Sunday, August 26, 2007

This Week's Bestsellers.

A Review By My Den
This is My Den's compilation of this week's top 5 bestsellers, according to Times bookstores, MPH and, for fiction and children. Numbers in brackets are the previous week's positions :

No.1 (1) For One More Day by Mitch Albom.
This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce who is always forced to choose between his mother and his father. He grows into a man and starts a family of his own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father - and she dies while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his own young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next, he encounters his mother again, in their hometown, and gets to spend one last day with her - the day he missed and always wished he'd had. He asks the questions many of us yearn to ask, the questions we never ask while our parents are alive...
Available here : For One More Day

No. 2 ( 2 ) Next by Michael Crichton.
By the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Crichton once again focuses on genetic engineering in his new thriller. With a clever blend of fact and fiction, Next is a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. In an ambitious effort to show what's wrong with the America's current handling of gene patents and the laws governing human tissues, the author interweaves many plot strands, one involving a California researcher, Henry Kendall, who has mixed human and chimp DNA while working at NIH. Kendall produces an intelligent hybrid whom he rescues from the government and tries to pass off as a fully human child. A page-turner with intellectual substance but relatively lame when compared to his other bestsellers.
Available here :Next

No. 3 ( 4 ) The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth.
Set in the very near future, veteran Forsyth's latest thriller of modern terrorism, is a cut above most other post-9/11 spy thrillers. The discovery of a threat of catastrophic assault by al-Qaeda on the West, compels the leaders of the U.S. and the U.K. to attempt a desperate gambit to substitute a seasoned British operative, Col. Mike Martin, for an Afghan Taliban commander being held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. The intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before, pass off a Westerner as an Arab. It will require extraordinary preparation and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter....Filled with remarkable detail and compulsive drama, The Afghan is further proof that Forsyth is truly a master of suspense. Available here : The Afghan.

No.4 ( 5 ) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with 4 million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today. Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship and an indestructible love...Available here : A Thousand Splendid Suns.

No.5 ( 7 ) The Quickie by James Patterson.
Lauren Stillwell is not your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour. In a further twist of fate, Lauren must take on a job that threatens everything she stands for. Now, she's paralyzed by a deadly secret that could tear her life apart. With her job and marriage on the line, Lauren's desire for retribution becomes a lethal inferno as she fights to save her livelihood and her life. Patterson takes us on a twisting roller-coaster ride of thrills in his most gripping novel yet. This story of love, lust and dangerous secrets will have readers' hearts pounding to the very last page. Available here : The Quickie by James Patterson.

No.1 (1) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling.
The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart. Revelations, battles and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission, not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man. Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. Available here : Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

No. 2 ( 2 ) The Mysterious Cheese Thief by Geronimo Stilton.
Follow Geronimo Stilton as he investigate the disappearance of the Stilton cheese all around him. Will he find the mysterious cheese thief or be in for a big scare? Putrid cheese puffs and mystery,what an adventure! Available here : The Mysterious Cheese Thief.

No.3 ( 4 ) Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.
A darker book than any in the series so far, this book moves the series into murkier waters. While Rowling has long been praised for her cleverness and wit, the strength of Book 6 lies in her subtle development of key characters, as well as her carefully nuanced depiction of a community at war. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, no one and nothing is safe, including preconceived notions of good and evil and of right and wrong. A series that began as a colorful lark full of magic and discovery has become a dark and deadly war zone. Book 6 casts a mean shadow over Quidditch games, silly flirtations, and mountains of homework.
Available here : Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.

No. 4 ( 9 ) The Mouse Island Marathon by Geronimo Stilton.
The funniest Geronimo Stilton book ever with him joining the marathon! Follow Geronimo as he nabbed a thief, got chased by flies and mosquitoes, saved a rodent from an earthquake, saved a drowning rodent and win the marathon all in one day! Available here : The Mouse Island Marathon.

No. 5 ( 10 ) The Dangerous Book For Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden.
A mammoth bestseller when it was released in the United Kingdom in 2006, The Dangerous Book is a guide book for dads as well as their sons on lore and techniques that have not been lost in today's digital age. Covering boyhood skills such as building tree houses, learning how to fish, finding true north, building go-carts and even answering age old question on how to deal with girls, this book recaptures Sunday afternoons, stimulates curiosity and makes for great father-son activities. Available here : The Dangerous Book For Boys.

* For non-fiction bestsellers : This Week's Top 5 Non-Fiction Books available here

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