic, so unfair, so obvious that the hero will make things right-well of course, that’s what they do. But, here he doesn’t make anything right. And that’s what’s so realistically amazing about it.
Read it to believe it !