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Rotherweird Audiobook

Rotherweird

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Publisher's Summary

Rotherweird is a twisted, arcane murder-mystery with shades of Deborah Harkness, Hope Mirrlees and Ben Aaronovitch, Mervyn Peake and Edward Gorey at their disturbing best.

The town of Rotherweird stands alone - there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant-garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.

But secrets have a way of leaking out.

Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town's long-derelict Manor House.

Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time - and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.

Welcome to Rotherweird!

©2017 Andrew Caldecott (P)2017 WF Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties." (Hilary Mantel)

"Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold." (M. R. Carey)

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    kate United Kingdom 05/11/2017
    kate United Kingdom 05/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story bit hard to follow"

    It's a clever idea, a very good story but for some reason I found it hard to follow, kept having to go back and listen again. Can't tell why - maybe too many characters with odd names, maybe too complicated for my wee brain. I don't think it was the narrators fault. Still I enjoyed it and got my monies worth as I probably heard it twice.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    D. Menashy Bushey, London United Kingdom 15/07/2017
    D. Menashy Bushey, London United Kingdom 15/07/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Weird? Rather..."

    Enjoyed this one - sort of Gormenghast meets Neverwhere. Very well narrated.

    Loads of weird and dark happenings occur to interesting and well-written characters in and around a strangely-disconnected English town.

    I did think the ending dragged on a bit and could have been pared back a little, so at the risk of outstaying my own welcome I'll leave it there...

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    P YOULGRAVE, United Kingdom 10/10/2017
    P YOULGRAVE, United Kingdom 10/10/2017 Member Since 2007
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    "Brilliant and fun"

    Intriguing story, interesting array of characters and great narration. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 01/11/2017
    Brian 01/11/2017
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    "A good first draft"

    Before launching into criticism, I enjoyed this book and it kept me entertained to the end - it had the some interesting ideas and the essence of some good characters. The real problem is that it feels like a long first draft that needs editing back to about 2/3 if it’s length and about half of its characters - none of whom are well developed enough for you to remotely care about. Add the fact that there’s more loose ends than a bowl of spaghetti and some daft coincidences and you’ve got a fun but frustrating book

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Spider 28/11/2017
    Spider 28/11/2017
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    "Not to all tastes"

    I found this strangely mesmerising. At first I found the somewhat slow delivery irritating but became used to its measured pace even though I felt it made the tale drag in places. The narrator voices the characters quite well but has a tendency towards a rolling, poetic delivery that I'm not keen on but that's just my taste. However, it was worth sticking with it as the story is quite bizarre and has fantastic (in the true sense of the word) twists and turns that keeps one guessing to the end. There are shades of Mervyn Peake and Neil Gaiman in the storyline. If you liked the Gormenghast trilogy and/or Neverwhere, you'll probably like this.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Dente England 27/09/2017
    Colin Dente England 27/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Marvelous"

    A truly magical book. Full of inventiveness. I was sad when it ended. Heartily recommended.

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    elly gausden London, United Kingdom 27/06/2017
    elly gausden London, United Kingdom 27/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbearably tedious"

    I couldn't finish it. Doesn't happen often, as I usually plough on to the end even if I'm not loving it. But I didn't like any of the characters, the plot was barely there and while I'll admit I kind of want to know what happened in the end, I really couldn't stand the idea of putting up with the dullness to find out.

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    Khairunnisa 31/12/2017
    Khairunnisa 31/12/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautifully read historical fantasy"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked quite a few of the characters. The female characters were nicely drawn, with Orelia Roc being my favourite followed by Vixen Valourhand. Of the male characters, perhaps Ferensen is the most likeable, followed by Fanguin. Gregorius Jones is the most intriguing.


    What does Kris Dyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I really loved the portrayal of the characters. Each character has a very recognisable voice, suited to the character. Delicious.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wasn't sure if I was going to like it after the first few lines. However, once I'd got into the story I found it fascinating. It made me laugh and there are moments of tension where I held my breath.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a book I've listened to several times over. There are a couple of small inconsistencies, for instance, the old injury that Salt has is said to be 6 months ago and then a short time afterwards, is said to have happened many years ago. I'm really looking forward to the next one in the trilogy to see if my predictions are right

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ms.art 08/11/2017
    ms.art 08/11/2017
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    "brilliant"

    Loved this book from start to finish, so many characters, twists and turns. If you're looking for something a bit different then this is the book for you. Would make a great film. I'll definitely listen to this one again.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Daniela Crouch 04/08/2017
    Daniela Crouch 04/08/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "What a shame..."

    Listened to this on holiday and was disappointed. A book too in love with its own pretentious intellectualism. Yet with all its ideas, there's hardly a plot, the characters aren't developed well and sometimes I had to laugh out loud by how little cohesion there was. A shame really, it did have a lot of potential.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful

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