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The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3)
The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, Book 3)
by R. Scott Bakker
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read only if you feel the need to complete the trilogy., March 2, 2007
The top cover of this book compares it to the final movements of a symphony. It has more of the meanness of an accountant's ledger to it: kill two Nansur emperors, let the Fanim have a couple of pages of military superiority, and then bring in a completely unaccounted-for army to kill them all anyways, leave Saubon out so that he can come in at the last second and convert an army of non-believers to the Warrior-prophet with a few manly bellows, kill off the Cishaurim and the Scarlet Spires so that Kellhus is now also the greatest magician in the Three Seas, and the list goes on and on, so that the third book can come to a neat and nicely squared conclusion, much like a well-balanced ledger.

The saddest thing about this book is that it is completely unnecessary. By the end of the second book Kellhus has become the all-conquering warrior-prophet, whose sandalled feet can kill off Padirajahs and entire battalions of the opposition armies. He is amoral, he does not hesitate to kill innocents, it's quite apparent that the Fanim would have no chance against him, and indeed they don't: their daughters are bedded, babies are slaughtered, and slave-girls abused, all with great glee.

On the good side, this series is finally over. Mr. Bakker can move on to the sequel- maybe Kellhus will finally face a challenge worthy of his much-vaunted powers. Or maybe he'll just kill himself with the Heron spear and spare us another round of bloodbaths.

by Frank Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.75
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10 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book, February 3, 2007
This review is from: 300 (Hardcover)
I have a feeling that 300 does not really show things the way that they took place, but I'm willing to look past that, in search of a good story. But this story is just ludicrous - it stacks all the goodness in the world on one side, and then invites us to cheer for the Spartans who represent all the forces of light. The Spartans are manly and defenders of freedom. The Persians are barbarians, easily crushed in battle, and quite inexplicably, Xerxes seems rather, well... I don't even want to start on that.

I don't know how a society that survived on the labor of helots can repeatedly be proclaimed to be the champions of freedom they are made out to be, or what good so much freedom is, if the society has to kill all these children just because they are not good soldier-material.
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Digital Fortress
Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it, October 10, 2004
What if reality was like a Dan Brown book:

..."Hey ma, what's for dinner?", the boy asked innocently. A second later, his jaws fell apart. He was looking at a food item that was first served in imperial Rome only on the second full moon of every year. His mind racing, he whirled around to face his mom. It was clear from her pale visage that she too, knew what was at stake. "Yes, Henry, the same vegetable that only grows in certain parts of the world, that the medieval artist Duracelli immortalized in his classic painting, you must have it." As Henry stood there, immobilized with shock, a part of his mind was calmly processing everything he knew about what was in front of him, how the name of the plant came from the Greek god of ants, who had, in legend, used this vegetable as his crown. "Maa", Henry finally croaked, "you're going to make me eat broccoli?"...

Dan Brown creates assassins who are disgraces to their professions. The mute in digital fortress, the "assassin" in Angels and Demons, the albino in Da Vinci Code, I wouldn't pay these people two cents to engage their services, if an assassin can't bump off harmless academics, then they really aren't good for much, are they? And as for his love stories, the less said about them the better, except that, maybe, an eigh-year old, whose only experience of true romance has been to pull on his love's pigtails, could craft a better story. Mr. Brown's characters and conversations border on the ridiculous, they're so bad they almost make you cringe with embarassment.

So, it'd be better for everyone involved if Mr. Brown just started a series of books called "Sensational facts I learned about X after researching into it for the past twenty months," where X can be digital history, cryptography or whatever catches his imagination next.
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