Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tales from the Archives - Nine

Tales from the Archives - Nine

By:  Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written & Narrated by:  Phil Rossi

Format:  Podcast, 51.06 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  9th 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. We have a missing agent and some people meddling with the Gods of ancient.

The Shadows of Calcutta

Agent Robert Smith, on return from a mission in Nepal, is diverted to India where he is charged to find a missing agent. Alex Tanner had been investigating a series of thefts and murders holding the Ministry’s attention, and now it falls on Agent Smith to find his missing comrade.

My Thoughts and Summary:
We come to India with a storm following on our tails and the beautiful Agent Sokshi (spelling could be wrong) meets our Agent Robert Smith and takes him to the Magistrate who is not very happy.  Sokshi also tours Smith where he needs to go.  The Magistrate is upset as Agent Alex Tanner was all talk and no action in his eyes because he disappeared before solving the mysterious four murders, several missing people, and disappearing new artifacts.  The Magistrate wants Smith to solve the case, but Smith makes clear he was sent here to find Tanner NOT solve the case.

This story has a touch of ancient magic feel to it.  We meet a beggar who is a fortune teller, from whom we learn some interesting information from.  Then we have strange fever induced dreams from deadly wounds.  These dreams lead to a conclusion from... sorry can't tell you who makes the conclusion.  But Agent Smith does end up in a tight spot in need of help.  But Agent Smith will have to choose who to believe and hope he has picked the right ally.  We also find there are steam engines disappearing as well.  All this with an increasingly dangerous storm growing quickly. 

I'm one to enjoy a tale with Gods involved.  And this one has a touch of that as well.  Gods are wanted and being called upon.

I have to say the descriptions used are wonderful.  I think my favorite one in this short story is,
     "the bus shit Robert on the road." 
Ha ha!  I loved this, as this bus and place, I could see it feeling this way.  There are several great phrases like this through out the pod story.

As always another wonderful listening time from Tales of the Archives.  Hope you go check out these fun quick stories.

Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

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 can't believe I have yet to start these. I so fail. I do plan on listening to it sometime soon. I'm going to double check to make sure I signed up for the podcasts!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (books&things) - Oh I think once you get started with these you will really enjoy them. They have 10 up now too. So I need to get back over there and get listening. :) Thank you!!!!