Review Of Dosterra By K Esta – Work Of Fiction Presented In A Serialized Manner

For all the bookworms, who somewhat like to peep regularly in my blog, I have brought something different and exciting for you. Weeks ago, I was approached by this wonderful writer, K Esta, to give a little mouthwatering tidbit to his first Sci-Fi serial novel, DOSTERRA. The regular readers must be aware of the fact that I have a kinda soft-spot for fiction writing, so I readily agreed to review the amazing and innovative piece of writing. After all being readers, promoting new talent is the least thing that we can do.

Dosterra

Dosterra

So, this serial novel, Dosterra, is a dystopian Sci-Fi adventure story. The story is being published, in a unique, chapter by chapter manner on the website JukePop Serials. JukePop is one amazing website that enables the readers to delve into their favorite serials without spending a penny. Also, the readers’ comments on each released chapter enable the writer to take necessary action towards improvement whilst they are busy constructing their next piece of writing. This also gives a boost to the literary publications and much needed fame to the author. For this, JukePop serials provide a free sign-up to the readers, which indeed is a plus point. The first chapter is available to read with signing up.

Story Rundown

“Dosterra is a wintry mining planet. With a monopoly on natural resources and transition technology, it is the undisputed leader of the Earth Origin Colonies. But, Lexie has stumbled across something that threatens their dominance. What if their power was built on a lie? On the run, she’s forced to seek the help of Iden, a scientist with the Transition Regulation Centre, though his motives for helping her are unclear.”

Chapter One opens in a quite dramatic manner. Lexie is the main lead of the story. Tem, Lexie’s friends, pays a visit to her residence accompanied by some bad news. Some quite powerful people are looking out for them and as a result, they plan to flee away. By using some strange stolen equipment, they manage to jump back in time, with a hope to change some things and avoid them from getting arrested in the near future.

Lexie, earlier, had somehow got her hands on a top secret document that popped up in the virtual world. The document contradicts what the world already knows about time travel. She makes sure that this document reaches the masses. For the regulators and high authority people, this is no less than a disaster. This is the reason she is being chased down by the people in power.

Things turn quite difficult for Lexie when she discovers that the equipment used in time travel by Tem has been procured from Iden, who happens to be Lexie’s old friend and reason behind her job termination 5 years back. With the events of past unnerving her, they barely escape being caught for the very second time in the past couple of days. Forgetting the past and agreeing to the fact that no other alternative is available to them, Lexie decides to take help from Iden.

My Verdict

Now, from what I have read so far, I am able to gather some good points in favor of the writer that can surely help in increasing the number of sign-ups. Being a die-hard Sci-Fi fan, the author did surprise me with excellent construction of his serialized work of fiction. The characters are nicely fabricated and also the chemistry between them. There are a great deal of over-the-edge terms used in the plot construction that may be beyond everyday understanding of an average reader. However, these terms are quite necessary to build a strong sense of understanding for the reader before delving further into the novel. Apart from the typical terms, the language and style of writing is quite easy for the readers to grasp. The story is quite fast paced and doesn’t make you wait for the really clever stuff to drop. It will essentially generate a sense of curiosity in the reader’s mind as to how the upcoming chapters are penned.

On a final note, Dosterra is a strong debut from the desk of K Esta. There are only 6 chapters published so far, which I think won’t be a tough task to catch up with. You would surely praise me for recommending it to you and will find it difficult to wait for the seventh chapter with sixth publishing ending on surprise note. So, go ahead and sign-up today. Happy Reading!!

Book Review: The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi

“Just another work of fiction served on the Dan Brown like platter”

Mammoth research and engaging plot have always inveigled me towards the magnanimous task of reading historical fictions. Until now, no one has ever been able to touch the awesomeness of Dan Brown in the world of historical/mythological fiction. Like many, The Krishna Key is yet another literary publication from a little well-known Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi, which takes you on a glaring Dan Brown like journey. Though it is a nice and strong attempt on the writer’s part to become ‘The D’ (I prefer not using his name again and again) of India, but creating record-breaking concoction of history, modern-day science and a great deal of conspiracy theories is not every writer’s forte.

The Krishna Key (Hardcover)

The Krishna Key (Hardcover)

Some fans might find my linking The Krishna Key to The Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code somewhat absurd, but learn bring out some striking similarities to attest my part.

  • A not-so-old Academician as the main lead
  • A long-living historical + mythological secret
  • Mysterious deaths of fellow academicians, linked to the secret or possessing some key information regarding the same
  • Ancient religious symbols and anagrams, used for solving secret codes and puzzles
  • Attractive female sidekick, A psychopathic killer and an unlikely villain, kept undisclosed till the final chapters
  • And finally, the secret revealed/disclosed in an implausible manner.

Now, anyone who puts together all these points would surely not become the King. The case with The Krishna Key is somewhat same. Though it contained all the required fictional elements, it failed to deliver the goosebumps giving moments that are normally associated with books of this genre.

I am a genuine Ashwin Sanghi fan and I loved reading The Chanakya’s Chant. But with The Krishna Key, the things didn’t go well and as expected. In an attempt to include every little aspect of history and mythology, Ashwin left behind the most important aspects of impressive narration, spell binding characterization and happy-go-reading.

In order to make the picture even clearer, let me put forward a comprehensive review for you.

Characters

The number of characters introduced in the book is generous. There aren’t too many leads and sub-leads in the book, which makes it easy for the readers to hold onto. Though the number of characters is kept minimal, weak character sketching makes it a bit difficult for the readers to remember them all. The reasons given in support of the characters so-called formation are too flimsy to believe. The most hard-digesting part was the love story thrown amid history, mythology, secret and conspiracies in the book.

The Krishna Key

The Krishna Key

The Plot And Narration

Ashwin, known for his rock-solid research and engaging plot has let me down with this publication. The research part gets a 100 out of 100 from my side, but it was the engaging plot thing that I found missing. The story is set in a kind of filmy tone with the good guys (who have some secret and are in a mess because of it), the bad guys (who are powerful and are after the secret) and the cops (who are on both sides). Ashwin tells a tail that is linked to the final avatar of Vishnu i.e. Kalki Avatar, only though he is born and brought up as a serial killer.

The dashing professor (Ravi Mohan Saini), who knows about Krishna beyond any person’s ability, is the main lead of the story. He is on a run with his beautiful understudy (Priya) after being framed as the killers of the secret holders (Anil Varshney, Nikhil Bhojaraj, Rajaram Kurkude and Devendra Chhedi) of the truth regarding Krishna’s legacy. He makes every possible attempt to dodge the cops (Radhika Singh and Rathore) and the bad guys (Taarak Vakil, Mataji and Sir Khan), and connect the dots left behind by his friends to unlock the mystery. Sounds any familiar? There is a striking similarity to The Da Vinci Code, but set in a Hindu Mythological way instead.

Now, getting back on track, how he faces the bad guys and the cops whilst studying about the secret is interesting to read. Thoughts like will he be able to unlock the mystery, what will be the secret, what is the Krishna Key, etc. will daunt your mind all through the 475 pages. The mixture of facts from the Vedas and other historical literary publications make it a little complicated to digest and hold onto. At points, the historical facts seem to be introduced unnecessarily and that too in abundance. The page-turner feel is present in certain sections of the books and is spread unevenly.

What I loved the most about the book was the excerpts from The Mahabharata at the beginning of every chapter. This gives a summary of Krishna’s journey from the very childhood to what we know him today. At times, the over use of Sanskrit, Anagrams and codes make it difficult for a reader to go further. The dialogue is something that was really not the Ashwin style as to what is evident in The Chanakya’s Chant. At most of the parts, it was superseded by monologues, which came to my disappointment. Overall, it gives a feel of a force-fit fiction story with not too many stereotype characters bringing out forced events of surprises.

This book will keep your mind occupied with thoughts like why are they running? What the hell are they looking for? Why love? Why now? What is the urgency in disclosing the secret? WHY SO SERIOUS? Thanks to the poor narration that moves back and forth in time as well as place.

Final Verdict

In a brief, The Krishna Key is a total disappointment from the desk of Ashwin Sanghi. Whether you take it as a work of fiction, mythology or history, the reconstruction of the Krishna’s past is just not the thing you expect it to be. It is just a piece of historical research and nothing more than that. More facepalms, less thrills, contrived plot, too much historical facts and unnecessary elements, and lame ending make it a POOR READ.

Stay tuned for more updates. Happy Reading!

Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson Team Up For A Private India Collaboration!!

Cheer up fiction followers! There is something novel and exciting coming up your way. James Patterson, the world’s leading and highest paid thriller writer is all set to join hands with Ashwin Sanghi, the young India’s fiction idol. The hurtling plot construction and terrific suspense mixing skills of James Patterson, and well delved into and spellbinding writing talent of Ashwin Sanghi can be seen in the new acquisition of Random House India and Cornerstone, a working division Random House UK.

James Patterson Private Series

“James Patterson Private Series”

According to Susan Sandon, MD for Cornerstone, Random House UK has acquired the rights of publishing the world’s bestselling Private Series under the name of Private India. The byproduct of this teamwork will be a part Patterson’s popular ‘Private’ series of fiction and will be available in the racks by February 2014.

Speaking in respect to this literary collaboration, Patterson quoted:

“Writing my Private series of books has given me the opportunity to work with local authors on thrillers set all over the world. With its vibrant and chaotic cities, rich history and heritage, there could be no better place to set the Private’s next adventure than India. And with Ashwin Sanghi, with his wide historical knowledge and his love for a fast-paced plot, there could no better partner. I look forward to working with him to create a unique, Indian-based adventure.”

Ashwin Sanghi

“Ashwin Sanghi”

And Ashwin Sanghi, who is far more excited about this venture, said:

“I see it as an opportunity for me to hone my skills in a slightly different but immensely exciting genre. I am quite certain that the fusion of ideas from East and West will result in a gripping and engaging read. It is an honor and my privilege to co-write an India-specific thriller with the master storyteller himself, who has sold more books than any other author round the world in the past three years.”

Well, let’s hope this alliance turns out to be an international success and a charm for the fiction fans.

Stay tuned for more updates. Happy Reading!!

The Dumb And The Dumbfounded Review … An Anti-Spoiler Review!!

When I started reading the literary works of the so-called “Indian youth writers”, I always kept my expectations a little low. This leaves me with a lesser disappointment level most of the times. But this time, the case was different. This time I had The Dumb And The Dumbfounded in my hand to prove me wrong. I wonder, whether the tagline of the book “LIFE AS WE SEE IT” was actually written to prove me wrong, that never underestimate an author’s work before you actually read it. You see it with uncanny eyes, you find it equally dreary. May be this is the reason why I decided to bring the golden side of two amazingly talented budding authors in front of you.

The Dumb And The DumbfoundedAbout Author’s

This page-turner is an outcome of the contributions of two budding writers, Prerna Varma and Abhinav Shrivastava. Firstly, talking about the Pride of Punjab, Prerna Varma is known for her out-of-the-box writing. Her unmatched skills and dedicated efforts plowed her road to the local sections of some of the most prestigious newspapers, including The Tribune, The Times of India and The Indian Express. Being a student of Amity University and Delhi University, she has become an icon among the others having a predilection for writing.

Now, the young entrepreneur, Abhinav Shrivastava has his roots attached to the city of joy, Kolkata. He is the Chairman and CEO of one of the finest Event Planning and Entertainment solution providing organizations in Delhi, Tecurious Entertainment. Also, he has held a high spot in the publishing world for his very first youth photography and writing magazine, Digital Krafts. Also being a student of Amity University and Delhi University, Abhinav has come a long way in encouraging the smart brains to walk on the road of unconventional careers, like writing and photography.

Being new to the world of book publishing, Prerna and Abhinav showed no sign of non-professional and haywire writing. The easy language, clinching characterization and beautiful narration are some things worth praising. Here, I would agree to the fact that the best books are simple. It is wonderful to see how Prerna and Abhinav are implementing new and unique methods to promote their work of fiction. The GO TO GOA contest is one startling step worth mentioning. According to their Facebook page, they are working on another fiction novel, which according to them would be the first of its kind in this genre. Well, I can’t wait to get my hands on the same.

About Publisher

No felony, but it is the first time, I have seen the name of ABC publishers on the bookracks. Well, I must say, they have added a couple of names to the list of their future customers. I am greatly impressed by the quality of paper, printing and binding. What impresses me even more is the different looking cover-pages. The scheme of different types and styles of book covers is the most unlikely things for the Indian authors and publishers. This surely provides an added advantage to the book and increases the chances of being spotted amid a couple of others.The 4 Different Covers

The Anti-Spoiler Review

Coming to the tricky part, let me give you a summary of the romantic comedy work of the authors, without actually disclosing the plot and saving your much valued time. The Dumb And The Dumbfounded is no different from the usual stuff available in the market these days. The book too follows the plot that covers students, school/college life, work, love, betrayal, revenge, sacrifice and the likes, but what differentiates it from others is it’s quite contradictory narration. Whether things are going right or wrong is upon you to decide. The feel of being different can be sensed in the very first chapter of the book. It reveals the fact that you are not going to see a picture that every young author tries to portrait these days.

The characters Aarav, Dhruv, Trisha and Medha are very well-defined by the authors. What I really loved about the book is the missing b, m, a and f words, which I leave up to your imagination to figure out. What makes me really happy is that the authors did not touch the intimate and sexy aspects while covering the love, commitment and betrayal stuff from the life of the characters. They kept a reasonable distance from the stuff required to add an element of spice for the readers. The college life is narrated in a decently beautiful manner in the first half.

The second half unfolds the ambition and career aspects of the characters. This is the part which is actually powerful enough to entice the readers to stick-on to the book till its very end. Though there are some loopholes in the first half of the book, the second half plays a winning knock. The things start taking a negative turn in the lives of Aarav and Dhruv. Soon the Cupid starts taking its blessings away from their love life, which can be experienced from the fun-loving fight with their girlfriends.The Dumb And The Dumbfounded

The Final Verdict

Though the beautiful narrations spread over 231 pages is worth praising, but it is the climax that steals the show. The apt mixture of humor, romance and suspense contributes fully to the page turning climax. On the whole, the 7-8 year journey of the characters provide you a full fledge movie like feel, where you can actually imagine the characters playing their part in your mind. But what I don’t understand is why people see it as a love triangle. IT IS STRICTLY NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE. It contains appropriate portions of romance, but comedy is the apt genre of the book.

I actually hate rating a book on a 5 star chart. From my experience, all I would say is read the book without any preoccupied notions and expectations, and you will surely love the work of the debutante fiction authors. Grab your copies from all leading online and offline bookstores. You can’t put a hundred bucks to more productive use. Stay tuned to know more about the book world. Happy Reading!!

Richest Authors 2012 By Forbes – James Patterson Walks Away With The Crown

I have been a bit busy for a week or so, searching the book stores all over in search of one of my favorite titles. In the meanwhile, Forbes came up with their list of the Richest Authors of 2012. .. How Mean!! .. Well, let’s have a closer look at that.

Though males may be dominating the Forbes this year’s final rundown of the richest authors in the world, but the publishers are predicting the 2013 list to be a lil’ bit more female friendly. Forbes calculations are based on the annual anthology of the official sales figures and final verdicts of the most experienced book experts. According the latest compilation, Forbes found that the year full of 14 new publications bought a good fortune for James Patterson. The 14 amazing titles from the novelist generated a sum of $94m, almost double the money earned by the second king on the list.

“James Patterson”

Nine slots among the top fifteen belong to the male writers, including Patterson ($94m), the King himself (who earned about $39m from his doorsill book based on the assassination JFK), king of legal thriller John Grisham ($26m), Jeff Kinney with his Wimpy Kid ($25) and a neophyte, George RR Martin ($15m from the TV adaptation of Song Of Ice and the Fire Fantasy).

Talking about the females, the first one landed on the third spot, with a paycheck of $33m. Janet Evanovich’s series of 18 amazing books, circling around the life of a female bounty hunter, ranked her third in the list. Forbes believes that the following year’s list will appear quite different. In addition to the good ranking of Suzanne Collins from the earnings of Hunger Games film adaptation and JK Rowling’s earnings from the release of The Casual Vacancy, her first adult novel, EL James record smashing earnings from the Fifty Shades trilogy will land her somewhat close to the top spot in the next year’s list.

According to the experts, the erotic Fifty Shades trilogy is generating revenue of over $1.3 million per week for EL James. That’s not all, she received a whooping sum of $5 million from Focus Films and Universal Pictures for the silver screen rights of the novel. And, how can we forget that the book racks are not clean yet. By the time the next Forbes list is prepared, Fifty Shades would have sold another 20 million copies. Who knows, the tables might turn for the ladies and make them dominate the coming year’s list. Till then, have a look at the below mentioned top 15 Forbes Richest Authors of 2012 and keep reading …!!

THE HIGHEST PAID’s

James Patterson – $94 million
Stephen King – $39 million
Janet Evanovich – $33 million
John Grisham – $26 million
Jeff Kinney – $25 million
Bill O’Reilly – $24 million
Nora Roberts – $23 million
Danielle Steel – $23 million
Suzanne Collins – $20 million
Dean Koontz – $19 million
JK Rowling -$17 million
George RR Martin – $15 million
Stephenie Meyer – $14 million
Ken Follett – $14 million
Rick Riordan – $13 million

Oh Yes! Fifty Shades Of Grey Becomes An All Time Best Seller

Sold of 5.3 million copies? wOw!! That is the best that a book could ever reach. In spite of being quoted as “mommy porn” and scoffed for “abysmal writing” by some wacky critics, Fifty Shades of Grey did not stop people from snapping the tale of a virginal female protagonist, who falls in love with a billionaire who is fond of bondage love making. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book belonging to the series of 3 erotic novels from a notable laureate, EL James.

EL James

“EL James”

To boggle your minds, this erotic work of fiction, revolving around a successful sadomasochistic man and his girlfriend, has already surpassed the sales of all seven Harry Potter books on Amazon. The whooping 5.3 million figure includes, 3.8 million published books and over 1.5 million eBooks. Well, in terms of hardcover and paperback sales, Fifty Shades still lags behind the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, which owns the record of selling 4 million prints in UK.

Talking about the sequel books, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, they too are not lagging behind their predecessor. The respective sales figures reach out to 3.6 million and 3.2 million, thereby taking the combined sales figure of the trilogy to over 12 million in UK. As far as the Global effect is concerned, the records mention a sale of over 40 million copies, which is still far afield from the Harry Potter series score of 450 million.

"Fifty Shades Trilogy" Photo: Carol Kaliff / The News-Times

“Fifty Shades Trilogy” Photo: Carol Kaliff / The News-Times

EL James (49), a mother of two, lives in west London and hardly finds her way to the reporter’s camera. The only racy detail available about her is that she is fond of eating Nutella directly from the container. Now getting back to the topic, with Fifty Shades of Grey about to reach the masses through the Silver Screen, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have already illustrated their will to do the lead role, with Ian Somerhalder willing to play the bondage loving man.

Well, it is up to the top management and Universal pictures (right holders of the film series) to decide the cast. Till then, you can concentrate on your nail biting and in case, you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, please show a lil’ more enthusiasm and fetch your copy now. Well, the fact that the book still rules the best-seller charts for the 16th running week should be well enticing for you to fetch your copies.

The Oath Of The Vayuputras – The Last Step Of Amish’s Journey From Finance To Fiction

Who could have ever imagined, that a finance pass-out from IIM-C would set sail the world on a journey to the fictional land of Meluha. Amish Tripathi, a leading finance and marketing professional, and now an author, always wished to become a historian. However, as per the will of destiny, he landed on the road to finance. Now that he had served the financial world for over 14 years, he was keen to do something for the historian hidden deep inside his heart. The results are in front of your very eyes. The Shiva Trilogy, a three-part series of amazingly fictional novels, came out as one of the most popular series of unsullied works from a budding author.

“The Shiva Trilogy”

With the first two parts of the series, namely The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas, the author blew away minds of the readers with the amazing plotline of the novels. His clever assimilation of Indian Mythology with facts and fiction made the books rule the shacks all around the globe. With a lot many still fondling with the previous two copies of the series, Amish is working hard to control the bated breath of the readers, and release the third and the final book of the series, The Oath of the Vayuputras!

For the ones who are done with The Secret of the Nagas, they’ll have to wait for a couple of months to enter the fight of obtaining their piece of third copy. There are a whole host of questions peeping out from the minds of the readers. When is The Oath of the Vayuputras releasing? What exactly will it relate to? Will it change Shiva’s destiny? Who are the Vayuputras? Are they good or evil? Blah … Blah … Blah!! There are thousands of questions that seek answers from the third book.

Amish Tripathi @ CROSSWORD

“Amish Tripathi @ CROSSWORD”

I don’t want to spoil the excitement, but there is something I know about the book. No, it is not what you are thinking to be. It is just a news update, surely capable of boggling the booklovers, from the author’s desk. Though Amish have not yet revealed the actual date of release of the final chapter, but he has given a slight idea about the same. According to the official facebook fanpage, the author has confirmed that he is done with one-sixth of the final edition and is expecting to release the same in December 2012.

The Amish – The Official Fanpage says,

“Hi guys. I thot I’ll give you a quick update on The Oath of the Vayuputras. I’ve been writing away and the story keeps getting longer and longer. So it looks like it’s going to be a rather long book; 30 chapters at the minimum…”

So, for now if you haven’t read the first two parts, then my suggestion would be to grab the easy on pocket combo of The Shiva Trilogy and enjoy reading. Till then, all of us can wait patiently for The Oath of the Vayuputras to release!