Tuesday, March 01, 2011

TLC Blog Tour: the Oracle of Stamboul

The universe seems to be against my blog tour stop for the Oracle of Stamboul.

First, I just received my review copy (as arranged by the lovely folks at TLC) because it was somehow stuck at the post office awaiting me. Secondly, blogger was down yesterday when I tried throwing this up over lunch at work and then last night, the power was out in my neighbourhood.

It’s not faring well for this here blog…. However, the book is SO gorgeously scintillating, I hope that you will forgive tardiness and replace it with anticipation similar to what I am feeling at finally reviewing this book in detail.

Please note that when I DO have a chance to delve further into the novel, you can check back here for my thoughts.

If the haunting and mellow cover is not enough to draw rapt attention from you, then I direct you to the publisher’s description:

“Set in the heart of the exotic Ottoman Empire during the first years of its chaotic decline, Michael David Lukas’ elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting debut novel follows a gifted young girl who dares to charm a sultan—and change the course of history, for the empire and the world. An enthralling literary adventure, perfect for readers entranced by the mixture of historical fiction and magical realism in Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red, or Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Lukas’ evocative tale of prophesy, intrigue, and courage unfolds with the subtlety of a Turkish mosaic and the powerful majesty of an epic for the ages."

Magical Realism. A favourite genre for those lemony evenings that melt winter into spring. I don’t know about you; but any novel that draws comparison from a myriad of modern classics ( such as Marquez, Pamuk and Pullman) deserves a peek.

Harper Collins allows you to delve a little further into Michael David Lukas’ biography, inspiration and even his favourite books here.

Browse and buy the book here.

Make sure you visit Michael David Lukas’ website where you can find links to several of Lukas’ previous writing.

Please continue to follow the book tour ( even if I am a let-down!)

March 1:Unabridged Chick

March 2: Simply Stacie


Kailana said...

I am having some major trouble with the mail this year... Everything is late! I thought I was going to have mail today, but despite constant checking nothing seems to have arrived. :(

I am curious about this book.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the universe will stop conspiring against you in your quest to finish this book. :)

I'm so glad you're enjoying it in spite of all the difficulties!