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The Flaw in the Fabric (A Travellers Guide for Lost Souls, #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"Raymond Kidd's current life seems hard, with a failed marriage and a failed bookstore, and then he's cast back to the past where he's a failed ship's captain fresh out of the madhouse. He returns to present-day Halifax as a man with a mixed identity, stuck with the responsibility, assigned him in his passage between lives, of serving as a guide for the dearly departed.

Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published March 13th 2011 by SeaStorm Press (first published March 2011)
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Jim Lindsey
Mar 12, 2011 Jim Lindsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
“Eighteenth century time travel, grinding existential angst and hearty dollops of Buddhist-flavored metaphysics combine to make Jim Lindsey’s “Travellers Guide to Lost Souls” a delightful adventure to read. His characters come alive on the page. The plot twists through the picturesque Granite Coast of Nova Scotia. Ultimately, the novel lifts readers to ponder an unexpected realm of departed spirits who linger among us.”
Standard-Times – Perry Flippin, editor emeritus
San Angelo, Texas
Overall score: 3.5/5 stars.

Jim Lindsey's "The Flaw in the Fabric" was presented to me as historical fiction. Let's just say, right up front, that it is not. It's a modern-day paranormal thriller.

His protagonist, Raymond Kidd, is a Buddhist living in a village near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kidd periodically has dreams that he is another man, living in the same village in the 19th Century. He is a reenactor who plays a character from that time period, and is somewhat down on his luck.

Kidd eventually
Jim Lindsey
Feb 12, 2012 Jim Lindsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
"Jim Lindsey's debut novel, The Flaw in the Fabric, runs the gamut from charming to horrific, tough to tender and elegant to brutal, all told by an author whose wit pops up in wonderfully unexpected places. This is a meandering read to be savored for the sheer pleasure of what time, place and a good story-teller can do." - Persia Woolley, author of The Guinevere Trilogy

"What a beautifully-prepared audiobook! I’ve listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this is one of the best I’ve ever heard." Me
Jean Gill
The gripping opening drags the reader into the nightmare of Raymond's brush with the supernatural, with the threat of the invasive sea in the basement suffocatingly real. The details, such as the spectacles that won't come off Raymond's face and turn everyone he sees to a death's head, are surreal and horribly convincing. Lindsey has an enviable turn of phrase and this is excellent black comedy. The storyline has the classic fantasy themes of the dark forces versus the flawed human hero, and the ...more
This was fun reading, which I needed after finishing "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death and hope in a Mumbai under city ". Even though the story revolves around death and ghosts (lost souls) the writing is delightful and humorous, plus the story is intriguing. It is apparently a series, so I'm looking forward to the next installment!
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Jim Lindsey is a writer, actor, sailor, photographer, blues singer, Buddhist and Texan living in Nova Scotia with family in California, Colorado, Texas, and Germany. His first book, In Lieu of Mecca, published by University of Pittsburgh Press, was runner-up for the United States Poetry Award. His second, The Difficult Days, translations of poems by Roberto Sosa of Honduras, came out with Princeto ...more
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