The Knight Of Swords And Spooks | Terry Deary

I love this novella, because of four reasons.

  • This is story of knights.
  • It was a funny story.
  • It was a thriller as well.
  • I learned many new words from this story

The Knight Of Swords And Spooks – Terry Deary’s Knights’ Tales
Author: Terry Deary
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd, London. First edition 2009.
NLB Reservation: The knight of swords and spooks / by Terry Deary ; illustrated by Helen Flook.
Connemara Reservation: Book Not Found
Words: Difficult words

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In this story I learned how does a warrior fights and how does the battle will be and how does the king will be in that time.

The characters are –

King Richard III - King of England - The Knight Of Swords And Spooks

King Richard III – King of England – The Knight Of Swords And Spooks

Henry Tudor – The enemy of the King Richard III

George - a little boy - The Knight Of Swords And Spooks

George – a little boy – The Knight Of Swords And Spooks


Sir Thomas Stanley - George's father - The Knight Of Swords And Spooks 05

Sir Thomas Stanley – George’s father – The Knight Of Swords And Spooks 05

Sir Richard Radcliffe - Richard's trusted knight. - The Knight Of Swords And Spooks

Sir Richard Radcliffe – Richard’s trusted knight. – The Knight Of Swords And Spooks

Robin - George's loyal servant - The Knight Of Swords And Spooks

Robin – George’s loyal servant – The Knight Of Swords And Spooks

I like a poem from this story.

The rat, the cat and the Lovel dog,

Rule all the England under the hog.

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I wrote this story book like a bear eating honey.

I wanted to be a knight after reading this novella. But this happened in the past. So I cannot be one. A knight’s lifestyle is different, however only when I’m on the winning side.

What happened at last? What happened to George? What happened to England. You would see in a twisting climax.

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Jeyamohan’s Yayati and Fellow Indians’ Shah Jahan

While we are debating about Taj Mahal and Shah Jahan like never before, I came across an interesting novel Maamalar by Jeyamohan. This fiction work, based on Indian epic Mahabharata, portrays the character of coward Chandravamsa King, Yayati.

We all know about Yayati’s story in our childhood days. He is son of King Nahusha and an angel Asoka sundari.

About Yayati’s Lust

Although he was a kshatriya, he has been personified as a coward and lusty person in Indian puranic stories. Though he was married already, he accepts to marry Asura princes Sharmistha. Later, He marries Devyani, daughter of Shukracharya, the guru of Asuras. Devyani brings Sharmistha as her maid, with whom Yayati fall in ‘love’ and got Druhyu, Anu and Puru as sons.

When Devyani realized that he deceived her, she went back to her father’s ashram. This is an mind-blowing episode in Maamalar. As per this feminism fiction of Jeyamohan –  Yayati accepts his fault by saying, he went behind his lust of his uncontrolled senses. Neither he deny as if he is an ideal man, Nor he justify as a kshatriya king. He became totally submissive and accepts being cursed by Shukracharya.

Though he was cursed to be a old man, he gave his curse to his son Puru and gets his adolescence to enjoy more women. His love or lust or whatever it is, is fulfilled with Asrubintumati, another lady, before he took back his curse and died.

Shah Jahan’s love!

Shah Jahan is a great lover – thats what I’ve been taught in Indian schools and stories. His love on his wife Mumtaz is not something we can explain easily. We need to write as beautiful as Taj Mahal, don’t we?

Only when he has enormous love on his wife, he can build such a beautiful monument for his dead wife. Though he was jailed by his son later, he spent his last days by looking at the monument until his soul departed.

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But you may know this earlier, as many hinduva guys used to say this. But it was written by some Dr Irfan Zafar in his article It was never Love.

Leave our bed time stories and badly written Indian history text books apart, It is interesting to know that Mumtaz was Shah Jahan’s 4th wife out of his 7 wives. So he was married before he marry Mumtaz, He married even after Mumtaz.

Mumtaz was not Shah Jahan’s bride. He was wife of someone else. Jahan killed him to marry her!

In other words, he was dating Mumtaz for a long time and finally murdered the poor husband to satisfy his hunger (Lust). Ever heard the word morality? Making babies, as we all know, is our favorite sport.

Mumtaz live through the pain for fifteen years, until she died in her 14th delivery. Interestingly Dr Irfan makes a wit by saying, Shah Jahan married Mumtaz’s sister, as a final ending of his wife with Mumtaz!

Love 💕

It is not scarce to hear love stories in our youthful India. We have pairs from Ambikapathi-Amarapathi to Elavarasan-Divya. The number of unaccomplished romantic missions are increasing everyday. Right or wrong – is a different question, but we see people, even commit suicide for their love.

While all these political discussions make a debate cloud all over, I recall about one of our Tamil women of Muthollayiram, who says the following about his lover.

My dear elders, with a garland of blooms in hand!
You are saying, ‘It’s morning already. Open your eyes’

Even if I loose my soul, I won’t open my eyes. Maran made my bangles to fall off from my hands. Such a ruthless man, he came in black elephant and entered in my eyes last night. He is inside my eyes. If I open, he will run away. No dears, I won’t open my eyes.

Please bear with my poor translation. Have a good weekend. See you in another interesting post.


Storm | Kevin Crossley-Holland

“And the ghost?” said Annie.

“That goes up and down and around and pays out passers-by,” said Willa. The sisters fell silent and stared at the flashing water.

Author – Kevin Crossley-Holland Translator, Author of Children’s books from United Kingdom
Wiki – Storm (novella)
NLB Reservation– Storm / Kevin Crossley-Holland ; illustrated by Alan Marks.
Connemara Reservation – NA

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Hi friends,

I’m going to write about a novella called Storm. I like this story book because –

  1. It is a thriller
  2. I learn how to write a story

The main characters are given below.

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  • Annie – A little girl living near the Marsh
  • Mr Carter – Annie’s father
  • Willa – Annie’s elder sister
  • Mrs Carter – Annie’s mother
  • Rod – Willa’s husband
  • Elkin – Owner of the farm land
  • Dr Grant – The doctor
  • Storm – Mysterious horse man
  • Chestnut mare- Storm’s horse

Annie knew the secret about the great marsh. She even heared about its ghost. But one terrible night, Annie must brave the stormy marsh alone. And that time not even she knew what to expect.

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When there was a great storm in outdoor, Willa was pregnant and waiting for baby. Annie volunteered to go in the stormy night to bring Dr Grant. Though Annie was afraid of the ghost, she took this risk for her elder sister.

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The mysterious horse man was not smiling. He had a fearful dark voice. But he was very kind to Annie. Whether Annie encountered with the ghost of marshland, was she able to meet Dr Grant? The climax answered these questions.

I took this book from Serangoon Public Library. My brother scribbled in its 13th page.

Happy Deepavali.

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