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BOOK REVIEW

Let The Game Begin
                               By – Sandeep Sharma

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Before I start with the review of the book, I will share a quote written by the famous author

              
“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.

Blurb —

Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’.

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My paperback

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Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Quote —

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Choosing Simplicity

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25th,26th,27th,28th,29th Feb

Things to consider while writing

1st SESSION

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Never forget these points and read them carefully :-

• Check grammar, enable spell check on your word document.

• Describe your characters completely, from the tip of their hair to the curve of their foot, from the round/straight face to long/short legs, etc.

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Source - GOOGLE

• Read the draft again and again, and cut out what you think is repeated.

• Write till you can. Don’t stop writing. Try to write from two point of views. The suspense is better that way.

The suspense is best when something you least expect happens.

• Get inside the character. Feel, smell, taste and live in your surroundings. Jot it all down. From the porch to the kitchen, write all that you can.

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• Listen to songs while writing a romantic play. It helps a lot.

• Try not to start a sentence with ‘But’ or ‘And’. Use articulate and simple language. You don’t want your reader going through dictionaries to understand the meaning of a word.

• Keep the language simple where wanted. Not in all places. For example, while explaining a character’s physique, use strong comprehensive words. Not common words.

• After getting the first draft completed, get it reviewed. Recheck it yourself. Check the number of words.

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• If the review is positive, continue with the second draft. Don’t lose patience and hope if the review isn’t positive, continue with the book. Ask the reviewer what the mistakes were. Remember a writer always likes his/her books, it’s sometimes not good for the book. I have read several novels which I sadly thought were not worth my time or money. So please get the book reviewed before publishing it.

• Love your characters. Even the villain, remember in his (villian’s) own eyes, he is just the victim not the bad man/woman.

• I have seen in several books that the writer uses his national language or just any language in dialogues. Either don’t do that or do it with proper translation. Also, don’t over do it.

        
  
  

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Now this is the last point and the most crucial one…

Whether the book is your debut or 50th, it doesn’t matter, give it time. All writers have writer blocks, you will suffer from them too. If you do, then do what other things you like to do. If you continue with the book and write nonsense, then you just killed your script right then and there.

Next blog will be about promotions!

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Bye! Will add more points in this section soon.

Nishtha Singh

 

1st January,2016

Its a very short story.

Blurb –  

A chance meeting brings Greek tycoon Leon Andreakos face-to-face with the one woman he could never forget–or forgive..

Almost 12000 words long, this story tells about the protagonist Alanna who was insulted by Leon five years ago. She was his mistress. Lost in the luxuries and his attention, she never realized that she had fallen in love with him. Leon doesn’t want her. Suddenly, she is married Leon’s brother,Nikos. 
What?
Why ?
how?

“She prayed for strength. Strength to endure the love she still felt for Leon Andreakos, would feel till the end of her days—a man who did not love her. Who never had. Who never could.”

But the marriage doesn’t last because shortly after the marriage Nikos dies.

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Love isn’t something you turn on or off. It’s just…there. But I won’t annoy you with it, I promise you.”

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Leon blames Alanna and asks her to leave.

Five years later, they meet again

And then,

Wait a sec, I am spoiling the story for you. All in all, this was a good story. You will like the end.

 Definitely Love it.

Four stars. 

Nishtha Singh

 

Cafe Latte

CAFE LATTE
                    – AMIT SHANKAR

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I posted a review on Goodreads once but it was so concise and inadequate, I had to post again. The stories are short and sweet, hence, I can’t spoil the fun for you by writing about them.

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The Shorter Review–

18 short stories together in a book.
I don’t like short stories much but this book written by Amit Shankar is simply grasping. I read it during a long journey and I liked most of the stories.

Worth the time!
You looking for short stories?

4.5 STARS

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The Adequate Review–

I already reviewed this book once but I didn’t really mention anything about the book itself so here it is-

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Good things about the book —

– The stories are not THAT short

– The stories were complete

– Some of them will make you say,” Holy..”, so be prepared.

– The writer knew what he was writing so the suspense is unpredictable.

– Some stories may just become your favourites. My favourites were many, especially the one about the doctor and suicidal patient, and the one with the person who could foresee things.

– There was also this story about a phone call that seriously rose the hair on the back of my neck.

– I read it during a journey, I hate travelling so if I liked this one, the credit goes to this book

No doubt, I am going to try the other books by the same author.

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Bad points —

I will tell you when I find out for myself.

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Also, the cover is awesome!

Shyna Cliffe

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2015 in 2015, Five Stars, Giveaway, In Paperback, Short Stories

 

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