New (Mostly Translated) Books I’m Super Psyched For

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1. A Night with a Black Spider by Ambai (Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan)

Night-with-a-Black-Spider_Front-Cover1-480x737‘Since she was valorous, she said she was a man, and since Mahishan was speaking of love, he was feminine… If she was a combination of feminine and masculine qualities, why could he too not be a combination of the masculine and feminine?’

Setting the stage with the Asura Mahishan’s doomed love for the beautiful Devi, Ambai deftly combines myth and tradition with contemporary situations. In the title story, the woman who is mother, daughter, solver of all problems for her family, finds that it is only a black spider on a wall in a deserted guesthouse with whom she can share her own pain and suffering; in Burdensome Days, Bhramara enters a world of politics that turns her music into a commodity; while in A Moon to Devour, it is through her lover’s mother that Sagu learns that marriage is not a necessity for motherhood.

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Down The TBR Hole

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We all keep adding book after book to our TBR, I know I add one the second I hear about it so when I saw this post on TheBookCoverJudge and KNEW I had to do this to create some sort of order in my list. I shall do Amazon first to whittle down my to buy shelf then go to goodreads. This was started by Lia from Lost in a Story.

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Avishi By Saiswaroopa Iyer – Cover Reveal

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IMG-20161125-WA0001You cannot imagine how excited I am to share this cover reveal with you. Not only is the author a friend, she is a friend whose book I ACTUALLY like! I reviewed Abhaya a while back here and I am sort of reading this already so you can expect a review soon. I can just say she is as academic and knowledgeable as she is good at entertaining. I hope you love the cover as much as I do!

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Collective Haul

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I already posted a rather large haul a while back. But, as luck would have it, I got a few more books and I cannot wait to share them with you. You would have already seen some reviews of these. Since it is a collective haul I decided to include most of the books I acquired recently including review copies since people say those count too!

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Chhimi Tenduf-La On Writing, Thrillers And Short Stories

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1. Loyal Stalkers is a book that’s a little different from other collections I’ve read. Why did you decide to go with interconnected short stories? Or was that accidental?

With short story collections readers connect with some stories more than others. I felt by having links, even if there are one or two stories a reader may not relate to as much, because they add to the overall story arch, their attention will not be lost. That is my hope at least. Also, I love movies such as Pulp Fiction and Short Cuts where characters pop in and out of each other’s stories.

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Two ‘Meh’ Graphic Novels

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cover110079-mediumSuper Sikh #1 : Meet Deep Singh. He loves Elvis and hates the Taliban. By day he works at a tech company and lives with his parents. But that’s just a front. For Deep Singh is really a top secret agent for the United Nations, fighting terrorism all around the world. But right now, he really needs a vacation. And there’s only one place to go … Graceland!

  • Author : Eileen Kaur Alden/Supreet Singh Manchanda/Amit Tayal
  • Publisher : Rosarium Publishing
  • Source : Netgalley
  • Rating : 2/5

This is a story about a super spy agent, Deep Singh (pronounced dheep, not deep) who has just gone on a spy mission, returned and is on the way to a holiday when a racist officer confuses him with someone else. That’s it. Nothing else. That’s the whole story. I don’t think this counts as a spoiler because there really is nothing. While the art itself was classic and lovely, the story writing was below average. I thought it felt like something you write in school and then decide to stick to when you’re older and have the means to have it published. People are using racism as a marketing tool nowadays and that isn’t the way to sell books imho. I won’t be reading anything else from these authors.

cover112388-mediumSuit Your Selfie : Gather ‘round the smartphone, kids! Stephan and the Pearls gang are back with a whole album’s-worth of jokes, jabs, and cringe-worthy puns.
Even Rat cracks a smile in this fifth Pearls Before Swine collection tailored for middle-grade readers. Witty, wacky, and occasionally wise, Suit Your Selfie is more kid-friendly fun from the New York Times best-selling author of Timmy Failure.

  • Author : Stephan Pastis
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Source : Netgalley
  • Rating : 3/5 stars

I don’t think there is anything special to say about this particular book. It is a Pearls Before Swine collection and is a typical collection. Funny at times and flat at times. Definitely a good companion during a boring afternoon where you have nothing else to do but not one that stays in your mind. I would say thought that if I couldn’t find anything to buy for someone with a sense of humour I’d grab this as a gift.

I hope you enjoy these more than I do, I just felt the former had no plot and the latter was a fun but forgettable collection.

Have you read these?