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Criminal Magic by Lee Kelley

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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 a…

Movie Review: Charlie

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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 Salmanand Parvathy.  A truly spell-binding winner of a m…

Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie

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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&…

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

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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 t…

Saint's Blood by Sebastien De Castell

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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 …

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Official Teaser Trailer

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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.

Arena by Holly Jennings

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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 losi…

Howdy April!

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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…