Nov 17, 2018

Vaseegra Nadu–Book Review

Fantasy genre is seldom used in Tamil movies and as well as in book. I have read a fantasy based short story but not a novel.

After reading a couple of chapters of Vaseegara Nadu I was awestruck on the characterization and the plot. Even the author has given beautiful Tamil names and  they are appropriate to the character, some are, a man with a scared face the author given name is Vadumaran, vadu means scar, Sengkanal, Porimudi, Vanamatti, Kadabujan etc. 

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Coming to the story there is a planet, a sea divides into two hemispheres, on one side there is a kingdom called Kathiravanadu, Vadumaran the valiant fighter and intelligent Porimudi seeks revenge and kills the king and queen and they take up reign and rename the country as Gora nadu. They expand the empire and comes to know about one country Vaseegara Nadu which is not captured for centuries, they came to know how the adversaries are defeated in the battle field. Vadumaran takes up the journey as planned by Porimudi to get the special power.

Vadumaran has a son Ilathiran, he was trained by Deivasenar. As he progresses in martial arts he befriends Deivasenar’s son Sengkanal. Ilathiran looks after the kingdom on his father’s absence then he appoints his friend Sengkanal in his army. Sengkanal is a handsome, astute and as well trained in various fights which creates envy for Porimudi he feels that Sengkanal might one day will challenge Ilathiran.

A year later Vadumaran returns with special power which he can transmit to everybody, the power can stay for entire life or for a shorter period of time and as per the wish of Vadumaran. With that new power they initiate the war with Vaseegara Nadu.

With new found power did Vadumaran and Porimudi captured Vaseegara Nadu? Who is Sengkanal and what was his background?

The story is fantasy based and author has used extensive scientific details. Half of the story is in the battle field. The author has took up the power of magnetism as the core of the story.  The description, naming the type of weapons used in the war, the details of the wall in Vaseegara Nadu, types of fighting techniques, the master plan of Porimudi, the strategies used in the war are well narrated by the author.

In the end the author has wished to explain in detail about the countries, their way of living, dress and habits and which I expect eagerly in the second part. A fantastic Tamil fantasy novel and a page turner.

Kudos Samura Sir you have succeeded again in delivering a super imaginative book.

Nov 5, 2018

Fatherland - Book Review

I have to thank Leah for her beautiful review of Fatherland which piqued my interest in alternate history. 

The story is police procedural and based on the alternate history, if German had won the Second World War, the protagonist Herr Sturmbannfuhrer Xavier March, homicide investigator with the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, he previously worked in Kriegsmarine during WWII, married to Klara had a son named Pili, after promoted to Berlin his marriage failed. 

On April 14th 1964 he was called to investigate the death of an old man with a missing foot.  Upon verification that old man was Buhler a senior civil servant who was close to Hitler. All of a sudden the case from him was withdrawn and given to Gestapo headed by Odilo Globocnik also known in SS as Globus. But March voluntarily starts to investigate with help of his friends. 

Then another case comes up now it is Doctor Wilhelm Stuckhart who was also a senior civil servant and close to Hitler. And another of their friend Martin Luther who becomes a fugitive, March understands that somehow these three are all involved. Witness mentions that Wilhelm Stuckhart killed himself before he had to give an interview to an American reporter Nightingale. The story takes a surprising twist when he comes to know more about Buhler, Stuckhart and Luther and their greediness. They have opened a bank account in Zurich, at first March assumed they might have put a hoard of money or art treasures without the knowledge of Reich but March on inspecting the account he finds documents and one old painting. 

Same time on the eve of Adolf Hitler 75th birthday March was kept under custody as he might reveal the secret to the world. What was that March found out through his painstaking investigation? 

A superb thriller from Robert Harris, all these days I was tagging along with March in the fictitious world of 1964. Like March we too will feel who to believe and who not to believe. The author has created a victorious Germany how their architectural brilliance will be if they have won the war, I remember a documentary of Hitler's Third Reich their ideas of Great Hall, the autobahns etc. A twist during the climax is predictable but a captivating, ingenious fast paced novel.