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Mythology Of The Heavens Book 1 by Hyun Se Lee
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Apr 10, 2012

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Read in April, 2012

I have no idea if the author really based this series on Korean creation mythologies, but it was certainly interesting, and suggested that there was as much sex and violence in Korean myth as there was in the more familiar Greco-Roman tales.
The book was threatened with censorship in Korea, in a long-running obscenity case, apparently because the idea of people having sex in 2700 BC offended someone. The actual content is no more than R-rated by American standards, if that.
The tale is a bit tricky to follow, since it wanders back and forth between locations in a way that is confusing in places, but the opening puts it in a historical context that is easier to relate to, in terms of comparing it to dynastic Egypt. The characters, ranging from a super-strong tomboy to a half-serpent boy to a bunch of really unpleasant folks, all get exaggerated in a style that the author swears is part of Korean manwha stylistic exaggeration. I found it to be more exaggerated than some I had read, and it will not be for everyone.
If, however, you want to read a graphic novel about a mythology from Asia, you may find it worthwhile to pick this one up. It's certainly interesting, if you can find a copy.

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