The Haunting of Tram Car 015
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 returns to the alternate Cairo of Clark’s short fiction, where humans live and work alongside otherworldly beings; the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities handles the issues that can arise between the magical and the mundane. Senior Agent Hamed al-Nasr shows his new partner Agent Onsi the ropes of investigation when they are called to subdue a dangerous, possessed tram car. What starts off as a simple matter of exorcism, however, becomes more complicated as the origins of the demon inside are revealed.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 Details

TitleThe Haunting of Tram Car 015
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherTor.com
ISBN-139781250294807
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Novella, Fiction, Adult

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 Review

  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    Another solid one from Clark. This novella felt more deeply developed than The Black God's Drum but is equally exquisite. This stories also addressed issues (though tangentially) of feminism and empowerment. I am still out on the epilogue but I am definitely yearning for more stories from this world.
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  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    January 1, 1970
    “Quite dreadful. No one liked desk duty. It often seemed half their job was paperwork as it was. Who joined the Ministry for the thrill of filling out endless reports, in triplicate no less? Then again, he thought dismally, neither did they expect to spend their days haggling with government bureaucrats over haunted tram cars.”I have yet to read P. Djèlí Clark’s The Black God’s Drum, but it’s high on my TBR list! From what I understand, The Haunting of Tram Car 015 is set within the same world a “Quite dreadful. No one liked desk duty. It often seemed half their job was paperwork as it was. Who joined the Ministry for the thrill of filling out endless reports, in triplicate no less? Then again, he thought dismally, neither did they expect to spend their days haggling with government bureaucrats over haunted tram cars.”I have yet to read P. Djèlí Clark’s The Black God’s Drum, but it’s high on my TBR list! From what I understand, The Haunting of Tram Car 015 is set within the same world as Clark’s short story published in 2016 on Tor.com, A Dead Djinn in Cairo. It’s an alternate steampunk Cairo, that takes place in 1912. A fantasy filled with magic, djinn, ghouls and a haunted tram.Even though I have never read Agatha Christie, this puts me in mind of something she would write. Perhaps because it is a murder mystery that takes place on a form of public transportation? Like if Christie wrote a Sherlock Holmes novel.Historical fantasy is a tough genre for me to lose myself in. It’s surely a difficult task, consciously fictionalizing the past. It can be quite limiting. I’m such a lover of world-building and finding myself immersed in the details, that when it comes to a historical setting, sometimes it just doesn’t captivate me as much. This is an instance where I think I would have enjoyed The Haunting of Tram Car 015 more if it was a longer story. Or maybe it wouldn’t have resonated with me at all in that case. WHO EVEN KNOWS?!This was charming, diverse and well-written. It just didn’t fully come together for me, but YMMV. A lot of people are going to dig this!(Thank you to Tor.com Publishing for always sending me random surprise book mail!)**The quotes above were taken from an ARC & are subject to change upon publication**
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  • Caleb Masters
    January 1, 1970
    P. Djèlí Clark returns with another excellent novella bursting with warm characters and a fantastic world that left me craving more. Set in an alternate 1912 Cairo, this steampunk-djinn-noir follows two agents, Hamed and Onsi, in the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities as they investigate a haunted tram car. Clark packs so much story and vibrant detail into his book that I kept wishing for more time with his characters or for him to turn down another back alley of Cairo P. Djèlí Clark returns with another excellent novella bursting with warm characters and a fantastic world that left me craving more. Set in an alternate 1912 Cairo, this steampunk-djinn-noir follows two agents, Hamed and Onsi, in the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities as they investigate a haunted tram car. Clark packs so much story and vibrant detail into his book that I kept wishing for more time with his characters or for him to turn down another back alley of Cairo to see what wonders he'd cooked up. A great follow-up to 'The Black God's Drums' and a cementing of P. Djèlí Clark's place as a rising star of fantasy literature.Tor.com Publishing Quest: 7/122 read!
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  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    Another novella from the author of The Black God's Drums! And look at that cover!
  • James Latimer
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    P. Djèlí Clark has this indescribable writing style that just...fills my soul. I don't know if it's his brilliant word choice or his syntax or his tone that feels like summer heat sticking to your skin despite the cool breeze or if it's the way his plots slowly unfold like a puzzle gently clicking into place, piece by piece until the full picture is suddenly, beautifully revealed, and it's stunning. Whatever it is, I love it. The Haunting of Tram Car 015 has the same brilliant alternate-history P. Djèlí Clark has this indescribable writing style that just...fills my soul. I don't know if it's his brilliant word choice or his syntax or his tone that feels like summer heat sticking to your skin despite the cool breeze or if it's the way his plots slowly unfold like a puzzle gently clicking into place, piece by piece until the full picture is suddenly, beautifully revealed, and it's stunning. Whatever it is, I love it. The Haunting of Tram Car 015 has the same brilliant alternate-history worldbuilding as the Black God's Drums--it's not the same in content, in alterations, but it is the same in its carefully crafted blend of mythology, magic, technology, and history. It's a beautifully put together world. The magic of this alternate Cairo is true to the history of the city, fits it so perfectly because it was grown there, sown there, belongs. The characters fit, too, brilliant as their desert sun. It's not a story that could happen anywhere else, the characters don't fit in other settings--they are perfectly placed in their setting, and it's just... satisfying. I honestly think that I could read anything, everything that Clark has ever written and will ever write and not be disappointed. He's magic.
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  • The Artisan Geek
    January 1, 1970
    This book cannot come any sooner! I need this in my LIFE!
  • Kerine Wint
    January 1, 1970
    Plot: Characters: Worldbuilding: Writing: Ending: Concept: Alternate-history Sci-fi books by P. Djèlí Clark are now one of my go to's for creative, well thought out worldbuilding. It's a beautiful combination of culture, advanced tech, and magic. Given it's a novella, I do think the characters weren't as developed as they could but I still loved the snippets from interactions.This book is a great followup from The Black God's Drums and I think Djèlí Clark has created a signature that won't be ea Plot: Characters: Worldbuilding: Writing: Ending: Concept: Alternate-history Sci-fi books by P. Djèlí Clark are now one of my go to's for creative, well thought out worldbuilding. It's a beautiful combination of culture, advanced tech, and magic. Given it's a novella, I do think the characters weren't as developed as they could but I still loved the snippets from interactions.This book is a great followup from The Black God's Drums and I think Djèlí Clark has created a signature that won't be easily replicated. I can't wait to see more work from him in the future. Thanks to the lovely team at Tor for sending me an advanced reader's copy.
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