Title: Tomorrow Wendell
Author: Ridley R.M
Genre : Fantasy-Fiction/Supernatural Thriller
Jonathan Alvey is in the private investigation business and specializes in the art of using supernatural elements and magic to solve the clients ‘problems in the town of New Hades. Enter Wendell Courtney, a client who brings forward a baffling case. Wendell recently had an un”fortune”ate prediction from a tarot reading machine and is in a vex ever since. His death has been predicted in precisely a week, by every prediction method he has laid his hands on and he is shit scared. The rest of the story goes about explaining how Jonathan deals with Wendell’s curious problem while dealing with another rogue organisation-The Apatedyne.
The reader gets the idea that Alvey is supposed to be this really cool dude, who is lazy but sharp. Kind of like our Jack Sparrow minus the gaudy eye make-up and beads. In trying to establish such a character, every detail of Jonathan’s mundane actions is painstakingly explained in flowery language which makes it a bit hard to return to if you don’t force yourself to. But it does get quite interesting once you stick to it. Kind of like most of my subjects at school! So the main question here is do you have the determination to put up with the way Jonathan swishes and swishes and swishes his bourbon while thinking or his long drawn out thoughts while crossing a very small street? Then go ahead and you might come to like the story a lot.
One other interesting thing is the different way in which magic has been potrayed by the author. It is not like your regular wave your wand, see a bird fly kind of magic but an intense experience which drains you physically and emotionally and is said to even drastically change a person towards the end of their life. The creatures mentioned also sound quite new to me and honestly there were certain parts where the book was an absolute page turner. It more or less deals with how it would actually look like if only magic were real, which is quite refreshing.
And since I cannot tell you more without revealing crucial parts of the story, let’s just skip to the ending. The climax was a tad bit of a let-down and appeared a bit rushed. But it all looks like a good opening for a sequel and I find myself strangely waiting for it.
What I Like: The good language and the narration.
What I Didn’t Like: The overtly flowery writing to explain stuff like eating noodles. I get that he is hungry, but it seems like a bit too much!
Readers' Muse Note: Thanks Deepika Anandakrishnan for yet another amazing review!