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(recommended to link here by Deepad. First post, first review thing!)

Thanks to [personal profile] deepad, I'm currently reading the series Gameworld Trilogy by Samit Basu. (can be found here. It can be bought here!)

And it does start off a little slow, in the beginning, especially if you're like me, and have very little familarity with the Ramayan other than a very vauge understanding of 'something happens, Demons evil attack! Princess is involved, there is a vanar, Lord of monkeys and a damn good archer, involved somewhere, there is a lot of fire, and a chariot happens to be there somewhere', you might be a little thrown by all the terms there.

And it's GOOD!

I like that!

I mean there are some books (like the God of War series) that use terms so obscure and strange that it is hard to actually understand what is going on in the world unless you read it several times (and I'm not so sure I'm drawn into it), but this world is not like that!

I mean there are creatures whom you don't know what they are - vaman, pashan, vanar (though since I know passingly from School the ramayana, i know what vanar are), khuldran, and so on and so forth, and Samit doesn't explain, not at first.

But then as the story opens up, you start to realise what they are. Vaman are the equivalent of dwarves, vanar are monkeys/apes, pashan seem to be troll types, asur are... I'm not sure what they are, really, other than that no one likes them and they do all the dirty shitty jobs that no one wants.

( Yet longer incoherent flailing review here! )


You like POC cultures and fantasy? Sick of male dominated Generic White Medieval Fantasy?


Genre: SFF, fantasy, parody
Subject: parody, trope inversion, non-white fantasy
Author nationality/ethnicity: Indian

Date: 2013-01-21 09:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] badgerbag
Buying it! Reading it! Thank you!

Date: 2013-01-22 06:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] badgerbag
It is amazing! I'm really enjoying it! I feel so lucky.

Date: 2013-01-28 03:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] badgerbag
I finished the trilogy. Awesome stuff!

And so funny!

I think the 3rd book might not be everyone's cup of tea especially if you like a very structured plot of a certain kind. It maybe helps if you like the Mahabharata's giant battle scenes. Which I do. It is a whole book of apocalypse and really explores what that means in myth and to people and what a narrative can do with that.

Date: 2013-01-28 04:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] badgerbag
posted here just now actually:

Date: 2013-01-22 01:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
This looks like exactly my kind of thing. Added to the wishlist.

Date: 2013-01-22 05:23 pm (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
Oooooh. Thanks!

Date: 2013-02-02 10:44 pm (UTC)
redcirce: orange octopus (cephalopod)
From: [personal profile] redcirce
This sounds awesome, I'm going to check it out!


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