The Simoqin Prophecies (GameWorld Trilogy, #1)

The Simoqin Prophecies (GameWorld Trilogy, #1) Die Prophezeiungen Berichten Vom Erwachen Des Schrecklichen Rakshas Danh Gem Und Von Der Ankunft Eines Helden, Der Sich Ihm Entgegenstellen Wird Als Der Tag Der R Ckkehr Danh Gems Naht, Macht Man Kurzerhand Den Prinzen Asvin Zum Retter Doch Dann Sind Da Noch Die Sch Ne Maya Und Der Junge Zauberer Kirin Wer Ist Der Prophezeite Retter Und Wer Vernichter Der Welt Samit Basu F Hrt In Eine Nie Gekannte Welt Der Fliegenden Teppiche, Rosa Trolle, Baucht Nzerinnen Und M Rderischen Kaninchen

Samit Basu is a writer of books, films and comics His first novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, published by Penguin India in 2003, when Samit was 23, was the first book in the bestselling Gameworld Trilogy and marked the beginning of Indian English fantasy writing The other books in the trilogy are The Manticore s Secret and The Unwaba Revelations.Samit s other novels include a YA novel, Terror on t

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  • Paperback
  • 522 pages
  • The Simoqin Prophecies (GameWorld Trilogy, #1)
  • Samit Basu
  • German
  • 11 October 2018
  • 9783492701242

10 thoughts on “The Simoqin Prophecies (GameWorld Trilogy, #1)

  1. says:

    This was absolutely glorious fun It s a weird but entirely assured blend a high fantasy quest Dark Lord epic based in Indian rather than Euro Scand myth and landscape, which is also absolutely rammed with gags the cheaper the better , terrible puns, and affectionate mockery of fantasy tropes This is the sort of thing that s very easy to do badly What lifts this book way above is that the characters are terrifically engaging, the plot is genuinely compelling and twisty, the silliness of the quest structure isn t just a joke but actually has a purpose, and it s got a cheery brutality in killing off characters that keeps you glued Basically I haven t seen this so well pulled off since Terry Pratchett, the master Glommed it in a weekend, absolutely adored it Now to get the other two.

  2. says:

    It took me a little while to get into this book because it starts out slow, and I m not used to Hindu critter names It wasn t too long that I was completely absorbed into the book I have to admit, I really liked Basu s writing style It was fun, hilarious, quirky, and epic As I read through all of the mini adventures the characters went on, I was amazed and drawn in While much of the time the quests weren t detailed, it was much easier to read that way Seriously, I m not a huge fan of books when you have to sit through every single one of the hero s adventures to understand how he got X item Basu went through the fun ones, while skimming over the lame ones This does not mean, however, that character development falls short You know quite well who the characters are, what they are thinking, what they are like, and half the time in your own head you are begging them to do not do something My favourite thing about this book is the ending I read a lot , which is probably an understatement, but the ending caught me completely off guard I like when things are a little different, and Basu really caught my attention with this one I can t wait to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy.

  3. says:

    I like fantasy fiction unlike the vast majority of people who think that it s a disreputable form of literature and consider it only for kids I liked the book It brims over with allusions Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Greek mythology, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, comic books, Arabian Nights etc etc The storyline, of course, is fantasy staple diet There is a Quest, and a Quest needs a Hero, who must go forth with a band of loyal warriors and have many adventures, and Save the World But Simoqin Prophecies offers a slight twist at the end the reader is unsure who the Hero is the human Prince Asvin, or the half ravian Kirin Most of the fantasy epics like LOR, HP etc are eternal wars between Good and Evil Basu gently pokes fun at the traditional fantasy epic And where writers like Tolkien can frequently become dull by virtue of their almost obsessive attention to detail, Basu has managed to evade the issue by throwing in enough wry one liners and puns But I felt the attempts at humour can be a little wearing at times and there are lots of spoofy characters spoofy characters can never be real characters , but still its a great read.One may enjoy it, but I think one really need to have read some fantasy before, or at least have familiarity with Indian culture before one can fully enjoy it Finally i say its a nice spoof.

  4. says:

    Imagine this A desert that s called Al Ugobi.A seagull whose name is Irik Seagull.A group of spell casters calling themselves Hex Men Now none of the above are integral to this story but why I mentioned them here first is probably because this inventive play on words is my major take away from this book Samit Basu is just superb at these things There are interesting references throughout the book and I m terribly tempted to list them all out for you but that would take out most of the fun So am I saying that the actual book in itself is not very remarkable No, in fact its quite the opposite Samit Basu achieves something here that not many have done before or even after For a long time, I wanted to see a fantasy story from India that s NOT based on Indian Mythology Sure, Ramayana and Mahabhratha are too great that we wouldn t ever need anything else as inspiration but I did feel that fantasy as a genre was never exploited the way it was done outside And Samit, here, attempts a book of semi epic proportions that s actually quite engaging and entertaining at the same time He freakin creates a fantastical parallel world to ours The story itself is very straight forward and simple There s a hero Well, two heroes actually And it s up to you to choose whom you like And then there s the heroine Now, I like this girl She s not the usual damsel in distress and gives the boys a run for their money And then there s a host of other interesting characters with Samit bringing a lot of different species to the table asurs,vanars,vamans, humans Then there s the dead but going to resurface dark lord Danh Gem who reminds you of Voldemort Everyone is on a quest to slay him but things turn out a bit differently, as you will see There s some issues with this book, of course First and foremost, the half baked characters Some characters are not even put in the oven It s true that you don t particularly get attached to any of the lead characters by the end of the book and that s a shame when you consider how much you were in love with the Harry Hermione Ron trio by the end of the first book That s sorely missing here If I m gonna continue reading this book, it s only because I m interesting in how the story turns out And I knew what the plot twist was miles before it happened But of course, it s not Samit s fault here Blame all the plot twists you ve ever read in your life To put in a nutshell, would I recommend this book Definitely, why not You owe it to Indian Literature to encourage stuff like this P.S Where are the maps I have no idea where Avranti is relative to Kol or Durg or Xi en Just too many places I can t picture in my head.

  5. says:

    Finally, an Indian author who writes science fiction fantasy And what a novel With references from various books, ranging from Indian epics like the Ramayan and the Mahabharata to fantasy books like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Eragon to Greek mythology this book has it all.The writing is fluid, easy to read and laced with humor The plot has many central characters, many threads and ever so many leads, and each one is better than the last Generally speaking, it follows the traditional first book in a YA fantasy series novel thread enter hero, hero is found by the good forces, hero is meticulously trained, hero goes on a quest foretold by the prophecy, hero gathers equipment magical weapons useless shiny items, the dark lord evil king guy with bad humor rises, the battle begins except for one twist there is no good and evil, and there are not one, but many heroes The author, instead giving you one awesome mind blowing perfect hero, gives two And the freedom to choose which one you want to back.Personally speaking, I dislike one of the heroes he s an arrogant, anti feminist girl chaser who wants to be a hero not for the sake of saving the world, but for the sake of being a hero The other one however, is mysterious, charming, true to the heroine and the underdog More importantly, the second hero doesn t want to be a hero He wants to be left in peace.The book is filled descriptions of the characters, but unlike other YA authors, Samit Basu skips the long and dreary descriptions of the quests and the battles I liked this very much When a major battle is being fought, I don t want to know every sword movement of the hero, I want the gist of it along with the result The quests weren t that well thought out, dangerous or intriguing either In some cases you crave a better thought out task, but the endless humor, delightful characters and perfect plot make up for it.

  6. says:

    Think of a story, Timas It can be anything you like Don t think too much, now Protagonists can be regular too Guy and female best friend Perfect, Timas Let s put in a competing alpha male, yes And keep it in an Indian mythological setting how novel While you re at it, Timas, throw in a lot of references to appear clever Now start writing, Timas your name isn t Timas, is it Keep the beginning intriguing How A rambling confused Creator who disappears for the rest of the time Sounds good to me Jump to the end now, Timas What about the middle, you say Oh, put some words to fill up space, I trust you with that Finish with something you can continue later Trilogies sell these days, you know, Timas.Voila Look, Timas You now have a light, entertaining, mindless read with a Bollywood esque storyline and a hundred and forty two characters no one will remember Oh my

  7. says:

    I had given up on contemporary Indian authors, but Samit Basu gives me hope Surprisingly well written, the book is a parody of your everyday fantasy With a Dark Lord who s not so dark, a Robin Hood doubling as Lord Rama and princes falling in love with Rakshases, while damsels give knights a run for their money, this book hilariously kills all the stereotypes that your typical Hero story propounds while weaving a very interesting tale of an oncoming war between the forces of Good and Evil or Good and Good, or Evil and Evil, or just two sides who believe in different things I am especially fond of the Knights of the Almost Perfectly Circular Table of Ventelot and the wonderful ending.

  8. says:

    A very underrated author. Lucky for me i picked up this book randomly from the library Hilarious spoofs on everyone from Aladdin to Lord of the Rings to Robin hood and a brilliant story Must read for a good laugh and a great story

  9. says:

    I had heard some vague stuff about Samit Basu s Gameworld Trilogy a long time ago Unfortunately, it got pushed to the deep recesses of my mind until one day, as Fate would have it, I chanced upon a copy of The Simoqin Prophecies Then I thought, Ah, what the heck Secretly I was hoping that the book would restore my hope for the future of modern Indian fantasy fiction.Guess what It did.I am a fan of Basu s style of writing His voice is refreshing, quirky, hilarious and at times will leave you snorting and groaning with laughter I thought I should make a special mention for the humor in this novel Because don t expect it to be your traditional epic fantasy In fact, throughout the book it pokes perpetual light hearted fun at your old fantasy tropes In these pages you will find scattered dozens of parodies and spoofs, some subtle, others not so much, of well known movies, books, comics and so on The novel s unique humor suffused in each and every paragraph you read One review said that the book straddles without ever really crossing the line between being an entertaining fantasy novel and a tender satire I really couldn t have put it better.The novel itself starts out in a fairly traditional fantasy way There is the threat of a Dark Lord returning, the notorious rakshasa Danh Gem, and this leads to a Quest And where there is a Quest, there is a Hero preferably one prophesized in advance As the day of the Danh Gem s resurrection approaches the Hero is chosen and his training begins But heroes aren t born, they are made And there are some things which even prophecies can t foretell As the Hero prepares for his journey, another young man learns of his destiny and the difficult choices he must make to save the world from the rakshasa.Set in vast, thriving and beautifully built world, The Simoqin Prophecies is full of exotic creatures, races and a cast of characters just as vibrant and varied as the land they live in From the beginning we have no doubt about our two primary protagonists Asvin, the Hero, the Person To Whom Many Things Happen or something like that and Kirin, the ravian Rescued in the beginning of the story from an attempt on his life, Asvin is an Avrantic prince and so you can t really blame him if he s stubborn, na ve and slightly prejudiced He is described as having a mind that is keen and straight like a sword Couple this with his good nature, inherent gallantry and his endless supply of courage and Asvin makes an endearing, if at times exasperating, character He grew up in a rigid royal environment and with barely any knowledge of the world beyond his borders His attempted assassination was the first event that jarred him from his supposedly secure life into reality and the real world Now, with hesitant strides, he is finding his way as he trains and prepares to be a Hero and soon realizes it s not all it s cracked up to be He won t find monsters stalking every corner just waiting for him to slay them Damsels will probably give him a run for his money And the world is far different than Asvin could ve expected He will have to learn much before he can become its Hero.Though it is unclear which of our two central characters is the main protagonist of the novel, I would say that Kirin takes up most of the center stage as his story, his emotions, his decisions drive much of the plot He is the last of his own kind in this world and he doesn t know why Kirin is a ravian, a member of an ancient, powerful and mysterious race that disappeared off the face of earth long ago Kirin doesn t know or remember why he was left behind But as the last of his race, he takes it upon himself to defeat and destroy the ravians greatest enemy, Danh Gem Note You can replace the word ravian with elf if you want but I d prefer to stick with the former It sounds much cooler Incidentally, Kirin s mind is described as being keen and twisted like a corkscrew He and Asvin make quite a contrast And though from the beginning their intent is one and the same, down the road their paths branch off and take completely different turns By the end of the novel, you will realize just how far apart their journeys have led them But these two are just the icing on the cake when it comes to the characters Another major one is Maya, a feisty young girl who is also a skilled Spellbinder and Asvin s possible romantic interest Sorry, Asvin, it ain t gonna be that easy to woo her Coincidentally, we re first introduced to her as Kirin s best friend and from the start we are given hints that Kirin s feelings towards Maya may be than that of a friend Aside from that we also have homicidal rabbits, scantily clad centauresses, bloodthirsty monkeys, view spoiler carnivorous jinnis hide spoiler

  10. says:

    GoosebumpsI have been a fantasy fiction junkie for the better part of a decade now but this style of writing is totally new to me and extremely refreshing Some die hard fantasy lovers have argued that the books are comedy and so does not get a place in the Great and Exalted Hall of Epic Fantasies however, I would say that the author has managed to walk this tight rope marvelously well The comedy does not hinder the story, instead it enriches it.The plot of the book is about the rise of the hero view spoiler and the Dark Lord hide spoiler

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