Pandora’s Box #Book Review

Author : Tushar Sen
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing,
Release date : 2015
Pages : 165
Genre : Fiction / Short Stories
Source : Leadstart Publishing



Pandora’s Box is an anthology of short stories.  Everyone seems to be on the anthology bandwagon.  There have been too many anthologies thrust to me recently.  In fact, I am also toying with the idea of an anthology,  but am too lazy to do it.

So, where were we?  Ah! Pandora’s Box.  It just opens and then takes you to different places,  different countries,  different thoughts.  But,  you will not be bored for sure.  Because,  this anthology has a lot of variety.  And I find the name very appropriate.

There are 21 stories.  The stories are good at building up and then adding a twist at the near end.  I liked Tushar’s writing .  It has an open, fresh feel.  There is no rush to build emotions and cliches.  It’s a story and he is saying it as it is.  It is also well-edited though I picked up a mistake or two.  But, that can be ignored.

I am not happy with all the endings,  but then that is my opinion.  Each story is different here and I couldn’t find a common thread other than the twists as is typical of other anthologies.  Most of the stories are based on real events, settings though the stories are fictional.

In the story,  ‘Paying Guest’,  it has a rather bizarre twist though I was expecting a happier ending.  I also do not believe in ghosts and superstitions.  But still the story ‘The Satanic Provocations’ gave me goose bumps.   I thoroughly enjoyed the title story ‘Pandora’s Box’ which questions the landing on the moon and other theories.  The story ‘Last Viking’ is a delight.

The book is good for young readers because of its short chapters and even shorter attention spans of the next generation.   In fact,  whenever you have a short 10 minute break,  you can read a story.

Overall,  I would give a thumbs up to this book.  And I also loved the beautiful cover art.


18 thoughts on “Pandora’s Box #Book Review

  1. I had come across this book too. I have the same question as Sreesha. Are these stories in any one particular genre or a combination of many genres?

    1. Some stories are having some death in it. But the focus is not on death or the mind as a subject. The author has done good research on the background of each of the stories since there are historical and current events. The writing is good. Not as good as the masters like Manto, Satyajit Ray or Kanishk Tharoor, but definitely better than a whole lot of current anthologies.

  2. This seems perfect for when you’re rushing about with appointments all day. Just read a story whenever someone is running late. It is such a gorgeous cover!

  3. I like the way you sprinkle the darker aspects like pepper on the white fluffy good parts of the book.. V fair & v interesting

    1. Thanks Gita. I loved the image your comment is evoking. I typically mention the pros and cons of a book. I try to be as objective as I can. The decision to buy the book is with the reader, of course. Read my other reviews too.

  4. Don’t be lazy, bring out your own book already! 🙂

    What genre are the stories? You mentioned bizarre, goosebump-ery endings, so I’m curious (as you know what kind of books I like)

  5. Even before I read your review I noticed that cover design. It intrigues me and makes me want to pick up the book. The book itself sounds good too. I like anthologies for when I don’t want to commit myself to a book. But the flip side is they’re often not too gripping and I take forever to finish them.

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