Saturday, May 28, 2016

Book Review #41: History Revisited

9789352015900Name: History Revisited
Author:
Nishant Joshi 
No. of Pages: 170
Genre: Fiction
Price: Rs. 175/-
Published in: 2016

How did I get it? From the publisher.

The blurb of the book says:
Meet Nishant, Suraj and Sachin, three “unlucky” guys. Finding themselves stuck in the thirty-fifth century B.C after being plunged by a near death experience into a time portal, their luck flips around. They find themselves trapped in a bloody conflict raging between two opposing dynasties. They stumble upon a dynastic princess and her new born baby and resolve to unite her with her prince from the opposing dynasty.


During their quest, they must seek a time locator that could allow them to return to their own time but not before they discover fantastical weapons which give them various supernatural powers. Overseeing the evil in the world, a demonic sorcerer wields the blackest magic and destroys the whole dynastic army.


Can the three stop him or will they, like the army, perish in the attempt?
Will they be able to finally return to their own time?

Can they overcome their bad luck or has destiny planned something else for them?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Self introduction of the author, Nishant Joshi:

"I am a final year engineering student of Electronics and Telecommunication at Mumbai University. I was born in Lucknow, U.P and since my father had a transferrable job, we migrated to various cities. From Lucknow to Bhubneshwar, then to Kanpur, then Delhi, then again Lucknow and then, finally to the city of dreams Mumbai. I have grown in an era that was full of science fiction elements be it television cartoons like Shaktiman and Dragon Ball Z, films like Spiderman and Star Wars or the never ending list of science fiction computer games. Seeing this, I was greatly inspired by them but was unhappy about not finding anything as such in my own country except a handful of such things but which were completely restricted only to epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Would you call them Science fiction!?! Therefore, I set out on my journey to pen down sci-fi novels since our country is literally void of it. Even if you see other countries, the biggest business comes out of science fiction be it novels, films or computer games as compared to India where love and romance is the only thing. Lame isn’t it!!! The taste of especially the youth of our country is very different and the wise will see that it’s bending towards science fiction. Thus, I feel impelled to contribute as much as possible to science fiction which is going to be the landmark and milestone of the present and the coming future."

MY THOUGHTS:
Cover: It shows a soldier in the battlefield with a powerful weapon. 

Writing:  Plain and ordinary. 

Plot: Three loser friends travel back in time and recreates history.

Reading the book, I felt as if the author had some story-idea in his mind and he just vomited out his thoughts on paper. Not one character was properly thought out or introduced. The three friends were construction workers earning ninety rupees a day, ate only vada-pavs but had android cellphones. It was never really explained why they had to leave home. As the story began, immediately they traveled back in time through a portal. The threesome did a lot of irritating crying and hugging. They could execute their plans immediately and very easily; "I somehow did it" but never explained how. The book was like movie with a really bad script, anything and everything was happening.

The author had declared in his acknowledgements, "I am sure it (History Revisited) will be a n exciting and an unforgettable journey for all sci-fi fans out there. I am a sci-fi fan and I will not forget to tell my reading friends that they can gladly give this one a miss.

I give "History Revisited" 1 star on a scale of 5.


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