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<b>NON-FICTION </b><br><br><b>The Road of Bones: A Journey into the Dark Heart of Russia </b><br><br>By Jeremy Poolman <b><br><br>Simon & Schuster, </b><br><br>342 pages <b><br><br>Best Price: Rs 394 </b><br><br>(21% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com The Vladimirka road, travelling east from Moscow, is considered to be Russia's greatest road - and one with the most bitter associations. From the time of imperial Russia, this was the road down which people were forced to march to exile in Siberia. This haunting, beautiful book is the chronicle of one man trying to unravel the quirks and cruelties of Russia's bitter history by journeying down the Vladimirka. It tells of those whose lives were changed by the whims of rulers and the quirks of history, of those who made the journey down this road. Reads like a fever dream.

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February 11, 2012


NON-FICTION

The Road of Bones: A Journey into the Dark Heart of Russia

By Jeremy Poolman

Simon & Schuster,


342 pages

Best Price: Rs 394


(21% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com The Vladimirka road, travelling east from Moscow, is considered to be Russia's greatest road - and one with the most bitter associations. From the time of imperial Russia, this was the road down which people were forced to march to exile in Siberia. This haunting, beautiful book is the chronicle of one man trying to unravel the quirks and cruelties of Russia's bitter history by journeying down the Vladimirka. It tells of those whose lives were changed by the whims of rulers and the quirks of history, of those who made the journey down this road. Reads like a fever dream.

<b>THRILLER </b><br><br><b>Zero Day </b><br><br>By David Baldacci <b><br><br>Pan, </b><br><br>434 pages <b><br><br>Best Price: Rs 242 </b><br><br>(31% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com David Baldacci has been around the block often enough to have worked out a formula for success by now. He sticks to it closely in this, his 22nd book, introducing John Puller, decorated war hero and now army investigator, looking into the murder of a military-connected family in rural West Virginia. Of course, things rapidly spin out of control. Baldacci uses the American paranoia about terrorist attacks well as a backdrop for his plot. His prose is clean and serviceable, and Puller, for all his Superman implausibility, is an entertaining hero. It's a formulaic but smooth read.

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February 11, 2012


THRILLER

Zero Day

By David Baldacci

Pan,


434 pages

Best Price: Rs 242


(31% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com David Baldacci has been around the block often enough to have worked out a formula for success by now. He sticks to it closely in this, his 22nd book, introducing John Puller, decorated war hero and now army investigator, looking into the murder of a military-connected family in rural West Virginia. Of course, things rapidly spin out of control. Baldacci uses the American paranoia about terrorist attacks well as a backdrop for his plot. His prose is clean and serviceable, and Puller, for all his Superman implausibility, is an entertaining hero. It's a formulaic but smooth read.

<b>FICTION </b><br><br><b>Perfect People </b><br><br>By Peter James <b><br><br>Macmillan, </b><br><br>483 pages <b><br><br>Best Price: Rs 394 </b><br><br>(21% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com Peter James is one of the most reliable bestseller machines around. He's popular both for his Roy Grace series as well as for his stand-alone thrillers. Perfect People falls in the latter category. It's the story of John and Naomi Klaesson, who have just lost their son to a rare genetic disorder. Terrified that this will happen to their next child, they approach a maverick geneticist. Doctor Leo Dottore claims that he can not only protect the baby from genetic diseases, but give them a perfect designer child as well. Then Naomi becomes pregnant and the nightmare begins. A cautionary tale.

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February 11, 2012


FICTION

Perfect People

By Peter James

Macmillan,


483 pages

Best Price: Rs 394


(21% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com Peter James is one of the most reliable bestseller machines around. He's popular both for his Roy Grace series as well as for his stand-alone thrillers. Perfect People falls in the latter category. It's the story of John and Naomi Klaesson, who have just lost their son to a rare genetic disorder. Terrified that this will happen to their next child, they approach a maverick geneticist. Doctor Leo Dottore claims that he can not only protect the baby from genetic diseases, but give them a perfect designer child as well. Then Naomi becomes pregnant and the nightmare begins. A cautionary tale.

<b>HISTORY </b><br><br><b>India: Brief History of a Civilization </b><br><br>By Thomas R Trautmann <b><br><br>OUP</b><br><br>, 243 pages <b><br><br>Best Price: Rs 251 </b><br><br>(15% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com There are many scholars who have succumbed to the temptation of trying to compress India's 5, 000 years of history. Thomas Trautmann, professor of history and anthropology, wrote this book to give his students the ideal introduction to Indian civilization. In 12 chapters he skims across the vast expanse of Indian history beginning with the Indus Valley Civilisation and ending with the creation of post-colonial nations in the Indian sub-continent. Because of his expertise on ancient India he devotes more than half the book to pre-Islamic India. An erudite work which has a bit of a text-book feel to it.

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February 11, 2012


HISTORY

India: Brief History of a Civilization

By Thomas R Trautmann

OUP


, 243 pages

Best Price: Rs 251


(15% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com There are many scholars who have succumbed to the temptation of trying to compress India's 5, 000 years of history. Thomas Trautmann, professor of history and anthropology, wrote this book to give his students the ideal introduction to Indian civilization. In 12 chapters he skims across the vast expanse of Indian history beginning with the Indus Valley Civilisation and ending with the creation of post-colonial nations in the Indian sub-continent. Because of his expertise on ancient India he devotes more than half the book to pre-Islamic India. An erudite work which has a bit of a text-book feel to it.

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