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Dark Things Between the Shadow and the Soul: Fractured Fairy Tales from Indian Mythology by [Kuruganti, Sudha]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 886 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Sudha Kuruganti (15 Mar. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01B0T1SD2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Readers Cosmos 7 Oct. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I wouldn't call them fractured tales but more of as reflections from the past or extrapolation of the same characters and situations with some tweaks on a new canvas. Like a more 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 consequences 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 uniqueness ad novelty instead of repetition and the writer has done full justice to the entertainment factor in the stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythology with a delicious twist 23 May 2017
By Sri26 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been meaning to review this anthology for quite a while now. Guilty as charged. I don't want to hold off anymore. When the author Sudha, told me about her work, I was a bit skeptical. 'Oh, another mythological offering' was the first thought that crossed my mind. Yes, having read most of the authors who have given us mythology-based books in the recent past, I was at first, a bit hesistant to pick this one up. But as I started reading the stories, one after the other, I realized just how different it really was. Sudha manages to keep our interest piqued till the last story, and how! Each story throws a different perspective on Gods, Goddesses, mythical creatures, and rulers of our country, and yet you feel you aren't let down for a single minute. And the most intriguing part is how she manages to draw parallels with a contemporary story with a similar theme. And that's the novelty. Each mythological story is followed by a modern-day contemporary tale which you can relate to, yet feel the throbbing vein of the mythological one. Marvellous story telling. Sudha's language is flawless and ridiculously simple to understand, and she manages to weave one tale after the other in the same heart-stopping pace. This in itself is the making of a great writer. Readers of any age group will greet the stories with equal awe and pleasure. Once you pick up the book you'll find yourself thirsting for more. In the end, as I allowed the characters and stories to sink in, a part of me wanted to see more, read more..find out more about what was cooking in this ingenious author's brain. I await her next work with a childlike excitement, and hopefully this time round, she'll give us a full length book with another mind numbing tale plucked out from the deep recesses of our glorious mythology. More power to you, Sudha. You're here to stay.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great companion 14 May 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read Ashwin Sanghi and Amish Tripathi because I like the genre and the way they write. I can say the same thing about this. The difference between those two authors and Sudha Kuruganti is that while their books are extremely complex to grasp at the surface, these stories aren't. However, the amount of research that has gone into it is fairly extensive. The stories are short enough to be light reads but the impact is fairly long lasting. Being a writer myself, I would admit it's not particularly easy to like or recommend a book because in a way, every time I read a book, I find myself wondering how I would have written it. But about this, I can confidently say that this is exactly how I would have approached this genre. Though the meticulous research of the texts that the stories are based on isn't my forte, so, to that end, kudos!

I have never believed in a book being a 'must read' because everyone has different choices and preferences but I would certainly recommend it to people who have an affinity for stories stemming from mythological roots. Particularly interesting, I found, was the language used in the description of the texts that the stories are based on. However, I would urge readers to think of these as just stories and not delve into the possible religious connotations. There are none.

In a nutshell, it's absolutely worth the price and will surely be a great companion on journeys, with a drink in solitude or as a bedtime read. Go ahead, give it a shot!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good One to read 1 Mar. 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read alot of Indian authors. But, Sudha has a great understanding of the Indian mythology among the lot. What I liked the mosf about this book is that rather than chasing some conspiracy theory with skewed facts, the author chose to adapt the traditional stories with a modern narrative.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand 29 Aug. 2016
By Amazon User - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Just saw the book. A good and decent work by the author. I like the way she has presented complex mythological stories in simple words in a good short stories. Good book to read when you are going to bed or when you are in a journey.
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