Most of this is pretty neat, and some parts of it are awesome indeed.
The last story, which is also the longest one, is bizarre though, it has seeminglMost of this is pretty neat, and some parts of it are awesome indeed.
The last story, which is also the longest one, is bizarre though, it has seemingly no connection to the theme of the rest of the book, and consists of a graphic story of a sexual relationship between a demon and a witch. Yes really.
Ignore that part unless you feel motivated for a bit of demon-porn. ...more
This book would benefit from another comb-through by a good editor. There are quite a few mistakes, both grammLet's get the bad out of the way first.
This book would benefit from another comb-through by a good editor. There are quite a few mistakes, both grammatical and factual in the book. (It's not "still evening" in Amazonas when it's 10pm in India) There is also such an abundance of near-magical capabilities among the aliens that at times the story balances precariously close to becoming campy; personally I think taking out a few of the things that make scant difference to the overall story would be a plus. (view spoiler)[(do they really need superhuman vision and the capacity to talk to plants?) (hide spoiler)]
The protagonist also needs, I think, a little bit more to DO. She is special because of who she is; but troughout the book, too often she ends up actually -doing- very little; instead the plot is driven forward by the actions of the men surrounding her. (getting the motorbike and heading out to demand answers from the boyfriend is a welcome exception from this, in that particular chapter she ACTS, and it's refreshing and interesting, I think she should act more.)
The word-choice is also quirky and nonconventional and to my eyes distincly Indian. YMMV about this, but for *me* personally that was a plus. I've got several good friends in India, and it felt welcoming and authentic to me that the language used fits with the location where these events take place.
This brings me over to the biggest plus. Science Fiction is depressingly often lacking in diversity. For a genre that revels in exploring the fantastic, it's kinda depressing that it sometimes seems as if it's all written by white men, with the perspectives of white men.
You notice this especially in the descriptions of family-relations, friendship and love. No white guy would describe either of those things the way this book does, too often, science fiction fails to even accurately portray the amazing variety of human cultures, (view spoiler)[nevermind alien ones (hide spoiler)].
It might seem that I give this very high stars, despite several points of critique. That is true. This is a book with many flaws. When I give it 5 stars anyway, it is because I started reading it yesterday evening, and finished it right now; I had fun the entire time, and I looked forward to seeing what would happen next.
I find myself looking forward to the next book from Sayali, regardless of it's a continuation of this story, or a entirely new one. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more