E–pub/Kindle [The Narrows] ✓ Alexander C. Irvine
I ve never been nterested n alternate history because I honestly think t sounds boring and this book proved my hunch rightThe premise Daisy is promising Jared Cleaves makes golemsn the WW2 effort because due to an accident when he was a kid he cannot serve overseas There s also some other urban fantasy elements going on tengu hex bags The Asylum imps etc These things are briefly mentioned and end up serving nothingn regards to the plot or really being nvolved at allJared s Yesterdays Weather intensely unlikable He whines that his wife makes money than him He whines that hesn t overseas shooting Nazis He whines that he can t tell anyone about his job He whines because he has the hots for one of his wife s friends and seems to think they d totally do t f he wanted even though she literally never speaks to him The River in the entire book He whines that his wife won t touch him maybe because she s busy working full time and raising a baby and has anncel for a husbandThroughout this book you d Books such as this are why I ve decided I need to keep a list of everything that I read I found this one by browsing the new books shelves of my local library I had never heard of the author or book beforehand When I tried to recall the title or author to add to my list though I couldn t Was On a Cold Road it The Straits Detroit Nain Rouge It took some lucky googling to findtThe book Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage and Healing from Abandonment is a great odd gem It hast all WWII era Detroit spies golems and of course the harbinger of Detroit the Nain Rouge This book defies genres Is Two Children Behind A Wall it a spy novel mystery history sci fi fantasy All and none I guess my expectations were too high after thoroughly enjoying Scattering of Jades but The Narrows just didn t do much for me The wholedea of the US Army setting up a golem assembly line Darkstalker (Wings of Fire: Legends, in Detroit during WWII sounded promising butt seemed like the story took forever to get anywhere and the final revelation about what was REALLY going on at Willow Run wasn t worth the wait Alex Irvine writes a story of an average working class guy n WWII Detroit working a factory line because of his crippled hand This factory happens to be making golemsWelcome to an alternative history of ndustrial Detroit where the appearance of the Red Dwarf the Nain Rouge presages disaster for the city time after time The Twenty-Third Man (Mrs. Bradley, in history Our protagonist Jared Cleaves had a childhood encounter with the Dwarfn an The Handbag Book Of Girly Emergencies incident that led to thenjury to his hand but Detroit hasn t been destroyed since then and various government services take an The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop interestn Jared because they think he s the key to Detroit s future and the production of armaments for the warIn his books Irvine personalizes his everyday characters with an authenticity that contrasts with the strange ha. From award winning author Alexander C Irvine comes a compelling fantastical riff on history and World War II The Narrows takes place Sweet Liberty in Detroit where Henry Ford’s factories have been retooled for America’s grand war effort But there are also clandestine operations under way–including a top secret effort to produce golems–powerful beings fashioned from the earth–to destroy Nazis Here lurk strange spiesn unlikely places–and a not so extraordinary man who s.
Ppenings that occur to them This book s a good example of a man trying to save his family and marriage while fending off threats from various Night of the Living Dead Christian individuals and trying not to be the patsy for the organizations that are pressuring him Thiss a very readable book with the action gliding along efficiently There The New World Order is a lot ofnteresting background about Detroit King Solomons Carpet in 1943 and the nature of a city shifted onto a wartime footing There are of course histories written about wartime Detroit Butf you like golems Halflings (Halflings, imps Nazi spies and shady government agenciesn your history you will enjoy this book Not to be confused with another book of the same name book titles can t be copyrighted so there are many duplicates out there The Narrows by Alexander C Irvine The Big Snuggle-Up is an original historic thriller that I started reading out of boredome at a friend s house and ended up getting hooked by the fascinatng story line of a WWII factoryn Detroit secretly producing golems But the thing that s Too Close for Comfort (Jo Birmingham interestings that the main character who tells the story factory worker Jared doesn t seem to think Trauma it s all that strange that there s a mystical rabbi creating these clay soldier monsters not as strange as the many spies following him around nor the appearance of a dwarf from his childhood What I really liked about the book what thatt was totally unpredictable well written with restraint and perfect pacing I had to finish just to see what happened but The Dark Lord Trilogy (Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy, it was an enjoyable ride before I got there There s almost something heren Alex Irvine s alternate history where Ford Motors Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy is churning out golemsn a secret project to win WW2 while the federal government tries to track down creatures from folklore but Happiness the Mindful Way it just doesn t seem to deliver Everything comes together at the endn a way but this sort of feels like one of the golems themselves there s certainly movement but there doesn t seem to be that spark of life It kind of feels like Irvine came up with a hell of a first chapter and then phoned t n from there Some A First Book of Jewish Bible Stories interestingdeas but not a lot of nteresting execution Alternate history has many virtues one being making the past vivid to readers The Narrows does this fine service for America n WWII specifically Detroit And how often does southeastern Michigan appear The Bully in historical fiction or fantasy and sf for that matter Not often enoughIrvine s novel focuses on wartimendustry and there s another unusual move for contemporary fiction The main characters are factory workers who spoiler alert don t end up millionaires or leading a fantasy fueled social transformation Instead the book dwells with these people The Regiment in their daily lives working long hours bickering with coworkers worrying abou. Inadvertently poised at the bizarre urgent center oft all Spared fighting The Kingdom (Fargo Adventure, in Europe because of a bum hand Jared wishes he could join the causenstead of mindlessly sifting clay to be made Johnny Came Home into golems But theres something that preys on his dreams the devilish dwarf known as the Nain Rouge In his youth Jared once actually saw the Dwarf–a chilling creature that shows tself to ndividuals just before their demise Now the Nain Rouge appears to be coming back for Jare.
Didn t love this I felt many times throughout the story like yawning and putting the book down There were just so many other books clamoring for my attention and I just couldn t be bothered by the slow drag of this one Although I kept returning to The Complete Idiots Guide to Raising Chickens it doggedly like a factory worker back to his job day after day Perhapst was Mr Irvine s loving depiction of a daughter completely glued to her father perhaps The Complete Idiots Guide to Finance for Small Business it was the foggy heated exhaustion of a wartime city pumping out materia for the homefront perhapst was the story of a protagonist who not too bright gets caught up His Guarded Heart in something much bigger than they are I didn t think that this was a stellar read but a lot oft stuck with me after I finished The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea it I didn t give much of a damn for any of the side characters or even any of the nebulous antagonists but I cared deeply for the family at the core of the story I didn t even and thiss a first for me give a damn about the supernatural elements which were a fundamental part of the world building of this novel I could ve cared less for golems frost giants tengu etc also I was pretty perturbed that the author decided to pluralize tengu as tengus I could write The Goodness of Dogs it off as protagonist naivete but I don t know It rankled I loved the daughter and her strange wild courage I loved the wife and her reticence to accept anything Butt wasn t enough It simply wasn t I felt like Everybody Matters it tried to be a wartime noir but never uite achieved the efficiency that a noire Chandler Hammett would have been able to employ It gets tangled n ts own mythologyI think this Three Mothers, Three Daughters is a world worth exploring and I enjoyed my timen Three by Atiq Rahimi it but I think maybe I would have enjoyed another author s delve than Mr Irvine I might try his other offerings but I can t say I was wowed by this one Jared Cleaves has problems Excluded from the army by a couple of bum fingers Jared contributes to WWII era Detroit s war effort by building golemsn a secret Ford factory removing scrap metal from lumps of clay that are then brought to life by a no nonsense rabbi Not only that but his wife makes money than he does his mother Magical Garden 2018 Calendar: Coloring Meditations Inspired by Nature in law hates him and he s haunted by dreams of a red skinned dwarfnstigating Detroit s fallSuch The Pages is the world of THE NARROWS by Alexander C Irvine Its a world Hija de la fortuna in which magics unusual but by no means unreal and the supernatural doesn t preclude the daily grindMore Kind of a weird book with The Black Widower its Judaic magic Henry Fordntrigue and WWII espionage theme but a vivid step back The Learning Curve into 1940 s Detroit The D has a rich multicultural history with all kinds ofnteresting locales and this book captures The Night Listener it all I enjoyedt but am not sure that many non Detroiters will Highly recommended for the 313 crowd. D himselfMany have a profound T Shirt And Genes interestn Jared’s childhood run In the Electric Eden in with the Dwarf–including a German spy Jared’s hateful foreman at the golem factory and a shape shifting Indian shaman But what could a simple man who earns a meager living possibly have to do with espionage and dark deeds While Jared toilsnvisibly The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey in the bowels of Ford’s plant the answers about to reveal The Reckoning (Maeve Kerrigan, itselfn a cataclysm of mythic and sinister proportions From the Trade Paperback edition.
E–pub/Kindle The Narrows ✓ Alexander C. Irvine
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Alex Irvine He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Conseuences He has also published the Grail uest novel One King One Soldier and the World War II era historical fantasy The NarrowsIn addition to his original works Irvine has published Have Robot Will Travel a novel set in Isaac Asimov's positronic robot milieu; and Batman Inferno about the DC Comics superheroHis academic background includes an MA in English from the University of Maine and a PhD from the University of Denver He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maine He also worked for a time as a reporter at the Portland Phoenix