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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Book review: Palm's foster home for peculiar stories

About the book:

: Palm's foster home for peculiar stories
Published :Paperback, First Edition
Published April 2nd 2015 by Jellyfish Publications
Pages:  264 
Rating: 3.5/5


There is chaos and pandemonium in the streets of Madras, and it is up to Nigel (an officer of the Imperial Police) to restore order to the city... only he hasn't quite learned about India's Independence. Yet.


When the newest and most successful religion (Cabbagism) threatens to bring about the destruction of the world, it is up to a melancholic zombie and a collection of rowdy farm animals to save the earth.


A porcupine, after setting out on a journey away from home, falls in love with an armadillo.
About the author

Short Biography:

C. G Salamander is a fiction writer and a story teller, his short stories and comics have been published in various short story anthologies and journals. 

Palms Foster Home for Peculiar Stories is his first book.


It was exactly fifteen years ago that C G Salamander realized he was different from all the other Chinese Giant Salamanders. As a child C G Salamander hated living in the muddy crevices along the river banks, and so he decided to leave the Yangtze river and set out on a quest to find himself.

He spent days travelling across the vast terrains of china and finally reached the foothills of the Himalayas. With nowhere to go, and equipped with a childlike sense of wonder for a compass, C G Salamander began scaling the Himalayas where he would later enroll himself in a monastery. During his time in the mountains, he was taught how to read and write by foreigners who’d come to partake in the mountain’s rich culture and cheap herbage.

He spent most of his time in meditation, and eventually learned how to move objects with his mind.After spending a decade in the Himalayas, C.G Salamander traveled south to the city of Chennai, and has remained there ever since. He now spends his time telekinetically moving pens and pencils across paper.

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My Review:

There are some books that tickle your funny bone, and make less and less sense as you read them more and more. Such books fall under the genre of fantasy and when the imagination and quirks become inexplicable, you know the ticklish feeling is here to remain for a long, long time!

There's a Brit who doesn't know that India has been granted independence. A brother in law who doesn't Luke to be told what he should do. A religion called cabbagism. A porcupine in love with an armadillo.
It only gets weirder and quirkier.

When you are looking to escape in lala land, you'd love these tales. They know no boundaries imagination, it is pure fiction and the most uncanny characters. The tales knit together are hard to take for real.

The best way to read this book would be in intervals because I don't see how one can take in so much fantasy and imagination all at once. While my head still reels from snapping back to reality, I recommend you at least read the book once.

Of the three novella-sized tales, I liked the first one the best. Titles Nigel: The last Brit in India, it has humor at all the right places.

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