Apsara Engine

Apsara Engine

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In turns both fantastical and familiar, this graphic short story collection with South Asian roots is immersed in questions of gender, the body, and existential conformity.

The eight delightfully eerie stories in Apsara Engine/i> are a subtle intervention into everyday reality. A woman drowns herself in a past affair, a tourist chases another guest into an unforeseen past, and a nonbinary academic researches postcolonial cartography. Imagining diverse futures and rewriting old mythologies, these comics delve into strange architectures, fetishism, and heartbreak.

Painted in rich, sepia-toned watercolors, Apsara Engine is trans illustrator Bishakh Som's highly anticipated debut work of fiction. Showcasing a series of fraught, darkly humorous, and seemingly alien worlds—which ring all too familiar—Som captures the weight of twenty-first-century life as we hurl ourselves forward into the unknown.

Title:Apsara Engine
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781936932818
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    Apsara Engine Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This was astounding and incredibly moving - I was in tears at one point. All presented in graphic form, these short stories have some shared characters and themes but each is unique. Sometimes the sto...

  • Maia

    This is a beautiful, strange collection of short comic stories. Almost every one contains a sci-fi or fantasy twist somewhere in it. My favorites were the ones in which these fantastic elements took o...

  • Rod Brown

    I just felt lost for much of this book. The stories are sort of sci-fi, sort of fantasy, but mostly take off in directions that I could not or did not wish to follow. And it's a shame because there we...

  • Ruthsic

    Rep: queer women of color; trans and non-binary characters Warnings: self-harm (bloodletting), body horror, mentions of transmisia, some nudity Apsara Engine had me a bit interested from the first sto...

  • Simon

    Strange short stories dealing with trans and queer desi identity, power in relationships, and architecture.The artwork wasn't really to my taste, except in the story where an architect improvises the ...

  • Megan

    One of my favorites of the year so far! This collection of eight graphic stories is marvelous, sinister, winking, wry, full of swerves and shocks and queer disruptions. All of these stories are commit...

  • Hal Schrieve

    EVERYONE READ THIS!!!!!If you like speculative fiction, brief but deeply enticing graphic novel short stories with their own detailed worldbuilding, gorgeous watercolor art, strange creatures, indictm...

  • Beth

    The absolutely stunning art on this book's cover really drew me to it. Most of the interior art isn't quite as fantastic but it's still unique, highly expressive, and beautiful in varied ways. The sto...

  • Laura Sackton

    This was strange and beautiful. There were a few stories I absolutely loved, full of so much creative and inventive storytelling. There were a few I felt totally meh about. So, pretty typical for a bo...

  • Alien

    Maybe the weirdest book I've read this year but 5-star for out-of-the-box ideas and characters. Plus, def 5-star for the drawing. ...