Book Review: Palm’s Foster Home for Peculiar Stories, by CG Salamander


If there’s any genre that can be enjoyed without expectations, that’s fantasy. Fantasy creates worlds that have characters that are beyond truth, beyond realism to plots. It brings possibilities which can be explored, can be enjoyed happily instead of wondering, “Is that possible?” Some books appeal by the title, some by the cover, and others, like this one, appeal by both. Just the title alone made me curious as to what peculiar stories lay ahead.

Each story in the collection is different. There’s a Brit who doesn’t know that India has got independence. There’s a poem about women that brought a smile with both words and rhyme. There’s a new religion that’s coming up, a love story unlike any other etc. Each story is fun, and the book can be read in a few sittings. Though with so many different settings, it might be easier to read it at leisure. At times, the stories feels a bit heavy, so the slower pace of reading might help to take it in.

Witty, with just the right amount of humor and fantasy, this is a book that I will re-read. It manages to hold my attention, at least for a couple of stories at a stretch which is acceptable. You can read this book for the variety of fantasy plots it offers.

The Bookworm Rates This: 4/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 4/5
Book Details
Title: Palm’s Foster Home for Peculiar Stories
Author(s): C G Salamander Genre: Short Stories
ISBN/ASIN: 9789351965534 Publisher: JellyFish Publishing
No. of Pages: 264 Price: INR 250

Reviewed for the author, in exchange for a copy of the book. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.

(© 24th July 2015)



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