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The Snake and the Lotus Paperback – 20 Mar 2018
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About the Author
Appupen, is a comics creator, visual artist and musician who tells stories from a mythical world called Halahala.
Appupen’s first graphic novel, Moonward was published by Blaft in 2009. Then came Legends of Halahala and Aspyrus, both from HarperCollins India. The Snake and the Lotus is his fourth book.
Appupen launched his online comics in 2015 with his ‘Indian’ superhero Rashtraman and Dystopian Times. He is the founder-editor of Brainded India.appupen.wordpress.com & brainded.in
From the Publisher
Set in the now four-book old Halahala universe (which has, over the years, garnered a feverish, cultish following) The Snake and the Lotus is a dark, indie take on the superhero comic genre. A world much like our own Earth – with its own complex histories and species that hold up a mirror to the foibles of the human race – Halahala comes alive again through Appupen’s masterful art and vivid myth-building.
A break from his silent comics, The Snake and the Lotus allows the narrator a voice in a typography that Appupen drew and developed for the work. The book, 260 pages of intricate full-page illustrations, is also intended as a tribute to the woodcut novels of Lynd Ward. Lush with detail and arresting artwork, this tale goes further and deeper into Halahala than any of the books preceding it.
A new age is dawning on Halahala, and humans may not survive to see it…
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The author is a genius. I absolutely love how he took the illustrations and basically told the story with them. The author used such few words to say what he needed to say and it was surprisingly refreshing for a book that is so depressing. The vibes I got were perfectly dark Japanese anime vibes and I am betting the author/illustrator would be loved there too.
Did I enjoy this book? In a way that one enjoys a work of brilliance yes. It left me feeling raw and worried though. But that is just indicative of a job well done, isn’t it.
WHAT I DISLIKED
I thought the art was a bit……..disconcerting. Meaning, it gave me a bit of a headache so I actually had to take it slow. Also I would have appreciated a bit of a prologue because it took me a bit of time to understand and get with the flow. Some people might get bored and now want to put in the effort.
You MUST read this book. If you love darker, more apocalyptic art then you will adore this. If you liked 1984 or A Brave New World you will love this. Read it