|“A masterful and nuanced book… This is hands-down one of my favorite books of the year. I absolutely loved it.”
— Julie Davis, SFF Audio/Forgotten Classics
When their mother is lost in a terrible car crash, two children set out to bring her back from the Underworld — a nightmare place populated by remnants from old mythologies, defunct pantheons, and forgotten folklore. Along the way, the children discover that they cannot rescue their mother without rescuing themselves first.
Sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, and often heartbreaking, Assam & Darjeeling is the story of a brother and sister who have to go through hell together in order to learn the true meaning of family.
From the reviews…
“The depth and literary flesh of the two lead characters is one main draw of the work, but the real star here is Camp’s near-perfect prose. This is a beautifully written book, plain and simple. Few contemporary authors write with such elegance.”
“One of the truest pleasures of Assam & Darjeeling is the relationship between the forceful younger sister, Darjeeling, and the thoughtful, sensitive older brother, Assam. The way that they work together to save their mother, yet often clash in the details of how they must proceed is what carries the story and makes us believe in their relationship. It rings true to anyone who has siblings whom they love but who also have the capacity to irritate beyond belief in daily life.”
“Think about Scout and Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird. Perhaps another consideration would be Pan’s Labyrinth. These comparison’s easily come to mind when I listen to Assam and Darjeeling. However, another reason for the comparison comes to mind as well. Both are great stories, but I really wouldn’t allow my children to see either of them for years yet. Assam and Darjeeling touched me in a way NO OTHER work of podfiction to date has. I admit, I’m a softy when it comes to family. This story reached inside me and played my “daddy” strings the way a master luthier might be able too play a mandolin. I am so glad I finally remembered to listen to this story, and I highly recommend you take the time to give it a try too.”
“I’m highly impressed with the writing… You can see that he has a confidence in his own writing… I would read another book by this author without question. The level is very high.”
“The first podiobook I ever listened to, this story holds a special place in my heart. It’s amazingly well written, and held my attention through all four books. I recommend this one to everyone I meet.”
“This is a hauntingly captivating story and the production is very professional.”
“I really enjoy T.M.’s writing. I’ve been talking a lot about him to my friends lately. I’m rarely intrigued so by an author’s style. This is one such author… This is a Must Read.”
There is something deeply distasteful about the annual Black Friday rituals. Lining up hours (even days) in advance, sacrificing comfort, sacrificing time with family or friends, risking possible injury in the mad press of the crowds, competing against the rest of the mob for discounts on already-overpriced baubles and gadgets.
There is violence. There are injuries and even death.
And yet people still participate in the ritual, every year.
Others look down their noses and tsk-tsk over the madness of crowds. We’re so superior and above it all, above the vulgarity of the proles.
And above that, there are the plutocrats — a word taken from a god whose name literally means “The Rich One” — they watch their balance sheets and stock prices as the tithes of the faithful roll in.
What lives above them, I wonder?
I am not being metaphorical. When I speak of “ritual” and “sacrifice” I mean it. I believe this is literally true.
Because all of this is a ritual, an annual cult festival with all the trappings of religious observance performed to the glory of (and in the service to) some very dark gods.
From us they demand, and receive, their sacrifice: Our time and money . . . even our blood.
Just another sacrifice.
We get their blessing in return, of course. Of course we do.
We get the discount, the deal, the bargain.
But is it worth it? Is it?
Because, to those gods I mentioned earlier, it absolutely is.
- This day…
- “They said I’d gone south…”
- lost keys
- “I listened to your problems, now listen to mine…”
- “I go under the earth and listen to the dead people talk…”
- Driving to School
- “I wish I knew where to start, how to give what you dream…”
- “Where is everybody..?”
- “Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend…”