Certain Dark Things: A Novel

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Read by Dan Bittner

9.41 Hours 11/08/2016 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781427285027

"Dan Bittner's conversational narration is instantly engaging, and he conveys Domingo's pluck and wonder at Atl's powers with irresistable earnestness." — AudioFile Magazine From Canadian-Mexican author Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes Certain Dark Things — a scrappy fantasy audiobook in which supernatural entities run rampant, and street smarts are the key to survival. Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires… Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten. Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm. And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries. Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

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Summary

Summary

Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016

"Dan Bittner's conversational narration is instantly engaging, and he conveys Domingo's pluck and wonder at Atl's powers with irresistable earnestness." — AudioFile Magazine

From Canadian-Mexican author Silvia Moreno-Garcia comes Certain Dark Things — a scrappy fantasy audiobook in which supernatural entities run rampant, and street smarts are the key to survival.

Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…

Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.

Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten.

Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.

And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.

Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

I know it's very early in the year but I can already tell this is one of the Notable Reads of 2015. Kirkus
Refreshing, lively, and unique, Moreno-Garcia's debut novel is a triumph. RT Book Reviews
In a poignant, graceful coda, Moreno-Garcia brings the book full circle, slyly subverting the expectations of a linear narrative and punctuating Meche's story with a hushed, lovely flourish. In many ways, Signal to Noise is a coming-of-age tale, but it's also the tale of what comes after--and what happens when forces beyond our control, magical or otherwise, are better left that way. NPR
Plenty of books use magic to talk about coming-of-age stories and the secrets that people bury... but few of them are as sad, or as evocative, as Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel Signal to Noise. io9
This accurate depiction of outcast teenage life cycles effortlessly between eras. Meche, Sebastian, and Daniela are deeply believable characters, and numerous '80s musical references make this unusual story a welcome blast from the past. Publisher's Weekly "Suffused with the music--English-language and Spanish, pop and punk--that Meche and friends use to make their magic and soundtrack to their lives, this is both a spiky and charmingly sweet romance of making amends and starting again.
This charming literary fantasy will resonate for readers of all ages. Barnes&Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog on Signal to Noise"This little indie release deserves all the attention.
Moreno-Garcia has a solid and convincing prose style, robust and subtle in all the right places... a successful debut, and a very interesting book. Tor.com
One of the outstanding debut fantasy novels this year. Chicago Tribune
Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s gritty novel is steeped in the history of Mexico City and vampire lore and yet manages to deftly re-invent the bloodsucker. The wonderfully complex Atl and her 21st Century Renfield, Domingo, are revelations. Certain Dark Things packs a wallop. Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts Praise for Signal to Noise:
Certain Dark Things is a delicious, elegant, gritty vampire noir. Moreno-Garcia has created a world that pulses with life and terror and honesty. Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper and of the Bone Street Rumba series
“Toes that wonderful line between nerdy and hip, balancing good music, cool magic, and fumbling teenagers.” Vice on Signal to Noise
Silvia Moreno-Garcia carves out the heart of Mexico City, and then eats it, in this riveting noir-punk reinvention of vampire lore. Certain Dark Things is exquisitely vicious and brutally beautiful. Ann Aguirre, New York Times Bestselling Author
If The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo met (and devoured) Interview with the Vampire to the twined rhythms of Octavio Paz, Bram Stoker, and Ozomatli, you might come close to the layers and textures of Certain Dark Things. Set in a beautifully and heartbreakingly rendered Mexico caught up in Narco-Vampire wars, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's novel lets us fall in love with many perspectives before she breaks our hearts and puts us back together again. I cannot wait for the movie. Fran Wilde, Andre Norton Award-winning author of Updraft
Not since Anne Rice’s seminal Interview with the Vampire has the vampire story been so radically reimagined. Silvia Moreno-Garcia reinvents it for the 21st century in this high-concept, explosive tale of narco-vampires in Mexico City—and just when you thought it was safe to step out of the coffin. Certain Dark Things is dark, inimitable, and so very, very cool. Unmissable. Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama
“All the characters in this book are as sharply realized as the city in which they live and fight…. I love to see compelling new takes on vampires, and Certain Dark Things succeeds beautifully…. Smart, tender and insightful.” NPR.org
"[S]uspenseful, character-driven, and powerfully emotional…. Certain Dark Things does for vampires what Stephen Graham Jones did for werewolves in his novel Mongrels earlier this year: beautifully and powerfully reinvigorates one of the seminal horror fiction monsters in some truly unexpected and sublime ways….Filled with powerful themes of trust, corruption, vengeance, and bloodlust, this novel is by turns sensual and grim, introspective and disturbing, suspenseful and moving, and all told in the sleek and lyrical prose for which Moreno-Garcia is deservedly acclaimed.” New York Journal of Books

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Author

Author Bio: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is Mexican by birth, and Canadian by inclination. She lives in beautiful British Columbia, where she is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Signal to Noise―long-listed for a Sunburst Award and finalist of the British Fantasy, Locus, and Aurora awards―and the short story collection This Strange Way of Dying, which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award in Canada. She was a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize, and a recipient of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Award for Best Emerging Writer. She has edited the anthologies Dead North, Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse, and She Walks in Shadows (World Fantasy Award nominee), among others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 9.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English