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I stumbled upon Frank Tuttle the other day on the web. Why you ask? Because I am a nerd and sometimes I like to find books and writers that doesn’t get a lot of a attention through mainstream media. So basically I just dig around and after reading I thought that my wildcard will be Markhat by Frank Tuttle.
About Markat by Frank Tuttle
Welcome to Rannit, an ancient city awash in magic and mayhem. Wracked by war, but embracing the dubious wonders of steam and iron, Rannit is on the path to renewal – but old magics and older shadows won’t go easily into the light.
Markhat earns his living as a finder. On behalf of his clients, Markhat will find anyone, or anything, for a fee. In Three Mean Streets, his clients include a dead man’s ghost, a mighty Troll warrior seeking his cousin’s mounted head, and the true identity of the corpse allegedly stalking the grounds of a rich widow’s mansion.
Markhat doesn’t believe in ghosts and walking corpses, but for twenty crowns a day, plus expenses, he’ll wade in swinging. With the aid of soothsayer and card-reader Mama Hog, Markhat sets out on three perilous cases, and they share only one thing in common – nothing in Rannit is quite what it seems, and sometimes good and dead isn’t good enough.
Fantasy is not what I read most of nowadays it but this one looks promising just from the synopsis and Frank’s blog and and there’s a bit of steampunk in there which can’t be a bad thing for me. And also, reading fantasy always reminds me of my childhood. It’s worth a go and for a fantasy pick why not pick Three Mean Streets by Frank Tuttle and do visit his blog where he goes over zombies, dragons and writes about his projects, dog and altered 60’s fantasy magazines.
Available on kindle and audiobook on amazon.
It can happen to us all. You listen to that voice for 25 hours straight. You are in love! Audiobook narrators can make or break an audiobook!
So just so you know, it’t totally normal to fall in love with a Audiobook narrator.
I always keep a look out for new books and Ponti by Sharlene Teo has just been added to my reading list. Why? I always try and read something different and preferably something I dont know so much about. In this case life in Singapore.
About the book:
Friendless and fatherless, Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress—who gained fame for her portrayal of a ghost—and now a hack medium performing séances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued Circe, an unlikely encounter develops into a fraught friendship that will haunt them both for decades to come.
If you like Elena Ferrante (that includes me!) you will probably like Sharlene Tzu as well. I will update this post when im done with the book to give you my verdict!
I always have a reading list ready of books I haven’t gotten around to listen to yet. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan is one of the audiobooks sitting top of my pile heading into September and maybe it should be on your reading list too!
Many books about about slavery in America has been put out lately and many of them have been amazing reads. It’s important to understand the history that has shaped American to what is today and we know Esi Edugyan has a strong pen from her best seller Half-Blood Blues. Already long-listed for the Man Booker price 2018. This year could be a big year for the writer.
Washington Black is about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world. “Wash”, the 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. But of course it doesn’t end just there.
Narrated by Dion Graham (Known from his stellar performance in The Wire (HBO) and also in The Force by Don Winslow, Private Paris by James Patterson etc)
Now available on Audiobook here.
Every now and then I try to look beyond the bestseller lists and the pulitzer prices. It’s almost like a hobby for me to go research what I might have overlooked. This week I I stumbled upon Deep Shadow by Nick Sullivan who might be more known for his narrating than as an Author. Nick Sullivan comes from a background in acting in New York and has spent a decade narrating books until he decided to write his own. That obviously sparked my interest. It’s so often that one talent is put on hold while making a living performing another.
Nick Sullivan first effort as a writer became a success. “Zombie Bigfoot” hit 1# in Amazons Horror Comedy genre. Deep Shadow is also narrated by Nick Sullivan who as usual does a great job.
I tend to favour “big historical fiction” but you know I really do value all fiction genres (sorry I am fiction addict) and Deep Shadow is a great action packed thriller that would make all Clancy fans happy with their headphones on.
Deep Shadow takes us to the Caribbean where a diver instructor Boone Fischer see’s something during a dive he wasn’t supposed to see. His life as a easy going divers instructor comes to a halt and the action begins.
It’s a highly entertaining plot and the book is well researched Nick Sullivan being a diver himself. I recommend this audiobook for anyone looking for 8 hours of suspense and action. Of course, all scuba divers has to get this audiobook downloaded to their phone. I can’t imagine a better audiobook to listen to on the plane going on a scuba diving holiday.
Deep Shadow is available on Amazon now both on Kindle and audiobook!
This weeks audiobook recommendation is Purity by Jonathan Franzen. This book is probably one of my favourite Jonathan Franzen books. It’s not a short book and its packed with Franzen’s signature emotional conflicts and criticism of modern society.
In “Purity” we follow graduate student “Pip” who’s full name is actually Purity. She has a college debt totalling 130.000$ and is having problems figuring out the basics of life like finding a house and a satisfactory career. As we follow Pip we start to understand the stems of her many issues. Her mother, a reclusive Santa Cruz Mountains resident who works as a checkout in a market. Pip’s mother has kept her dad’s indentity secret for her since her childhood. Pip Basically doesn’t know where she comes from.
As in many of Jonathan Franzens books he lets his main character drift in and out of the story line only to bring them together later on. “Pip” gets involved with a wikileaks organization, an eastern german “whistleblower” type a la Julian Assange.
“Purity” is a complicated book about growing up in a world dominated by the Internet and all it’s flaws in terms of privacy and distractions. It’s also a book about loneliness, love and desperate measures to maintain a status quo in relationships. It’s also Jonathan Franzen’s most ambitious book in my opinion and at times it might not be an easy read. For me, this book is perfect for listeners wondering how the internet is affecting our human relationships and the times we live in.
Here Jonathan Franzen speaks to BBC about his novel.
Short facts about Purity
Listening time: 25 hours
For Fans of: American history, family life dramas, the internet and social realism.
Available on: www.audiobooks.com
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