Book Reviews
Across the Nightingale Floor: Lian Herne
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on Across the Nightingale Floor: Lian Herne

Another much-hyped bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor is a tale that, according to the back cover, takes place in ‘a mythical feudal Japanese land’. This is a fast-paced novel with lots of action, violence, intense characters, beautiful atmospheric descriptions and an undercurrent of magic. I found the Japanese names, both of people and places, confusing […]

The Name of the Rose: Umberto Eco
16th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews Comments Off on The Name of the Rose: Umberto Eco

Like a creature from a medieval bestiary, Umberto Eco’s great novel is a fabulous monster of a book, conforming to neither the rules of nature nor of contemporary fiction. Summoned by the abbot of an Italian monastery to solve the mysterious death of a young monk, William of Baskerville, together with his assistant Adso, a […]

Moon Garden:  Wendy Mewes
15th Mar 2010Posted in: Book Reviews, Featured Comments Off on Moon Garden: Wendy Mewes

The story centres around Rufus, whose life is a mess. His wife has left him for another man, he’s just bought a run-down cottage by mistake, and the bookshop he’s committed to looking after for a friend of a friend has turned out to be decidedly occult in orientation and way off his wavelength. But […]