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Monday, October 09, 2017

Book Review : 'The Undersea Island (The Lygons of Fraith Book 2)' by Arlo Mercia



Myrra, the Honour Royale who was required to step down, in the previous book, is now on her way back to Lygon Island. Myrra and her Councillors had gone there to seek help of Royalette Elissa, of the Mountain Pride. She apparently, had excellent skills in fighting and was also, extremely strong.

They had come here with the suggestion that Elissa return with them to Lygon Island. Much destruction had been done by Myrra’s nephew, the Royal Aidon, and Myrra hoped that the remarkably talented Royalette Elissa would become the Aidon’s consort and help Myrra, repair the island.

Myrra is upset to find the salt-plain disturbed and her eggs, missing. Evidence implicates Elissa, and Myrra must discover the reason and the whereabouts of her eggs. Also, was Aidon using Kebreana to keep away Elissa?
 
The geflars are horrified by the arrival of Mithia, the mysterious dragon. They are sure that other dragons will follow, and they will be destroyed. It is a little late for them to hide, as they cannot desert the people who rely on them now.

Meanwhile, Mithia discovers alarming shaleworms that are invading the undersea. No one knows where they have come from, or how to stop them. Mithia must deal with the infiltration, but he has never encountered creatures like this before.

Mithia has lost her eggs, and let us not forget the Captain and his history with the lygons. Fraith seems to be dying, the island's heart must be healed and for the lygons, all this might be a little too much?

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Book Review : 'In the Name of God' by Ravi Subramanian

Ravi Subramanian’s ‘In the Name of God’ starts off with a story around the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram. The possessions that the temple holds in its vaults, and finally, the series of controversies, which follow, when the Supreme Court asked a committee to open the walls are all a part of this story.
 
A dead body is discovered in a pond there, and the story starts. It is not the end, as it sets off a series of events. A series of murders follow the opening of the vault, which most people believe to be God’s ire. (These were supposedly, happening due to the rage of the lord himself, considering that he actually owns the treasure.) 

The temple’s custodian, Aswathi Thirunal Dharmaraja Varma, the titular king of Travancore finds himself, suddenly a central part of this affair. Not just this, there is a lot of smuggling of antiques from temples in South India, and also a massive theft at a mall in Dubai. Also, considering the many cultural rituals, which the temple has, the confusion is built up, all the more.

Enter Kabir Khan from the Central Bureau of Investigation. He tries to unfold the many aspects of the investigation, along with the state police team, which is headed by Krishnan. There are interesting parts to the entire suspense drama.

Padmanabha Swamy Temple (Wikipedia)
In Mumbai, we are thrown into a series of bomb blasts, and some of the victims are part of the most wanted diamond industry. Interestingly, a few of these victims are involved with the vault opening at the Padmanabha Swamy temple. So, Kabir finds himself shifting focus from Thiruvananthapuram to Mumbai and back again.

Will the shared connection, between these events be discovered? Will the wrath of the lord be uncovered? There are a couple of love stories too in this puzzle, how will they end?

It all falls upon Kabir to unearth the story behind these actual events. Can he do it? Will he be able to keep pace with the succession of happenings? There are facts and a whole load of stories, so the need for clearing history from faith and its beliefs are all a part of this thriller.

Ravi Subramanian
Subramanian has discovered a whole new zeal to his usual repertoire of books, related to financial/economic issues, whether it was insurance or banking; this one does not deal with either of them. So, probably a hint of space is left behind. But, he does have a hand at dealing with the usual  thrillers…  

Oh and I must mention, a tiny mistake on Page 70. The sentence does not begin with a capital ‘T’; instead, it starts off with ‘the courtroom...’

You can Buy the Book, right here.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Book Review : 'Run, It’s Butterfingers Again!' by Khyrunnisa A



Khyrunnisa A’s Butterfingers series is back with, ‘Run, It’s Butterfingers Again!’ It has been more than a year when I first met Amar Kishen and his butterfingers. But I notice that this is one quality, which has not gone at all, and he is still the perplexing butterfingers, he was a year ago.   

Amar is now back with karate and he joins hands with the sensei, Anish Rajan to help prevent a dognapping incident. 

On another day, he has a brilliant idea, and is all set to become a professional photographer. His misadventures with the camera lead him to shoot an animal, wherein he manages to shoot a monkey in the zoo and actually manages to win second prize for it!!  How and what happens altogether, make up a hilarious story when his photograph stands out for an intelligent animal. 

A silver spoon goes missing in Amar’s house, and his mother has searched the entire house for it. They end up finding a trail and notice soap boxes, lots of regular spoons, forks, including his grandfather’s dentures, along with various other eatables and lo and behold, the silver spoon. All in the rat’s lair. What happens to the rat, which Amar had wanted as a pet?

Amar now has a stray cat to worry about. His father chases the cat out, but his mother is kinder to it, since the poor cat seems to be having kittens of her own. He discovers the cat, littering all over his famous painting (look at ‘The Masterpiece’ in ‘The Misadventures of Butterfingers’). The cat belongs to Mr Hiran, and its discovery is all thanks to Amar.

This set of stories is as hilariously plotted as the earlier one. Not only is it funny, but it does carry a few lessons learnt in its 14 chapters. So, check this one out too, Folks…

You can  Buy this Book, right here. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Book Review : 'Loyal Stalkers' by Chhimi Tenduf - La



He’s back! Chhimi Tenduf – La is back, with a whole new book, 'Loyal Stalkers'. This time however, he chose to go the short story way. But, of course there are his favourite characters and his favourite location, of course! Set in Sri Lanka, the stories carry you off into his emerald island.

So, let us begin. These stories are all interrelated in subtle ways, and the author does manage to touch our heart in the same way, he has done the first two times. It is about the various genders and their characters and sexual characteristics, each of them may possess because of their particular circumstances, at any given point of time in the book.

Actually, the way I read it, made it sound so different. Because, it was not read like a regular book, in the sense not the first story after the second. Instead, I chose to read the stories, in a haphazard manner. And that is how my review sounds too. Hopefully I will be forgiven, for the same, because I felt so much closer to the book :). Because I felt closer to the situations, than I would have if I had read it, the usual way.

It could be a topic such as child abuse and even love for the child, born under such circumstances, or even an impulsive security guard’s love for his child. The killing of a man by a lusting woman would have been the situation if it was not for her circumstances, a regular workout at the local gym, would have been situation if it was not for the loyal stalker. A teenage cricketer who seems to fall headlong, into his coach’s vicious ways. Gayan’s back too.

And even the ultra-cool story of Aiyo, a dog and you have the ‘Suspiciously Brown’ victim, smuggler, or handicapped victim, or perhaps a loving father? The rich and the poor are all told about in this one.

If you have been reading his books, you would know about Sri Lanka, like no other man can tell you. It is all about love for an adopted nation, and the love for the family, all told in a dark humour, which is definitely his. The twists are here and there and refuse to take away any wittiness away, from the book.

You can Read this Book, right here.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Author Interview : Sowmya Rajendran, author of ‘A Rule Breaker's Club Adventure : The Dog who wanted More'


Sowmya Rajendran
Read up, the Interview with Sowmya Rajendran, author of 'The Dog who wanted More. In this Interview, she tells us, how the entire book came about, what according to her was different about her book, which particular character felt most close to, the most challenging part of the story, what she thought was different about her book, her favourite authors, and much more, Folks…

How did 'Rulebreakers’ Club Adventure : The Dog who wanted More' happen? Could you describe the journey?

I was approached by a publishing house some years ago, to write an adventure series for them. This was right after my daughter was born, so I was hesitant to take it up, since I barely had any time. However, the writing proved to be a welcome break from childcare and I completed the series pretty quickly.

However, the publisher had some trouble on their end, which I don’t want to go into. Eventually, Penguin (with whom I’ve worked, before) agreed to publish the books and I’m very glad to be associated with them once again.

What according to you is different about your book?

That’s really for readers to say. I enjoy creating characters, who are original, funny, and think for themselves. I hope my readers will agree.

What was the most challenging part about writing this book?

Finding the time to write it and not getting discouraged by constant interruptions.

Which particular character did you feel most close to? Why?

I like all of them, though the grandma is my mental image of how I’d be at that age!

Who was it that told you that you could become the author you are today?

Me. I’ve always wanted to be a writer and never gave up.

When will you next book be out?

I have a picture book coming out, probably later this year.

Who are your favourite authors?

JD Salinger
Vikram Seth
RK Narayan, JD Salinger, W Somerset Maugham, Rohinton Mistry, JK Rowling, Vikram Seth, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichieall of them have given me some insight into human nature and taught me to be a more forgiving person.
 
Which books are you currently reading?


What else do you do on a daily basis?                                       

I work with ‘The News Minute’ as Deputy News Editor.



You can  Read the Review, too and Buy the Book, here as well.