Dark Things Between the Shadow and the Soul

Dark Things Between the Shadow and the Soul⚣ [PDF] ✅ Dark Things Between the Shadow and the Soul By Sudha Kuruganti ✰ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Enter a world where demons fall in love with deities the unuiet dead are exorcised with food and the love story of a shapeshifter and an ordinary man ends in tragedyFeaturing cross dressing assassins Enter a world where Between the PDF Î demons fall in love with deities the unuiet Dark Things ePUB ✓ dead are exorcised with food and the love story of a shapeshifter and Things Between the eBook ✓ an ordinary man ends in tragedyFeaturing cross dressing assassins were snakes goddesses and Things Between the Shadow and MOBI :¼ demon kings this collection of twenty two short stories retells age old tales from Indian mythology—with a twistWith footnotes and an afterword to each story explaining the mythology to casual readers these short stories will delight lovers of the unusual. Rating 35 This review was originally posted on Rain and a Book It’s difficult to fight when you have no idea who your enemy is When I read the title I thought it was a collection of passionate romances my thoughts colored heavily by a poem by Neruda from which this book derives its title When I saw the cover I thought it was a collection of horror stories But Dark Things Between the Shadow and the Soul Fractured Fairy Tales from Indian Mythology is a darkly colorful mix of everything – romance to horror to fantasy to even humor All based on as the subtitle states Indian mythologyThe book is divided into five parts – Vedas Trimurti Ramayana Mahabharat and Urban Legends Myths There are a total of 22 stories and an introductory chapter that summarizes the Indian myths and epics This chapter is useful for those who are not well versed in the epics There is also a note at the end of each story which describes which specific episode from the epics was the basis of the story I have in the past felt rather lost while reading stories of a similar kind without these background notes such as in the case of this bookAbout the stories themselves – some stories are told from the perspective of a character different from the traditional narrator of those stories some are modern retellings whereas others borrow the central theme andor character names from the original stories but have wholly uniue plots My favourites in the book are To The Victors Soul Eater and Storyteller To The Victors is from the Ramayana section of the book and it tells the story from Surpanakha’s perspective While I am by no means a member of Ravana’s recently formed fan club I've always firmly believed nothing can ever be as black and white as the epics portray Of course I also never believed in Rama’s oh so ideal glory be me can’t touch me name and fame Of course as a country clearly we have a warped view of what’s “ideal” But that’s a discussion for another day I loved Soul Eater because a I never knew such a tribe or clan existed in Bihar please read the story to find out about this tribe and b this story isn’t based on any existing episodes; it’s fresh and very interesting As for Storyteller the last chapter of this book – it’s a famous story that every Indian is familiar with but the way it is told made me laugh – and also made me look over my shoulder I won’t reveal anything other than that Nice way to end the book though – with a smile and a chillThe language used is simple and the book is a uick read In some places it could have been descriptive firm than airy I suspect it would have slowed down the pace a tad but that wouldn’t have been an issue For instance in the first story it took me a while to gain a footing; similarly with stories such as By The Numbers and Dreams I felt I was plunging headlong into them The descriptions would have actually helped While there are no glaring errors in language and it isn’t at all tedious to read I felt in one or two places it could have used an extra bit of proofreadingI understand this is a self published ebook but there were some Wiki links in the notes section of some of the stories – this seemed a bit odd to me from a reader’s perspective especially because on my Kindle they didn’t work and appeared only as underlined words I realized they were links when I opened the pdf file on my laptopThis book is a good choice for anyone delving into Indian mythology for the first time As the author states in her introduction there are very few books in this category Well very few good ones anyway in my opinion And this is a good one Give it a read Note I was given a PDF copy of this book in exchange for a review This review is unbiased and honest I stumbled upon Sudha Kuruganti’s blog when I was vehemently searching for some worthwhile Baahubali fan fiction She had posted a bewitching fanfic titled ‘Elemental’ and I was bowled over There was just so much depth and justification to each character in the description of the piece and that’s when I realized that I had to check out her book Oh and also the book cover screamed badass womenGrowing up I’ve always had a fascination for Hindu Mythology much to my parents’ surprise It’s not like they banned reading material related to the genre but just surprised because I grew up in Dubai and they wondered where the sudden interest sprouted from My neighbor next door from Rashidiya was a Brahmin and she believed in inculcating the Hindu culture from a very young age in her only child – Mithun With this kid being tight with my younger brother he was than happy to lend us his brand new Ramayana cartoon disc That’s where it all began and the rest as they say is historyAfter resolving a bunch of annoying glitches in my Kindle account in correspondence with the tech support I finally got my copy of Dark Things and might I say that it was worth all the troubleDark things between the shadow and the soul is a compilation of twenty two short stories based off of Hindu Mythology There are five sections in this book with contemporary tales focused on the Vedas Trimurti Ramayana Mahabharata and Urban Legends Myths If you are a newbie to the Indian Mythology genre then you just got lucky Because there is an additional primer to all you need to know about Hinduism or Indian mythology Bonus features include wiki links to unfamiliar terms and footnotes at the end of each story with a gist of the actual mythTo begin with the title is positively intriguing and promising The contemporary counterparts of the original characters were staggeringly justified in their portrayals especially Parashuram Surpanakha Mohini and Amba My personal faves The varying shades of the respective characters intensified with the unexpected twists in each story What’s not to love about this book when it has horror romance murder psychologically thrilling elements and much This book confuted pre conceived and clichéd depictions of the characters you know and love Sheer raw darkness was brought out in even the haloed characters such as Ram in To the victor and Surpanakha the malefic demoness we all know and hate got to tell her side of the story Be it the revelation of Sugreeva’s true intentions or Parashuram’s appalling vindication of his mother’s murder both the scenarios maneuver to the characters just being human Meaning it reflects human emotions like jealousy and rage which were personified beautifullyBest served cold was my personal favourite hands down By the time I was done with the story my chest heaved with a primal gratification you’ll know when you read it Let me just say that it was one in the morning when I caught up to Storyteller and my reaction wasn’t a pretty sight panting hard nevertheless I was ecstatic because it was a tale based on Vikram and Vetaal freaking grew up with the cartoon series As for Timeless the final punch was uite poignant and immensely enjoyableLastly the language employed was competently satisfying and uick paced Although I haven’t read many books based on Hindu mythology I grew fond of this particular book almost immediately Like I said before if you’re looking to give this genre a try you better start with this one It's absolutely refreshing to read such an original and different book Usually when reading a book of short stories i find that i easily get bored or skip some of the stories however with this book i did not the feeling of nervousness excitement and bliss never seem to go away with this book Different from when reading a longer story Each story pulled me in from the first line An example “Sriram was sixteen when he found out he was related to one of the most famous criminals of his time” Wow just wow What a brilliant way to start a story I wanted nothing than to continue reading the novel Can you tell that this short story was one of my favorite I completly and utterly recommend that everyone reads this book its truly a wonderful read and uite a uick one too Very cool I love mythology in all its forms Being an American I was force fed Greek and Roman mythology from a young age as I assume many westerners are Don't get me wrong I love them They laid the foundation for my love of all mythology This foray into Indian mythology is wonderful First the author gives an overview of her source material which was horrendously welcome then the stories begin After each short story is a in depth look at how her version ties to the historical one Some of these gave me chills in a good spooky way I thoroughly enjoyed all of the short stories contained herein Thank you Sudha Kuruganti With the background provided and extra information at the end of each story this isn't just a great read but also a fun way to learn a bit about another culture I highly recommend this book I wouldn't call them fractured tales but of as reflections from the past or extrapolation of the same characters and situations with some tweaks on a new canvas Like a perfected version of Sherlock stories but in 21st Century with gadgets and all To top that she gives the much needed benefit of doubt to each character and portrays them in a new light For those familiar with Mahabharata would understand that no character their in was entirely dark or bright; every bright character flawed multiple times with conseuences and every dark character had a brighter side Since we know all that and have read a lot of re telling tales this book is a breath of fresh air or only the crux is derived from them and mixed with a different spice to deliver an entirely new dish its should in all honesty be termed as fusion mythology if at all one needs to do so From a readers perspective it gives uniueness ad novelty instead of repetition and the writer has done full justice to the entertainment factor in the stories For a detailed review please go to my link text I was pleasantly surprised by this book It is a collection of short stories originating in the Hindu mythology and a refreshing change from the same old re churning of Hindu mythology related books where all the author does is shift the narratorial focus from one character to the other This book however actually tells different stories different interpretations of the mythology A really good book for a first time author You can read my entire review here With high recommendation from Sreesha I wanted to read the book immediately Even with high expectations I was pleasantly surprised with the book The book has stories based on mythological tales but set in present and realistic times Each tale is a short story Even with a familiar tale the author has given them a fresh and unexpected twist Each story had enough surprises to keep me engaged There is no usage of cliches and no fantastical explanations The tales are based on Mahabharat Ramayana Familiar myths Its an engaging short read Review coming soon I got this book with some enthusiasm and while I think that the concept of the book is good I felt that the stories fell a little shortSudha does write well but the transition from blog to a book of short stories seems incomplete I like that she gives a synopsis of the myth at the end of the story This is good and her enthusiasm or love for Indian myths shines through However this does mean that a superficial treatment of some of the Gods is inevitable For instance Shiva is not just a destroyer In his avtar as Nataraj he sustains the cosmic cycle She has made one error while the Vedas were indeed probably formalised in India the actual origin of the Vedas lies deep in the journeys of the Arya and the writing may well have started when they were in Central Asia en route to India Who knows?