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Simoqin Prophecies : Gameworld Trilogy 1

Simoqin Prophecies: Gameworld Trilogy 1 (Paperback)

Simoqin Prophecies: Gameworld Trilogy 1 (Paperback)

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4 Stars
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Published by Penguin Books

Paperback , 512 pages

ISBN-10:

0144000776

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9780144000777)

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A fantasy novel by an Indian writer with a mocktail of all the characters that we have read and loved and several new ones.

 

Simoqin Prophecies,  

Samit Basu,  

Fcition,  

Fantasy,  

Mythology,  

Kirin,  

Maya,  

Aswin,  

Spikes,  

Ravian.,  

2 Reviews of Simoqin Prophecies: Gameworld Trilogy 1 (Paperback)

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Imagine all of your favorite myths and legends, fantasy series, science fiction pulp and the mish mash of all that and more is The Simoquin Prophecies. And a ruddy brilli.. More details Imagine all of your favorite myths and legends, fantasy series, science fiction pulp and the mish mash of all that and more is The Simoquin Prophecies. And a ruddy brilliant mash-up it is, brimming with puns and references and an underlying subtle current of humor that restrains it from becoming an outrageous parody of all its constituents.

First in the GameWorld trilogy, the book begins in the year of rebirth of the greatest rakshas Danh-Gem and the revival of another hero who will bring his downfall. That is a quite standard premise for most tales of fantasy fiction, we agree, but Basu makes this a much more interesting plot with his unexpected twists and a host of magical creatures and eccentric characters. The book has all the magical creatures ever explored in Greek, Egyptian, Hindu mythology (some characters and sub-plots straight off from our beloved Ramayan), and some are his own inventions. There’s the ravian Kirin, the good-looking prince Asvin and Maya, our feisty and sharp heroine who’s the daughter of one of the most powerful spell-binders Mantric. While the Chief Civilian of Kol, the most powerful city in the world, worries about the rising amount of magic in the world and increasing number of rakshas sightings, Mantric is busy in Bolvudis (oh, don’t you love such wordplay?) setting up the world’s first magical movie studio.

Thus, Asvin, Maya, Kirin and Spikes (a pashan), the Dagger(under the name of Amloki), a centauress Red Pearl, and a vaman Gaam set off for Bolvudis to meet Mantric. Much adventure and drama happens on this eventful journey and they come to a parting of ways with Kirin.

Where does Kirin’s path lead him and what further adventures do Asvin and Maya tackle? What happens to the love triangle of Asvin, Maya and Kirin? Well, to know all of this and get some more entertainment, you must go read this book.

Basu pulls off an amazing and delightful debut, bringing a first off fantasy genre novel in India that would appeal to those brought up on Star Wars and Harry Potter and those who grew up listening to Indian folk tales and legends. Basu wrote The Simoquin Prophecies when he was 22 and got it published when he was 23, making him India’s youngest author at the time. A much laudable feat, especially when you compare it with the ambiguous rise of Indian writers in English. His work might not be the most original, but at least it doesn’t show any signs of colonial burdens and hang-ups or any of the quick chick-lit types coming out in the market. Instead he gives you a story made up with elements from your favorites, adds his own charm and creativity and dishes out a book that will have you wanting to read the second one very very eagerly.
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Imagine if someone decides to spoof all the mythology that we have read, not in a derogatory manner, but in a genuinely humorous way. What if we have a story that has all.. More details Imagine if someone decides to spoof all the mythology that we have read, not in a derogatory manner, but in a genuinely humorous way. What if we have a story that has all our favorite mythological characters greeting us, but from a completely different perspective?

In the kingdom of Kol, there are rakshas, ravians, two headed bartenders, and all kinds of magical creatures. The magicians are all on the look out for strange happenings because of the year being that of the Simoqin prophesies. On the one hand, we have Kirrin who is full of magic, and Maya who reminds us of the erstwhile Hermione Granger. On the other hand we have Aswin the handsome hero of the prophecies, who might not be smart, but is sure attractive in a dumb kind of way.

Mythology mixes with 21st century when we have Hanuman meeting Robin Hood, storks literally giving raise to kids, and even situations akin to Harry Potter. There are magic seas that show the level of magic on earth, faithful bodyguards, and centaurs. Like all fantasy books, this one too is about the fight between the good side and the evil side.

Samit Basu’s open usage of allusions makes the book extremely humorous. Added to that, there is an undercurrent of sarcasm and satire thoughout the book. If you are a loyal mythology fan then you might find this book not to your taste, otherwise you will enjoy the mirth.
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