3.5 stars actually. And mainly for a promise of the future. Anita Nair has ventured into a new territory and created a real promising character in Ins3.5 stars actually. And mainly for a promise of the future. Anita Nair has ventured into a new territory and created a real promising character in Inspector Borei Gowda. Also, the police procedures look well researched. Plus, the artist in Anita Nair makes sure that it is not any mindless potboiler, and the book has some literary quality as well.
But the book itself has some issues, which Anita Nair has to iron out if her character has to acquire any legend.
One. I hated the almost Christie-esque method of diverting the readers' suspicion in the wrong direction in order to accentuate the whodunnit in the end. (view spoiler)[Scenes of Goddess-puja conducted by the Corporator, his changing into women's clothing, phrases about the tribute demanded by the Goddess, his usage of golf ball as a cosh. All this was underhandedly used to pin the suspicion on the Corporator. The only clue was that the murderess(!) was slightly built. So, that ameliorated the "act" a bit. But still. (hide spoiler)]
Two. Why the hell, didn't the genius Inspector think of tracing the calls made by the murderer! Completely out of character. (view spoiler)[Especially when he traced the call/text to Sanjay by Bhuvana to the Corporator (hide spoiler)]
Three. The closure was more suited to a drama, than a thriller. A suspense/thriller has to have all loose ends tied at the end. You cannot leave it to the imagination of the readers. That's the whole point of a detective novel. The reader wishes to see all threads well tied up and how the detective came to the conclusion.
Four. In a similar vein (view spoiler)[what about the fake currency thread? Or it was another attempt to obfuscate matters and point the needle of suspicion to the Corporator? (hide spoiler)]
Five. Urmila. Why was the Inspector even hinting about the case with her? He had met her after 20-25 years. How can he be sure of her to put anything about the case to her? (view spoiler)[Why did he ask her to drive him at the end in search of SI Santhosh? Why not any of his police cars? (hide spoiler)] Again, out of character.
But all these are not insurmountable problems for the series and can be easily overcome only if some care is taken. The heartening thing is that Gowda seemed to be taking care of his problems at the end, something like Sherlock Holmes who started with morphine issues but seemed to take care of it as the series progressed.
Would certainly like to see more of Inspector Gowda. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Nothing against Douglas Adams, but the publishers. This is not a novel. Not even a collection of stories. This is just tid bits of Adams collected posNothing against Douglas Adams, but the publishers. This is not a novel. Not even a collection of stories. This is just tid bits of Adams collected posthumously....more
I rated this book purely on a gut feeling. I really liked it. But if I want to write down the reasons I'm hard pressed. On the other hand, a number ofI rated this book purely on a gut feeling. I really liked it. But if I want to write down the reasons I'm hard pressed. On the other hand, a number of things come to my mind as negatives for the book which took away one star. So. Why did I like it? I don't know.....I just know that I could not put it down. Rothfuss kind of sucks you in. You get annoyed by something in the story, but you just can't put it down. You like it the way a namer discovers the name of wind or stone or....whatever - from deep inside without an articulate and rational explanation. Makes sense....no?...OK. Here it goes.
The writing style is great, simple but fluid. The characterisation is not one of the greatest but most of the characters are lovable and a reader can feel for them. The description of the sciences at the university is one of the greatest feature of the series, but the inordinate length spent at the university is off-putting. The breaks where the story returns to the present day Kvothe are neatly done, and stand as bright spots. They tend to heighten the anticipation of Kvothe's story as if the reader is sitting with the Chronicler and Bast and listening to Kvothe! (view spoiler)[Another great branch was that with the Maer. (hide spoiler)] I loved it!
There are a few problems that stand out and strike a jarring note to what would have been otherwise a legendary series. Not in any particular order:
1. (view spoiler)[Ademre is a very very weak link. The narrative seems unnecessarily stretched. The Adem characters are uninspiring and insipid. Rothfuss seemed to be confused whether to model them after the typical fantasy elves or mercenaries or typical northern barbarians. In the end they just come out stupid. Even their legendary fighting prowess seems ill-fitting. (hide spoiler)]
2. Denna. I imagine Rothfuss imagining her as an exotic and romantic character, especially the way Kvothe introduced her in the last book, but she has turned out to be anything but. Her storyline is confusing, confounding and carelessly written. Thinking of her as the lead romance is simply unnerving and plainly unromantic. I had hopes for her storyline during the Trebon chapter in the last book, but things only went downhill. And in this book her storyline has become well nigh unbearable!
3. Confusion with time. I'm not really sure about the scale of time in this series, but it got me all confused. When I thought a year has passed at the university it is only a quarter. It took me a long time to figure that the admissions happen every quarter (or do they not?). In that case, dozens of talents in tuition fees every quarter! That doesn’t fit very well with the value of talent we perceive from other parts of the story. It seems Rothfuss didn't make proper calculations of currency values before committing them to paper. While it isn't exactly story breaking, it takes away the immersion feel. And immersion is a very very important feature of any fantasy setting.
4. While I understand there may reasons for Kvothe to go underground, I cannot stomach fear being one of them. And yet it felt like that often in this book. (view spoiler)[And one thing that I totally refuse to accept is that Kvothe has forgotten his skills. The way he has been described - a genius; the way he has been shown to posses a razor sharp memory and a sharper mind; the way he has been shown to practice Ketan and fighting, his loss of these skills is blatantly out of character. Even in real life you don't lose skills that easily especially in youth. His drubbing at the hands of rowdy soldiers at the inn was one of the low points of the story. (hide spoiler)]
5. (view spoiler)[The episode with Felurian. Was it supposed to be erotic, Mr Rothfuss? If it was, you failed miserably. It was B-grade at best, and stretched unnecessarily. It started exceptionally well, with Kvothe calling the name of Felurian (which he thought to be name of the wind at the time), then just fell apart! The only reason it felt better was because it was immediately followed by the Ademre episode which was much more pathetic! (hide spoiler)]
At the end, I sincerely hope that Rothfuss ties these loose ends in the next one. Else, this series will be just another mediocre and forgettable fantasy series. Real shame when there is so much potential. Signing off! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Juvenile writing. And I don't think it was because of poor translation, as the plotting was weak too. A pity, as it would have been a great novel in tJuvenile writing. And I don't think it was because of poor translation, as the plotting was weak too. A pity, as it would have been a great novel in the hand of a more gifted writer. Only if someone had captured the vacillations of mind of Ramses in a better way rather than drawing more of a soap opera.....more
In one line my biggest grudge with this book is that is seemed less of a serious fantasy and more of a YA fiction.
First, the positives. The breakawayIn one line my biggest grudge with this book is that is seemed less of a serious fantasy and more of a YA fiction.
First, the positives. The breakaway from the run of the mill western medieval setting of fantasy novels is a breath of fresh air. The world created seems to have excellent potential.
Then, the negatives. The language is drab. The screenplay is amateurish. The world created, the magic system, the politics doesn't have the complexity and depth and detailing that is required from a serious fantasy series. The characters are not developed enough and none of them feel endearing. The canvas at present (in the first book) is too constricted.
Hence the three stars are more for the potential rather than the book itself. But I'd certainly read the sequel. Hopefully the writer will be more mature in the second one and do away with flaws above. Else, one another fantasy series in the already overflowing ocean...! ...more
A great book to gather all the information on the string theory and 10th dimension physics, and its relation to the general theory of relativity and qA great book to gather all the information on the string theory and 10th dimension physics, and its relation to the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. The book isn't really for a general reader and requires some smattering of physics, but it is hardly the fault of the writer. The subject demands that knowledge, although Kaku tries hard to explain it through simplified pictures and anecdotes from sci-fi works. Coming to that, the extracts from great sci-fi novels, though giving a good opportunity to recall your reads or have a glimpse into their storyline, at places take away from the coherence and flow of the book. There are places where the narrative seems disjointed. Although it coalesces in the end, one feels that editing and flow would have been better.
But Michio Kaku is a scientist not a novelist, hence no blame to him. A recommended read if you are interested in the happenings in the field of theoretical physics but can't be bothered or are unsuited for the obscure journals. ...more