Palms Foster Home for Peculiar Stories

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About the author: 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.

Blurb: 

NIGEL THE LAST BRIT IN INDIA
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.

GAYATRI AND THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY VEGETABLES
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.

ALIENS, DINOSAURS, PORCUPINES
A porcupine, after setting out on a journey away from home, falls in love with an armadillo.

Review: I had originally thought a no to the review request from the author as I thought it would be a collection of comic strips. But when he said it is fiction and not comic book, I got curious about his about this book and I gave in and asked for a review copy. I am glad that I did not miss out on this book though few parts were highly boring for me to read. This books falls under the genre of fantasy and imagination and idiosyncrasy become incomprehensible. 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. It is pure fiction and the supernatural characters. The tales knit together are hard to take for real. The book is divided into three parts with short stories incorporated into them. The author has created a fantastical world and then narrating the stories of that world to the readers. He has a sense of humour that reflects well in the witty narration making the stories more interesting.  If you love reading fantasy genre, this book is for you. I found some parts too childish and I don’t count this as a must read for me but I had to read to write this review. If one wants to know how far imagination can take you, this book is a great example of that. I would suggest everyone who is looking forward to read this book, to read it with breaks because it is really difficult to take in so much fantasy and imagination all at once.

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