Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tales from the Archives ~ Six

Tales from the Archives - Six

By: Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written & Narrated by: Grant Stone

Format: Podcast, 33.51 minutes

Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk

Series: 6th in Tales of the Archives podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation: Yes. Nice way to meet new characters in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising. The chances of seeing the future, or even granted some luck.

A Ruby in Rain

From the farthest edge of the Empire, New Zealand agents Lachlan King and Barry Ferguson are called to interview a recent arrival to Auckland’s prisons. An infamous gambler, according to the constable’s account, has turned himself into their custody, not for the safety of society but for his own. The Ministry steps in to uncover a man’s story of impressive luck, and more incredible vision.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Eliza is feeling a bit home sick, so Wellington finds a case with a touch of home... New Zealand...

We meet Agents Lachlan King and Barry Ferguson in this installment.  They make a trip to the prison to talk to a man whom asked to be locked up not claiming to any crime, but for his own protection.  His name Red Eyed Rob.  Red Eyed Rob is known to Ferguson as he is an amazingly wonderful gambler.  Always winning, unless he throws the hand to keep in the games.  Red Eyed Rob claims to have seen Armageddon in the card in a recent game.

Again we see some very neat machinery.  I like the machine used to see where the vision came from and the surprise machine we see as well.  Ferguson does have a few tricks up his sleeve, so he does.

The characters we got a quick glimpse of them in the story, threw the story.  I don't know if I'm making any sense with this.  The characters and story are created together.  I like when these two are intertwined together nice and neat, you get almost two views in one story; the characters and the story itself. 

We even get a short story almost like a bonus in this one.  A little case history in which Agent Lachlan King worked in India when he was new to the Ministry.  In the end the story even left a smile on my lips as the two agents clean up the area.

And the narrating.  The voice of Grant is very relaxing and so easy to listen to.

Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit HERE.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!

I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I read the book and I'm so going to listen to these when I have a good amount of time. I loved the book!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (Books&Things) - YEAH! :) So glad you enjoyed the book. And I hope you enjoy these podcasts too. They are just such fun short stories to listen to. :)