Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review-The new death and others

Today, I am trying to write the review of a book called “THE NEW DEATH AND THE OTHERS” by James Hutchings
The author provided his book to me for a review, and I agreed to write. so here it goes.

“Death gets aroom mate
An electronic pope faces a difficult theological question
A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain
The new death and others-  44  stories. 19  poems. No sparkly vampires.”  

Interesting aint it?

 In short I can tell, dark humour, innocence and irony are the elements that are making this book unique. The writing style is silly yet deep. Its cheeky and improper, but while you read, you will find MANY disturbing truths. (which absolutely stunned me.)

The book starts with a story called “The god of the poor” which is written so casually but, actually is the  shocking reality of the life of the poor.
And if you are expecting the same kind of stories in the coming pages nope!…you have hugely misunderstood the book..You must expect the unexpected.
There is a heaven-hell difference between each and every story.

 Some are interestingly enigmatic while others are crystal clear. Some leave a wide grin on your face, while others, a wrinkled forehead. A few of them are a let down too.
Most  poems are a class apart especially the one titled “the moon sailed sadly through the sky” and ”weary love”
In many stories the author has tried to tell the present trends, about the people of new generation in a witty and refreshing manner.
I felt, It’s the short stories and poems that you must “watch out” for rather than the long ones in your reading journey.

However, the book perhaps won’t earn praises of everyone who read it. In fact I think people could find it difficult to digest the themes or some would not find any sense in the stories but the thing is that, to understand each and every story and poem of this book, with its real meaning is not a cakewalk.

The tag line of the book says;  ”There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction?”  That question is pretty complicated .I failed to find an answer. Why don’t you try to find the answer and tell me?
Reading this book is a different experience, as different as different can be……

P.S. the cover page appropriately reflects the content (That might be contradicting to the old saying “never judge a book by its cover” hmmm, well, never mind! :D )


  1. ah, I love your review! And you are more hardworking than I am. Cause I still haven't done my review for this book!

    James, if you're reading this - I am so sorry for being this lazy! I promise I'll do it!

  2. You did a good job giving the good and the bad and setting up the reader's expectation.

  3. the review has made me more curious about the book now ..


  4. Thanks for reviewing my ebook. Some people might be interested to know that I've made it free on Amazon for a short time. The link is here.

  5. thanks for sharing...
    haha wht mor to say...
    to b frank i dont think i ll read this one

  6. Haritha, you're so special and beautiful--no wonder I fell in love with you and your blog. You're like my daughter, the one I never had. I hope your mom won't get mad.

  7. Great job on the review, Haritha! You make even a review sound interesting! The book sounds like an interesting read!

    I have missed visiting your blog! I need to start visiting more!

    Have a great day!!


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