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#Newbook and translation. Dark Prophecy by Javier Haro Herráiz (@JavierHaroHerra) A very postmodern Messiah. And new #audiobook

Hi all:

As you know I normally bring you new books and authors on Fridays. And as you also know, apart from writing and having done a few other things in my life (yes, being a psychiatrist too), I translate books from English to Spanish and vice versa, not only my own books, but also those of others.

Today I bring you a book I’ve translated for a fellow indie author, Javier Haro Herraiz, from Spain, a great supporter of indie authors and a prolific writer in a variety of genres, and who has a great love for superheroes, comics and horror. His writing style is pretty unique (you’ll either get it or it will drive you mad. I’ve done my best to not change it too much in the translation), as he seems to write comics without words. His novels are in general short, dynamic, and they are graced with a narrator that you will either love or hate (yes, it’s a Marmite kind of situation).

Here is the book:

Dark Prophecy by Javier Haro Herráiz
Dark Prophecy by Javier Haro Herráiz

Dark Prophecy by Javier Haro Herráiz

And from the Darkness a Warrior born in Heaven and bred in the Underworld will arrive… And a young dark skinned woman with blue eyes will arrive to unite them all under the same cloak… And the one who swore to protect us will rebel against the human race… And the day will arrive when a Big War between Heaven and Hell will be unleashed, and that day there will be death and wailing everywhere…

International link:

myBook.to/B01HMWNJFG

To give you a better idea of the book, I read the original Spanish version and wrote a review quite  a while back, so I thought I’d translate it for you (although of course it does not reflect the translation side of things)

My review (of the Spanish original):

If one could say that there is a ‘norm’ with regards to novels, Javier Haro Herráiz’s novels do not adhere to it.

In general his novels are short and have the feel of a novel by installments (or perhaps a better comparison would be a comic or a serial like the old ones shown in the cinema, where Pauline was tied up to the railway line and we didn’t know what would happen until next week) where each episode could be read independently, and therefore I recommend them if you don’t have a lot of time and only read a few minutes at a time. And as it’s usual in these type of stories there is also an invisible narrator who reminds us where we were or where the action was when we last left it (and that can have a surprising effect if we read it all in one go).

The author, who has more than his fair share of original ideas and entangled situations, puts his trust in his readers hoping that they’ll be as creative as he is, and his descriptions of the action, the events or the characters are basic and brief, to allow each and all readers to create their own movies in their heads. In that universe, all women are beautiful and all men, are well, men.

Dark Prophecy opens up with a suggestion full of possibilities. The birth of a new Messiah in complex circumstances. I won’t give you any spoilers, but although you know the basic story, the details will surprise you. What do you think a modern Messiah born nowadays would do? How would this Messiah spread the message? Would the reception given to such Messiah be better or worse than to the previous one?

Personally I thought that the characters and the situations could have been further explored, but I can’t deny that the novel made me think, intrigued me and I read it very quickly.

A comic without drawings, or a postmodern novel centred on the surface and the banality of modern life. I’ll let you decide for yourselves. I’m waiting to see what the author’s universe brings us next.

Ah, and last minute, but the audio for my novella Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings has just become available. At the moment in Audible and Amazon but it should be available in other places soon.

Here I leave you a sample in Sound Cloud and You Tube so you can check the fabulous narration of Marlin May. He’s told me he’s also available to adapt books written in UK English to US English (I’m sure you all remember Wendy Janes’s great post about the differences between the two. You can refresh your memory here).

I’ll let you know when I get the free codes, but for now, just check this sample:

 

Escaping Psychiatry narrated by Marlin May
Escaping Psychiatry narrated by Marlin May

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings by Olga Núñez Miret. Narrated by Marlin May

How far would a writer go for a killer story? This is the question psychiatrist Mary Miller must answer to solve the first mystery/thriller of her career. You can get to know the main characters of this psychological thriller series for FREE and test your own acumen and intuition in this novella about the price of ambition.

Dr Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he’d transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defence. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.

If you enjoy this novella, don’t forget to check Mary’s further adventures. And there are more to come.

In Audible.com                    Amazon.com
Check a sample in Sound Cloud:

And here in You-Tube:

 

Thanks very much to the author for bringing us his book, thanks to Marlin May for his narrations and of course thanks to you all for reading and, please, do share, comment, like and CLICK!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

21 replies on “#Newbook and translation. Dark Prophecy by Javier Haro Herráiz (@JavierHaroHerra) A very postmodern Messiah. And new #audiobook”

Good morning, Olga….you have given me quite a lot to think about today,. I must say that ‘Dark Prophecy’ sounds intriguing…I will put it down as a possible read. Hoping all is well…and wishing you a lovely weekend, surrounded with magical hummers:)x

Thanks, Janet. It is a very peculiar book, like all the books by this author but I think for people who get into the swing of his style, there’s lots of fun to be had. And some worrying moments too. (His methods of writing are fascinating too, but that’s another longer story). Have a magical weekend!

Intriguing. It’s always amused me how Marmite polarises people – I loathe it, though whether that means anything regarding whether I’ll like Dark Prophecy or not, who can tell! I think I’ll be on much surer ground with your prequel to Escaping Psychiatry! Happy Weekend!

Funnily enough I do like Twiglets but have never felt inclined to try Marmite on anything else, Pete. A friend of mine kept talking about Marmite when she visited me in the UK, as it seems an English teacher had extol its virtues. I hasten to add that she was sorely disappointed!

Thanks, Sarah! Yes, Dark Prophecy is definitely not the type of book I’d recommend without reservations. On the other hand I’m sure people who like the style will be fascinated. I love the narration by Marlin May and I’m very pleased he’s keen to do the narration for the next one too (when it’s ready)! Have a great weekend (and I’ll keep you posted on free codes. They always take a week or so to send them)

Yes, that’s the best comparison I’ve been able to come up with. I’ve talked to the writer about his style but basically it’s either take it or leave it. He has very keen readers in Spain. I believe it has the makings of a cult read. 😉

Hi Olga. Thanks for the review (and translating the book). It’s always helpful to know in advance when there is a certain “difference” in an author’s style. For instance, once I mentioned David Eddings’ Belgaraid series in front of a coworker. He leapt into how much he hated the book because of how awful and immoral the characters were. I was saying how much I loved the author’s sense of humor (that was how I took the “immoral awful characters”). He said “Hmmm maybe I should read it again.”
Thanks also for sharing your audio book sample. I like the narrator — his voice and performance.
Wishing you and Javier both huge success! Mega hugs.

Thanks, Teagan. Yes, indeed what makes some people love something makes others hate it. I had some reviewers who hated my ‘The Man Who Never Was’ because of the ‘interesting’ lack of morals of the characters that they found unbearable. Oh, well. I agree, Marlin is quite a find. And he’s keen on narrating the next book in the series. Now…

Thanks Inese. I get the feeling we think the same about Marmite. I’d advise checking the look inside or a sample for Javier’s book as it’s very special, but it’s good to try new things.
I liked Marlin May since he send me his sample narration, and on top of that he works quickly and well.

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