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Book Review: The Caretaker of Imagination, by ZR Southcombe

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C S Lewis

Looking at books like Harry Potter, Aesop’s Fables or Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I can’t help but agree with the words of C S Lewis. For those books may have been written for children, but are enjoyed years on by most who read, child or adult. Also, when it comes to children’s books or fantasy novels, the title and the cover do matter more than others. When the author approached me for a review for this novel, it was the title that made me curious – The Caretaker of Imagination. Continue reading “Book Review: The Caretaker of Imagination, by ZR Southcombe”

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Book Review: Yajnaseni, by Pratibha Ray

Novels exploring Indian mythology tend to bring the more known tales in a different way. One of the more known characters in Indian mythology is Drapadi, also called Panchali as she was the daughter of the King of Panchala or Yajnaseni because she was born via a yajna conducted by the King. She’s the wife of the five Pandavas. The great epic Mahabharata tells the story from a third person perspective. Two authors, as far as I know, have tried to look at the Mahabharata from the point of view of Draupadi. One of them is Pratibha Ray, and this novel Yajnaseni. Continue reading “Book Review: Yajnaseni, by Pratibha Ray”

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Book Review: XO, by Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is an author who’s quite well known in book circles, but this was the first time I was reading one of his works. The book, a crime fiction, one of my favorite genres, introduced the investigator Kathryn Dance. I’ve only read a few crime fictions with a female protagonist, so it felt promising, even as I read the back blurb.

XO is the tale of Kayleigh Towne, a singer, who finds that she is being stalked by Edwin Sharp, a fan who becomes obsessed after a short interaction with her over mail. Sharp persists in his endeavors even after Kayleigh’s lawyers warn him not to. When accidents and deaths begin to happen around Kayleigh at a concert, the first suspect, and one who shows up on his own in the vicinity, is Sharp. But is he really that obsessed to take things to that personal a level? Continue reading “Book Review: XO, by Jeffery Deaver”

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Book Review: Witness the Night, by Kishwar Desai

When it comes to crime fiction, there are some books that are well known, like Sherlock Holmes or any of the Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple books of Agatha Christie or Inspector Virkar series of Piyush Jha, to name an Indian author in English off the top of my head. Then there are some books which are kind of hidden gems. One such book is Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai. I don’t remember how I came across the book, but it was the cover page that first caught my attention even before the blurb made me pick it up. Continue reading “Book Review: Witness the Night, by Kishwar Desai”

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Book Review: Believe by Varun Gwalani

Believe brings a simple story set in the fictional town of Levion. Conner White, an author, heads there after being criticized about his work. He finds that the town has its own secrets and it’s not that easy finding peace there. Rather, he finds himself trying not only to save himself, but the town and Victoria, who he meets there. Continue reading “Book Review: Believe by Varun Gwalani”