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Indrapramit Das

Author of The Devourers

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New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color (2019) — Contributor — 288 copies, 13 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (2013) — Contributor — 220 copies, 3 reviews
The Mythic Dream (2019) — Contributor — 173 copies, 5 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection (2016) — Contributor — 159 copies, 2 reviews
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013) — Contributor — 152 copies, 3 reviews
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016 Edition (2017) — Contributor — 138 copies, 5 reviews
The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year's Best Science Fiction (2019) — Contributor — 131 copies, 1 review
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018) — Contributor — 130 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection (2018) — Contributor — 120 copies, 3 reviews
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories (2019) — Contributor — 105 copies, 3 reviews
Year's Best SF 18 (2013) — Contributor — 95 copies
Screams From the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous (2022) — Contributor — 79 copies, 1 review
Infinity Wars (2017) — Contributor — 74 copies, 5 reviews
The Book of Witches: An Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 61 copies, 1 review
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3 (2018) — Contributor — 60 copies, 2 reviews
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies, 3 reviews
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 (2020) — Contributor — 55 copies, 2 reviews
The Humanity of Monsters (2015) — Contributor — 50 copies
Steampunk World (2014) — Contributor — 48 copies, 2 reviews
The Outcast Hours (2019) — Contributor — 44 copies, 1 review
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Twelve (2018) — Contributor — 40 copies, 2 reviews
Aliens: Recent Encounters (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies, 2 reviews
Clarkesworld: Year Six (2014) — Contributor — 38 copies, 1 review
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019) — Contributor — 36 copies, 2 reviews
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4 (2017) — Contributor — 28 copies, 1 review
Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future (2021) — Contributor — 25 copies
Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 7 (2023) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2013) — Contributor — 20 copies
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2015) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Book of Apex: Volume 3 of Apex Magazine (2012) — Contributor — 15 copies
Avatars Inc (2020) — Contributor — 13 copies
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens (2015) — Contributor — 12 copies, 2 reviews
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 39, No. 6 [June 2015] (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies, 2 reviews
Apex Magazine 49 (June 2013) (2013) — Contributor — 10 copies
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 15th Anniversary Edition (2023) — Contributor — 10 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 36, No. 8 [August 2012] (2012) — Contributor — 9 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 110 (July 2019) (2019) — Contributor — 8 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 072 (September 2012) (2012) — Author — 6 copies
Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 (2020) — Contributor — 6 copies, 1 review
Tor.com Short Fiction: Sep/Oct 2022 — Contributor — 4 copies
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 10 (Volume 10) (2018) — Contributor — 1 copy, 1 review

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Some of this multi-layered debut-novel is set in the present, and some of it is set during the Mughal era, the 1640s, around the time the Taj Mahal was about halfway done. It is a tale of an India invaded by the Raj, infected by foreign demons and mythological creatures, such as werewolves and weretigers. The protagonist of The Devourers, a young man named Alok, is a a history professor in Kolkata (Calcutta) who is solicited by a stranger, Izrail, to help transcribe a series of handwritten scrolls on parchment made of skin. The stranger claims he is a “half werewolf,” a shapeshifter who can turn into a wolf-like beast at will. Glamoured by this stranger and taken by the tale, Alok agrees and types out each manuscript, which contain the life stories of two past individuals: Fenrir, a werewolf from the Norse lands, and Cyrah of Lahore, a young woman. The shapeshifter/werewolf mythology here does not have its origins in India, but rather in Norse mythology: Fenrir is the monstrous wolf meant to kill Odin at Ragnarök.

Through Fenrir’s first-person account we learn of his obsession with Cyrah, and that he raped her and committed acts of violence to protect their unborn child. This rape narrative is difficult, but the novel then shifts its focus to Cyrah, whose voice dominates most of the book. The remainder of Cyrah’s scroll recounts her journey to track Fenrir down and her struggle to come to terms with the half-human child inside of her. In order to understand Fenrir and his motives, however, Cyrah must also wrestle with understanding how shapeshifters are different from humans, confronting in the process difficult questions about what exactly it means to be “human” at all. The book is too violent and vicious for my taste (although it is an integral element of the story), and deeply disturbing; it appears to be making a statement about colonialism.
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bschweiger | 22 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
I don't think this was a bad book, but I got stuck at 60%. I was attracted first by the cover, than by the Indian werewolves. That is certainly original! And it was cool in the beginning, but at some point it got some pacing issues. There was just not enough happening. Getting to know the werewolves was enough for the first half of the book, but I got bored when the story didn't progress and my attention got drawn away by another book...
 
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zjakkelien | 22 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
The Art of Possible -- Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

An interesting little story about the coming apocalypse and how the world is mired in policy and nothing is more important than following the policy.

At least that what i got from it.

Like all of Yudhanjaya's stories, it's interesting and enjoyable.

Bye for now.
 
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5t4n5 | Aug 13, 2023 |
Library ebook! That I DNF'd just past 3%. One star for a few pages of pretty sentences.

Should've read reviews before checking this out. Pretty sentences do not an enjoyable read guarantee, nor should they, since I am but one reader. I don't want to read a rape, and I am too easily squikked-out by gross things, so I'm out.
 
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terriaminute | 22 other reviews | Dec 4, 2022 |

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