A 300-year-old story collector enlists the help of the computer hacker next door to save her dying sister. A half-resurrected cleanup man for Death's sprawling bureaucracy faces a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses, and his own ghoulish bosses. Gordo, the old Cubano who watches over the graveyards and sleeping children of Brooklyn, stirs and lights another Malaguea. Down the midnight streets of New York, a whole invisible universe churns to life in Daniel José Older's debut collection of ghost noir.
©2012 Crossed Genres Publications. All stories are Copyright 2012 Daniel José Older and are used with permission. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"It's so rare to read something that doesn't sound like anything you've read before, and so invigorating." (John Green, author, The Fault in Our Stars)
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Yes I listened to it twice in the first two days I had it.
Gordo. Second fiddle character but very essential to what happens in this world.
Older brings nuance and personality to a wide range of characters with distinct voice characterizations and narration.
I had the honor and pleasure of attending a reading of this book at WisCon in May 2014. I immensely enjoyed the experience and decided to buy the book. Something about Older's reading brought the narrative to life. I admire the passion and excitement of his work that comes through in his performance. I enjoyed "Love Is Like a F*ck*ng River" most. Older wasn't afraid to bleed all over that story and it comes through even clearer in the audio edition. Overall, I loved the distinctions among all voices and the consistency throughout the book. I'm glad I decided to get it.
"YOUR THE TEA MASTER GENERAL"
DOLLS OF DEATH ROOM
I could not in good conscience go above three stars for this collection. Older is a good word smith, sometimes waxing very poetic. BARTH'S WORDS FLUTTERED AROUND ME LIKE A STUPID MOTH. I really like the story titled SKIN LIKE PORCELAIN DEATH. TENDERFOOT was cute, but most of the rest were just average. Some are going to give this a higher rating, for the coolness. A lot of urban language is used, YOU FEEL ME. I will say none of the stories sucked.
I'M OUT YOU ALL, PEACE
"Engaging Supernatural Detective Stories"
It was a unique and entertaining listen. I enjoyed the mixture of police procedural with ghost story. The book is both serious and tongue-in-cheek. DJO's work is intentionally told from the perspective Latino and Black people. This perspective enriches the story and it's clear that DJO has done a lot of historical research on Black history in NYC etc to stretch canvas his story is painted on.
I don't really like this question because it makes me want to spoil things. So I'm going to refuse to answer it. I'd rather people experience the book for themselves.
At first I thought it was pretty hokey that the author was also the performer in this audiobook. I viewed it as a flaw or something a little funny that could be overlooked for some great storytelling. But, truth be told, DJO's style really grew on me and I think his literal voice is one of the best things about this audiobook. He knows how he wants his characters to sound and feel and that comes across in this recording.
All of the main characters are memorable. Gordo, a fat Cuban musicman who deals with the living and the dead, is high on my list. One weakness of the book is that I found it hard to tell the difference between him and the protagonist Carlos in the beginning because the stories are narrated by both of them at different times.
This is the only Amazon or Audible review I have ever written in my many years as an Amazon customer. I think people should listen to this audiobook.
"I want more!!"
Such an amazing cast of characters. Please tell me there will be a second volume! I need to hear more from Gordo.
Older is fast becoming a favorite of mine. Loved these short stories and enjoy his styling as a narrator.
"Hip with sly humor, 3-D people, great narration"
An amazing book - vivid descriptions all around, from the characters, to the settings, to the little everyday actions that we take for granted and most authors don't use. The narration is perfection. If you enjoy the mix of current times (iPods, internet) with alternate reality (ghosts that have to deal with an alphabet agency bureaucracy that has detectives, agents, bad supervisors, and gung-ho trainees) then you'll have fun with this book.
Add in the New York setting, people of color and their cultural history and current impact then the telling of the stories just gets better. I'm going to listen to this book again - it is jam packed of details and I want to be able to listen to this book with my full attention to catch them all.
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