Kingdom of the Paper Sun

Follow the adventures of Katsin Audi dan Zaki, a young colonial officer posted to the deepest, dankest Jagab, the land of the ghost peoples. All our hero wants to do is build a bridge or two but he soon finds himself caught up in an unfolding historic drama. Change is coming to the colony and change is not asking nicely. Katsin dan Zaki will have only a little time to enjoy his civilising mission before the world turns upside down and he is fighting for his life.

Kingdom of the Paper Sun contains the following ingredients: Detectives; Resourceful heroine (and crack shot); Maps; Battlefield derring-do (with singing); Aristocratic hero (and crack shot); Rude photojournalist (and intrepid explorer); Love stories (slightly complicated); Rain (including some snow); Jungle man; Biplanes (bright-red); Travel stories (including a roasted beaver banquet); Gunboats (with interesting names); Milk (dried, cream and cheese); Paddle steamer (wood-fired); White priestesses; Black mother; Shovels (ever-reliable); Soldiers and sailors (all ranks); Alcoholic beverages (and other vices); Traitors; Egusi soup (the best in the world); Archaeology (including mysterious runes); Queen (beautiful); Savages (of all types); Mad dogs; Birds (not enough); Sausages (lots); Scorpions (too many); Approximately 130,000 words (including humorous remarks, geographic, ethnographic and historical descriptions and many terms borrowed from foreign languages).

Sorry, currently out of print.
Blood and Peanut Butter

Love and architecture in the 1980s. One man, one woman, one city. The man loves both the city and the woman. The woman loves the man but hates the city. New York City doesn't give a damn.

A comic logbook of love, lust and losing the plot.

'It's messy and it's random - and also pretty entertaining.' (
EXBERLINER magazine)

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Kingdom of the Paper Sun: Reviews


"I finished Kingdom of the Paper Sun last night. I was trying to think of the proper words to describe it: beguiling, intriguing, entrancing? I love his sardonic humor and was amazed about the effect of the sprinkling of foreign terms, which one understood by intuition, and the role switch between white and black. He managed quite effectively to capture the colonialist era with all its racism, exploitation and paternalism. I do not think the book had a specific message but just managed to hang the whole thing out for inspection and let you draw your own conclusions. Really enjoyed the characters he created as well." (Kevin B. Murphy - Nov., 2014, Berlin)

***** A man's journey through an upside down world of colonialism

"Leary is leading us into an imaginary world that bears striking resemblance to our planet earth, yet could not be any more different. Because of history unfolding somewhat inverted, not the white folks, but the ethnicities with darker shades of skin have the upper hand, ruling the world thanks to superior technologies. Southern and Eastern nations have colonized Europe where Slavic and Germanic tribes have to stand the colonial powers exploiting their natural and cultural resources. Leary understands to tell this tale of a man's journey into the colonies with a striking ease, yet with mesmerizing detail - I felt like I was exploring a colonial store with all its exotic and strangely familiar goods. Humor and suspense make this novel a straight fun ride with a twist that goes under your skin. Christopher Leary has clearly researched the historical background but doesn't let his knowledge get into the way of a good story. Places of action and the natives lingo hint on Leary's own experiences with the Germanic tribes in the East - making me, a German, chuckle and wonder what would be if we hadn't been so lucky under the history of humankind as we know it. Both thumbs up!" (L.H. - Amazon UK, Feb., 2015)

Do you like maps?
Click on Kaduna to see Katsin dan Zaki's maps.

***** Good!

"This book is rather different but if you like e.g. David Mitchel's Number 9 Dream or Cloud Atlas this is definitely a book to get.
Funny and worrisome. Unfortunately only virtual (for the amazon reader or on itunes) but then it costs next to nothing. Buy!

(Kim Kose - Amazon DE, Dec., 2014)

Lobster Soup: Detail from a Landmaelingar Ìslands map of 2001 showing Þingvellir and Þingvallavatn Lake where tectonic plates part. The original survey dates from 1914 hence the beautiful draughting.