Review: The Immortals of Meluha

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Since the beginning of 2011, all I’ve heard from people I know is how *amazing* The Immortals of Meluha is. One of my cousins sent me a copy earlier this year and it sat on my bookshelf for months and months. Finally in August I got round to reading it.

The book tells the tale of how Shiva attained the status of a God – how he gets to Meluha, learns about their ways, and helps them fight the Suryavanshis while falling in love with Princess Sati. He’s portrayed as a weed-smoking, foul-mouthed average guy who finds it hard to accept his true destiny.

From a reader’s point of view, it’s a new take on an old story and you do want to know what happens next. However, from an editor’s point of view, the inconsistencies were just too distracting. I came across one page which had crossing-house spelled differently three times. Either hyphenate it or don’t, capitalise it or don’t, but it should be the same throughout. 

While I liked the concept of the book, I didn’t enjoy Tripathi’s style of writing at all. It is filled with cliches and I found myself cringing each time Shiva winked or tried to hit on Sati or tried to deny who he really was yet again.

The book ends on a cliffhanger – I believe the second book will be published soon – but I doubt I’ll read it. I heard a movie about the book is also being made. I always say that books are better than their movies, but I think this book might be an exception to the rule… 

So that’s 13 of my 20 books in 2011 challenge. I have some reading to do!

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