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Looking For Goats, Finding Monkeys [Kindle Edition]

I.F. Rowan
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Looking For Goats is a short story (5500 words), the first of the four Dao Shi stories originally published in Black Gate magazine to much acclaim.

Dao Shi is not a bad man. Granted, he is a liar and a charlatan and a con-man, but aside from that he's not a bad man. He earns his living with mumbo-jumbo and magic tricks, convincing the gullible and superstitious that he is a master exorcist who can rid them of the demons and hungry ancestor-spirits that they blame for their bad luck, even though the closest Dao Shi has come to a ghost has been in his bad dreams after over-indulging at Mama Shen's.

One day though, Dao Shi runs into much more than he bargained for…

Looking For Goats is the first of the four Dao Shi stories originally published in Black Gate magazine to much acclaim, and sets in train events which result in Dao Shi being caught up in the treacherous politics of empire and war, and a series of life and death battles with demons, bandits, traitors and lawyers, in cities and boats and the dark sewers of the Underworld. Usually a firm believer that the best form of defence is cowardice, Dao Shi becomes a reluctant hero as he learns that the death of his son and his fellow-soldiers of the Mountain Eagles may hide a terrible secret that is connected with the fate of the Empire itself.

"You owe it to yourself to discover Rowan's fiction if you haven't already had the pleasure." (Jeff Vandermeer, two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award)

"Rowan is a superlative writer, skilfully blending humor, evocative image, and just the right touch of pathos to keep the tension humming." (Sherwood Smith, TangentOnline)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 225 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SLYM90
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #750,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello, thanks for visiting.

I've written both novels and short stories, mostly crime fiction.

ONE OF US is my debut crime novel. It started as a short story published in Hitchcock's Magazine, became a novel, and ended up being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award for best unpublished novel.

I've also had over thirty short stories published. Some of those stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, been voted into readers' top ten of the year, or been in anthologies nominated for awards..

NOWHERE TO GO is a collection of eleven of my previously published crime stories, many of which appeared first in print in magazines like Hitchcock's and Ellery Queen's.

ICE AGE is a collection of eight stories of the strange and the chilling that have been published in various places over the last few years.

And last, but not least, SEA CHANGE is something different again: a young adult novel like those I loved as a child by writers like Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, about haunted, folklore-ridden England.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shiny and well-chewed 20 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When the writing is so clever you don't notice it's clever, that's good. When the protagonist is drawn so well that you understand how flawed and loveable he is at the same time, that's great. When the descriptions give elegant imagery without getting in the way of a good story, that's a real pleasure to read. 'Looking for Goats, Finding Monkeys' deserves better praise than I can amateurishly heap upon it. Get it. The other works of Iain Rowan's I've read have been well-crafted, too, although edgier and darker. There are four stories featuring Dao Shi, which are collected in 'Welcome to the Underworld'. I'm buying that as soon as I finish this review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Slide of Chinese Ghost Stories 29 May 2012
By Dharma Bum - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very well written short story about a charlatan exorcist who realises that he has the power to cheat even ghosts. The story is rich in detail. It feels as though the writer knows a bit about ancient China, but writes about it in a contemporary way. I think he should look at Chinese stories like Painted Skin (available on DVD) for more inspiration. I will probably buy the next book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A well told tale 12 April 2012
By Susan A Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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A well told tale of a man; drifting through life and getting by with the exorcism of fake ghosts.... but sometimes what we believe is not entirely true.

I am looking forward to reading the remaining three tales of Dao Shi.
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