Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I put aside an awesome book( Sarita Mandana's Tiger Hills) and picked this one up as soon as flipkart delivered it to me. I've been reading Judy Balan's blog and find her style of writing loads of fun. So in a sense , i started reading this book with loads of expectations.I am glad that the book didn't disappoint me and Judy's writing is effortless here as well. I hated Two states and found it malicious , whereas this book is written in good-natured jest. All characters were so adorable - including Reshu Aunty!Definitely a super debut and I'll definitely pick up her next book, whenever it comes out. Pick this book up if you are looking for a breezy, funny , irreverent read.

My rating : 3.5/5

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Kim Edward's The Secrets of a Fire king

The Secrets of a Fire KingThe Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautifully written book! Kim is a master at weaving strange ,unsettling tales alive with emotions.Most of the protagonists are women. The first few stories seemed similar, with common themes of death, redemption and loneliness. But as I read on , I felt that that stories kept getting better and better. A thin chord of melancholy runs through the stories ,but Kim's prowess with words helps one brush away the sadness in the stories and plough right on. I haven't read a better collection of stories in a while now. Kim's stories are like a slow, serenading bitter-sweet dance- definitely not something to be read in a hurry. My favourite stories were the one on Marie Curie and"Balance". Truly poignant and highly recommended for all lovers of short stories..

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