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Smoketown [Kindle Edition]

Tenea D. Johnson

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The city of Leiodare is unlike any other in the post-climate change United States. Within its boundaries, birds are outlawed and what was once a crater in Appalachia is now a tropical, glittering metropolis where Anna Armour is waiting. An artist by passion and a factory worker by trade, Anna is a woman of special gifts. She has chosen this beautiful, traumatized city to wait for the woman she's lost, the one she believes can save her from her troubled past and uncertain future.

When one night Anna creates life out of thin air and desperation, no one is prepared for what comes next - not Lucine, a smooth talking soothsayer with plans for the city; Lucine's brother Eugenio who has designs of his own; Seife, a star performer in the Leiodaran cosmos; or Rory, a forefather of the city who's lived through outbreak, heatbreak, and scandal. Told through their interlocking stories, Smoketown delves into the invisible connections that rival magic, and the copst of redemption.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blind Eye Books (27 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BV8U0S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,285,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to Our Inner World 14 Mar 2012
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One of the reasons I read is to be challenged to see possibilities not previously considered. The most intriguing possibilities are those associated with human beings and how we relate.The characters in this novel seem to touch each other very lightly and very briefly. But then the reader becomes aware of the subtle complex relationships linking them together and is prodded to to consider the universal concepts defining and redefining them.

I appreciate the fine story-telling in the book, but I have re-read it because I wanted to get to know the people. Ms. Johnson has introduced me to new friends that I will visit often.
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, Deceptively Simple, and Sweet 13 Mar 2012
By Aracoma Watson - Published on
It is in the city-state of Leiodare that our story takes place. Anna armour is an inhabitant of Leiodare who, one night, is able to create life out of her own work of art. This feat will cause the city-state to undergo large-scale change. Smoketown is a multiple POV story, which is a key to advancing its plot. There are three POV to be exact, including Anna, the other two are effected by her action that one night. Smoketown is sparse on descriptions of people and places. The prose is neither grandiose or metaphor heavy -- it's direct and deceptively simple. A romance is integrated into the storyline and barriers crumble -- some were self-imposed. The city and the hearts, minds, souls of its residents are transformed . . . some are also redeemed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent world-building and a deep, emotional read 20 Oct 2011
By Janice Sims - Published on
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This futuristic novel with supernatural undertones reminded me of two of my favorite sci-fi movies: Bladerunner and Strange Days. The tone was dark. There had been a plague and it wasn't clear what had caused it, some thought it might have been caused by diseased birds hence birds were outlawed in the city. At any rate a large part of the population died. Anna Amour, the main character, also experienced loss. When the story opens she is in the city waiting for another woman named Peru to return. The mystery behind Peru is key in finding out who Anna truly is, and what she truly is. The prose is sharp and concise, not a wasted word, which I liked. This writer has talent, and I look forward to her future work.
4.0 out of 5 stars thank you, Miss Johnson 16 Aug 2011
By brightLea - Published on
Smoketown is dark and lovely: a story of hope and connection set in a quietly terrifying future scenario. This is not a distant future of alien worlds but a stark warning about what may be right around the corner for humanity. A solidly well-written story that brings to life a group of characters you won't put down when the book is over.
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