The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm gobbbling up PDC's writings at the moment like they are a sweet tray of chocolates with cream to dip them in.
is a novella length story set in his incredible fantastical steampunk ,
djinn filled world of an alternative 1912 Cairo. I love the blend of
East and West, of detective drama and spirit world fantasy, of folklore
and myth, "boilerplate eunuchs"and alternative sociopolitical histories.
In this story we meet more agents of the Ministry of Alchemy,
Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, Hamad Nasr a man trying to be a
modern man, and his youthful rookie sidekick Onsi as they deal with the
haunting of the title.
I love the way PDC brings related
everyday things into this world - budget problems within the department,
Suffragettes, the rookie reciting the legislation to everyone's boredom
yet in the end his skills shine through and the older inspector warms
to his new buddy, and the bug of detectives everywhere, paperwork.
Along with his short story A Dead Djinn in Cairo this is a tour de force in world building which I am so pleased it looks like he is going to continue with in A Master of Djinn
set for release in 2021. PDC definitely has an eye for the ridiculous,
the comic, and for telling a great story, a master of balance. I hope
this world continues to grow. A rollicking read.
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