Title: Tales with a Twist
Author: Varadharajan Ramesh
Genre: Thriller/ Story Collection
Source: Free copy by Blogchatter
Collection of Short Stories, each with an unexpected twist.
I came across Varad’s collection during the course of the A-Z Challenge. I couldn’t follow his posts then, as I was struggling myself to complete the challenge. When his stories came out in the form of an ebook through Blogchatter Ebook Carnival, I thought of giving it a try.
But before I give my opinions on Varad’s book- Tales with a Twist I should mention that I am an ardent lover of novels. The longer the tale the better it is. Most of the short stories which I have read were during my childhood. As an adult, the total number of story collections, read by me till April 2018, summed up to be just two. The reason I need to say this is because novels tend to let me know the character as they grow in the story. I get connected with the storyline deeply in longer tales. Such are the necessities of my reader’s self which I fear, to find missing in the story collections.
So, with almost no expectations I delved into this book thinking that I would have to most probably DNF it as I would not be able to seek things that could charm me into the book world. And that was when I was hit by the storm, lurking within that ebook.
I read the whole book in one sitting. Each tale pulled me in itself. The characters are mature with interesting traits. The ebook lives up to its title for sure. Due to the title of ebook one may expect a twist in each story but one cannot think what the twist can be – and that is where the beauty lies. The tales are gripping and thrilling.
With only ‘an unexpected twist’ being the common factor, these tales have a uniqueness in them. The author’s talent for weaving intricate thrill factors within the story is very impressive. Even after reading them, the tales stayed with me for a long time. The exemplary variety provided in these tales is something to watch out for – There is hate, revenge, conspiracy, love, mystery along with time travel, supernatural phenomenon and fantasy.
Almost all the stories are praise-worthy, but there were few which need a special mention. I liked ‘Mariposa’ for the sheer ability of the author to twist the story with just one single four-letter word. ‘Once More’ showed the highest degree of vengefulness a person can go to. ‘Innocence’ made me think whether sometimes choosing death is better than the life one is born with. ‘Komberi Mookan’ was utterly clever.
‘The Ultra’ showed the reality of fanatic beliefs. ‘Repairing Cushions’ was such a marvelous tale involving the child’s spoonerism becoming a menace for the parent. ‘The Troubles of Time Travel’ had a very convincing logical theory and I was totally bowled over with the explanation. ‘Night Ghoul’ was another tale hinting at the double face nature of humans. ‘Dependent’ made me feel sorry for the characters. How the collision between harsh reality and one’s dreams can prove fatal – has been narrated well in this tale.
Furthermore, the setting for each tale is so diverse. The author takes his reader on a ride in his tales – from villages and graves to Barcelona; from the streets of Mexico to the corridors of International Space Station; from outside the football stadiums of Italy to the inside of a club’s swimming pool.
Varad certainly is a master storyteller. He knows how to hook onto the attention of his readers. The concepts of his tales are compact and to the point. The language is crisp and smooth.
Finally, after reading the ebook, I came to realize something which took me by surprise. This is the first book where I loved the short stories more than the long ones. Somehow ‘Perfection’ and ‘The Malolan Chronicles’ couldn’t amaze me as others.
That being said, I also cannot deny the fact that the author shows an inbred talent for writing thrillers. His capacity to spin a tale on any topic gives him the advantage to experiment with different genres. This is one of the most desired ability in an author.
‘Tales with a Twist’ written by Varad gives us just a glimpse of those many thrilling adventures which Varad can take us all in near future. All I can say is that I am eagerly waiting for his next!!!
A 30-something Entrepreneur, husband, father, and storyteller. A voracious reader, he has been coming up with stories from the age of ten. Having taken to blogging in 2017, he has been penning pieces of fiction, both small and large. This book is his collection of short stories. When he is not reading or writing, Varadharajan indulges in long drives, trekking, playing tennis and goofing around with his kids. Varadharajan lives with his wife, Namratha, a budding poetess in her own right and their two sons, Avyukt and Akshar, in Bangalore, India.
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