And interviews in Bookchums and Blogadda. One of these is Jai, an indestructible one-man army with an old-fashioned goal — military conquest of the world. Lists with This Book. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art. I found the writing to be a little patchy, but then I’m not too fond of the deployment of the present tense in prose fiction. And I decided to buy your gameworld trilogy and terror on titanic as well. In a kind of post-modern superhero meta-fiction, Samit Basu takes the expectations and genre staples of superhero stories and examines them, pulling each piece out like a weird superhero version of the Operation board-game, and then putting them all back again in the same place, but altered somehow, as if the whole picture is now slightly blurred or more colourful than before.

The driving force behind Dr. Turbulence by Samit Basu Saturday, November 3, Will they actually make the world better or will it all end, as 80 years of superhero fiction suggest, in a meaningless, explosive slugfest? Post was not sent – check your email addresses! For more information, see our about page. July 5, at Flight of the Fantail by Steph Matuku.

The book handles questions like these, except it asks them better and gives brilliant answers. The book contains a phrase something along the lines of ‘Superman is real, and he isn’t American’. You have of course, the super-soldiers who wish to respectively take over and defend the world named Jai and Vir for an added tribute to blockbuster action film Sholaythe civilians grappling with powers beyond their ken Premlata Aunty can raise zombies through her singingand then there is the appropriately-named Aman, who as embodiment of the geeky internet says plaintively, “We could stop global warming, make the Sahara a rice bowl, save endangered animals, stop genocide, find alternatives to oil, stop the damned recession.

And how can I not love a book that evokes Satanic Verses one of my favorites from the get-go? I found the writing to be a little patchy, but then I’m not too fond of the deployment of the present tense in prose fiction. This is fantasy-fiction lite, but Basu’s light touch is also deceptive; the writing here is often very good, and the super-powers — like that of the multiplying and then reintegrating Tia — consistently well-presented.


I really enjoyed the first few chapters. Please only do so if you can afford it. The author writes action extremely well, describing the various superheroes, their powers and their combat in a way that instantly conjures vivid images.

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Though Basu is clearly a fan of Western superheroes, familiar with oldies like The A-Team as much as reboots such as Whedon’s Avengershe is able to craft a truly syncretic style that as nonchalantly references Bollywood and the Mahabharat as it does Chuck Norris. In an age where the Chinese manufacture most of the world, Indians dominate IT, and a black man is the president of the United States, there is no need to marvel that it is up to brown people to save London.

NDTV-Hind u report on a launch. Email required Address never made public. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His father had said that moment had shaped his destiny, given him wings.

But the comic book story of super heroes won’t appeal to anyone but kids and teens, who can’t appreciate the depth of his humor. Top 10 Superhero Films. I still wanted to finish it I just personally didn’t find much excitement is this book.

Aman, the main character of the novel, theorises that each person has acquired a power that somehow corresponds with their desire, which in some cases turns out to be far from what the person would consciously wish for. Their tufbulence ethnicities are unobtrusive. It is, unabashedly, a new style modern superhero novel with a distinctive twist.


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I wasn’t looking forward to turning the pages. This book has an interesting take on superheroes. Some very funny moments, some super meta moments if you’re a comix geek, and an all around goo This book is about a group of people mostly from India that were on an airplane and suddenly got the power to be what they always wanted to be Naturally, Jai has to be stopped at all costs but since he has his dance-army as well, all hell is unleashed. Charles added it Shelves: Vir and Jai both have to deal with a common enemy, a mysterious super-being capable of turning crowds into mobs.

One guy gets the power to control weather based on the condition of his stomach, but exactly what this power means to him is not explored. At the end of the novel, when all the fighting is done, what remains is irony.

What if there really were super heroes? If you enjoy the site and would like to support us, please consider donating to keep us around. It may be a fast paced read, but going through it became a trudge through a swampy marsh with uninspired dialogues, insincere fighting sequences and which progressed around a very cliched theme of the anti-protagonist eager to rule the world by collecting super-powered individuals.


Should’ve been a graphic novel. Sounds interesting and it turns out a mention on Boing Boing already had it on my to-read list. This novel shows how it’s difficult, but maybe not impossible, to make a difference with superpowers.