Friday, January 25, 2013

Alchemy - Blogadda Book Review


Alchemy. When I heard Blogadda’s coming up with a book from such a bold genre, I was surprised – not at Blogadda for bringing such a book to the book reviews programme, but the fact that a book indeed has been published with erotic stories?! And if that wasn’t surprising, this is a second installment in the Tranquebar book of Erotic Stories series. Anyways, since I hadn’t read the first installment, I didn’t know what to expect from the book – and I liked that I had that advantage.

The critical critique came out right at the site of the cover page. Quite honestly, I still don’t get what the blip of a visual still on the cover page means/implies. The closest I got to comprehending it was a woman and a man’s arm (what fun if it means something entirely different than what I just understood it to be?!) So well, not a really impressive visual appeal or colours – quite clich├ęd.

This anthology consists of 13 short stories written by literary experts; all revolving around that one unavoidable and a very important feeling for the survival of human race! Uh, not love! Sex. Each story aims to present this act and the emotions associated with it from a different angle, with a ‘different’ story. The gist on the back cover starts with some really pithy emotions crisply melted into words. It reads something like: ‘So many elements of ourselves come together in the act of sex: skin and bodily fluids, desire, fear, greed, joy, stigma, pride, affection, guilt, often in the hopes of creating something more beautiful, our personal elixirs of life, however  temporary, however permanent.’ Quite impressive, but sadly it started and ended with just those words. The stories, well most of them, don’t quite have a ‘story’! Nor do they quite aptly fit into this genre. Some of these stories are so plain-Jane, that I was left searching for the ‘meaning’ of it all. Some other stories and descriptions were on the lines that you find these days in any novel irrespective of their genres. A couple of stories however stood out, not because they were great, but because they were repulsive and despicable. Maybe that was the aim of the authors, maybe not. A couple of others weren’t impressive, they were mundane – but the story and the emotions were understandable. Overall, I’d say I had high expectations from this book – because of the way in which sex was portrayed in an elegant yet practical manner through the synopsis and hype. But sadly, I can’t grant this book a higher review than the one I’m already giving here (not that much matters lol).

The language was simple with the exception of a couple of stories. The book is only 228 pages, but I kept struggling to finish the last 100 pages because of the sheer boredom the stories are tagged with. On a very small note, you might find yourself relating to some of the characters and the thoughts. I thought I would too, but surprisingly not much. I hope the third installment won’t be such a disappointment.

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