It’s TBF time again and it’s time for another book review. Today we will discuss the much talked about The Origin of Martin Krooger by Sameer Kumar; Half Baked Beans Publications.
When Agusthus, the most powerful God, comes down to the silent, sleeping Earth to warn the people of their impending doom and the secret reason for revolt, his voice is unheard by anyone except someone who vows to avenge the wrongs. Trodden on, humiliated and harassed by the Gods, he becomes a vigilante against the corrupt, adamant about making everyone pay for their mistakes. But who is he? What have the Gods done that he is on a hunting spree?
This is a fantasy story that revolves around various themes such as love, compassion, revenge, understanding and realisation. Let’s kick off with what I liked. I haven’t seen many Indian authors attempt a fantasy oriented story as a debut attempt which was a definite plus. The writing style was almost script-like which means conversations that were backed with their own detailed forethoughts and the vocabulary was engaging and clean. The concept of explaining our faults as humans through different characters and how nature and the Gods together gave us choices again and again to reform is commendable.
Now, the negatives. The story bounced. A lot. From characters to situations to a plot, the constant to and fro made me a little confused. Some conversations were simply needless and a little tailoring could have helped streamline the dialogues as well as the narration. It was quite evident that the author had taken inspiration from Pandora from Avatar and the Greek Mythology and Lord of The Rings. The story dragged at times and it can leave a reader baffled with what the author is actually trying to convey because some vocabulary wasn’t used in the right context. The characterisation could have been better.
All in all, it was a brave attempt but something that could have been much, much better given the concept if the editing would streamlined it to a better shape. All in all, 3.5 stars out of 5 from me for great effort, plot and morals!
Until next time!