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So my first ever mini review post 😀 Actually I was inspired by Fanna @ Fannatality to do so after reading here latest mini review post. If you haven’t guessed till now, then I would like to tell that these reviews are pending since ages. I don’t have much to say about these books so I don’t want to do a full post featuring these considering the amount of time I take to write a single post 🙁 But after seeing Fanna’s post, I was motivated to do so 😀 So let’s move to the reviews. I hope you would like them.
Publication Date: November 30th 2017
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Genres: Mythological Fiction
Goodreads Blurb: Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva.
Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadeva, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, his gifts to humanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?
For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who revelled in bloodlust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?
Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.
I would say I liked the book but not too the extent that I expected. We Indians have heard many stories about Lord Shiva’s and Parvati’s son, Lord Ganesha, from our childhood, but there are rare stories about their another son, Lord Kartikeya. So when I read the title, I definitely wanted to know more about him. But I am sad to say that there were many occasions when I just wanted to mark it as DNF.
The purpose of Kartikeya’s birth was to kill the Asura king, Soorapadma, one of the three sons of Maya. I thought the story is going to be more about how he killed Soorapadma but it was more of what happened after that? To my surprise, the main antagonist was not Soorapadma but was the God of the heaven Indra. I can say that this story is far from what I have read about Kartikeya in stories from Puranas. It is definitely more of a retelling. This story was more about the emotions of others involved in the story. Most of the first part revolves around the birth of Kartikeya, but I wanted to know more about his doings after his birth. There are too many details about the events before his birth and were not at all necessary.I would definitely say that the writing of the author was the most difficult part for me. There were so many new words which made it really hard for me to go smoothly throughout the story. It was kind of too “advanced”. I am not sure if it is her general writing style or it is just for this book. However, the main issue that I had with this book was the explicit erotic content. It was a LOT which I don’t expect in an Indian mythology. It was there in the almost whole book right from the beginning to the end and it was too graphic. There were a few sections where women were shown as full of desire and lust. Even the portrayal of Shiva is in the same way which I didn’t like at all.
In spite of all these shortcomings, I gave this book 3 stars instead of just 2 because of the last 20-30 pages where we get the introduction of Chitra and Ganesha. That part was quite good and fast pacing. But here also, the story that the author told about Ganesha’s birth was quite different from what I knew since childhood.
I would recommend this book for only those who have read this author’s work previously and like her writing. Also, certain mythological fiction lovers can like this but yes it is not at all suitable for someone below 18.
Disclaimer: I received a physical copy of this book from the author but that doesn’t influence my thoughts/rating in any way.
Publication Date: November 21st 2017
Publisher: Black Mask Comics
Genres: Graphic Novel, Mystery
Goodreads Blurb: 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans.
When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices – let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige picks the bad one.
180ish pages of full color comic-booking about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny from rising star writer Matthew Rosenberg (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KINGPIN, SECRET WARRIORS) and equally rising star artist Tyler Boss (LAZARUS, CALEXIT, Vice Magazine).
I actually enjoyed this graphic novel. This is a story about 4 kids (11-12 years old) who try to rob a bank. This is a dark and humorous tale. Paige is the leader of this gang and she has been shown as a fierce character. Because of an upcoming trouble her father can lead into, she makes that idea of robbing that bank. I liked her portrayal of a strong girl. Also, I loved her relationship with her father.
My favorite character was, however, Berger. He was so funny and notorious and was always a troublemaker for the group. The other characters were also dynamic and I like the overall group as each child has different qualities.
This book has been publicised as a middle-grade read because of the age group of the children involved in the story. But after reading this, I would say that this is not a suitable read for the children of that age group for sure. There is the use of strong language and graphic violence.
I liked the idea of using video games at the start of each chapter to represent the current planning of the kids. That idea was really unique and refreshing. I like the artwork to some extent but it was really simple as compared to the concept of the story.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who loves reading graphic novels and in need of something dark and humorous.
Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Black Mask Comics for providing me the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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