The Simoin Prophecies GameWorld Trilogy #1 Epub ☆

The Simoin Prophecies GameWorld Trilogy #1 Die Prophezeiungen berichten vom Erwachen des schrecklichen Rakshas Danh Gem und von der Ankunft eines Helden der sich ihm entgegenstellen wird Als der Tag der Rückkehr Danh Gems naht macht man kurzerhand den Prinzen Asvin zum Retter Doch dann sind da noch die schöne Maya und der junge Zauberer Kirin Wer ist der prophezeite Retter – und wer Vernichter der WeltSamit Basu führt in eine nie gekannte Welt der fliegenden Teppiche rosa Trolle Bauchtänzerinnen und mörderischen Kaninchen Think of a story Timas It can be anything you like Don't think too much now Protagonists can be regular too Guy and female best friend? Perfect Timas Let's put in a competing alpha male yes? And keep it in an Indian mythological setting how novel While you're at it Timas throw in a lot of references to appear clever Now start writing Timas your name isn't Timas is it? Keep the beginning intriguing How? A rambling confused Creator who disappears for the rest of the time? Sounds good to me Jump to the end now Timas What about the middle you say? Oh put some words to fill up space I trust you with that Finish with something you can continue later Trilogies sell these days you know TimasVoila Look Timas You now have a light entertaining mindless read with a Bollywood esue storyline and a hundred and forty two characters no one will remember Oh my Imagine this A desert that's called Al UgobiA seagull whose name is Irik SeagullA group of spell casters calling themselves Hex Men Now none of the above are integral to this story but why I mentioned them here first is probably because this inventive play on words is my major take away from this book Samit Basu is just superb at these things There are interesting references throughout the book and I'm terribly tempted to list them all out for you but that would take out most of the fun So am I saying that the actual book in itself is not very remarkable? No in fact its uite the opposite Samit Basu achieves something here that not many have done before or even after For a long time I wanted to see a fantasy story from India that's NOT based on Indian Mythology Sure Ramayana and Mahabhratha are too great that we wouldn't ever need anything else as inspiration but I did feel that fantasy as a genre was never exploited the way it was done outside And Samit here attempts a book of semi epic proportions that's actually uite engaging and entertaining at the same time He freakin' creates a fantastical parallel world to ours The story itself is very straight forward and simple There's a hero Well two heroes actually And it's up to you to choose whom you like And then there's the heroine Now I like this girl She's not the usual damsel in distress and gives the boys a run for their money And then there's a host of other interesting characters with Samit bringing a lot of different species to the table asursvanarsvamans humans Then there's the dead but going to resurface dark lord Danh Gem who reminds you of Voldemort Everyone is on a uest to slay him but things turn out a bit differently as you will see There's some issues with this book of course First and foremost the half baked characters Some characters are not even put in the oven It's true that you don't particularly get attached to any of the lead characters by the end of the book and that's a shame when you consider how much you were in love with the Harry Hermione Ron trio by the end of the first book That's sorely missing here If I'm gonna continue reading this book it's only because I'm interesting in how the story turns out And I knew what the plot twist was miles before it happened But of course it's not Samit's fault here Blame all the plot twists you've ever read in your life To put in a nutshell would I recommend this book? Definitely why not? You owe it to Indian Literature to encourage stuff like this PS Where are the maps I have no idea where Avranti is relative to Kol or Durg or Xi'en Just too many places I can't picture in my head I like fantasy fiction unlike the vast majority of people who think that it's a disreputable form of literature and consider it only for kids I liked the book It brims over with allusions Ramayana Mahabharatha Greek mythology Lord of the Rings Harry Potter comic books Arabian Nights etc etc The storyline of course is fantasy staple diet There is a uest and a uest needs a Hero who must go forth with a band of loyal warriors and have many adventures and Save the World But Simoin Prophecies offers a slight twist at the end the reader is unsure who the Hero is the human Prince Asvin or the half ravian Kirin Most of the fantasy epicslike LOR HP etc are eternal wars between Good and Evil Basu gently pokes fun at the traditional fantasy epic And where writers like Tolkien can freuently become dull by virtue of their almost obsessive attention to detail Basu has managed to evade the issue by throwing in enough wry one liners and puns But I felt the attempts at humour can be a little wearing at times and there are lots of spoofy charactersspoofy characters can never be real characters but still its a great readOne may enjoy it but I think one really need to have read some fantasy before or at least have familiarity with Indian culture before one can fully enjoy it Finally i say its a nice spoof I had given up on contemporary Indian authors but Samit Basu gives me hope Surprisingly well written the book is a parody of your everyday fantasy With a Dark Lord who's not so dark a Robin Hood doubling as Lord Rama and princes falling in love with Rakshases while damsels give knights a run for their money this book hilariously kills all the stereotypes that your typical Hero story propounds while weaving a very interesting tale of an oncoming war between the forces of Good and Evil or Good and Good or Evil and Evil or just two sides who believe in different things I am especially fond of the Knights of the Almost Perfectly Circular Table of Ventelot and the wonderful ending Finally an Indian author who writes science fictionfantasy And what a novel With references from various books ranging from Indian epics like the Ramayan and the Mahabharata to fantasy books like Harry Potter Lord of the Rings and Eragon to Greek mythology this book has it allThe writing is fluid easy to read and laced with humor The plot has many central characters many threads and ever so many leads and each one is better than the last Generally speaking it follows the traditional first book in a YA fantasy series novel thread enter hero hero is found by the good forces hero is meticulously trained hero goes on a uest foretold by the prophecy hero gathers euipmentmagical weaponsuseless shiny items the dark lordevil kingguy with bad humor rises the battle begins; except for one twist there is no good and evil and there are not one but many heroes The author instead giving you one awesome mind blowing perfect hero gives two And the freedom to choose which one you want to backPersonally speaking I dislike one of the heroes; he's an arrogant anti feminist girl chaser who wants to be a hero not for the sake of saving the world but for the sake of being a hero The other one however is mysterious charming true to the heroine and the underdog More importantly the second hero doesn't want to be a hero He wants to be left in peaceThe book is filled descriptions of the characters but unlike other YA authors Samit Basu skips the long and dreary descriptions of the uests and the battles I liked this very much When a major battle is being fought I don't want to know every sword movement of the hero I want the gist of it along with the result The uests weren't that well thought out dangerous or intriguing either In some cases you crave a better thought out task but the endless humor delightful characters and perfect plot make up for it A very underrated author Lucky for me i picked up this book randomly from the library Hilarious spoofs on everyone from Aladdin to Lord of the Rings to Robin hood and a brilliant story Must read for a good laugh and a great story I had heard some vague stuff about Samit Basu’s Gameworld Trilogy a long time ago Unfortunately it got pushed to the deep recesses of my mind until one day as Fate would have it I chanced upon a copy of The Simoin Prophecies Then I thought ‘Ah what the heck’ Secretly I was hoping that the book would restore my hope for the future of modern Indian fantasy fictionGuess what It didI am a fan of Basu’s style of writing His voice is refreshing uirky hilarious and at times will leave you snorting and groaning with laughter I thought I should make a special mention for the humor in this novel Because don’t expect it to be your traditional epic fantasy In fact throughout the book it pokes perpetual light hearted fun at your old fantasy tropes In these pages you will find scattered dozens of parodies and spoofs some subtle others not so much of well known movies books comics and so on The novel's uniue humor suffused in each and every paragraph you read One review said that the book ‘straddles without ever really crossing the line between being an entertaining fantasy novel and a tender satire’ I really couldn’t have put it betterThe novel itself starts out in a fairly traditional fantasy way There is the threat of a Dark Lord returning the notorious rakshasa Danh Gem and this leads to a uest And where there is a uest there is a Hero preferably one prophesized in advance As the day of the Danh Gem’s resurrection approaches the Hero is chosen and his training begins But heroes aren’t born they are made And there are some things which even prophecies can't foretell As the Hero prepares for his journey another young man learns of his destiny and the difficult choices he must make to save the world from the rakshasaSet in vast thriving and beautifully built world The Simoin Prophecies is full of exotic creatures races and a cast of characters just as vibrant and varied as the land they live in From the beginning we have no doubt about our two primary protagonists Asvin the Hero the Person To Whom Many Things Happen or something like that and Kirin the ravian Rescued in the beginning of the story from an attempt on his life Asvin is an Avrantic prince and so you can’t really blame him if he’s stubborn naïve and slightly prejudiced He is described as having a mind that is 'keen and straight like a sword’ Couple this with his good nature inherent gallantry and his endless supply of courage and Asvin makes an endearing if at times exasperating character He grew up in a rigid royal environment and with barely any knowledge of the world beyond his borders His attempted assassination was the first event that jarred him from his supposedly secure life into reality and the real world Now with hesitant strides he is finding his way as he trains and prepares to be a Hero and soon realizes it’s not all it’s cracked up to be He won’t find monsters stalking every corner just waiting for him to slay them Damsels will probably give him a run for his money And the world is far different than Asvin could've expected He will have to learn much before he can become its HeroThough it is unclear which of our two central characters is the main protagonist of the novel I would say that Kirin takes up most of the center stage as his story his emotions his decisions drive much of the plot He is the last of his own kind in this world and he doesn’t know why Kirin is a ravian a member of an ancient powerful and mysterious race that disappeared off the face of earth long ago Kirin doesn’t know or remember why he was left behind But as the last of his race he takes it upon himself to defeat and destroy the ravians’ greatest enemy Danh Gem Note You can replace the word ‘ravian’ with ‘elf’ if you want but I’d prefer to stick with the former It sounds much cooler Incidentally Kirin’s mind is described as being ‘keen and twisted like a corkscrew’ He and Asvin make uite a contrast And though from the beginning their intent is one and the same down the road their paths branch off and take completely different turns By the end of the novel you will realize just how far apart their journeys have led them But these two are just the icing on the cake when it comes to the characters Another major one is Maya a feisty young girl who is also a skilled Spellbinder and Asvin’s possible romantic interest Sorry Asvin it ain’t gonna be that easy to woo her Coincidentally we’re first introduced to her as Kirin’s best friend and from the start we are given hints that Kirin's feelings towards Maya may be than that of a friend Aside from that we also have homicidal rabbits scantily clad centauresses bloodthirsty monkeys view spoilercarnivorous jinnis hide spoiler It took me a little while to get into this book because it starts out slow and I'm not used to Hindu critter names It wasn't too long that I was completely absorbed into the book I have to admit I really liked Basu's writing style It was fun hilarious uirky and epic As I read through all of the mini adventures the characters went on I was amazed and drawn in While much of the time the uests weren't detailed it was much easier to read that way Seriously I'm not a huge fan of books when you have to sit through every single one of the hero's adventures to understand how he got X item Basu went through the fun ones while skimming over the lame ones This does not mean however that character development falls short You know uite well who the characters are what they are thinking what they are like and half the time in your own head you are begging them to donot do something My favourite thing about this book is the ending I read a lot which is probably an understatement but the ending caught me completely off guard I like when things are a little different and Basu really caught my attention with this one I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy Find this and other fantasy reviews at Feminist uillSamit Basu’s trilogy effortlessly blends mythologies cultures satire and comedy into an enjoyable read If I could uote every single sentence here I would because not a line passes without some sort of pun humorous aside or frankly just a funny descriptionTriog’s ancestors were like most ogres from Ventelot They were a very highly respected family of ogres who had eaten many of the famous knights of the Almost Perfectly Circular Table in the forgotten days when Ventelot was the mightiest kingdom in the whole worldThe world of GameWorld Trilogy is varied as far as species go Humans exist alongside rakshases and asurs vanars and pashans ogres and centaurs khudrans and vamans dragons serpents and manticores And of course the ravians Eually diverse is the number of cultures and cities with almost all of them playing a significant role in the development of the plot over the course of three books And yet no part of the book gets bogged down in long winded world building descriptions thanks in great part to Basu’s deft comic touchThat being said on my third re read I’m still trying to put my finger on what bothers me about this book I mean it’s great and I have greatly enjoyed each time I re read it but perhaps it errs on the side of too much Too many cultures Too many jokes Too many side uests and sub plots and arcs within arcs It gets a little difficult to remember them all like when you’re reading The Silmarillion except it’s actually fun to read“Well I had indeed agreed to lend Raka’s sword to Kol But I’m afraid I cannot now”“And why not may we ask?”“Because” said Rukmini “Raka’s sword is lost”The standard replies to such dramatic revelations are ‘What’ ‘How?’ or ‘Then die infidel’ but Gaam said ‘Oh there you are’Caste Religion and Gender“Low caste? The ravians had castes like they have in Avranti? But that’s horrible”The parallels drawn to real world cultures are often a little too on the nose For example the fictional country of Avranti which is where Asvin hails from is basically Ayodhya as described in the Ramayana lifted almost in its entirety The Avrantic warriors are world renowned archers who give names to their bows and go on gallant Ashwamedh uests They live next to forests where Rakshases and Vanars make their homes and tend towards misogyny in their practice of chivalry Asvin for instance refuses to battle Maya during his training because she’s a woman Maya on the other hand hails from Durg Avranti’s neighbouring country which is known for its fierce and headstrong warrior women Kind of what it would have looked like if the ians had turned themselves into a Goddess Durga cultAvranti is also the only culture aside from the Ravians which is said to practice caste differentiation in its society and the rest of GameWorld is dismissive towards the Avrantics for this and many other reasons They are seen as uaint and set in their ways touchy about their customs and not entirely in sync with the rest of the modern world where the modern world is exemplified by the great city of Kol This reference to their caste system is also our first clue to the fact that much lauded and revered Ravians? Maybe not all that greatAnother parallel that’s drawn is between Avranti and ArtaxerxiaGaam looked at him sadly “In your words I see the work of Ventelot and of Imokoi” he said I cannot understand the hatred the Avrantics and the Artaxerxians bear for each other I have been to both countries You have so much in common your languages your food even your race When other countries were wandering tribes Avranti and Artaxerxia were discovering advanced mathematics together”For reference on the Gameworld Artaxerxia is roughly euivalent to Arabian Islamic cultures Avranti to subcontinental Hindu centric cultures Ventelot a reference to Camelot is probably Britain and Imokoi is of course MordorThe RomanceYou could say that Asvin and Kirin were born to be rivals in the way that all rivalry has now been redefined by YA love triangles That is to say they’re both handsome accomplished young men with little to no drawbacks As an even bigger bonus and in direct contrast to the young men in most YA love triangles neither has any abusive traits whatsoever To top it all off like Harry and Neville either could be the Chosen One of the Simoin PropheciesAgain as with most love triangles it is clear who the author favours He goes out of his way to show us how harmlessly self absorbed and kinda dumb Asvin is How he has everything set up for him and doesn’t even have to work for the title of Chosen One Kirin on the other hand is destined for a bit of a journey He must figure out his mysterious antecedents and the legacy left for him by his father Narak Demon hunter But to posit Kirin as the underdog is a bold move considering how much royal blood runs through his veinsThe evolution of Kiran and Asvin’s respective journeys is non linear refusing to play to conventional tropes beyond making fun of them And Maya would have been caught between them if it weren’t for her unfortunate penchant for wandering off into tangential adventures that are invariably eventful and exciting than whatever the gods of Romance had planned for herThe PhilosophyThe Chroniclers wrote the tales of the hero’s uests which were often entirely fabricated and gave them to the great pots who in turn wrote the epics the world is so font ofWhen I first read the GameWorld Trilogy I had only read two books by Terry Pratchett And while both made favourable impressions on me the experience of reading two Terry Pratchett books is a far cry from that which comes with reading all 40 odd books in the Discworld series at least three times each And with that experience comes the pleasant realization of how much Gameworld takes after Discworld In things like cultures and species certainly When it comes to puns and satire most definitely But what sets Terry Pratchett apart for me is his ability to be philosophical without being a drag To take the reader down rabbit holes of plausible yet fantastical conjecture To make critical thinking funI wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is what The Simoin Prophecies does – after all it is rather difficult to find something to rival that insane Trousers of Time explanation But it’s still nice to see that which is obvious to your average History major repackaged as a disillusioning lesson to a naive and bright eyed wannabe hero“But some of the legends are false So many dragons have died out of old age indigestion or sheer boredom and knights have come to empty caves stuck swords in the corpses and posed for the portraits And what of the heroes who are slain? No one sings about them At most there is the line in the epic that talks about the hundreds the monster has slain That one of those hundreds might have removed a leg a wing or even a head before dying is never mentioned”Literary Boyfriend? Literary BoyfriendYears before Eithan Arelius made his way onto the scene there was one that made his mark never to be fully effaced Yes I’m talking about Kirin Kirin whose mind is “keen and twisted like a corkscrew” Kirin who never tells Maya that he likes her because he has to go find out what legacy his father’s talking diary has left for him Who silently makes way for Asvin and swallows his hurt because hello introvert Kirin who accomplishes six impossible things before breakfast only to get bored with them just as uickly and wander away to find the next impossible thing to accomplish Kirin who errs on the side of stoic and whose slightest overtures gladden the heart because they’re coming from himThe uestion of whether or not to read The Simoin Prophecies is a no brainer for the avid fantasy fiction fan – especially if you’ve already managed to sit through Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire But even if fantasy isn’t your go to genre this book will still work for you on at least one of numerous levels be it comedy long winded and well fleshed out adventure or puns

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