Hmmm so I am the Hungry Reader. The one who reads. The one who is constantly reading or wanting to read constantly. This blog is all about the books I have read, the ones that I am reading and gems that I plan to read in the future or whenever it arrives.
Title: Hyderabad: A Graphic Novel
Author/Illustrator: Jai Undurti and Harsho Mohan Chattoraj
Genre: Graphic Novel
Source: Personal Copy
I thought this would be a graphic novel which would be worth my time. The premise seemed fantastic, though the execution fell short on so many levels that I do not know where to begin. I mean the book had so much potential and it is now all laid to waste. Sure the graphics are nice but when the story goes nowhere, it doesn’t add up to much.
“Hyderabad” is not a graphic novel about the city. Sure, it does dwell on some aspects but that is about it. There is nothing more to it. I did not understand where the novel was heading and if at all it made any point. When that happens to me (which happens very rarely by the way), then I know for a fact that it was just a colossal waste of time. I do not even want to get to the writing because there was really no plot – there was an honest attempt yes, but it didn’t work out the way it should have.
Just for the illustrations I gave it two stars. I would advise you to probably borrow it from someone but don’t make the mistake of buying it like I did.
Title: The Shining Girls
Author: Lauren Beukes
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
I can safely say that “The Shining Girls” is one of the best reads for me this year. I may be a little late on this boat, but the point is that I loved the book. It has been a fulfilling read and there are times I randomly think of it at work. Why do you ask? Well, simply because it is wonderfully written.
Lauren Beukes talks of sci-fi and a thriller and at the same time, there is a literary angle to it, which very few books or novelists are capable of. “The Shining Girls” is about Harper Curtis and he isn’t your run-of-the-mill serial killer. He kills “shining girls”. That is also quite usual. What is unusual is that he travels in time – from the 20s to the 9s0s and kills these girls. A house makes him do it. Yes, a house makes him. As every serial killer, he makes a mistake. In 1989, he leaves Kirby Mazrachi behind and doesn’t kill her. Kirby, now an adult, wants to track him down and figure about the murders. She enlists the help of a Sun-reporter named Dan and the hunt for the killer then begins. To add to this, there is another angle, which I will not give away in this review.
This is the plot of the book. It seems very simple, however it is not. The writing is razor sharp and sometimes even gruesome. “The Shining Girls” is perfect for supernatural fans. I was a little hesitant to read it at first, however as I turned the pages, I became more and more engrossed in the writing. Lauren takes readers to worlds beyond and then right back, spinning between realities and mind games. This makes “The Shining Girls” what it is. A read which must be savoured.