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Review: Silent to the Bone by EL Konigsburg

Review: Silent to the Bone by EL Konigsburg

If you're new here, why not subscribe to our email updates or follow us on Facebook? You can also add us to your Google Reader. Thanks for visiting!   EL Konigsburg’s Silent to the Bone is the third book I’ve read recently involving a character who has withdrawn from the spoken world. I’m fascinated by the idea of voicelessness,...

Capers, dei ex machina and Christian Jacq’s Manhunt

Capers, dei ex machina and Christian Jacq’s Manhunt

Call me a glutton for punishment, or perhaps just a glutton for an Ancient Egypt setting. Even my recent experience involving Paul Doherty’s disappointing The Mask of Ra couldn’t put me off a bit of free time travel. (And given that it’s the end of the year, and flights are ultra expensive, vicarious travel, particularly when it comes to...

Are today’s awful love triangles drawing inspiration from The Phantom of the Opera?

Are today’s awful love triangles drawing inspiration from The Phantom of the Opera?

Monsieur Leroux, I have something I want to say to you. Although I’m quite sure–mostly–that you didn’t mean it, you’ve been a terrible influence on the reading public. Let’s take a moment to stroll through my bookshelves, shall we? Why yes, it’s a fact that they’re bristling with books featuring hideous love...

Book Review: The Mask of Ra by Paul Doherty (a cozy mystery set in Ancient Egypt)

Book Review: The Mask of Ra by Paul Doherty (a cozy mystery set in Ancient Egypt)

“What is it?” Tuthmosis asked. “An omen, your majesty. A dove flew over the courtyard.” In ancient Egypt, doves aren’t associated with peace and happiness. The opposite in fact: they’re quite the gloomy portent. And rather aptly, in this case, as Tuthmosis drops dead mere moments after. It’s an event that causes just a...

Book Review: A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd

Book Review: A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd

I’m one of those for whom work never really seems to end: I roam distractedly on the weekends, often coming into the office to kill an hour or two; I spent an embarrassing amount of my honeymoon attending to edits and various bookish bits and pieces. I even read whilst walking to work. But for all that, I’m rather glad that the crossover between my...

Book Review: Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Book Review: Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

A couple of years ago, at a wedding (a crazy wedding at that), I was chatting to a couple of Aussies who had relocated to San Francisco in order to seek investment for their tech start-up. Or, more accurately, they’d relocated near San Francisco, because apparently the rent there is so high that it’s liable to give you a nose bleed. And I thought...

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