Yes, the title is harsh. I agree. Speaking of titles, I wish this book’s title hadn’t been so intriguing, wouldn’t have read it if it had said something boring like “’Granny’s letters from Miasmas” or something equally obscure. I’ve wanted to read Fredrik Backman since I heard about A Man Called Ove. There’s a grandpa in my building who is exactly like the old man in the book and I’ve been dying to read it with mum and giggling together. Then I saw this title an forgot all about that. I must have pissed Ove off or something because this book was so disappointing!
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A while back I read a post dissing (I can’t believe I’ve actually used that word now, I used to hate it) Mythology in India and calling it unimaginative (pfft). It also went on to say how our Indian authors cannot write fantasy to rival western authors, the liked of Neil Gaiman or Rothfuss. So I thought of writing a post about how imaginative mythology actually is and how brilliant it is. But then I decided not to, mainly because I don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way. Instead, I’ve made a list of brilliant fantasy books, not mythology, from India authors that you might enjoy.
1. Dark Things
Yes this is from one of my favourite people on the internet but I didn’t know her before reading this book so my opinion is pretty unbiased. Dark things is a story that takes inspiration and influence from many places and while it does have characters from mythology, it isn’t based only on characters in mythology. In fact you’ll notice the theme of a rather popular fairy tale running throughout so if you want a fairytale retelling from a different POV this may just be it. Continue reading
This is less a review and more a lamentation. If anything, it is a lamentation. The whole reading experience for me got off to a very rocky start, I’d preordered it on Amazon India the day it was announced and somehow, I received it last. After everyone else including the ones who ordered it the day it released. Which totally put me off reading it. I’d lost all my excitement and anticipation and instead was about to cancel when I got the notification that it was out for delivery.
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“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”
This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work-—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders…and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.
What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.
With the family farm to run after her grandfather’s murder and a spiralling drinking problem Anya doesn’t think life can get worse. But when Tuoni, God of the Underworld, interrupts her breakfast to tell her that her grandfather’s responsibility’s as a Gate Keeper of Skazki has now fallen to her, Anya’s simple life falls into chaos.
Planning to write Tuoni off as a drunken hallucination doesn’t go smoothly when a stone, bequeathed to her by her grandfather, hatches into a legendary firebird. It’s sharing its body with the broodingly good looking Prince Yvan, whose dark magician brother has been seeking to destroy for centuries.
With powerful enemies closing in around them, Anya has no choice but to sober up, follow Yvan into Skazki and hope that she can learn how to control her awakening magic before it destroys her and any hope of keeping the gates to both world’s safe.
Hype Hype and some more Hype later I finally grabbed myself e-copies of I hate fairyland 1,2 and 3. Because these were the cheapest first three and I wanted to get myself acquainted with the style before I made a proper investment in the physical copies (which are, by the way, still not available in India).
I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young and Jean-François Beaulieu is about a little green haired girl called Gertrude who wishes that she could live in fairyland. her wish comes true and somehow, she’s stuck there. Her mind ages over the 27 years that she’s stuck but her body remains. So what we are left with is this murderous, crass, frustrated 27 yr old in a kid’s body. It’s quite bizarre really.
The art is absolutely brilliant, colourful and gory but not in a yucky Tokyo Ghoul kind of way, in a more…..fluffy way. I can’t believe I actually said that. If you have a problem you can go fluff yourself. NO. I didn’t mean that! COME BACK!