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Crandolin [Paperback]

Anna Tambour

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14 Nov 2012
In a medieval cookbook in a special-collections library, near-future London, jaded food and drink authority Nick Kippax finds an alluring stain next to a recipe for the mythical crandolin. He tastes it, ravishing the page. Then he disappears... So begins an 'adwentour' that quantum-leapfrogs from Central Asia in the Middle Ages to Russia under Gorbachev, from the secrets of confectionery to the agonies of making a truly great moustache, from maidens in towers to tiffs between cosmic forces. Food, music, science, fruitloopery, superstition, railways, bladder-pipes and birth-marked Soviet statesmen; all are present in an extraordinary novel that is truly 'for the adwentoursomme'.

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"A fairy tale Dostoevsky would have liked... It's like it was written by a demented chef." -- David Kowalski

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Anna Tambour has worked as an industrial designer, graphic designer, scent developer, cook, and as a grower of fruits too daunting for most purported gourmets. Of no fixed nationality, she currently lives in the Australian bush with a large family of other species, including brayers, medlars, quinces, and a man. Her stories have appeared in an anarchy of places, including infinity plus,The HMS Beagle: BioMedNet Magazine, Scary Food: A Compendium of Gastronomic Atrocity, the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences, Strange Horizons, Rudy Rucker's Flurb; and numerous anthologies including The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Paper Cities, and Bloody Fabulous.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, rollicking fantasy 25 Feb 2013
By Nathan Ballingrud - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will bewilder you at first. The story careens from a Middle Eastern country several hundred years ago to Soviet Russia to modern times; the point of view shifts even more wildly, including not only characters from all of these settings, but also, occasionally, birds, jars of honey, and a bit of red fluff being used to make a nest. This is an astonishing, joyful book. The prose is beautiful, the narrative risks are audacious. Crandolin reminded me at times of the works of Salman Rushdie and Italo Calvino in its pure love of storytelling, its abundant humor, and its irreverence for conventional structure, but it is very much its own thing. It's one of the best fantasy novels I've read in years. In a better world, this would be topping the bestseller lists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite 16 Jan 2014
By Julie A. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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Anna Tambour is a national treasure. Her writing is dense and juicy. It's sometimes too much; the disgust/pleasure of a grotesque but unspeakably toothsome gourmet feast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crandoliin 4 Aug 2013
By E. E. Bright - Published on Amazon.com
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It's hard - if not impossible - to categorize this book. It seems to pull its inspiration from so many sources - historic cook books, novels like the Arabian Nights, Travels with a donkey, and a train trip across Russia that neither stops nor ends.

I'd call it part-travelogue, part romance, observing as it does that love comes in so many different packages, part whimsy, part indulgent delve into ancient recipe books, and almost part holy quest as people seek for what they do not have and perhaps do not need.

Tambour draws all her characters perfectly and precisely, and has an uncanny knack of leaving the story and directly addressing the audience, as a travel guide will do to direct your attention to a vital detail or experience you may have otherwise missed. More than once I wondered if the author was setting her own past travel adventures in fiction. I especially loved the absurdity and the humour woven throughout Crandolin. Packed with exquisite moments of description or observation that show the depth and talent of this author, its beautifully written, beautifully produced, and an absolute pleasure to read.

Like the crandolin it's based on - it's impossible to describe, but everybody needs to experience it! Go read! Crandolin
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5.0 out of 5 stars GLORIOUS, LUSCIOUS, DELIRIOUS, 14 Aug 2013
By D. J Penick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is book seems somehow to come from a world more generous, daring, quirky and extravagantly sensuous than our own. The language is familiar and unfamiliar and it unfolds with extraordinary assurance. Please take a chance and explore the many oblique wonders which Anna Tambour so skillfully, so courageously extends to us.
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