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Sacred Games

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Sacred Games was released on July 6th on Netflix India and a mere six days later I think this series has hit a cult status and following. It is definitely one of the sharpest originally 'made for India' content that I have seen in years and while yes, there is a lot of hype for the heavyweight names associated with Bollywood getting down and dirty on the small screen, I think it is all justified and totally worth it. Is it India's answer to hit international web series, like Narcos or Marco Polo? I think we shall soon find out the numbers. But it is definitely opened the floodgates for Netflix India, in terms of the awareness and its war-cry in this brutal 'content' game up against the stalwarts like Amazon Prime.



So Sacred Games is directed by two stalwarts of the industry, Anurag Kashyap(Gangs of Wasseypur and many more acclaimed movies) and Vikramaditya Motwane ( Udaan, Lootera) and stars Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique and Radhika Apte in key roles. I think …

Waiting on Wednesday

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Another fascinating new addition to this genre bursting with new talent, is Rosewater  by Tade Thompson - This one  I am super excited about combining elements of bio punk, horror and African mythology. (I came to know after I read a tweet about it on Sasha Turi's tweet-feed!)


John W. Campbell Award finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless – people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers. Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn’t care to again – but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future. Rosewater comes out in Sept 2018 from Orbit books. 

Waiting on Wednesday

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Bumping this meme up on my blog after a long while now - Wanted to bring back the attention to the acclaimed debut - Blackwing by Ed McDonaldone of the most assured debuts to have aced the scene, breathing in new life and direction to the grim and dark sub-genre.

So Ravencry - Book Two in the same series is out in June and we cannot wait to dive in. Back to  the bleeding edge of the world, Misery.


Four years have passed since Nall’s Engine drove the Deep Kings back across the Misery, but as they hurl fire from the sky, darker forces plots against the republic.

A new power is rising: a ghost in the light known only as the Bright Lady manifests in visions across the city, and the cult that worship her grasp for power even as the city burns around them.
When Crowfoot’s arcane vault is breached, an object of terrible power is stolen, and Galharrow and his Blackwings must once find out which of Valengrad’s enemies is responsible before they have a chance to use it.
To save Valengrad, Galharro…

The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J Walker

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There is something about post-apocalyptic stories that are haunting and draw me in, like no other. But  there are only a handful stories that don't disappoint. I am legend by Richard Matheson or The Road by Cormac McCarthy are few that comes to mind. 
But throw in a dog - and a survival story of grit and courage in a world that's gone to rot and rubble, now that's one hell of a juicy bone to resist for someone like me. Who loves me a good survival story and loves dogs more than anything else. And so the premise of The Last Dog on Earth was irresistible. I confess I haven't read The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker before I dove into this one and so my expectations were pretty slim. 


As the name suggests(The Last Dog on Earth) , it is actually the end of the world and Linekar (Named after Gary Lineker, the English Football star of the 90's) is a mongrel who loves, no adores his master Reginald Hardy to bits. Living in isolation in South London closeted…

You die when You die ( West of West # 1) by Angus Watson

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Angus Watson's fantasy spin on historical facts continues to regale us - in his latest series, West of West. I had thoroughly enjoyed the Age of Iron - a historical epic, the first in a political sword and sorcery series that was sheer fun, full of pulse-pounding action and some unforgettable characters, brimming with that gallows humour. The series sought to shed light on the pre-christ era and the roman conquest of the south brit isles - with of course creative liberty in terms of the magic and the gory action which probably defined those times.



And now with this one, You die when you die - he turns his attention to the Vikings - setting out to explore their little-known exploits on the American soil, the first intrepid explorers who dared to go beyond set boundaries. His treatment stands out - converting that research into believable and highly entertaining fiction that still rings deep and true in some fashion. I know some of my favourite fellow bloggers have loved it and show…

Dead Pool 2 : Movie Review

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If there's one movie series capable of taking on the might of the Avengers in the whole MCU, then this is it. The naughty man-boy of the Marvel universe, the wise-cracking god of extreme snark and dick jokes - Dead Pool aka Wade Wilson returns to form in a deadlier, funnier and snarkier outing, if it were possible. And yes Dead Pool - 2 is even better than its predecessor in almost all ways.



With the trademark gleeful violence punctuated by sardonic quips, some even directed at you the viewer, mostly though focused on himself, Ryan Reynolds outdoes himself surpassing even his first outing bringing the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen. He acquits himself for whatever sins he did in the past ( Green Lantern, Wolverine Origins!) with Deadpool in one of the most memorable after-screen credits. And add to that Josh Brolin, fresh from having played the greatest Marvel villains of all times - must admit, we have a mouthwatering prospect on our hand.



So yet again, Deadpool is a love-s…

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

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Cross Her Heart is the latest from Sarah Pinborough a taut psychological thriller with enough twists and turns to make your heart jump and keep you invested till the explosive climax.



I am a big fan of her works - especially after the hauntingly evocative novella 'Language of dying' and her stunning thriller 'Behind Her Eyes' with that mind-blowing twist of an ending. So Cross Her Heart is sort of a spiritual sequel to Behind Her Eyes - with similar premise of an tangled up web of lies and deceit at the centre of it with an interesting experiment in the narrative that weaves between Now, Then and After.

Truths be told, while yes I loved the book - I thought this was more a mainstream, straight forward psychological thriller examining the pedestrian life of a single mum, delving into the dysfunctional rut that defines her life which slowly devolves into unimaginable horrors when a secret from her past comes awake. It is minus the supernatural horrific elements that have…