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Assam & Darjeeling Paperback – May 6, 2010
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It all begins with a car accident that leaves two children and their mother in intensive care. Floating in an unworldly place where they can see the real world but not be seen, the kids resolve to find their mother who is not with them and bring her back. This begins a perilous journey into the Underworld where the boatman wants a coin to let them aboard for their journey down the river. Sound familiar? T.M. Camp has woven together echoes of Dante, mythology, legend, and ancient folklore to tell a tale that keeps us on the edge of our seat both to follow the quest and to identify which bits of story he is using in each situation.
We meet demons with cell phones, ancient deities driving vintage convertibles... a goddess whose is not longer worshiped and must wait tables in a diner to make ends meet ... and villains who are in pursuit of the children for ends that are hinted at but impossible to guess.
This story will appeal to anyone who knows and loves classic Western mythology. Camp has tweaked the old legends just enough to make us puzzle about each new situation and character's origin. When it falls into place we feel a sense of triumph for getting it right ... or the need to dash to the reference books to see what unknown myth he is referring to.
One of the truest pleasures of Assam & Darjeeling is the relationship between the forceful younger sister, Darjeeling, and the thoughtful, sensitive older brother, Assam.Read more ›
I don't know if this is true for the paperback and/or kindle versions but the hardcover copy that I borrowed from the library had a lot of typographical errors. It isn't as though I've never come across this before but this book had so many that I found myself having to re-read something every few chapters to try to make sense of what was happening.
You could probably make up a drinking game for how many times someone says "I have no idea." (and it's almost identical twin "I've no idea.")
I'm not just talking about one character having a catch phrase; I'd be okay with that. I could even accept two children saying that to each other over and over again, because kids can be that annoying and unoriginal sometimes. Unfortunately, in this book almost every single character says it. The author has the two main characters constantly answering each other with "I have no idea." A queen says it, a villain says it, the character with too many pets says it etc. The author really would have done well to find another way to express his characters' ignorance.
About halfway or so through the book the plot really begins to lag. The characters get to a point in which they stop to talk, and talk, and then talk some more.
I have two other complaints, but I will warn you that they reveal some of the plot.
One minor character introduces himself as James, but then the characters just up and decide to call him Jimmy.Read more ›
This is a highly imaginative tale, woven from various myths and mythologies. What makes it special though, are the boy and girl. Assam and Darjeeling are wonderfully written. Very real siblings who won my heart almost immediately. The book dragged a bit in places and had quite a few typographical errors, but I had to continue because of the children. I needed to know how they fared. The creative situations they often found themselves facing were intriguing to read as well.
One of the best books I've read in years.
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This is a case of "don't judge a book by its cover". Having read the book, I understand the significance of the pomegrant, but it makes for a rather unattractive cover. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
to save the person you love? Second story I've read by TM Camp and it'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Coral Russell