The Tel Aviv Dossier, the weird apocalypse novel I wrote with Nir Yaniv, is now available in a new Kindle edition. The spiffy new cover art is by Sarah Anne Langton. You can get it on Amazon or Amazon UK.
Into the city of Tel Aviv the whirlwinds come, and nothing will ever be the same.
Through a city torn apart by a violence they cannot comprehend, three disparate people—a documentary film-maker, a yeshiva student, and a psychotic fireman—must try to survive, and try to find meaning: even if it means being lost themselves. As Tel Aviv is consumed, a strange mountain rises at the heart of the city, and shows the outline of what may be another, alien world beyond. Can there be redemption there? Can the fevered rumours of a coming messiah be true?
As the city loses contact with the outside world and closes in on itself, as the few surviving children play and scavenge in the ruins, can innocence survive, and is it possible for hope to spring amid such chaos?
A potent mixture of biblical allusions, Lovecraftian echoes, and contemporary culture, The Tel Aviv Dossier is part supernatural thriller, part meditation on the nature of belief—an original and involving novel painted on a vast canvas in which, beneath the despair, humour is never absent.
Experience the last days of Tel Aviv…
I’m delighted to announce that The Tel Aviv Dossier, my 2009 novel co-written with Nir Yaniv, is now available as an audiobook!
The audio book runs 7 hours and 35 minutes and is narrated by Eric Meyers. It is available directly via Audible, or through Amazon.com or Amazon UK.
Note that Nir’s name is missing from the credits, I hope it will be rectified very shortly.
What is it like? Here’s an Amazon review I quite like…
Have you ever thought to yourself, “You know, the books I’m reading just aren’t crazy enough”? If so, THE TEL AVV DOSSIER might be something for you.
This is one of those rare books that defies all explanation. If you try to explain the plot to someone, you end up sounding like a rambling lunatic.
So I will just tell you this: It’s crazy.
And really original.
It’s the kind of book that makes you think WTF?, but I mean that in a good way. I am seriously in love with this book. It stays with you. It haunts you. I have spent a good deal of time thinking about this book. Dwelling on it. Trying to interpret it. I don’t know if I’ve come up with any solid answers yet, but the journey has been a good time.
I’m delighted to announce the audio rights sale of five novels to Audible.com, the Internet’s largest publisher of audio books. The sale was negotiated by my agents, John Berlyne and John Parker, of the Zeno Literary Agency.
Coming soon to audio, then!
- The Bookman
- Camera Obscura
- The Great Game
- The Tel Aviv Dossier (with Nir Yaniv)
Very excited about this, obviously!
The Tel Aviv Dossier is now available in the UK from Cheryl Morgan’s specialist Wizard’s Tower Books!
The Hebrew edition of The Tel Aviv Dossier – ימי תל אביב האחרונים – (The Last Days of Tel Aviv, to you!) has come back from the printers and into the shops. Nice to see it in my nearest shop, too, from where this rather bad photo was taken!
Still recovering – had a long week and not enough sleep. Some exciting developments on the books front that I can’t mention yet, but meant I spent most of yesterday on skype and e-mail. In the meantime!
At the Cinemateque bookshop stall, with The Apex Book of World SF.
Nir Yaniv with The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, which includes his story “Painter, a Sheep and a Boa Constrictor” in my translation.
Very first copies of the Hebrew edition of The Tel Aviv Dossier!
I received a couple of copies of the new Hebrew edition of The Tel Aviv Dossier – shiny! And leafing through it I came across this passage, which made me laugh.
‘It’s a steam engine,’ Dganit said, and you could smear that pride over bread and call it butter – ‘a marvel of engineering and ingenuity.’
‘But, but – but what do you feed it with?’ I said, perplexed.
She looked at me in surprise. ‘Well, books,’ she said.
‘Of course. Do you know how many books there are in Tel Aviv? It’s a great untapped natural resource!’
‘Books,’ I said.
‘We – that is, the Faculty, of which I am Head, hold every branch of Steimatzky’s in town! Not to mention the Book Junction, the independents, and the warehouses of the all the major publishers!’
‘I… see,’ I said.
‘Right now we’re powering the engine with as much Amos Oz to get us to the moon and back! And when we run out –‘
‘You never run out of Amos Oz!’ someone shouted at the back.
‘We will use A.B. Yehoshua! Meir Shalev! Giants in their field! Mines to be, well – mined!’
‘And if that ever runs out, there’s always the Da Vinci Code,’ Dganit said. ‘Excellent book. Many pages. Burns well.
I am delighted to announce the imminent release of the Israeli edition of The Tel Aviv Dossier, the supernatural disaster novel I co-wrote with Nir Yaniv. It is published by Odyssey Publishing and translated by Itamar Faran. The cover artwork is the same as the Chizine edition, by the extremely talented Erik Mohr.
Advance copies of the novel will be available for sale at Icon, the Israeli SF convention, from Sunday 26, with bookshop distribution to follow. Nir and I will be discussing the novel on Monday 27, 20:00, at the Eshkol arena.
The Tel Aviv Dossier is now available on Amazon UK in a Kindle edition. It is also available as a regular paperback.
T.J. McIntyre reviews The Tel Aviv Dossier:
One word review: fun!
This novel is insane. It is an often pessimistic mosaic of modern Israeli culture, society, and beliefs. It captures moments of clarity and meaning while examining what happens when our mundane reality butts up against an absurd apocalyptic event.
Told in short bursts from multiple perspectives, the narrative pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. The story lingers long after you breeze through it. It gives us the story of Tel Aviv as it suffers a cataclysmic event. The world goes nuts. Some people cling to their sanity and societal values. Others embrace the madness as mountains rise, and all laws, including the laws of physics, are broken.
Yet, in all this insanity there are still moments of real insight, but the novel never gets bogged down in rationales or meaning. This narrative is as chaotic as the event it describes.
There’s a severed head that rolls around and talks and stuff. This is just that kind of book, and I loved it!