Author : Shatrujeet Nath
Publisher : Jaico Publishing
Genre : Fantasy
Rating : 3.5 Stars
Source : Publisher
Somehow I think I am going to terribly break my book ban this year. In fact I may as well forget I have a book ban because not only do I have these books with me, I also have a few more coming in that I’ll post later this month (some are gifts for someone’s birthday and I don’t want them to spot them on here).
We all know the typical female character in Korean TV shows, she trips over her own heels all the time, falls into the arms of the hero and can’t even cross the road by herself let alone do anything else independently. But through this haze of patriarchy there is a tiny light and that is what I’m going to shine on your screens today. These shows can be watched on Viki, Dramafever or even Netflix.
I first saw this post on Kristin Kraves Books and I could not resist doing it myself. In fact, I just finished commenting on hers and IL already here writing mine.
THE ORIGINAL SIMS : BEST AUTHOR DEBUT
This one goes to My Absolute Darling which I read last year and was absolutely bowled over by. It was so heart breaking and so real yet too tragic to believe. If you haven’t read it and can stomach some things, please read it.
THE GRIM REAPER :
SADDEST CHARACTER DEATH
Sirius. I’ll keep shouting this from the rooftops but I don’t get why Sirius has to die. It felt unnecessary and just illogical. I may be blind because I love him BUT I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THIS DEATH!
SIMS GETTING STUCK : A CHARACTER THAT JUST GOT IN THE WAY
I actually cannot think of any right now. I keep racking my brains, trying to recall a character from a book but I only keep getting TV show characters so, does that count? I’ll take a vague shot and say Kitty Pong from Crazy Rich Asians, she keeps getting in her own way. Lol
SIMLISH : A BOOK WITH AMAZING WRITING
This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan. I just kept turning pages and repeating, “Why haven’t I heard of this author before! This is pure genius!” The writing is smoothing and captures you in a vice like grip till the last page ends.
EXPANSION PACKS : A SERIES WHERE THE BOOKS KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER
Well is there anything apart from Harry Potter? No there isn’t but there are a few others and I’ll mention the name of one that really needs more attention: the Vikramaditya Veergatha by Shatrujeet Nath. No I’m not related to him and no I’m not a friend. I just keep mentioning this book because it is great!
SIM ROMANCE: THE WORST CASE OF INSTA LOVE
The characters in Passenger. I don’t even remember their names but man did I find it annoying. Ugh.
CHEATS : A BOOK THAT WAS ENTIRELY UNREALISTIC
Awaken by Banker. He takes his racist beliefs and political leanings and anti Indian / anti Hindu ideas and pushes them across in such an unrealistic manner that I wanted to tear the book apart.
NEEDS FULFILMENT: A CHARACTER THAT MADE ALL THE WRONG DECISIONS
Am I wrong in thinking Sam Gamgee shouldn’t have taken on the task of supporting Frodo? Yes I’m aware that’s what he wanted to do but I just think he deserved more than stupid Frodo. He doesn’t even get his due! It’s so unfair!
ERROR CODE 12 : A SERIES THAT STARTED OFF GREAT BUT WENT DOWNHILL FROM THERE
Meluha. Yep. It was such a great start that just went kaput. I feel like he lost the magic for sure before book 3. It should have been contained to two books.
THE SIMS VORTEX : A BOOK/SERIES THAT COMPLETELY ENGROSSED YOU
Since I don’t want to repeat an answer I’ll go with 1Q84. I never thought I’d be so thoroughly involved with a 1000 page book but I was and it was amazing. A must read for fans of Murakami. I’d say it’s his best work yet.
If you like playing the sims then consider yourself tagged! If not go play the sims then do this tag.
Author : Anthony Wynne
Publisher : Niyogi Books
Genre : Mystery, Historical Fiction, Scottish Fiction
Source : Publisher
Rating : 2.5 Stars
Summary : Duchlan Castle is a gloomy, forbidding place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird of Duchlan, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her bedroom – but the room is locked from within and the windows are barred. The only tiny clue to the culprit is a silver fish’s scale, left on the floor next to Mary’s body. Inspector Dundas is dispatched to Duchlan to investigate the case. The Gregor family and their servants are quick – perhaps too quick – to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman. Dundas uncovers a more complex truth and the cruel character of the dead woman continues to pervade the house after her death. Soon further deaths, equally impossible, occur and the atmosphere grows ever darker. Superstitious locals believe that fish creatures from the nearby waters are responsible; but luckily for Inspector Dundas, the gifted amateur sleuth Eustace Hailey is on the scene and unravels a more logical solution to this most fiendish of plots.
This book is NOT for you if you like modern thrillers. On the other hand, if you enjoy the much older books that aren’t exciting or page turning but slowly interesting, then you will love Murder Of A Lady. Anthony Wynne is an author who is a master at the Locked Room Murder genre and this book is one of those that will leave you thoroughly exasperated about who did it and how. I do have a few gripes with the story, one of them being logic and the other being pacing, but for now I shall tell you that this book has a lot of things going for it.
It has a sort of disabled character who isn’t displayed in a bad light. (EDIT : I believe this is a series now and the doctor(this character) as a recurring protagonist so that is brilliant. Very Cormoran Strike) He didn’t take the easy way out by making the scarred/disabled character a villain and that, I love. It also features Scottish folklore and a half man half merperson which I have never heard about so it was all the more exciting. There were some tropes, poor sweet daughter in law and evil rich people but that, I suppose, was the norm at the time? Either way, Murder Of A Lady is an atmospheric, folklore-y tale that will keep you reading simply for the characters and plot. PS, I also think I’ve read this before, like an old tattered copy, not sure if it is that eerie deja vu thing. My mum has definitely read this earlier because she knew what had happened.
WHAT I LIKED
The plot was absolutely brilliant. I loved the confusion and the number of bodies that kept dropping with no explanation and no clue. No one knew who the killer was and even we, as the reader, hardly got any hints. That way, as a plotter, the author is absolutely brilliant. I did love the atmosphere of the novel, that is what made me continue. Not to mention the addition of the folklore that I, as a ardent fan of the podcast Lore, enjoyed. I wish there had been more of an emphasis on it, more hysteria surrounding it but alas, there wasn’t. Nevertheless, it kept me reading and I must applaud the author for keeping me with the book despite the slow and draggy writing style.
I also adore the cover. Just LOOK at it!
WHAT I DISLIKED
As the last line in the previous section says, the slow and draggy writing style. It starts off well, then it grinds to a halt like a car that won’t move and we push the car through the muck and mud and finally get it out on solid ground where it takes off again. It would have been better edited, or better written. But I should keep in mind that it was meant for 1931, when it was originally published. People had a lot more time on their hands back then and probably enjoyed slowness in novels. Have modern thrillers spoilt me? Also, the ending, the brilliant explanation that tied everything together, didn’t make sense so….there is that.
Read this if you are looking for an atmospheric slow novel that will take you away from wherever you are. Not if you like fast paced thrillers.