Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: A Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury

A Flight of Broken Wings A Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Six hundred years ago, humanity rose up in revolt against the Aeriels, who were driven from earth and back into their homeland of Vaan after a bloody and glorious war.

Eight years ago, Ruban’s home was destroyed and his family murdered by an Aeriel.

When a new Aeriel threat looms over Ragah, the capital city of Vandram, Ruban Kinoh must do everything in his power to avenge his family's past and protect the future of his country.

I have been a fan of fantasy fiction genre long before I realized that it is a genre of books ! And for a long time I read mostly foreign authors. So it is always a good feeling to see an Indian author do justice to the genre and good story in general. To say , that I read this book without expectations would be a lie and I am always a little too sceptical of the fantasy fiction books that seem to be part of a trilogy.

So , it was very fortunate for me to chance upon this book as this one totally lives up to its promise. Fantasy fiction mostly survives on the world you set for your characters  , the rules , the past , the present and tying them all in the near future.

Nupur set up a world that wasn't too far from reality and mixing it with her out of the world creatures, some of them,  I must say have such amazing sense of humor that I was immediately hooked to the book. The best thing about the book is the light banter that keeps flowing in the story keeping you smiling and engaged. The friendship and the loyalty that develops by passing some hard times together is amazingly shown as is the author's understanding of relationships in general. The action scenes are totally on point and do not lack the punches that are needed.

I would love to see Ruban and Ashwin together again if they promise to give me same dose of fun in every single book. And on that note , I must add that whether the author decides to write another part or not , this book in itself is complete and the reader would not be disappointed at the end.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

QBR: The Mystery of The Three Orchids by Augusto De Angelis

                                                       Vintage Crime
                                                        186+ pages, 
                                                    Pushkin Vertigo (2016, originally 1936)
                                                       RT Rating: 3.2/5

The Verdict: 'The Mystery of The Three Orchids' is an engaging mystery.It is indeed a proof of the genius of  Augusto De Angelis, the man widely regarded as the father of Italian Crime Fiction.
Synopsis: A Murder has happened in one of the fashion houses in Milan. Valerio, the right hand man of Christina, the owner of the Fashion house is found dead in her room.Inspector De Vincenzi is called to investigate the crime.But pretty soon, the bodies start piling up and within a span of 48 hours, there are three murders with Orchids beside these three bodies.Will De Vincenzi be able to solve the crime?
The Good: the setting, twists and the climatic reveal. Never did I feel that this work was written almost 80 years ago! 

The Bad:The reader never gets to know much about Inspector De Vincenzi (may be one should read the first books in the series for that!)

RecommendationsBuy it!


Sunday, February 24, 2019

QBR: Don't Let go by Harlan Coben


                                                    386+ pages
                                                     Arrow (2018)
                                                     RT Rating: 3.2/5

The Verdict:'Don't Let Go' is an engaging stand alone thriller from Harlan Coben, one of the most successful crime writers of our times. Definitely worth a read!
Synopsis: Nap is a cop who has lost his brother(Leo) and his lover(Diana) after a freak accident 15 years back.The incident forced Maura, Nap's girl-friend to go into a hiding.Now years later, there is a series of killings and Maura has suddenly made an appearance.Nap is convinced that there is some sort of connection between his brother's murder and these recent murders.Will Nap be able to uncover the truth?
The Good: As usual, Coben's narrative moves forward at a breakneck speed,there is never a dull moment and the twists happen at regular intervals, the CIA-Military base angle was well done, the 'sleeper-cell' twist was also believably done,the Bolitar cameo was a pleasant surprise. 

The Bad:Nap's characterisation reminded of Myron Bolitar at times,towards the middle portions,the book dragged a bit.

RecommendationsBuy it!


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review: Just Haven't Met You Yet by Cate Woods

Just Haven't Met You Yet Just Haven't Met You Yet by Cate Woods
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a story that tries to seek answers for the quest we have to find our soul mate. What if technology can accurately match you to your soulmate ? Does it really have to be a romantic link up always ? and what it takes to find love otherwise ?
Percy is in a steady relationship when she is made aware that she has a soulmate and if she wishes , she can meet the persona nd decide what to do about it. Finding herself a little bored and in need of an adventure , she goes for the date and her life changes after that.    

A really fun read , part relatable and part wise yet fun enough to make you smile. This book made me read till 2 am just to know the end and to see where the heart actually fits for Percy. I liked the friendships , the moments of connections with a stranger or the ways our heart and inner voice lead us to right decisions , only if we keep our heads clear. This is a very current time read and without being preachy , it's a wonderful story.

Later when I reflected on the title and the story , it also felt that perhaps its about finding yourself in a new light. Maybe You haven't met the better version of you yet !

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

QBR: Boo- edited by Shinie Antony

                                        Anthology/Horror Fiction
                                           209+ pages, 
                                     Penguin Random House India (2017)
                                          RT Rating: 2.6/5

The Verdict:'Boo-Horror Stories..' is an okay read at best! Though it is marketed as a horror anthology, most of the stories fail to create a chill down your spine(contrary to what it's tag line promises!).The basic problem with the book is that though the book features writings (translations) by some of the big names in new-age writing (K.R. Meera, Shashi Seshpande to name a few), the essence of their stories seem to have lost in translation!  
Synopsis: The stories try to explore the para-normal.A work of Psychological horror is what the book aspires to be ,basically.
The Good: The stories which some what stay true to the tag line are 'The Face' by Manabendra Uphadyay , 'The Claws' by Durjoy Datta and 'The Monkeys in the Orchard' by Kanishk Tharoor.

The Bad:horror element missing in most stories, infact the book shouldn't have been marketed as a compilation of horror stories(suspense/psychological short fiction,may be), the ambiguous ending/'literary value'  of some of the stories will not go down well it's target reader group. 

RecommendationsBorrow it!


Sunday, February 10, 2019

QBR: Buffering Love by Issac John

                                         Anthology/Urban Fiction                                                                                                   209+ pages, Penguin Metro Reads (2017)
                                          RT Rating: 3.9/5

The Verdict:'Buffering Love' is an enjoyable work. Most of the stories are quite good with relatable characters. I haven't really liked any of the earlier books which have come out of this imprint (metro reads) but this debut work by Issac John has turned out to be a pleasant surprise!
'Buffering Love' is basically a collection of short stories set in Urban India. Some of the stories are inter-connected and works as some sort of follow up to the previous ones. All the stories explore through the escapades of their protagonists on mobile apps .Though Love is also a recurring theme,the book is not an anthology of love stories per se.
The Good: relatable characters, interesting twists, unpretentious prose, the stories have a 'Jeffrey Archer' feel to it (IMHO).The pick of the lot- Smart Lass and Daft Watch.

The Bad:some stories had abrupt ending, the 'app' element seemed forced at times

RecommendationsBuy it!


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