Perhaps it is because of the books I have read previously in the genre of romance, that when I’m approached to read and review a book in that category, I imagine a very predictable storyline or even think twice about taking it up. I thought it’d be the former case when I took up the book A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Duttagupta for review, but as I read on, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not so.
Good books happen in three, or so seems the trend these days. Authors tend to veer toward trilogies, some even go past it and make seven or eight in a series, which is well and good. After all, who knows how big a story the muse holds and wants to convey. For a trilogy to work, the first book has to be spot on, so it pushes the interest of the reader into the second book. Saranya Umakanthan brings the first part of The Comeback Warrior trilogy titled ‘The Divine Command’.
When many authors come together in an anthology, they bring their own style to it. And some are better to read than others. The common thread that ties these together is important. In this book, that thread is Love.
Twenty four authors come together in this anthology compiled and edited by four people. The cover is one that I liked, and felt draws the reader in. I’m reviewing the stories in random order.
There are few books that seem to mix two genres, or traverse the fine line between the two. I don’t mind that, as long as they do justice to both. I’ve read romantic thrillers, comical murder mysteries etc. The blurb of this book promised a mix of horror and thriller, while throwing in an aspect that isn’t explored in IWE (or at least, not to my knowledge) — the undead or zombies. It also helped that I had heard about the author from friends as a writer who was established in the genre of horror.
Life is not perfect or anything. It has its ups and downs, joys and blues etc. Each of us has a way to get the frustration of the downs and blues out. Some write it out, some read a book, and yes, some vent it out by bitching about it to others who are in a similar state, or who’d be able to relate to it. It’s perhaps more prominent when in a job that we’re not happy with and yet can’t leave for some reason. Through the author’s debut work, we were introduced to the bitching club of Aarohi. This, her second book, continues it.