Feb 12, 2021

The Aviator - Volume 1 - Take-off - Review

This is my unbiased review of The Aviator - Volume 1 and, I thank Netgalley and Europe Comics for giving me an opportunity to read this adventure. The story is set in the World War I era, Josef is the son of a German pastor and doctor who used to visit his rural patients in a biplane. He teaches his son Josef to fly his Albatros. During one such visit he treats an old man who is married to a young girl, Josef develops an infatuation with her. Fate intervenes into the life of young Josef, his lover is killed and how Josef avenges and why he joins hands with his uncle in the war and all these are nicely unfolds in the remaining pages.

The artwork is excellent, especially the jungle sceneries, the graphic novel also shows the pitiful living condition of people during colonial days. A beautiful graphic novel, I enjoyed reading it.

Above are some of the panel showing the superb artwork of Arnoux Erik and Millien Chrys.

Jan 1, 2021

Finding Ithaka - Book Review

I like to thank Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I like Greek mythology since my college days. I have read a short account of Odysseus and his journey home after the Trojan War.

In this novel "Finding Ithaka" written by Anna Harvey, the author has excellently handled the story of Odysseus and the story of Dr.Thea Sefton into one fantastic page-turner. The characters in the life of Odysseus and Thea have resemblances.

An archaeological expedition team along with Thea comes to a Greek Island Kefalonia which they believe that the lost palace of legendary Odysseus is somewhere on this particular island.

And also Thea is not new to Greece as her lost love Dimitri Kampitsis is the sponsor for the expedition. Why Dimitri left Thea 20 years back and did they find the Odysseus palace forms the rest of the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. 

Dec 3, 2020

Charlie Chaplin A Graphic Novel

 The Stars Of History - Charlie Chaplin is a graphic novel written by Bernard Swysen and illustrated by Bruno Bazile. Thanks to Net Galley for allowing me to review the graphic novel which was given in pdf format. I have reviewed a couple of graphic novels but this one was in high resolution and a delight to read.

Europe comics had a great idea of introducing celebrities' biographies into graphic novels. I very much appreciate the idea. Charlie grew up in poverty and becomes a celebrity and great comedian of our time. Charlie Chaplin is legendary the graphic novel closely follows his story and gave good illustrations of his career. 

First time I shed tears over an illustration, small boy Chaplin hugging his mother as she has lost her mind. Chaplin had spent his childhood in a state of depression. His entry into theatres and into the United States his triumphs in cinema, his celebrity status, his lost love, and how he got ideas for some of his movies are given neatly. I very much enjoyed the book and I strongly recommend this graphic novel.

Nov 17, 2020

Journey of the Pharaohs

From the blurb.

Kurt Austin and the NUMA crew risk everything to stop a cutthroat arms dealer from stealing a priceless ancient treasure in the thrilling new novel from the #1 *New York Times* -bestselling grand master of adventure.

In 1074 B.C., vast treasures disappear from the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. In 1927, a daredevil American aviator vanishes on an attempted transcontinental flight. And in the present day, a fishing trawler--along with its mysterious cargo--sinks off the coast of Scotland. How are these three mysterious events connected? And, more importantly, what do they mean for Kurt Austin and his NUMA team?

As they search for answers, the NUMA squad join the agents of the British MI5 to take on a wide-reaching international conspiracy. Their common enemy is the Bloodstone Group, a conglomerate of arms dealers and thieves attempting to steal ancient relics on both sides of the Atlantic. Kurt and his team soon find themselves wrapped up in a treacherous treasure hunt as they race to find the lost Egyptian riches. . . before they fall into the wrong hands. 

Sep 4, 2020

Solaimalai Ilavarasi - Book Review

I was awestruck by the plot of the story. I only read the historical fiction of Kalki's work. This short novel "Solaimalai Ilavarasi" had two stories spanning 100 years, both the stories are interconnected. The characters Ulaganatha Devar, Manickavalli, King of Solaimalai, Kumaralingam, Ponamma, and the father of Ponamma are one and the same.

Ulaganatha Devar rises up to fight the British in the 18th century and Kumaralingam is a freedom fighter in the 19th century. Ulaganatha Devar the Prince and later the King of Maranenthal country dies in the hands of the British. The same story repeats and Kumaralingam believes that the story will end like Ulaganatha Devar. Is the story ends like that?

A wonderful story, written by Kalki.