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Maya Mitra Das
Silhouettes of Time
These intriguing tales by Maya Mitra Das take us on wildly imaginative journeys to exotic and sometimes alien landscapes - introducing us to infinitely curious moments in time, space and memory.
Plot/Idea: 3 out of 10
Originality: 3 out of 10
Prose: 4 out of 10
Character/Execution: 3 out of 10
Overall: 3.25 out of 10


Plot: While there are some interesting stories to be had in Silhouettes of Time, many of them struggle with meandering narratives that jostle readers from one POV to the next, that undercut dramatic tension, often concluding with predictable finales.

Prose/Style: There are flourishes of descriptive whimsy throughout, but these are mostly disguised under a rather mechanical format that may dissuade some readers.

Originality: Das wrangles together an interesting bevy of narratives, but the magic struggles to manifest fully due to stoic prose, and light character work.

Character Development/Execution: Das's characters are clearly born from a love of home and history, but struggle to build lives of their own due to emotionally-blunted arcs and a stalled sense of character development.

Date Submitted: July 29, 2021