The Haunting of Tram Car 015
June 28, 2020 1:30 PM - by Clark, P. Djèlí - Subscribe

Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities ― handling a possessed tram car. Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner Agent Onsi Youssef are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo takes place in the same universe. This is a Hugo Awards 2020 post. You can see a schedule and a list of previously posted books here. sorry this post is a few days late, life got in the way
posted by dinty_moore (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
I quite enjoyed this one, as well as the Dead Djinn one, and hope that there's some novel length stories in the future. I do have a soft spot for magical technology stories, but the cultural stuff was good also.
posted by Marticus at 3:58 PM on June 29 [1 favorite]


Tor purchased one from him, but I don't think it has a title or a debut date yet.

Ring Shout is another novella, comes out in October, and also looks fantastic.
posted by dinty_moore at 4:19 PM on June 29


I also enjoy this book, and will be adding it to my mental "good recommendations" shelf.

I do wonder how it reads to someone who is more intimately familiar with Egyptian culture.
posted by DebetEsse at 8:56 AM on June 30 [1 favorite]


This was so much fun - I really enjoyed Hamed as a point of view character, but also every secondary character was enjoyable in its own way (Onsi being ridiculous but useful was favorite). I enjoyed the mystery and the candy smuggling.

I also enjoyed the Black God's Drums last year, and though I would be open to reading more of that universe - or if Clark decided the thing to do was choose yet another place/time period that's been poorly used in alternate histories and re-center non-white experiences, I'd be good with that - I think I like this universe the best. With the Black God's Drums, I'd probably read a novel that might answer some questions. With this one, I'd happily read an entire series with these characters and setting.
posted by dinty_moore at 12:09 PM on June 30


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