Shades Of Words

The Haunted Hotel

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Though its been quite sometime since I  have blogged,  I have been doing a lot to  talk about. Maybe I will overcome my  laziness and tell you all about it ,  someday.
For now we will do a book review of the  very first book that I have read over a  mobile device , iphone4 !
Yes I bought a  new phone and its an  iPhone and am  luvn it!
I am using the Apple Reader iBooks to  chose and read from a huge amount of  free material they offer. Stanza is  another app based reader and I tried  Kindle too, but I think in terms of  readability iBooks tops.
Now on to the review. “The Haunted Hotel” is a sufficient gothic story with its fair amount of interesting characters, haunted rooms and scandalous love affairs.
Though I did not notice this when I read the book, but as I try to explain the plot, I realize that its quite complex.  As it is more of a mystery than a ghost story ( with a huge potential for making a real good movie) I wont divulge too much. Lets say there is a hush hush marriage, a scorned lover , rivalry between brothers, missing servants and phantom visions.
Wilkie Collins creates a fair amount of sympathy for almost each character in the book that it is hard to really dislike somone. In the first half of the book, there clearly emerges a murder . Our detective in this case is the scorned lover who is unwittingly pulled into the main stream. Though as a reader  you have already categorized your cast into evil and angelic – you are never too sure – as all characters display layers.
The the word is “haunted” in the title, there is not much of spooky stuff happening – chilling and gory maybe – but not haunting.
This is not an elaborate blog post , and nor is the book probably Wilkie Collins best works , but I only put it here because it is nice  a gothic story ideal for a rainy or cold evening
Sometime to think about from the book
“How much happier we should be ” she thought to herself sadly ” if we never grew up!”

Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

One thought on “The Haunted Hotel

  1. Congrats on your finishing your first e-reader book.

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