Saturday, April 30, 2016

Criminal Magic by Lee Kelley

Criminal Magic is Lee Kelley's second book - after her acclaimed debut, City of Savages published by the Saga Press in Feb 2016. I did get a early copy back in Feb but I just had not got around to reading the same. So digging through my backlist pile, I decided to tackle this 'urban' fantasy set in an alternate America of the 1920's - magic, mobsters and mayhem! Potent mix that I didn't want to miss out on. And once I got started, I was cursing myself for not having got to this any earlier!

This book is the very definition of wild immersive fun - Pistol-whipped on by the two leading characters who 'shine' up so much charisma and originality that I just couldn't stop myself night after night, to steal a few more minutes before sleep finally overtook me, so I could see where their narratives meet up, sync up and then lead on - to one of the most satisfying, unpredictable finale for a book. I don't know if there is a sequel planned but this one reads as a very good standalone by itself.

So Criminal Magic is the story of Joan and Alex, two highly talented magicians in the 1920's America where Magic has been declared illegal. Just as the Prohibition led to bootlegging and smuggling of alcohol and drugs, in Kelley's highly imaginative world - magic is being used to make 'shine' - an addictive substance formed from water that promises a hallucinatory trip beyond pleasure. This part is 'performed' in underground dens, where the patrons are mobsters interested in taking that escape from reality and also the potential of selling this highly addictive 'drug' to beyond the underground. The catch being, 'shine' brewed from plain water is only potent to stay through one day.

The story rolls out from the dual view points of Joan and Alex, whom we know are on a collision course straight from the beginning. And oh! What beautiful characterization. Both Joan and Alex embrace their flaws and make it their own. Personally I liked Joan's character more - her descent into the well of the 'damned' led by greed exploited by this mobster Harrison Gunn out on his own path of twisted agendas and self-redemption plays out beautifully against this backdrop of a magically charged explosive Jazz-age Washington DC. Gunn's dream is to build out an empire based on the profits of 'shine' - an everlasting variety if he can ever produce one. The promise of money and security lures Joan out of her run-down backwoods Virginia house into downtown Washington DC.

On the other hand, Alex Danfrey is struggling with his own demons - having helped out his father peddle magical drugs in the market, he has now signed up to be part of the feds himself. What starts out as an escapist and lazy attitude towards life soon evolves into rock steady confidence and staunch belief in the 'mission' assigned to him. To infiltrate his father's rival gang and bring it down from the inside. His 'climbing out of the dark' makes for a compelling read, so much so that you start cheering him by the end.

Premature comparisons to the movie, 'Department' ends with that premise. Joan and Alex are both highly talented magicians who meet up at the Shine Room that Gunn has set up. And from the very first moment on, there is a beautiful love-story that shapes up. It's rushed yes but it's lovely and nicely realized. I wanted to believe in them and so went along with the narrative flow. The first person narrative from them adds an immediacy to that rising tension and the blossoming relationship between the two and around them.

A word about the magic. Kelley's magic is almost a character by itself. Evocative, spilling off the pages and almost life-like. And Kelley uses it to good effect to shoot the story forward entwining the gangsters and the magicians in a twisted adrenaline rush of action and emotion. The ending is a sucker-punch, watch out for it. All in all, a winning heady rush of a novel that sweeps you along into a magical dangerous alternative Prohibition-era America of the 1920's that is so so much fun! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Movie Review: Charlie

Foreword: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to another moony monday. Today I present to you a brand new feature, Monday Movie Mania!! (Ahem, that name is something I just thought up, so hey this might not be a recurring feature.  Don't hold me to this!)

When was the last time you enjoyed a movie where the hero is a bearded man-child who is a vagabond and hates responsibilities and lives the free happy life of a hippie. (Don't we all men yearn for this!) Where the heroine is a bright-eyed idealist who falls in love with the idea of a ghost based on a graphic novel. (Do girls like to be like this, I wonder?) And the story? A twisted pretzel of a meandering journey through bohemian lakeside towns and misty hill-stations laden with tea-estates and quaint old-age homes. Possibly never before.

Yesterday night, I watched one of the biggest money-spinners of the 2015 Malayalam film industry - a movie called Charlie starring Dulquer Salman and Parvathy.  A truly spell-binding winner of a movie coming from a mature film industry that's been of late witnessing some wonderful changes and continues to surprise us. ( or me, rather)

At the heart of it, it's a rather straight-forward romantic comedy but the treatment of the movie is very special. The characters truly mesmerize and more so, because of the consummate and dazzling performances by both the lead actors.

So the story follows Tessa (Parvathy in a blinder of a role) a vivacious, bright-eyed self-assured girl trying to find the meaning of her life - not to be bogged down by marriages fixed by tyrant mothers, she runs away from home and lands up in Bohemia-redefined in the back-alleys of Fort Kochi. A vibrant living breathing part of this city full of splashy colors and kitsch decorations, lived in by the weirdest of characters - an old goat-herd, an extremely empathetic thief on a tight timetable for 'robbing' , a god-fearing boatman who loves his family and starts believe in the existence of mermaids - and linking all of them together, a djinni who is worse than the migratory birds when it comes to his appearances and disappearances. The djinni of course, is Charlie ( strangely enough, a name that never gets uttered till the last scene of the movie!) the previous tenant in the run-down ramshackle of a room that Tessa has now occupied - and is now roaming the country, dancing in deserts and signing sufi ghazals.

In the dusty room that she's taken on, Tessa gets her hand on a graphic novel called 'The First Night' and starts to obsess over this imaginary ghost - trickles of his life laid out in pieces before her through the caricatures of the people whose life he has touched ( And spread happiness, a Charlie Chaplin philosophy that this Charlie truly believes in!) It's a jigsaw puzzle she wants to put together - and get to meet this enigmatic flighty do-gooder. The chase and her ultimate redemption of her own identity crisis that ends with this chase is what the movie is about.

It's a taut script and there is never a dull moment throughout this two-hour movie, a refreshing take on a light love-story which really shines through the stellar performance of Dulquer Salman in the titular role. He's maturing with every movie of his - and with this one, he never really gets carried away. Handling the role of the do-gooder hippie with the golden heart is done with part detachment and a lot of aplomb. Rivaling him in every frame, is Parvathy who again proves how effortlessly she slips into the skin of any new character and brings it out alive on the screen. A great talented find for the industry, I say. Ably supported by every single side-character the movie brings forth. Nedumudi Venu as usual, is effortless in his role of Kunjappan - a carefree old man living out his days in an old-age up in the hills. He forms an important catalyst in bridging that love between Tessa and Charlie.
Soubin Shaheer deserves a call-out for a wonderful performance as the confused thief who stumbles upon the crazy Charlie in one of his moods and gets swept up in a night adventure that forms a crucial part of the story. So does Chemban Vinod, cementing his rising popularity among the Kerala cinegoers with his brilliant acting. There are powerful cameos by Kalpana, KPAC Lalitha as well.

The cinematography really sets the tone for the movie - Be it the spectacular visuals of the blue backwater lagoons of Kerala or the lazy purling mists covering the lovely tea-estates of a sleepy hill-station or the colorful constructs of a make-believe bohemia in the backstreets of Fort Kochi. And the background score by Gopi Sundar is pretty much spot-on. There are at least three songs from this movie that I am going to listen on a loop.

All in all, a slightly different movie aimed at the new generation - a generation that would identify with both the man who doesn't want to be tied down by titles or responsibilities and wants to be that free bird, spreading his wings and happiness - as well as the obsessed girl out to find her groove in this world gone stale and instead chases a flighty ghost entirely made up of her own imaginary ideas of the 'ideal'. Now I don't necessarily agree with either of these characters. I think Charlie is an escapist, running away from who he is. Will these adventures on the road help him find himself? The girl is so wound up in her 'ideas' of that perfect stranger that she's giving up on any solid foundations to her life. Maybe she can afford to do so, as she is anyways a rich and spoilt brat and always can fall back upon her rich family at the times of need. In a bid to bring out more pieces of the puzzle, director Martin and scriptwriter Unni R bring out a lot more 'cameo' characters who serve no purpose other than fueling the over-active imagination of the crazy girl in search of the mysterious djinni in her life.

But unless one is foolish and brave enough to step out of that circle of comfort, you don't find the truths about yourself, right? Charlie is a brave movie - that forces you to step out of that circle of comfortable cinema you've grown up with. Martin Prakat's flighty untethered love-story soars up, searching for meaning. Forcing you to acknowledge that today, we aren't really concerned about job security and familial bonding - but are more keen to go along with our shifting identities, hone up our creative energies and be a pilgrim for the rest of our lives. This movie is a very close and true representation of the times we live in. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

The world over is super excited by this upcoming release of Joe Abercrombie's latest, Sharp Ends - a return by the master of modern grimdark to the world of the First Law, featuring a motley collection of short stories about some of the best-loved and also lesser-known fringe characters from his earlier books. I was over the moon to have snagged a copy of an ARC and finished this off yesterday night, reveling in that besmirched, blood-spattered, double-crossing world, in his trademark writing that smacks of gallows-humor drenched in black about  hopeless situations and also touching upon the futility of violence and war beautifully conveyed in that unflinching unapologetic prose of his.

I make no bones about how big a fan I am of Mr. Lord Grimdark! My love and belief stands vindicated by this triumphant return to form - after a brief outing into the world of YA ( and of course, basking in the warm glow of accelerated success) in the Shattered Sea series, I liked the fact that he's back to adult fiction. Without the cordon of having to write for a younger audience ( I really don't think that bothered him while writing the previous series ! but he seems to have shaken off whatever reserves he may have had!) Joe goes the full distance in these stories. Though, short in format, all of them pack quite a meaty punch in its delivery and style and the conveying of that deliciously ironic feeling at the end of each story was a reward in itself.

There are characters here whom we loved and loathed - Glokta, the cripple in all his glorious pompous younger avatar or of course Logen Bloody Ninefingers. Joe starts and ends his collection with these well-loved characters from the First Law trilogy, in a bid to start and round off the stories in a spectacular fashion. He does to an certain extent as we were giddy with anticipation about these stories never told before. But personally, I loved the stories of Shev and Javre best. The notorious duo who featured in the Tough Times All Over story from the Rogues collection ( edited by George RR Martin & Gardner Dozois) get their dull due in this collection. They are much more fleshed out, starting of with an 'origins' story and then paired up in a number of interesting adventures till the last story many years later where they finally bid goodbyes. These should probably feature in a full length novel sometime - I would definitely be a front-line shopper for that one!

There are plenty of stories that I want to croon about - and not stop. The Beautiful Bastard reintroduces the readers to Sand dan Glokta - the vain, conceited bastard that he really is, from his vainglorious younger days. We knew the cripple's history and the reason for all that vileness but it is truly in this story that Joe strips away the veils and get us to face the truth. Presenting a young man at the peak of his physical prowess, reveling in his superiority and then intentionally rubbing the others' faces in the muck, just to see himself as a victor. A cold-hearted man so caught up in the invincibility of his image that he willingly canters off to war - seeing it as a further instrument for glory and self preening. I believe I had begun to like Glokta by the end of the First Law but his younger self is a cocky bastard that I want to take his own torture implements to.

Shev - the self-styled best thief in Westport is a character that fully won my heart and sympathy. Perhaps because we've had several stories to make her acquaintance and watch her character evolve. But her heart is fimrly in the right place, Shev cannot really stand any wrong-doing and this frequently lands her in heaps of trouble. But all of it comes with a price. Like the friendship of Javre, the Lioness of Hoskopp. She was definitely the most intriguing of the lot, what with her fascinating history and complex relationships that lends an aura of mystery. Her scenes were positively thrumming with a kind of manic energy - because you know, violence is not far away. And of course, the fact that she can swing a sword or two endeared her to me, big time.

Shy South's story ('Some desperado') that is backstory to the Red Country was something that I had read in the Dangerous Women anthology. There was Temple's backstory too, something that probably came up in his memories in the Red Country - but beautifully brought out in this story called Hell. One of the more moving touching stories in this collection.

Tough Times All over - was a clever story. Switching POVs to all the different characters who are part of this game, to get their hands on the 'package' - we are left guessing through the story about who are in for what gains, who is getting screwed over and who is screwing whom. As I said, clever.

Abercrombie's characters all follow a pattern here - In spite of being dead tired and exhausted by the hand dealt out by life, not even one of them is giving into the depravity and insanity that defines the world around them. There is always a sliver of good hope and a genuine fire in them to go beyond this muck that threatens to overwhelm them. But sometimes, reality wins out. We are only too craven to take that first step out. These characters are just like you and me. Not super heroes. Not heroes for sure. This forms a wonderful bond with readers like me - and his ability to spin out axioms of life about all those situations that smack of death and disaster still remains uncanny.

But reading similar stories again and again - filled with darkness, black humor and non-stop gritty action - can be exhausting. I had to frequently stop, pull myself out and read something light before I got back to this gore-spattered, treacherous world of First Law.

And of course, there is Logen Bloody Ninefingers at the last. Made a Monster is a poignant story - from the point of view of King Bethod, a man who wanted peace in the North. I will leave you guys to experience Logen once again.

Though I must warn you that, here, all that glitters is never gold. Men are only men. and succumb to the decadence and evil that is the mark of life in these times. The wry observations of life laced with bitter humor are again the gold nuggets you will mine from these stories. Classic Joe Abercrombie, dished out in smaller quantities, that nevertheless sock you right in the guts, Sharp Ends is a winning collection of stories from the world we have all grown to love and loathe at the same time.

Welcome back to the Circle of the World - the depraved blood-soaked alleys of Styria, the cold miserable, unpredictable North, the quiet treacherous streets of Westport, these places seem as familiar as any. This time, though they hold secrets, some old, some new, in those shadowy alcoves. Tread carefully. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: In the Shadow of Gods by Rachel Dunne

Continuing our Wednesday meme of highly anticipated new releases this year - our next big one that I am super excited about is : In the Shadow of Gods by Rachel Dunne from Harper Voyager, releases on June 21st. Fantastic cover and an awesome premise. I like meself a gang of mismatched no-gooders out to save the world from the wrath of powerful deranged gods!

A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.

Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the “Twins” grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire-lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked, until now.

Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny—a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.

When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters—Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.

These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun . . . and plunging their world into darkness.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Saint's Blood by Sebastien De Castell

Saint's Blood is the third book in the Greatcoats series by Sebastien De Castell published by Jo Fletcher books. And man, this series continues to blow away my expectations to kingdom come - gleefully reveling in the 'swashbuckling' fun that has been forever the trademark, Saint's Blood continues to portray all the strengths of Sebastien as a writer - a potent mix of non-stop adventure, thrills and even darker moods amidst the heartwarming bonding between all the lead characters.

A character-driven low fantasy set in this broken chaos-ridden country called Tristia, the Greatcoats are the King's dreams to maintain the law - and the only hope to see Aline, the King's heir back on the throne to avoid plunging the world into a civil war crisis. Chief among them are the lovable bastards trio of Falcio, the First Cantor of Greatcoats, Kest the best swordsman in the world and Brasti - the rogue with his quick witticisms and quicker arrows. Book Three finds them still struggling to make sense of their dead king's plans and make good the promise made to him.

Into the midst drops a Saint-killer - an unknown mad man who is hell bent on killing away all the Saints in this world. Now mind you, We've encountered Saints through the series - a sort of God's messengers in this world conveying a particular function. Like Brigid, the Saint of Mercy or Caveil, the erstwhile Saint of Swords who was defeated by Kest in the first book. The Saint killing doesn't really follow a pattern until Falcio and gang finally get to know, that what is at stake is much bigger than just a few Saints' heads but the Kingdom of Tristia itself.

Frankly, I found much of what I loved about book-two to be preserved intact in this adventure as well. The break-neck pacing, the grim brutal narrative shined on in places by the love and warmth of the camaraderie shared by the gang, all of this remains the same. Falcio's unique distinctive voice still remains a crackling revelation throughout - he is still troubled by a past that he is unwilling to let go off - and the ghosts of King Paelis and his ex-wife Aline play a big role in all his present dilemmas. His doubt-ridden hesitant relationship with Ethalia is explored really well through this book and in fact, is a crucial theme that forms the backbone of this whole story.

Kest is a broken man after the events of Book-Two and sadly doesn't have much of a character-development in this one, though he still remains the voice of reason and is still a wonder with his swordplay. Brasti - confused and good-natured as always, is struggling with the overwhelming odds that he finds his best friends mired in and while, still clueless, plays along with Falcio's plans. My heart goes out to Brasti at times, really! Their banter is as lively as ever and is another highlight.

But I think the best thing about this third book are the women. Ethalia, Valiana and Aline, the King's daughter. Empowered and as smart as the men, all three women are a revelation in this book, Especially Aline who really comes into her own by this book. Valiana too is a strong woman who has shaken off her "princess" tag and now owns the role of the Realm's Protector, as fierce and loyal as any Greatcoat could ever be. Her courage is peerless. There are newer Greatcoats that we meet in this book but they are all just overshadowed by these three characters who really kick-ass. Ethalia is no longer just Falcio's dream-lady. She inherits much more in this book and her character arc is just brilliant, you have to read it to experience the same!

The world-building gets a big shot in the arm - Because now, Saints and even Gods enter the fray. The tone gets darker and there are definitely some brutal moments in the book that will have you cringing. But overall, the highly entertaining and emotionally draining narrative ends on a high, leaving you gasping for the next installment, Tyrant's Throne. I loved everything about this book and Falcio and his Greatcoats are now like family. I will cheer for them like brothers and follow their adventures to the end of this world.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Official Teaser Trailer

Now that The Force Awakens has officially been accepted by the fans worldwide, I would like to see how this one goes down with those purists.

Mind you, I personally think this side-story has much more potential that the mash-up part-VII that pays homage to older movies and the story-telling. The first trailer is out and it's a feast for eyes. The movie releases in December 2016.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Arena by Holly Jennings

Arena is Holly Jennings' debut novel - a Science-Fiction/New Adult story that takes place in 2050 and positions sport-stars, more specifically video-gamers as celebrities in a world that is starved of fame and prefers to gloat over such professional video-gamers who have made it to the top in virtual reality gaming league championships.

Kali Ling is one such. Half-asian, one of the few female pro-gamers in the top league and at the top of her game, she definitely doesn't have it easy though. But perhaps, racism and sexism is the lesser of the evils that she's had to endure to make it to the top and remain there. There is the ever-present game bosses who need her as the "pin-up" girl for the advertisements and for the gaming leagues to rake in the moolah. And then there is her heart. For ever confused and not able to form any meaningful relationships. Plus there is always the danger of flouncing in with the bottomless supply of drugs and the silent danger of losing herself in the hazy blur between real and virtual if she let's the games dictate her life.

Sound confusing? Let me back up a bit here and lay it out slower. This book, in fact, has a rich vein of narrative that will blast you with its super fast pacing and the non-stop quality of entertainment it oozes out. I in fact finished the book in a couple of sittings. Is that a good thing? Yes and no.

So much of what Holly sets out to do, the book delivers in spades. Make virtual reality gaming cool. and make mega-stars of the gamers [ Hell, most often these guys only have to plug in, do some vicious chopping in a virtual world to give vent to their real life issues and then hop out - to step straight into a jazzy night club and pose for happy pictures together. I mean, what a life!] Give us uber-cool virtual reality competitions. The games themselves are wonderfully detailed - a gladiatorial setting where a free-for-all ensues under idyllic natural settings. Teams of five take on one another and sets about in any random order to kill, hack, snarl or chop. Team with the last man standing wins. A brutal way of enforcing a result and we get to see some grisly mind-bending choreography of sword-fights. ( I wasn't complaining!) We do of course take breaks between these brutal training routines and the gory VR games to deal with smaller issues like drugs and boyfriends.

Kali is a flawed protagonist and her fears and confusion is writ largely due to her age and perhaps easy access to money and fame at her young age. Despite her character arc of redemption, I just couldn't bring myself to like her much. And I must say, the romance! The romance unfortunately, was terrible. Underplayed at times and brash and cringe-worthy at others. In spite of the protagonists being around twenty, the author's treatment makes this whole affair seem pretty young-adult. ( Maybe a good thing for some people?)

The background corruption that roots in because of so much money and fame at young age, the entirely predictable rise of the underdog in the whole tournament and even the lame romance actually made me think the treatment was more shallow than what the book and its premise deserved. Of the world in 2050 other than the gaming-league craze, there is no mention. Except fleeting views of Kali's nerdy genius parents somewhere in California.. Doesn't harbor enough for me to understand the world in 2050, am afraid.

In short, Arena makes for a breezy, light-read delving deep into an all-too realistic make-believe world of glitz and glamour of gaming leagues, teetering breathlessly through some heavy-duty subjects of drug-usage and depression all through the guise of a confused young female lead with mixed origins and an unquenchable streak of ambition that promises to liven up the bloody games in your head. Come right in, for the fantastic gladiator pro-games but be warned that that's all there is to it. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Howdy April!

April is going to see some really wonderful speculative fiction books getting released - some debuts highly anticipated, some series conclusions, middle-books and game-changers!

So here's a list that I carefully curated from the awesomeness raining down on the genre world:

Arena by Holly Jennings:
Genre: Science-Fiction/New Adult(?)
Publisher: Ace Books
A book that takes on gaming (virtual reality blood-sport!) and posits the same on a hunger-games like tournament premise with a spunky heroine to boot. ( Review up soon)

Fellside by M R Carey: 
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Publisher: Orbit
From the man who gave us The Girl with All the Gifts comes another compelling intense drama set inside a maximum security prison. Ahem. This one features supernatural elements ! Prepare for chills. ( Reviewed here)

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit (US)/ Gollancz (UK)
The king of Grimdark is back! and this time, it's a collection of short stories from the world of the First Law. Will we see more of Logen, I wonder? Some old, some brand new stories. All guaranteed to thrill and delight you Abercrombie-style. Expect trademark dark gallows humor and beautiful knife-edge tight-walk prose.

Saint's Blood by Sebastien De Castell
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher Jo Fletcher Books
The story of the three musketeers in fantasy land of Tristia is really soaring along. I loved book two and seriously looking forward to this one. Not sure if this is the end of the trilogy or if we have more books and stories. But having just started this book, there is no turning back! Pages are a-flying. and Saints' - they are a-dying. Darker and more intense, Falcio, Kest and Brasti are up against much more a sinister evil I thinks. Go Greatcoats!

Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry
Genre: Thriller
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Eighth installment in a long time running best-selling military thriller series featuring Joe Ledger, I am coming in way too late to the party. But what the hell, having read Jonathan Maberry's first book last year, I am convinced whatever he spins would be pure-gold. and irresistible fun. So am in for the ride!

The Tale of Shikanoko, Vol. 1: Emperor of the Eight Islands by Hearn, Lian
Genre: Epic Fantasy/ Alternate History
Publisher: McMillan / FSG.

I missed out reading Lian Hearn's previous series but have heard boundless good things about it. This one seems even more ambitious - and the first one in an 8-book-series, Lian gives us an irresistible tale that entwines history, magic and fantasy like never before. I am so excited about this one!

Sleeping Giant by Sylvain Neuvel
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Del Rey

Acclaimed debut by this science fiction writer/linguist, this book is spun as a series of transcribed interviews telling the story of the girl who fell into a hole and woke in the palm of a giant hand - and grows up to lead a team of physicists discovering more of such 'giant' body parts strewn around the world. Chilling implications for humanity? Read on to find out! Initial reviews sound pretty promising - So am definitely jumping down into that rabbit-hole with her!