- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Jellyfish Publications; 1 edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351965538
- ISBN-13: 978-9351965534
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,97,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Palm's Foster Home for Peculiar Stories Paperback – 2015
Palm's Foster Home for Peculiar Stories is a collection of short fiction written by C. G Salamander.
In this book you will find: English colonizes; Somalian pirates; Somalian pirates pretending to be English colonizers; a few spies; a zombie with an existential crisis; an evil bowl of soup; a ghost cow; a priest stuck in a chicken's body; a few vamp-iyers; some backup dancers; a couple of orphaned brothers; God; some rowdy farm animals; a mad scientist; Death and all his friends; an incompetent angel; some deranged occultists; some not so deranged occultists.
You will also find: an armadillo; a few porcupine; an effigy; a ghost named Prya; some advice on stalking; wasp creatures who start conversations; a T-Rex; and a very old man.
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Top customer reviews
Don’t judge a book by its cover, but you can surely pick up one. Judging should be based on what lies enveloped between the front and back covers, and that’s exactly what I will be doing here. Right now!
I was fascinated by the front cover, big time. Turn it around and the back cover looks fascinating too, with the blurb encrypted in white. This is where it gets interesting. The blurb denotes that this book is going to take you on a fantasy ride, with dollops of imagination. Did it serve the right concoction?
Yes. It did.
'Palm’s Foster Home For Peculiar Stories' is divided into three parts, each comprising of stories weaved in interesting and unique backgrounds. In the first part, we get to read about Nigel, a British Police officer, who is ignorant of the fact that India has gained independence and has aspirations of meeting the Queen, only that the Queen in question is someone that he or the readers did not expect to be. The story then unfolds how Nigel meets his lady love, who keeps on coming to his rescue whenever he is in a fix, and the quirkiness of his brother in law, who doesn't like being told what to do. There is a lot of action going around in this story, and the humour is well encompassed in the lines, making you laugh like mad on numerous occasions.
Yes, madness defines this book perfectly.
But it’s the second part of the book where the author, C. G Salamander, has crossed all thresholds of eccentricity (God! How can someone have such a powerful sense of imagination!), and has roped in characters that make you sit up and take notice. There is a cow (that too a ghost), a number of zombies and their prophet ‘Murali’, and the Celestial Cabbage, who wants to rule the world with the new faith, Cabbagism. As you can guess, what follows is a crazy riot, with each chapter bringing forth the stories of the characters. Kudos to the author for being successful in binding the strings and not leaving any loose ends even though he was dealing with such a large number of plots and subplots.
After the craziness of the first two parts, the third part mellows down a bit, and one wouldn't mind that, ‘cause the stories in this section are equally endearing. My favourite is the beautiful love story between the porcupine and the armadillo. The author even has tips on how to stalk someone at the beach, and it comes with a warning. There is also a fascinating tale of Denver the dinosaur and how he saves his two human friends from the clutches of the telekinetic mole – people.
This is not a quick – read, by which I mean you may not be able to complete it at a stretch. With a multitude of eccentric plots and fresh from the imagination fantasy tales, this book should be relished at a leisurely pace, sip by sip, letting the magic sink in. Yes, magic it is, and like an accomplished wizard, the author manages to steal our attention to his unique style of storytelling. This is not just a book, but an experience, that blends dreams into fiction, making them sound real, and fascinating. C. G Salamander shines on debut, his finesse on wordplay amazing, and his characterizations lively. This is a brave attempt by the author to debut with an unconventional theme.
And he succeeds.
The book is divided into three parts with short stories incorporated into them. And though at this point I usually summarize a book or point out the best of the short stories in a collection, I will skip that this time around. You only have to take a look at the blurb of the book to find out about it. Anything I say above that can be considered as a Spoiler. So yes, part one of the book deals with Nigel, the last Brit in India. The second part deals with zombies and a new religion called Cabbagism. And the final part deals with a porcupine who falls in love with an armadillo…
What I can safely say about this book is that it grabs your attention right from the beginning and holds on to it till the last page is read and turned. The author does an amazing job of first creating a fantastical world and then narrating the stories of that world to the readers. He has a sense of humor that reflects well in the witty narration making the stories more interesting. From outrageously funny situations to some poignantly beautiful situations, the characters take us on a roller coaster journey. And the characters themselves are colourful and energetic. They are the center and the life of the stories that they are part of.
It is safe to say that the author has a very wild imagination and he has executed well while developing his imagination and giving them life through the pages. This is a MUST READ book for everyone who loves fantasy. And if you are someone for doesn’t like the fantasy genre much, I’d say that give this book a try anyway- just to discover how far imagination can take a person and how an author can take you for a fun ride through that imaginary world!
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.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
The title ‘Palm’s foster home for peculiar stories’ I realised as I read the book was bang on, for these are peculiar stories indeed!
The collection has a plethora of characters, all fantastical and fascinating. The story structure in part 1 and 2 are complex, like a little jigsaw, only this one is in 3D and it is only at the end that it all comes into focus.
Salamander through the book moves between persons in speech. The author has a good hold over english language and makes you have to reach out for a dictionary quite a few times.
A good book if you are looking for ‘mindful reading’, this isn’t a ‘leave your brains at home’ book. A enjoyed the first two parts and recommend you give this book a read!