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Jarmo [Kindle Edition]

Adam Spielman
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jarmo is a wizard of ancient and esoteric power. He can call forth visions, commune with the ignobly dead, and manipulate political landscapes with a spry flick of his tongue. But the uncounted years spent observing the insanities of humanity have at last taken their toll, and he has thrown off the shackles of his servitude and now wanders the land a snarky and ironical libertine. His last remaining motive: to move the masses of men by the twiddling of his disaffected thumbs.

Follow the lovely Kresha Stone, a far-dreaming farm girl of inescapable beauty, as she is pulled unwittingly through a gauntlet of pain and horrors by the invisible hands of the rogue wizard , steered inexplicably into the heart of madness - into the midst of the guerrilla terrorists known as the Black Mirage.

And Zebithias of One Stride, a carpenter's son by the wizard's jest made leader of a people's revolution in the capitol city called Ghent. Enraged by the death of his brother, Zebithias will stop at nothing to bring down the only establishment capable of combating the terrorists from the north.

Can Kresha and Zebithias escape Jarmo's deviant narrative? Will they discover the true nature of their chosen paths? If they cannot, their entire civilization will crumble in the grand finale of The Jarmo Show.


"Expectations are the first sign of insanity."

"Whole civilizations may arise, thrive, and crumble between two points of human intelligence."

"Perception is a many-sided lie, and it is the tool of murderers, rapists, and poor dear mothers alike."

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About the Author

Adam Spielman lives in Minnesota. He loves playing hockey and poker, drinking dark beer, and reading good books. After several years of teaching English in South Korea, he set fire to the ABCs and returned home to write absurd fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1163 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075JS1HI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Enjoyable October 3, 2012
By Alex
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Jarmo is a completely unique book. I can guarantee that you have never read anything like it. Here is a breakdown of what I love the most:

1. Witty, intelligent characters, storylines, and references
The utter wittiness of this book is absolutely my favorite part. But it's a kind of dark wittiness that is both hilarious and incredibly disturbing. A few times throughout I had to walk away from the kindle because I just couldn't believe what was happening to the characters. But at the same time, there is a lightness to even the dark scenes that I've never experienced before. You can almost feel the author laughing at you through the pages.

2. Portrayal of taboo subjects
Often in fantasy books, you read taboo things that are the norm for that world so their problematic nature is left uninterrogated, which to me always feels like a cheap way out. But rather than adopt some kind of otherwordly system of morals, Jarmo makes the taboo scenes all that much more complex because they are still wrong in the world. However, the morals don't always apply to all the characters--which is a really interesting tension.

3. Jarmo himself
Jarmo is one of those transcendent characters that could live way beyond the book. He's sort of like a Tom Bombadil written by George RR Martin trapped in the land of Lewis Carroll. He is without a doubt one of the weirdest personalities I have encountered.

The thought that this book might stay relatively obscure saddens me, because people really should read it. I think it could easily be the next big book for adults--and could even revitalize and redefine the fiction market. It's cheap, and you can even borrow it for free if you're an amazon prime member. You will not be let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Lyrical, Enthralling. January 14, 2014
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Not for the queasy, this is not a happy little light hearted adventure. It is very well written. Several times I found myself rereading sentences and phrases that were exceptionally elegant. (I am struggling with this review, it is hard to know how to explain my thoughts) There were very few typos, which was a refreshing change. The pacing was good. I felt like it was both a good action read but also a study in humanity without being preachy. Mostly I found it fascinating and resentful of time spent on daily chores until I could finish it. This book will suck you in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Beautiful February 5, 2014
By Racheal
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Beautifully written book. Unexpected and original plot with memorable characters and storylines that compel you to keep reading. Not a book for anyone that can't handle intensely graphic scenes. There were parts that had me cringing. There were also parts that I must have reread five times that I found particularly insightful or stunning. Definitely going to be periodically checking in to see if the author is coming out with anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insanity! February 5, 2014
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Jarmo is a flat out, no holds barred look at how insanity is the only rational choice in a cruel world. The characters are real, beaten down, overwhelmed and the story is unforgiving and unapologetic. I really enjoyed the book and its dark twists and turns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read by a Brilliant Author February 24, 2015
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It's been a while since I read this title, but I still remember it vividly. One of the better, more unique novels I've read in the last five years by quite a young author. Definitely if you're looking for a challenging narrative that's still very engaging and extremely smart, check out JARMO. You won't be disappointed. I don't bat around the word 'genius' lightly, but the narrative of this book comes close to the definition.
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Adam Spielman is a writer from Minnesota with degrees in English and philosophy. When he isn't writing, he's golfing or playing pond hockey, having a beer at the pub, or burying his face in a book. He taught English for several years in the mountains of Korea, where he also wrote his first novel, Jarmo.


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