- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Westland; new edition (9 December 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9384030686
- ISBN-13: 978-9384030681
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Puppeteers of Palem: 1 Paperback – 9 Dec 2014
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Sharath Komarraju is an IT specialist based in Bangalore. On a typical day he spends eight hours testing software and two writing fiction. (He hopes to some day flip that balance)
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I've written a comprehensive review of the book at riversihaveknown dot com, please do have a look to get a more complete idea.
Honestly, I felt like I was going through a long journey, feeling each character around me, feeling their emotions and experiencing every action of theirs. The Puppeteers of Palem has the right touch of horror, the right amount of suspense and at some points, the right sense of humour. I also really liked the twists and turns of the elaborate story and the fascinating depiction of the various lives of the village, Rudrakshapalem.
However, the ending was a bit abrupt. I expected it to move along a longer path, when it just ended. Maybe that makes me realise how much I liked the novel. The best part was that this story truly showed us what horrendous kind of social evils still exist in our society. It also displayed a common spirit of the not-so-pleasant society where every action does have its consequences and reactions; how the patriarchs create an invisible wall between themselves and the women and treat them as their own property.
All in all, I felt that Puppeteers of Palem was an utterly amazing book, only had it been a bit more elaborate and descriptive, it would have the perfection factor. I recommend it to all those who are much into murder suspense.
The story seems complex at times as you try to make head and tail of it ... especially since the head is constantly trying to bite the tail and both are in different timelines (past and present). You reach to conclusions about the story and the characters which dissolve as you march forward a few chapters. Your assumptions are constantly proved wrong and you even wonder if anything in the story or for that matter anyone is real. You wonder if it is all in the head ... in your head.
An excellent piece of work. Its weird and it chills you at times.
Sharath proves his versatility. I have read different books authored by him and one wonders how a single person can write across genres and excel in each of it.
I am not much into horror books else I would have given it 5 star rating. I love mysteries and this book has it in ample dose ..
I will give the book 2 stars for the rich language and characterization, but apart from that it's a very complicated read. It could have been more fast moving.
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