|Plot Summary of Song of Kali|
|"Bobby Luczac accepts an assignment from Harper's magazine to go to India to retrieve a poetry manuscript allegedly written by a man that has been presumed dead for the last eight years. He takes his wife and seven month old baby with him, never dreaming that he is about to expose them, as well as himself, to one of the most filthy and evil cities in the world. Calcutta is a noisy, dirty, crowded city and as Bobby soon discovers, it is an extremely dangerous city, too. He and his family are drawn into the machinations of a religious cult that worships the goddess Kali, a cruel and demanding deity whose doctrine is based on violence as a means to gaining power. An exciting, nerve-wracking and ultimately heart-breaking story which is downright terrorizing at times, "Song of Kali" has been awarded The World Fantasy Award and is well deserving of the honor. "
Bill Brumlow, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Song of Kali|
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Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- scarey (primal ax-wielding fear)
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can cast all sorts of spells
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
Monster of some sort?
Kind of monster:
- general monster
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
How many deaths?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of sex
- descript. of other female areas
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
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