Review 1: Not the Usual Short Stories
By MJF Ln Sarath Babu – Amazon Top Ranked Reviewer
A book with a difference. Though I write reviews for books, I would rarely recommend the readers to buy them, but this book is surely in that list. On the other hand, writing a story is an art, and it needs dedication apart from forming the concept and presenting it in the readable form. Though there are editors and proofreaders who could make the latter part of my mention a possible one, it is the core that plays a vital role in the success of any story.
Santhosh would surely make you smile, cry, motivate with his five short stories in this extraordinary book. I was deeply moved by each and every one of them as it gave a different dimension and approach in the so-called journey of life.
Each story was unique and had a different concept but had struck the chord in a perfect way. Having read few thousands of books till date, these stories did not fail to amaze me. I wouldn't have been that much impressed if one or two out of the five stories were good, but when you find the entire book to have such an awesome storyline, you will not stop thinking about it for sure. This isn't flattery, but you would understand and agree with my views when reading the book.
The characters aren't unique as it revolves around common people like us. While one was a job aspirant, another one could not appreciate what life had given to him, succumbing to work. The other one was a drunkard though he was a good person at heart whereas another story features two old people and how they meet each other which changes their lives forever.
Review 2: Must Read for all the readers
By Team ARL
The cover is attractive enough to catch attention. It's one of the best I've come across in recent times. The Title of the book The Blue Moon Day is catchy and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it's a perfect combination. It's always great to read a book when it not only has an interesting cover and title but a great story as well.
The story consists of 5 different stories with a different protagonist, but there is a common connection among each of the five protagonists in different names. Pizza Engineer, The Messenger, Not Today, The Story Teller, Heaven, and last all come together at The Blue Moon Day.
Out of these five short stories, The Storyteller is my favourite part. The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping and intriguing, and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. The plot is strong, and the author has been able to do full justice to it. Never felt my interest waning. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. With every turning page, the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.
The author's mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the book's pages. In addition, he has portrayed each and every character with the utmost significance of their own, and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story.
The language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. In addition, narration and characterization is done well.
To write is an art; to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. An engrossing read that's capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end. The book has a very powerful message to deliver. Kudos to the author for penning down this book.
Looking forward to read more books by the author.
A wonderful read, one I'll strongly recommend to all book lovers.
Overall Ratings- 5/5 Stars.
Review 3: A must-read for all
Book Name: The Blue Moon Day (Five Men's Magical Discovery En route Life)
Author Name: Santhosh Sivaraj
No of Pages: 213
Publisher: Invincible Publishers
Blurb: The blurb portion of the book is written compactly with highlighting the core section of the book. It can surely make the reader turn the pages of the book to know what it contains. So, the blurb is good and neat, I can say.
Cover: The book's front cover is one of the most eye-catching covers I have ever come across so far. Actually, its speciality is its simple touch. The bright semi image of a blue moon and the dark shadowed figure in front of it- the contrast snatches the show indeed. It is completely justifying the title of the book. So, it is a perfect work by the cover designer, I must say.
Title: The book's title is not only catchy & unique in the sense, but it exactly suits the substance of the book. It is thought triggering, actually, because I wondered what is being referred to here as 'blue moon day' and how it evolves an entire story from this. But after completing the book, I can say that the titular reference is being given at the extreme and of the book, and I consider it appropriate as well.
Language & narration: The language of the book is lucid and simple enough to comprehend for any kind of reader. The plain flowing, simple, yet captivating narrating style of the events in each story made this book a gripping and interesting fast read, I must say. Visualizing narration is one of the positive points of the book.
Plot: The plot is inspired by the experiences, learning & lessons of life from the motivational journeys of 5 real-life characters. The attractive point is that all the journeys got interconnected by a reason (the person actually) and thus held the book's significance. With the potentially healthy imagination of the author, five subplots have made the base content compact and impactful indeed. Especially, the author has opted for describing the most important lessons of life in the simplest and most realistic way possible. Kudos for coming up with this idea.
Characterization: The most strong point or strength of the book is undoubtedly crystal clear characterization. Not only the protagonists of the five different stories but each & every character correlated with them (major or minor) have been portrayed aptly, and all of them are justified to their respective roles till the very end of the book.
The simple portrayal of the characters made the book easily connectable for the readers as well. Let's get familiar with the names of the characters mentioned in the book- Abhinav Sharma aka Abi, Rishi, Mr Pillai, Mr Joe Fernandez, Mrs Jayanti Mohan, Ajay aka Aju, Deepak, Priya, Siddharth aka Sid, Anshul, Rao, Usha, Vivian John aka Vivi, Ravi, Jenny, Danny, Rachael, Andy, *Jennifer, Amar, S.Sankaran, Vinod, Khadija, Anustup, Dia, Chitra, Prabhakaran, Shivi, Malar, Kalyani, Dr Velan, Isai Chelvi, Dr Ezhil, Dr Jose, Dr Raj Purniman.
Theme: Self-help, motivational, inspirational, personal development, optimism.
My Verdict: Author Santosh Sivaraj has done a great job by penning down this magical journey under a single shed that can transform the lives of many (surely it will). The deep & compact plot has been well developed with mixing all kind of major lessons of life in these six chapters, and of course, each and every emotion are transparent here inside the characters.
Through the experiences of 5 ordinary people, the author has put front what life is all about and its significance. How to deal with the difficulties in life and how to move forward is discussed here. The author has shown the path of living life and making oneself better than yesterday.
Love, friendship, family, relationship, pain, anger, solitude, jealousy, maturity, innocence, sheer humour, care, concern, ambition, dreams, success, failure, learning, joy, grief, helplessness, panic, loss, and ultimately… happiness… - all thread of emotions have been portrayed here in these six chapters entirely.
"The Storyteller" will be my most favourite journey I have ever lived through any book; I mean it. We all need a Dr Raj Purniman in our life.. I wish…I so wish…
I will be looking forward from now on towards the future work of the same author.
Recommendation: I would definitely love to recommend this brilliant piece of work to each and every avid reader out there. I want this book to reach as many people as possible because I believe that every person should go through this book at least once. It will definitely change their mindset and way of view for the better. This book is a worthy read. Thank you.
Rating (Overall): 5/5 Stars.