Dark Matter: ‘I, me and myself’

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Dark Matter

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A Physics teacher gets kidnapped and wakes up to find his world is not his anymore. His past has been changed and he wants to get back the life he had.

I think I can modestly declare myself as a bit of a veteran on- alternate reality, doppelgangers and multiverse with infinite possibilities. I have always loved fiction, movies, TV series regarding these genres and clearly have enriched myself with almost all I could find- Predestination (one of my favorite movies), Interstellar, Primer, 12 Monkeys, Futurama, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Dark Tower, Multiversity, Earth 2 and many many more.

So, it is not Mr Crouch’s fault that Dark Matter felt a pretty much easy ride for me. It was easy to call out the antagonist just from the book premise, I knew where it was going all along and almost guessed the end by the middle of the book (no shit Sherlock, the author spilled it out 3-4 chapters prior to the end).

What really worked:
Wussy protagonist becoming hero- check,
Family anchor to get back to- check,
Too hot to handle action- check,
‘You are me’- check.

What really sucked:
The hero is a complete wuss and has purely 1 dimensional mind,
Author sometimes gave away too much,
The ending could have been waaaay better.
Erroneous logic supporting the true hero among the doppelgangers.
Completely omitting the other worlds when it comes to finale.
And the bizarre writing style of-
Using.
One or two.
Words.
As.
Full sentences.

This book had the ability to reach the sky but it didn’t. For anyone who is not a burnout as I am, this book is bombastic for sure. So, for a quick one-time, this was a fun read. I refer this to anyone who loves reality-bending and mind-***king stories (just go easy with this one, OK?).

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Can’t you see that you’re smothering me?

When I was in high-school, one day my friend gave me his phone to listen to a song. I understood nothing properly but it was something about breaking some bad habits. The beats and guitars were ‘cool’ enough to make me listen to it again and within 1 month I had memorized almost all the songs of a band called Linkin Park. 

This happened back in 2007. Believe me when I say this, it was a huge thing. Many boys and girls have listened to LP but I was a timid teenager far away from west in India, who nearly had never loved ‘English-songs’. So something was either wrong or very very right. My high school days, early college days and even after those I always had somethings to go back to. Those songs were like some true friends who always knew how I felt even without saying anything. Growing up, I listened to many; Metallica to Pantera, Beethoven to Eminem. But never again I felt  the connection I had with them. Years passed and the band molded themselves, changed themselves, tried new things. Some were loved, some were criticized. But that connection was never broken. For me Linkin Park was the only Rock Band ‘Who screams but never in rage and only in pain.’

And then came 20th July 2017. I was in office when I heard but I didn’t even realize what had happened. Then it hit me once i reached home. That night was spent with the trusty friends he left behind. The next night too. And the next night too. A boy had a dream of meeting his heroes once in his life. Even if it takes years, even if it takes saving money, even if it takes travelling to another continent, another country. The boy grew up to be a man but the dream never died. But it could be no more. I could dream no more of seeing them together, hearing them together. He is no more but he has left me friends to be with, to rely on.

Then why the fuck does it hurt so much damn it why the hell does it hurt so much?

Hollywood Detective with Magic

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Hex-Rated: A Brimstone Files Novel

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James Brimstone is Jack of many trades: former child magician in circus, Korean veteran and now a licensed private investigator. His new life starts with his mentor’s funeral and his first client Nico, the scarred beautiful actress with a tale of black magic, demons and revenge on the set of a pornographic film. With knowledge of the hidden dark magics and no money in pocket, Brimstone takes the case that takes him to places which he vowed never to visit again. 

When I started reading Brimstone felt like bombastic combo of Dan Turner (Hollywood Detective), Jake (Chinatown) and Dean (Supernatural).

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I was all over this book the second James Brimstone was introduced. Sleek, charismatic and a wonderful liar – the stupendous ragged hero. Nico was introduced perfectly as the damsel in distress of a pulp. Everything was super even the needless sex and action scenes were spot on as per a pulp. The LA setup is wonderful and tasty, the mystery is intriguing and the book is full of magical action. With ‘sexy’ written all over and weird magic gluing all together, I had set my mind to the extreme gear of ppppulp novels. But then I realized how flat the characters are. Generally, characters of pulps are written a bit ‘over-the-top’ which compliments the book and fits like a jigsaw. Hex-rated has characters which are transparent and have good and bad written on their forehead as soon as they are introduced.

All these being said, I still loved it. Somehow  it grew upon me and the ride to the last page was very satisfying. I sincerely hope to see more of a better Brimstone.

 

Damn it I almost forgot: Thanks to Netgalley and the author for providing a free copy for this review. 

‘Pledged is pledged!’

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Wytches Vol 1
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Take all of one’s deepest darkest fears, with blood of course and stir them well for handful poignant pages while enjoying an unopened bottle of artistic masterpiece.

You know, when a comic’s cover contains this-
Captureit’s gonna be good, goood, goooooood!

Snyder take a bow and Jock take my left hand and teach me how to draw like that.

wytches_03_04.0All your fears are hear. Sailor is a teenage girl accused of murdering her missing classmate. Her family moves in a new town to start a new life only to realise, they have entered a one-way hellhole of horror. The more Sailor tries to run the more ‘they’ come. Everyone wants something and ‘they’ only want somethingone in return.

A bloody triumph in horror genre. Horror is already polluted and cramped yet this is so new. So unique. It scores everything out of the park. Wytches is graphic, bloody, meaty and spooky to the best. Synder’s story and Jock’s art fit each other so well that its class is set even before the end.

I suggest reading this before sleeping to get perfect graphic nightmares.

‘Pledged is pledged!’

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Wytches Vol 1
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Take all of one’s deepest darkest fears, with blood of course and stir them well for handful poignant pages while enjoying an unopened bottle of artistic masterpiece.

You know, when a comic’s cover contains this-
Captureit’s gonna be good, goood, goooooood!

Snyder take a bow and Jock take my left hand and teach me how to draw like that.

wytches_03_04.0All your fears are hear. Sailor is a teenage girl accused of murdering her missing classmate. Her family moves in a new town to start a new life only to realise, they have entered a one-way hellhole of horror. The more Sailor tries to run the more ‘they’ come. Everyone wants something and ‘they’ only want somethingone in return.

A bloody triumph in horror genre. Horror is already polluted and cramped yet this is so new. So unique. It scores everything out of the park. Wytches is graphic, bloody, meaty and spooky to the best. Synder’s story and Jock’s art fit each other so well that its class is set even before the end.

I suggest reading this before sleeping to get perfect graphic nightmares.

Steve in the Forbidden Zone

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Book 1 and 2  –  3.5 stars

Our beloved Captain America gets himself stuck in the ‘Lost Dimension Z’ and raises a child he found, against all the odds.

We all know Captain is the ultimate ‘Goodie-shoe’ when a man’s principles are considered, right? But where did his principles come from and why do they matter so much? Mr Remender has gifted us with a heart warming story to answer. So when such a righteous man finds a baby being used for biological experiments, it is no surprise that he will escape with it and raise it as his own. He sinks himself in more danger when the baby turns out to be the son of Warlord of this dimension. The Lost Dimension Z is messy, full of muties (not the lovable X-men kinds) and a war raging for years and ages. Frankly the story is sometimes too much to wrap your head around. But that flashback story about Steve Roger’s childhood is so spot on that it makes me wonder if we ever get to see a book just about the little Steve. Mr Romita Jr is as aggressive as always. Head too big for body, ribs wider than tanks but somehow gives a visual treat (don’t worry, he always delivers) so enrich of colour and action that the plot-holes seem less important.

The story contains various cliché formats of needless-sacrifice-for-emotional digging, enemy-becoming-righteous and elephant-dropping-plot-holes. But still the story somehow passes off due to its purity. Read it for our good-ol’ Cap’s sake.

Spider was hating society before it was cool

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TRANSMETROPOLITAN Vol.1 – 5 stars

Fu*k Society! Cyber punk dirty future world has come to life by Warren Ellis and Darick Roberson just to bear a Son of a Dogfu**er Gonjo Journalist like Spider Jerusalem! I don’t hate you or him, I hate you all – a moto that rings through time and space. A war of a single mo**erf**ker against society and so called face f**king protocols. His pen (read computer) is mightier than the sword (read guns and gongs) because he can write like – “Take a good look at the City before I scuttle back into my little fucking luxury hole”!

I don’t think I have got the balls  to write about this book. Just read it and enlighten your minds from the gutter hole we call society!

Save us Oh Coinman!

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Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy – 4 stars

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy is the story of a usual normal boring ‘mad’ man who is trapped in webs of boring petty normal life. Wait a minute, did I say normal? I meant the mad mad world where insanity might be the only option for sanity!
Our oh so mighty hero is a low level employee in a office where he is the joker for all. With a wife obsessed with acting at home and the whole paranoid world throwing one after anohter oddballs on his way, jingling coins in pocket seems to be the only possible way to remain ‘normal’.
This is an odd book. Odd like I’ve never felt before. The book started as if it was missing a few first chapters but slowly it started gaining upon me. The mad cap paranoia, the unusual yet familiar situations became too luscious for me to stop. I should mention here that I’ve never read sarcasm like this before from such a young author. For me, sarcasm is the best thing served on plates by this book. I just loved that.
It is a sad dark time for Indian novels where reading a third book feels like a repeat full of same old funny/romance cliche with sex thrown in to make it crispy. Thankfully we have authors like Pawan Mishra and a few others who are not afraid to dive into unconventional grounds to make a difference.
I got this book from Pawan in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.
I invite all the readers to this mad house where all you got to do is jingle some coins!

Oh yeah I will Jingle it baby!

Our Friendly Neighborhood Serial Killer!

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter – 5 very bloody stars

Dexter the oddball. Forensic Analyst by day and Killer of Killers by night. Our lovable friendly neighborhood serial killer! No one knows the secret that he vanishes the murders slipped through fingers of law. But what if some one knows who he is or who he was? Will Dexter discover himself or destroy?
Jeff Lindsay is an incredible writer. Using simple words and exceptionally calm wordings, he can create suffocating suspense. Dexter, Debra, Harry – all are products of mesmerizing characterization. I can never stop reading this book over and over. Dexter is one of my top most favorite fictional serial killers (I know, I know. That is a very very odd thing to say). Never ever have I have rooted for a murderer this much. In my opinion never has the POV of a serial killer been explored like this before. But I am afraid that saying anything much about the book might be revealing.

So it is a humble request of mine that any thriller, suspense lover should read(taste) this.

PS. Separate your mind from the TV series to experience the true flavor.

A guidebook of using cliché formats with zero integrity

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2 States – no stars?

From the writer who almost single handedly lowered the standard of Indian writing by setting cliché yet popular young adult format for many other writers and by showing that anyone (literally) can write books (quality doesn’t matter) – comes a new (*sigh*) story of “a boy falling in love with a girl from totally different culture in college and their struggles of winning hearts of the in-laws before their marriage.”

Wow! Talk about ground breaking unique stories! Only the mastermind Chetan Bhagat can produce this. Pour down funny elements ripped of from decades of Indian movies in the most cliché format, mix inter-cultural jokes which might be of our father’s times, slap in some sex scenes to make the story raunchy for young people and give us an ending that we all knew from just looking the cover – yet he produces a best-seller! What a genius!