|“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.”
My wife wrote this eulogy for her grandfather, Kensinger Jones. She read it at his memorial service last month.
Since the service, people who knew and loved Ken have been asking for a copy (including me).
I think it’s lovely.
Grandpa was a lot of things.
He was Grandpa, he was a conservationist, a farmer, a boy scout, an ad-man, a teacher, a father, a husband, a faithful friend to so many, and of course, a writer.
He liked writing poems. He liked poems that rhymed. He would write an original poem every year for my birthday card and every year for Christmas cards (and Grandma helped too, I know).
He wrote much more, of course. Books and radio plays and essays and articles…
Writing has life. Everything written is a creation. Every letter is a seed that has been planted in a row.
Everything about Grandpa was full of life. His personality, his writing, and his land. He planted trees, he planted flowers, he planted memories in that land. He wrote some of the best chapters of my childhood.
Knowing that the place where he walked, where he worked, where he wrote… The place that he looked out across every day and said the blessing “Lord we thank you for this day, we thank you for the beauty that surround us…”
Knowing that that place will be preserved and protected… It’s as if we know our childhood will be protected, too. And what kinder gift, what better story, could ever possibly be written?
Every blade of grass is a noun
every flower is an adjective
every field is a paragraph
every tree is a line of poetry
And people will be reading the story of the land, as Grandpa and Grandma wrote it together, for generations to come.
March 10, 2015