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D himselfMany have a profound interest in Jared’s childhood run in with the Dwarf–including a German spy Jared’s hateful foreman at the golem factory and a shape shifting Indian shaman But what could a simple man who earns a meager living possibly have to do with espionage and dark deeds While Jared toils invisibly in the bowels of Ford’s plant the answer is about to reveal itself in a cataclysm of mythic and sinister proportions From the Trade Paperback edition. I guess my expectations were too high after thoroughly enjoying Scattering of Jades but The Narrows just didn't do much for me The whole idea of the US Army setting up a golem assembly line in Detroit during WWII sounded promising but it seemed like the story took forever to get anywhere and the final revelation about what was REALLY going on at Willow Run wasn't worth the wait

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Inadvertently poised at the bizarre urgent center of it all Spared fighting in Europe because of a bum hand Jared wishes he could join the cause instead of mindlessly sifting clay to be made into golems But there is something that preys on his dreams the devilish dwarf known as the Nain Rouge In his youth Jared once actually saw the Dwarf–a chilling creature that shows itself to individuals just before their demise Now the Nain Rouge appears to be coming back for Jare. Books such as this are why I've decided I need to keep a list of everything that I read I found this one by browsing the new books shelves of my local library; I had never heard of the author or book beforehand When I tried to recall the title or author to add to my list though I couldn't Was it The Straits Detroit Nain Rouge It took some lucky googling to find itThe book is a great odd gem It has it all WWII era Detroit spies golems and of course the harbinger of Detroit the Nain Rouge This book defies genres Is it a spy novel mystery history sci fi fantasy All and none

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From award winning author Alexander C Irvine comes a compelling fantastical riff on history and World War II The Narrows takes place in Detroit where Henry Ford’s factories have been retooled for America’s grand war effort But there are also clandestine operations under way–including a top secret effort to produce golems–powerful beings fashioned from the earth–to destroy Nazis Here lurk strange spies in unlikely places–and a not so extraordinary man who is. I've never been interested in alternate history because I honestly think it sounds boring and this book proved my hunch rightThe premise is promising Jared Cleaves makes golems in the WW2 effort because due to an accident when he was a kid he cannot serve overseas There's also some other urban fantasy elements going on tengu hex bags imps etc These things are briefly mentioned and end up serving nothing in regards to the plot or really being involved at allJared is intensely unlikable He whines that his wife makes money than him He whines that he isn't overseas shooting Nazis He whines that he can't tell anyone about his job He whines because he has the hots for one of his wife's friends and seems to think they'd totally do it if he wanted even though she literally never speaks to him in the entire book He whines that his wife won't touch him maybe because she's busy working full time and raising a baby and has an incel for a husbandThroughout this book you'd think and it's suggested that Jared has some big destiny coming up except Jared doesn't do anything in this book Instead things happen to him He gets tapped for multiple cloak and dagger missions that go no where He saw a spooky and testicle obsessed mystical dwarf years ago He has weird dreams This book is incredibly boring for the first 100 pages then some plot happens then it goes back to being boring The writing style is weirdly vague so you're not sure what's happening The author doesn't italicize internal dialog so you you can't identify what's Jared's internal thoughts and what might be someone telepathically communicating with him The building to the mysterious ending is NOT worth it and the book just kind of ends in an extremely dissatisfying way Also there's weirdly a LOT of racism and n words I understand this is during a racist time but c'mon manUnless you seriously love WW2 alt history don't bother

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  • The Narrows
  • Alexander C. Irvine
  • English
  • 24 November 2017
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About the Author: Alexander C. Irvine

Alex Irvine He first gained attention with his novel A Scattering of Jades and the stories that would form the collection Unintended Conseuences He has also published the Grail uest novel One King One Soldier and the World War II era historical fantasy The NarrowsIn addition to his original works Irvine has published Have Robot Will Travel a novel set in Isaac Asimov's positronic robot milieu; and Batman Inferno about the DC Comics superheroHis academic background includes an MA in English from the University of Maine and a PhD from the University of Denver He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maine He also worked for a time as a reporter at the Portland Phoenix



10 thoughts on “The Narrows

  1. says:

    Alternate history has many virtues one being making the past vivid to readers The Narrows does this fine service for America in WWII specifically Detroit And how often does southeastern Michigan appear in historical fiction or fantasy and sf for that matter? Not often enoughIrvine's novel focuses on wartime industry and there's another unusual move for contemporary fiction The main characters are factory workers who spoiler alert don't end up millionaires or leading a fantasy fueled social transformation Instead the book dwells with these people in their daily lives working long hours bickering with coworkers worrying about bills wrangling childcare and making golems I'm reminded of Richard Matheson's underrated Stir of Echoes in this regard Someday I need to do a study about the working class in Gothic litMaking golems? Yes The Narrows is also a fantasy novel Or better put it's an alt history that includes some fantasy elements The grand River Rouge factory complex busily produces bombers and jeep parts while a secret department builds golem warriors out of clay Another delight Irvine provides is making this credible from the overworked rabbi in charge to workers trying to spot their products in newreels Like Tim Powers Irvine knits the fantastic credibly into the material world as a kind of technologyThe novel's plot concerns skulduggery among different powerful actors around this golem line Frankenline and how they want to use our hero Some of the book's emotional power comes from watching the protagonist cope with increasing weirdness especially as it stresses his marriage The Narrows comes close to cliches here but usually stays clearEspecially noteworthy is a second fantastic element the inclusion of a Michigan folk character the Nain Rouge The dwarf attains mythic status early on becoming something of a cthonic power over Detroit history and a demon to our hero's family This pushes the novel deeply into pure fantasy territory until we learn to what uses Nain Rouge might be putOverall The Narrows is an excellent alternate history and fantasy novel It only weakens in the conclusion which falls apart after a spectacular yet inconclusive climax Many threads are left hanging and resolution isn't really there But it's a grand ride for the first 96%On a personal note I found the novel compelling because I lived in Michigan for almost 20 years I enjoyed reading about settings I know and learning background I didn't

  2. says:

    Alex Irvine writes a story of an average working class guy in WWII Detroit working a factory line because of his crippled hand This factory happens to be making golemsWelcome to an alternative history of industrial Detroit where the appearance of the Red Dwarf the Nain Rouge presages disaster for the city time after time in history Our protagonist Jared Cleaves had a childhood encounter with the Dwarf in an incident that led to the injury to his hand but Detroit hasn't been destroyed since then and various government services take an interest in Jared because they think he's the key to Detroit's future and the production of armaments for the warIn his books Irvine personalizes his everyday characters with an authenticity that contrasts with the strange happenings that occur to them This book is a good example of a man trying to save his family and marriage while fending off threats from various individuals and trying not to be the patsy for the organizations that are pressuring him This is a very readable book with the action gliding along efficiently There is a lot of interesting background about Detroit in 1943 and the nature of a city shifted onto a wartime footing There are of course histories written about wartime Detroit But if you like golems imps Nazi spies and shady government agencies in your history you will enjoy this book

  3. says:

    I've never been interested in alternate history because I honestly think it sounds boring and this book proved my hunch rightThe premise is promising Jared Cleaves makes golems in the WW2 effort because due to an accident when he was a kid he cannot serve overseas There's also some other urban fantasy elements going on tengu hex bags imps etc These things are briefly mentioned and end up serving nothing in regards to the plot or really being involved at allJared is intensely unlikable He whines that his wife makes money than him He whines that he isn't overseas shooting Nazis He whines that he can't tell anyone about his job He whines because he has the hots for one of his wife's friends and seems to think they'd totally do it if he wanted even though she literally never speaks to him in the entire book He whines that his wife won't touch him maybe because she's busy working full time and raising a baby and has an incel for a husband?Throughout this book you'd think and it's suggested that Jared has some big destiny coming up except Jared doesn't do anything in this book Instead things happen to him He gets tapped for multiple cloak and dagger missions that go no where He saw a spooky and testicle obsessed mystical dwarf years ago He has weird dreams This book is incredibly boring for the first 100 pages then some plot happens then it goes back to being boring The writing style is weirdly vague so you're not sure what's happening The author doesn't italicize internal dialog so you you can't identify what's Jared's internal thoughts and what might be someone telepathically communicating with him The building to the mysterious ending is NOT worth it and the book just kind of ends in an extremely dissatisfying way Also there's weirdly a LOT of racism and n words I understand this is during a racist time but c'mon manUnless you seriously love WW2 alt history don't bother

  4. says:

    Didn't love this I felt many times throughout the story like yawning and putting the book down There were just so many other books clamoring for my attention and I just couldn't be bothered by the slow drag of this one Although I kept returning to it doggedly like a factory worker back to his job day after day Perhaps it was Mr Irvine's loving depiction of a daughter completely glued to her father perhaps it was the foggy heated exhaustion of a wartime city pumping out materia for the homefront perhaps it was the story of a protagonist who not too bright gets caught up in something much bigger than they are I didn't think that this was a stellar read but a lot of it stuck with me after I finished it I didn't give much of a damn for any of the side characters or even any of the nebulous antagonists but I cared deeply for the family at the core of the story I didn't even and this is a first for me give a damn about the supernatural elements which were a fundamental part of the world building of this novel I could've cared less for golems frost giants tengu etc also I was pretty perturbed that the author decided to pluralize 'tengu' as 'tengus' I could write it off as protagonist naivete but I don't know It rankled I loved the daughter and her strange wild courage I loved the wife and her reticence to accept anything But it wasn't enough It simply wasn't I felt like it tried to be a wartime noir but never uite achieved the efficiency that a noir ie Chandler Hammett would have been able to employ It gets tangled in its own mythologyI think this is a world worth exploring and I enjoyed my time in it but I think maybe I would have enjoyed another author's delve than Mr Irvine I might try his other offerings but I can't say I was wowed by this one

  5. says:

    Not to be confused with another book of the same name book titles can't be copyrighted so there are many duplicates out there The Narrows by Alexander C Irvine is an original historic thriller that I started reading out of boredome at a friend's house and ended up getting hooked by the fascinatng story line of a WWII factory in Detroit secretly producing golems But the thing that's interesting is that the main character who tells the story factory worker Jared doesn't seem to think it's all that strange that there's a mystical rabbi creating these clay soldier monsters not as strange as the many spies following him around nor the appearance of a dwarf from his childhood What I really liked about the book what that it was totally unpredictable well written with restraint and perfect pacing I had to finish just to see what happened but it was an enjoyable ride before I got there

  6. says:

    Books such as this are why I've decided I need to keep a list of everything that I read I found this one by browsing the new books shelves of my local library; I had never heard of the author or book beforehand When I tried to recall the title or author to add to my list though I couldn't Was it The Straits Detroit Nain Rouge? It took some lucky googling to find itThe book is a great odd gem It has it all WWII era Detroit spies golems and of course the harbinger of Detroit the Nain Rouge This book defies genres Is it a spy novel mystery history sci fi fantasy? All and none

  7. says:

    Jared Cleaves has problems Excluded from the army by a couple of bum fingers Jared contributes to WWII era Detroit’s war effort by building golems in a secret Ford factory removing scrap metal from lumps of clay that are then brought to life by a no nonsense rabbi Not only that but his wife makes money than he does his mother in law hates him and he’s haunted by dreams of a red skinned dwarf instigating Detroit’s fallSuch is the world of THE NARROWS by Alexander C Irvine It is a world in which magic is unusual but by no means unreal and the supernatural doesn’t preclude the daily grindMore

  8. says:

    There's almost something here in Alex Irvine's alternate history where Ford Motors is churning out golems in a secret project to win WW2 while the federal government tries to track down creatures from folklore but it just doesn't seem to deliver Everything comes together at the end in a way but this sort of feels like one of the golems themselves there's certainly movement but there doesn't seem to be that spark of life It kind of feels like Irvine came up with a hell of a first chapter and then phoned it in from there Some interesting ideas but not a lot of interesting execution

  9. says:

    I guess my expectations were too high after thoroughly enjoying Scattering of Jades but The Narrows just didn't do much for me The whole idea of the US Army setting up a golem assembly line in Detroit during WWII sounded promising but it seemed like the story took forever to get anywhere and the final revelation about what was REALLY going on at Willow Run wasn't worth the wait

  10. says:

    Kind of a weird book with its Judaic magic Henry Ford intrigue and WWII espionage theme but a vivid step back into 1940's Detroit The D has a rich multicultural history with all kinds of interesting locales and this book captures it all I enjoyed it but am not sure that many non Detroiters will Highly recommended for the 313 crowd

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