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Unlikely to Win Many Converts
on 20 July 2017
The first part of a trilogy based on Shiva, one of Hinduism's most important gods. Except that in the story he isn't a god, he's just a bloke, who pitches up in India from the far side of the Himalayas. He turns out to have a blue throat, which is very significant as apparently there is a prophecy about the Neelkanth - someone with a blue throat saving the world. Unless I dozed through it, we never actually hear the prophecy.
It drags a bit - yeah, yeah, he has a blue throat, get on with it. There's a pretty girl involved but no naughtiness, just a bit of Bollywood dancing. The author doesn't describe stuff which is familiar to him, because he knows it - which leaves this outsider scratching his head and wondering what is going on. Sure, it's fiction, but I'm not very keen. There are tedious chunks of philosophy scattered about. Every now and then the translator leaves a hindi word untranslated - angvastram, anyone? Trishul? - which is just irritating.
My test in these things is whether I would buy the next book in the series. No I wouldn't