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Author interview: A J Chaudhury

Symposium Saturday welcomes author A.J. Chaudhury, writer of fantasy and historical fiction

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

author_picI live in Assam, India with my mother and sister. I am a student of botany who likes to write every time he has a free minute. Creating stories has been my passion since I was in kindergarten. I plan to keep writing as long as I live.

What are your hobbies?

Besides writing, I like to watch good films. Someday I hope to direct a film of my own. I also like to play badminton sometimes. I like travelling and want to see the world.

Which writers inspire you?

 It’s a long list. The first writers who inspired me were Rudyard Kipling, Conan Doyle. Then came the marvellous J. k. Rowling, followed by authors like Tolkien, David Gemmel, GRRM, Richard Matheson. Currently I am in love with Kurt Vonnegut’s writings. Continue reading “Author interview: A J Chaudhury”

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Book review: A Song of Blood by A. J. Chaudhury

A Song of Blood is a low fantasy / historical fiction written by A. J. Chaudhury

Children are being stolen from their village, spirits or demons are whisking them away. 51noaaqhhklThe men of the town seem powerless to act, but then one night the village chief’s Nanda’s son is stolen and inaction is no longer an option. Leaving the village unguarded he takes every able bodied man out into the forest in pursuit of the demon spirit that claimed his child. Vishva warns such actions are unwise, but is still forced on this mission, but there is more to this quest than first appears.

With one foot in Indian mythology and another tailoring to those who enjoy low fantasy this short story is an interesting read. It reflects on how the actions of men can be twisted and reforged into tales of legend. The author tells a unique tale and shows great insight into humans and their beliefs.

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A Song of Blood