A Leap of Faith, Once in a Blue Moon

Starting with a much delayed deep apology to Venu, who gave me this book for read for a review in exchange.

Who else wondered why would anyone kick the bucket, just like that? Or why you shouldn’t leave no stone unturned?

For me, once idioms were among my worst nightmares of the English homework. How would I welcome a novel which has two in it’s title and use them as its subject?

A Leap in a Blue Moon, by Ishwar Vedam, is more than it’s intriguing title – a play on two popular idioms, ‘A leap in the dark’ and ‘Once in a blue moon.’ It appeals you if you have a fair bit of imagination, that is waiting to be loosen itself from the reality, and fly off.

The novel talks about a girl in her pre-teens, who just like anyone doesn’t like idioms so much. Her ‘Alice’ experience starts when she landed into her own wonderland of Idioms.

A very simple narrative, with clearly kids in mind – LIBM is just not only for kids. It’s simple, fun and fairy-tale enough for young readers, but also racy and absorbing enough for any0ne.  Quite risky for a novel subject, LIBM never have a dull moment.

For the linguistic in you, you can the challenge of spotting all the idioms used in the book, otherwise, if you’re looking for a perfect gift for your kids birthday, add this to your list. If you are like me, who loved reading the likes of Lucky Starr, have a smile on your face, right now.

Comments (6)

VenuJanuary 11th, 2012 at 12:44 am

🙂 Finally. Thanks for the review. Now, I will divulge the details. The author is a cousin of mine. (I am sure you guessed) And is an Infoscion himself. 🙂

MindTentativeJanuary 11th, 2012 at 1:18 am

Is there an e-version available that I can lay my hands on? If yes, I promise to publish a review asap. But for the distance, I would have loved to read the paperback.

IshwarJanuary 12th, 2012 at 11:04 am

Thanks a lot Riyaz for taking time to read the book and posting your thoughts.

Dear MindTentative — The e-version is not yet out. It is definitely planned down the line.

MindTentativeJanuary 14th, 2012 at 3:39 am

Hi Eshwar – Thanks for taking time out to reply. Good luck with your book. Would keep a tab on your site for news on e-version.

IshwarAugust 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Dear MindTentative, the e-version (kindle version) of the book is out and available at:


MindTentativeAugust 12th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Ishwar, Thanks. I’ll be in India shortly. I’ll pick the paperback from Strand. That would enhance the experience. Thanks for letting me know about the e-version.