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HORROR The Redemption By William Peter Blatty Piatkus 326 pages, Rs 350 When the author of The Exorcist puts out his first-full length fiction in nearly three decades, expectations are bound to be high. Blatty manages to meet - and then surpass - them. His new book, despite opening with the mystery of a prisoner being tortured by the oppressive Albanian regime of the 1970s, yet showing no pain, is not in the same league as The Exorcist when it comes to sheer gore and supernatural pyrotechnics. But it is superior when it comes to the quality of Blatty's prose, its tight plot and, most importantly, its wellrounded characters.

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July 9, 2011


HORROR The Redemption By William Peter Blatty Piatkus 326 pages, Rs 350 When the author of The Exorcist puts out his first-full length fiction in nearly three decades, expectations are bound to be high. Blatty manages to meet - and then surpass - them. His new book, despite opening with the mystery of a prisoner being tortured by the oppressive Albanian regime of the 1970s, yet showing no pain, is not in the same league as The Exorcist when it comes to sheer gore and supernatural pyrotechnics. But it is superior when it comes to the quality of Blatty's prose, its tight plot and, most importantly, its wellrounded characters.

<b>FICTION </b><br><br><b>Hollywood Sinners By Victoria Fox Mira 588 pages, Rs 299 </b><br><br>This one harks back to the days of Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon, where there is a battle for power and revenge, fuelled by lust and greed. Beautiful people lead beautiful lives and have un-beautiful problems, all lit by the spotlights of Hollywood's movie culture. The author says she was inspired by thoughts of how relationships in the glamour world survive, or don't. This one is about Lana, Kate, Chloe and Elizabeth, their loves and nightmares. It brims with sex and seduction and tries to show the hollowness of a world that looks fabulous on screen but is worth very little.

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July 9, 2011


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Hollywood Sinners By Victoria Fox Mira 588 pages, Rs 299

This one harks back to the days of Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon, where there is a battle for power and revenge, fuelled by lust and greed. Beautiful people lead beautiful lives and have un-beautiful problems, all lit by the spotlights of Hollywood's movie culture. The author says she was inspired by thoughts of how relationships in the glamour world survive, or don't. This one is about Lana, Kate, Chloe and Elizabeth, their loves and nightmares. It brims with sex and seduction and tries to show the hollowness of a world that looks fabulous on screen but is worth very little.

<b>MEMOIRS </b><br><br><b>An Odyssey in War and Peace By Lt Gen JFR Jacob Roli 189 pages, Rs 350 </b><br><br>Lt Gen JFR Jacob's new book is largely a reprise of his earlier one, Surrender at Dacca. There, Jacob, who had been Chief of Staff of the Eastern Army Command, sought to puncture the popular belief that the victory was due to Manekshaw's strategic genius. Jacob pointed out that until very late in the day, Manekshaw did not have Dhaka in his sights. The new book is another attempt at settling scores on the pretext of setting the record straight. The early chapters on his childhood in a Jewish family in Calcutta and on World War II are worth reading though.

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July 9, 2011


MEMOIRS

An Odyssey in War and Peace By Lt Gen JFR Jacob Roli 189 pages, Rs 350

Lt Gen JFR Jacob's new book is largely a reprise of his earlier one, Surrender at Dacca. There, Jacob, who had been Chief of Staff of the Eastern Army Command, sought to puncture the popular belief that the victory was due to Manekshaw's strategic genius. Jacob pointed out that until very late in the day, Manekshaw did not have Dhaka in his sights. The new book is another attempt at settling scores on the pretext of setting the record straight. The early chapters on his childhood in a Jewish family in Calcutta and on World War II are worth reading though.

<b>FICTION </b><br><br><b>Live from London By Parinda Joshi Rupa 204 pages, Rs 195 </b><br><br>Persuaded by her friends, aspiring singer and guitarist Nishi Gupta appears on Britain's Got Talent. After her disastrous performance, she sets in motion a plan to break into the entertainment industry by starting out as an intern at a record label company. A chance meeting with international recording artist, Nick Navjot Chapman, changes the course of her life. A stable job, a brewing romance and a ticket to stardom - Nishi couldn't have asked for more. But "life has other plans" and she finds herself back in India, trying to build a new life in a country she barely remembers. Highly predictable.

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July 9, 2011


FICTION

Live from London By Parinda Joshi Rupa 204 pages, Rs 195

Persuaded by her friends, aspiring singer and guitarist Nishi Gupta appears on Britain's Got Talent. After her disastrous performance, she sets in motion a plan to break into the entertainment industry by starting out as an intern at a record label company. A chance meeting with international recording artist, Nick Navjot Chapman, changes the course of her life. A stable job, a brewing romance and a ticket to stardom - Nishi couldn't have asked for more. But "life has other plans" and she finds herself back in India, trying to build a new life in a country she barely remembers. Highly predictable.

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