Are you a ‘Book Reviewer’? Who Told you? – by Sandeep Sharma

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Yes, the writing industry is evolving everyday and everything that evolves in this world, have to face the obstructions. With the coming of up self-publishing (or POD), the authentication of author’s writing has degraded a lot. Earlier the published author was the one who must have been brilliant with his/her writing skills but today, the scenario is different. With the coming up of ‘Open Self-publishing houses’ (Those who openly accept that they are self-publishers in nature) and ‘Hidden Self-Publishing houses’ (Those who are working under the curtain of traditional houses), the need of Book Reviewers came up in the market because you never know, from where the lotus is going to blossom. Even the self-publishing market is providing fabulous fictions that are way superior to the traditional ones.

Now the question that arrives is that, who should be remarked (or tagged) as a book reviewer? I am reviewing books since last 2 years now and I am still searching for the answer of this question. Though I do call myself ‘A Book Reviewer’ but sometimes I do feel like I am cheating by calling myself the same and that’s why I decided to write upon it.

We all know that facebook is a powerful medium for our industry. Social media is the only place where a writer gets appraisal for his/her book (I am talking about the majority part, not the giant Bestsellers like Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathy etc.). Being an ardent follower of the changing trend of writing industry over social media platform (facebook), I noticed that there’s a constant conflict between authors and publishers that who should be the genuine reviewer for the books they have brought up in the market? In my opinion, the answer is pretty simple; every reader is a reviewer. Everyone is having their own opinion and when you are standing in the market to sell, be ready to hear everyone’s opinion. Everyone is free to speak and with the power of social media, the thoughts will surely get magnified and will reach the masses.

Lately I was reading an article about the success of an International Bestseller Novel named ‘The girl on the train’ by Paula Hawkins. It broke an epic record of 3 million copies being sold in a very short span of time and the success story of the book is pretty simple. It reached these tremendous heights just because of the early reviews that got received by mere readers (termed as Book reviewer). The hype that got received by the book after the review of a reviewer named Karen (Top reviewer on goodreads) on goodreads, was tremendous; even Goodreads was stunned to see that. Another such story was of Harry Potter series. Oprah Winfrey, the most influential lady over television, speaks about Harry Potter, and the sales of the book picked up the speed of rocket.

Concluding the thoughts that kept on wavering inside my head, in my opinion, a reader is a reviewer and you are absolutely free to review it on your blog and when your friends start to follow your blogs (Which does happens, if you are regular), you becomes the voice of readers. And for the writers, if you have confidence in your writing and want to reach the masses, you should be ready for everything. You do need reviews, there’s no escape to it (if you are a debutant or still struggling to reach the heights, you dreamt of!). You should be thankful to everyone who is taking the pain of reading your book. With so much of choices around, so many big names around (and tempting deals on Amazon and other online portals), you should thank every reviewer around and should encourage the reading. Believe in grapevine publicity of your book and for that, you need reviewers.

Now why I do feel like cheating, when I review books? Well will write next time!

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SHATRU (KRONIKLES BOOK – 1)… BY VADHAN – BOOK REVIEW

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Title : Shatru
Author : Vadhan
Pages : 262
Publisher : Leadstart
Genre : Fantasy Fiction

Rating :

Cover : 4/5
Blurb : 4/5
Plot : 4/5
Story-line : 4/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Overall : 4/5

Overview :

Shatru was half Asura.

That was not the reason he was the best Hunter for the most powerful peace keeping force in all fourteen worlds. If he did not do their bidding, they would kill the one person he loved.

That was just the way it was.

The Devas and Asuras, the most powerful of the Primordial Tribes shadow-controlled the financial, political and cultural lives of all of humanity just for one reason, domination over each other through control of terrestrials.

When the brittle line between adversity and aggression was broken they were set on a collision course. Shatru was the only one standing between them.

To stop the Primordials from destroying each other, Shatru had to go after an ancient sentinel of Chaos ready to do what it takes just to destroy.

Vengeance was rising.

Shatru was in the way.

If he could not stop the Armageddon, ours will be the first world to wear away.

Beauty :

  • Cover and blurb.
  • Amazing Fantasy elements.
  • Characterization of Shatru (well defined and is having various shades).
  • Unique plot.
  • Some great fighting sequences.

Beast :

  • Beginning of the book confuses a lot.

Review :

When we talk about fantasy fictions, the most common images that comes up in our mind are of Harry Potter, LOTR etc. but very rarely, some Indian fictional authors’ characters appear in front of us. In this kind of atmosphere it’s pretty difficult to take up a risk of writing in the fantasy genre, so for that I would like to congratulate the author, Vadhan for taking up a story which is purely based on fantasy.

Shatru, the name, the cover and the blurb, everything seems to be great. The book’s first impression will force you to pick up the book from the shelves of a book store.

The story starts up with some explanation about the basic theme and is followed by a strange murder of Kausalya and that’s the point from where the story kick starts. But as we goes further, the plot starts to confuse because too many characters gets hurdled up in the same scene and creates the blunder.

Then after 5 or 6 chapters, story picks up the pace again and this time there’s no looking back. The character of Shatru and Kris are pretty well explained and they both teams up greatly.

Fantasy looks incomplete without some mind blowing elements that looks larger than life and still looks pretty real. There are many elements in the book that I found pretty interesting, for eg., the way Shatru had talks with trees through flashes of images and the concept of time capsule and portability, both were explained using science facts and looked somehow real.

I would also like to mention the fighting sequences between the good and the evil. Some of them are fantastic, like the finale one, it’s pretty great and was easy to visualize.

Overall, if we ignore the opening few chapters, the book is great for fantasy lovers. Recommended for sure.

‘I AM YOUR FAN’ – JIVYA ARORA (GUEST POST)

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I am a teenager
Many feelings evolving in my heart.
Learning many aspects of life 4m U.
I as a girl like sharing my thoughts.
I watched, noticed u.
U d superstar me d beginner.
My dreams got direction.
I started u’stndng the intensity of emotions.
The banter and reunion we had..
U were d Potter,
Me your pottery.
U made me stronger.
N now d time is….
U in my soul.
Me in your heart..

*****

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