PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 With more than 74,000 verses and about 1.8 million words, Mahabharata is the longest epic in the world. It has been widely translated, simplified, retold and fictionalised over the centuries. But most of them do not give you the total picture of the […]
PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5 Mythological fiction has become such a big hit in the recent times that authors like Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathi, Anand Neelakantan and Krishna Udayasankar have become household names. Thanks to the new-found and ever-increasing interest among young generation readers, new authors are trying […]
PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 Off late, there has been an explosion of books based on romance, be it the college variety or the grown-up version. But at the same time, historical fiction has been making its presence felt too, with more and more authors taking up the […]
PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 Last year Ravi had reviewed Aroon Raman’s debut book – The Shadow Throne. The book and the cover seemed very interesting to me and I had immediately made a mental note to include the book in my to-read list, but, somehow, I could […]
PLOT: 3/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5 Supernatural is always an interesting topic to read on. There is the element of intrigue, and at the end of the book, depending on how the story ends, you always feel good to know that there is something larger than life out there. […]
PLOT: 2.5/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 CLIMAX: 3/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5 I live around 10 km away from Hampi, the seat of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is my regular haunting place and I’ve been there a trillion times. I am aware of its history and am quite acquainted with the significance behind each of […]
The story of The Aryavarta Chronicles #1: Govinda, revolves around the formation of the Aryavarta Empire. There are 2 factions, the Firstborn and the Firewrights. The Firstborn are scholars who have an immense knowledge of the scriptures while the Firewrights are inventors and scientists.
PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 4/5 WRITING STYLE: 4/5 CLIMAX: 4.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5 For an author, it is not enough to have a good story to tell. It is also important to make sure that the right amounts of suspense are interspersed in the narration to keep the reader interested throughout. To do this successfully, the […]
In Dominion, and contrary to reality, Winston Churchill is defeated and Beaverbrook comes to power, who makes peace with the Germans. All war hostility with Germany ceases and the British Jews are saved from persecution for the time being.
PLOT: 5/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 4/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 I trace my roots to Jamalganj, a sleepy village in Bangladesh. My grandfather was born there; my father and my uncles were born there and I too, was born, not very far from the border. During the 1971 exodus, when thousands of refugees […]
PLOT: 5/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 5/5 CLIMAX: 5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 Albania is one of the remotest Balkan states in Europe, with a population of no more than 3.5 million people, which makes finding a literary translator to English, an arduous task. No surprise then, that Ismail Kadare has remained a shadow in the […]
PLOT: 4/5 CHARACTERS: 5/5 WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5 CLIMAX: 4.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5 Set at the brink of the Early Modern Era, a time which remains a landmark in the power struggle between the Pope and the Roman Emperor, Umberto Eco’s inaugural novel, The Name of the Rose, is as much a murder mystery as it […]