I just finished up the Sword and the Flute and Poison Eaters and Other Stories.
If you’re looking for an overview of Krisna and Kali from the Hindu myth/religion set, The Sword and the Flute is a solid start. It tends to be a little less in-depth than otherwise might be desired if you were looking for a long list of examples and discussions of belief and historical religion. However, I don’t think that was the aim. Rather the aim of the book seemed to be an introduction of two sides of belief for Hindu people: Krisna the sublime and Kali the destructive. It’s obviously more in-depth than what I just gave, but he gives plenty of examples from the myths and various tellings to make his case. He also includes information from the historical context as well, though not as detailed as I would have liked. Good book, I’d recommend it.
For the second, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, it is very focused on its teenaged audience, perhaps as well-done a focus as any book I’ve read recently. That’s not to say the stories aren’t good, they are, but the themes strike for a younger audience than myself. I got it as part of the humble bundle, otherwise I would have never heard of it. That being said, though, it was a good quick read, light stories about supernatural beings (werewolves, vampires, etc.) and folklore motifs. It was enjoyable, and if you can pick it up, you probably should.
I’ve noticed ever since I’ve gotten through that Unbecoming Americans book, that my reading is going well. I’m about a fifth of the way through Spin now, and it’s keeping my attention. I think the next book will be On Behalf of the Mystical Fool.