The Devourers

The Devourers On a cool evening in Kolkata India beneath a full moon as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confessi

On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story Tantalized by the man s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion So Alok agrees, at the stranger s behest, to transcribe aOn a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story Tantalized by the man s unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion So Alok agrees, at the stranger s behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once living skins From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood deep and ages old The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok s interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and urgent.

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About Author

  1. See also Indrapramit Das.Indrapramit Das aka Indra Das is a writer and artist from Kolkata, India His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications including Clarkesworld, Asimov s, Strange Horizons, and Tor, and has also been widely anthologized He is an Octavia E Butler scholar and a grateful graduate of Clarion West 2012 He completed his M.F.A at the University of British Columbia class of 11 in Vancouver, where he wore many hats, including dog hotel night shift attendant, TV background performer, minor film critic, occasional illustrator, environmental news writer, pretend patient for med school students, and video game tester He divides his time between India and Canada.Indra has written about books, comics, TV and film for publications including Slant Magazine, VOGUE India, Strange Horizons and Vancouver Weekly.


The Devourers Comment

  1. I can t honestly say that it is a completely unique experience to say that I ve been consumed by a story, but I can honestly say that I ve never consumed and been consumed by one in equal proportions.This one hit me in the feels, and I can t quite say that I ve ever really been taken in by the whole werewolf phenomenon, and although I have enjoyed the whole idea of burning life and and desperate death struggles, no particular novelization or film has quite done for me what this novel accomplishe [...]

  2. A wholly original shape shifter tale that also delves into identity, gender roles, and love Alok is a college professor who is approached one night by a person who claims to be than a man Alok doesn t believe the stranger until an unbelievable vision, caused by the man s hypnotic words, appears in Alok s mind Suddenly, the stranger s claims that he s a werewolf don t seem so far fetched The stranger, who won t reveal his name, has a job for Alok, the transcription of an ancient narrative that w [...]

  3. I really thought I was going to love this one A story of werewolves and the mythology of India, from a graduate of the prestigious Clarion writers workshop Sign me right up Unfortunately, Indra Das writing just didn t capture my imagination the way I expected it to In style, this is of a literary allegory on gender, relationships and identity than it is a fantasy or horror tale, so if that is up your alley, your mileage may vary accordingly.As our story opens, a young college professor, Alok, m [...]

  4. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Devourers is a twist on Indian folklore that is an absolutely wonderful representation of different cultures, gender issues, bi sexuality, unconventional love, masculinity, and even rape This story has werewolf folklore from many different cultures, too I think this book would appeal to many different readers that read my reviews.I m going to be rather vague in this review, because I think this book is probably best [...]

  5. Honestly I picked this book up because of the cover It is gorgeous and the blurb instantly caught my attention being compared to some big name authors I was hoping for something like Uprooted, it being a story of Indian folklore However it was nothing near what I expected.So let us start with the good.The tale was alright I did enjoy learning about werewolves in cultures across the world It is so interesting that so many different cultures all have a word for these creatures, and their own stori [...]

  6. I don t even know how to review this This book is amazing, and unlike anything I ve ever read.Ostensibly a werewolf novel, it is so, so much First of all, the term werewolf is sort of a misnomer Consider it a shapeshifter novel, mostly told by way of flashbacks and journal entries Secondofly, the POV changes often, letting you see all sides of the story And when I say it changes, man, I mean it changes Sometimes mid paragraph or even mid sentence towards the end when the pitch reaches feverdre [...]

  7. Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5I expected an action packed narrative based on Indian Folklore, however the pacing and excessive gore led to disappointment Alok is a relateable protagonist, but most of the book is the battered notebooks he is transcribing The tale describes gender fluid shape shifting beings, their way of life, powers and superiority over humans The narrative is interesting but was presented slowly and didn t engage me The character development doesn [...]

  8. This was the most disgusting book I ve ever read and I just recently finished Dreamcatcher, King s ode to farts, diarrhea, and shit weasels This was worse.I wanted to say nice things, like this is an interesting story somewhere between Interview with the Vampire and an LGBT Donna Boyd tale Now all that s true but this is a male author and he s decided to literally PISS all over that story Hot, asparagus, UTI level piss Oh yes, he brought the stink.This story was brought to you by the letter P an [...]

  9. CONTENT WARNING This book, and by necessity this review, contains discussions of rape.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review No outside considerations went into this review.All quotes are taken from a galley copy of the book, and may differ from the final printed version.It s been over a month since I finished this book, and I ve been putting off writing a review for it because I just don t know what to say Partly this is because The Devourers deals with heavy, unco [...]

  10. This was nearly so, so incredibly good I m not much of a one for werewolves , though shapeshifters when done right can be a whole other story The Devourers really is a whole other story I haven t read anything much like this before, though now that I think of it The Incarnations does come to mind This is a very small amount less horrific, and a very large amount beautifully told, however not counting the fact that it s a different culture, different setting, different story entirely It s of a [...]

  11. What a surprise this read was When I first started this book and up to first 30% I didn t thought even for a second that I ll add this book to my favorite shelf yah I am touched by this book Once in a far town called Mumtaz Abad a trio of shapeshifters each from one part of Europe walked past a young Persian woman sitting in a courtyard of a caravanserai Fenrir the shapeshifter, werewolf, monster who loves humans He is a devourer who wants to create, to have a child, to love but love is forbidde [...]

  12. I am the monster in your tale The Devourers is an utterly unique story, a lyrical, dreamlike, all consuming experience It s a story within a story, interwoven with metaphor and symbolism On the most mundane level, it s a story of monsters, of shapeshifters, a story of rape, of what happens after, of how a woman victimized by a monster seeks to regain empowerment The Devourers spans many eras, but the backbone of the story takes place in modern day Kolkata, where a jaded historian meets a fascina [...]

  13. I loved this book In Kolkata, the narrator Alok, a middle aged professor at university, meets a man who professes to be half werewolf, part of a population of shape shifters that hunts down and kills humans, devouring both their bodies and their memories The man gives the narrator a manuscript to transcribe, the story of shape shifters G vaudan and Fenrir and Cyrah, a woman who gets raped by Fenrir, finds herself pregnant to shape shifters, an abomination not because of the rape, but because one [...]

  14. It is not everyday that one comes across a delectable dish of a book which one eats up in a single go, impatient because it is so good, but sad at the same time because it would be over soon, and then can t get over its taste for months to come One goes around town, asking every eatery if they have that dish, with its richness of texture and the amazing burst of every single ingredient that one can taste with each bite, and one is offered many a things, but never exactly that One then sits down [...]

  15. Holy shit This is the queer feminist genderfluid South Asian anticolonialist own voices shapeshifter fantasy novel you didn t know you were waiting for Remarkably well crafted, imaginative, and moving.

  16. This was a very interesting book to read It wasn t the best book I ve ever read I thought parts of it were forced but nonetheless I m going to be thinking about this one for a while, I can tell.My thoughts on this are somewhat disjointed, so this review s going to be a little scattershot This book is set in India, alternating between present day Kolkata and the 16th century Mughal Empire I know very little about India, to tell the truth this is the first book I ve ever read set there, and I don [...]

  17. I was eager to read this book for a couple of reasons 1 it s a fantasy, 2 it has werewolves shapeshifters, 3 it s set in India during the Mughal empire and the present, and 4 it s written by an Indian The story takes place in two time periods the present, and in the mid 1600s, before the East India Company completely took over This isn t a story about the EIC, though.This isn t really a review rather these are thoughts that have been bouncing around in my brain since I finished reading The Devou [...]

  18. Well, I think I ve put this review off long enough, and it will be a short one, since our fantastic discussion in the CBR book club last month covered a LOT of ground.The Devourers is certainly an original take on werewolves, I ll give it that, but this book was just not for me.I get intellectually what it was going for, and in parts I was engaged, but overall, I just didn t care At the beginning of the book, I actively disliked it As many have said in their reviews, for me it got better once th [...]

  19. A lush, wonderful novel that delves into werewolf folklore from several different cultures, while also managing to be topical about gender, rape, and the nature of love Longer review to follow later.

  20. As a whole, I have to admit that I did not enjoy this book I can see and understand its compelling moments, but I found myself too often mired in the authors heavy handed metaphors on the nature of man, and the extreme and gratuitous violence there s a pretty visceral difference between the gore in your typical grim dark fantasy novel, and the overly detailed descriptions of the consumption of human bodies found here I was also frustrated by the lack of variety the character interactions Between [...]

  21. I tried I really tried The writing is gorgeous, but it just couldn t hold my attention Reading it continued to feel like work I only made it to page 43 I am a bad reader hangs head

  22. Literary supernatural I m having a little bit of, What the hell did I just read Wow It was intense, mysterious, taut The story is difficult to talk about without spoiler ish consequences It s a tale that s revealed slowly, one artichoke leaf dipped in salted butter at a time, sensual and slow but eventually you do get to the heart There are no huge twists, really and I kept waiting for something to knock me off my feet It s really of a slow burn, but this isn t a bad thing.The writing is lush a [...]

  23. This was a bit of a surprise I feared that the beautiful cover and mostly rave reviews would hide a mediocre or even shoddy story, and I usually avoid werewolf stories because they are, for the most part, not scary, and I also kinda felt the trope has been beaten to death But Das somehow manages to refresh things, using gorgeous baroque language to weave a continent wide story of intermingled cultures brownie points from Serbia for the vukodlaks and identities The detachment and otherness of the [...]

  24. 3.5 5 I received this book last year as part of a giveaway, and am just now getting around to reading it and reviewing it I m making a serious effort to reading and reviewing those review copies I get, and I feel like I read this at just the right time I started it last year when I received it but couldn t get into it the way I had hoped Sometimes we just have to wait for the right moment to read something Anyway, I was initially interested in this book because The Devourers draws comparisons to [...]

  25. This is a really good book Much literary than one would think a book about shapechangers would be I find myself, days after finishing, thinking about the nature of self, of society, of what it means to break out of what culture expects Questions of love, what it is, and how the fantasy of love is so different from the reality of love It s not a desire it s an action.I loved Cyrah her vulnerability, her strength, her rage and her love And I loved G vaudan, for reasons I won t tell you because th [...]

  26. When I was younger, I had a huge interest in vampires, mummies, and werewolves I loved all the classic monsters, but in media today, I seriously dislike the changes and sexing up of these monsters Monsters are by definition, monstersey are not human, the feelings and thoughts and patterns of our mundane, short lives DO NOT apply to them.The Devourers is a fever dream of beautiful, brutal and bloody language, a look into the inhuman lives of shapeshifters or werewolves I read this book in one day [...]

  27. What an utterly strange, captivating book And this review is purely emotional, I wont go into the plot, story or characters Once I fully got into it, I had trouble putting it down Absolutely riveting stuff Don t get put off by the mildly confusing first few pages Keep going It is totally worth it I am gutted, amazed and enchanted.

  28. I m not entirely sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book It certainly wasn t whatever The Devourers ended up being I m still not entirely sure what I actually read Let me try to provide a plot summary.While out for an evening in Kolkata, India, lonely college professor Alok runs into a mysterious and handsome stranger who claims to be a half werewolf He weaves a tale that utterly beguiles Alok and the professor becomes obsessed with both seeing the nameless stranger again, and heari [...]

  29. I came into this book with few expectations outside of a standard akin to the aforementioned Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood And, in all honesty, it was that piece of the description that made my decision on whether I would read it or not because the synopsis alone hadn t been enough for me I loved Gaiman s Stardust in fact, it is likely one of my favorites but this book was definitely not on the same level as the authors Indra Das is comparing the writing to.The Devourers is a flowery worded na [...]

  30. What s with all the descriptions of urine This is, for the most part, a beautifully written book, but for whatever reason, it feels like there is constant talk and description of piss Once or twice, I could understand, but it s pretty gross and jolted me out of the narrative And there are several narrators throughout the book, so it doesn t really make sense that every narrator would be like and he pissed and this is what it smelled felt like It made it seem like a weird authorial tic than a ge [...]

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