REVIEW: THE HONEY THIEF

By Nasaf Mazari & Robert Hillman Hazarajat, a central area of Afghanistan, has remained rural for centuries.  Though modernity has seeped through the cracks of this archaic land, traditions have remained.  One of those customs is storytelling.  The authors bring their type of storytelling heritage to a Western audience. In the city where I live…

REVIEW: THE UNCHANGEABLE SPOTS OF LEOPARDS by Kristopher Jansma

This is the The Talented Mr. Ripley for the newest generation.  It’s a twisting tale of identity and the search for true companionship.  Each chapter marks another episode in the young protagonist’s life. The book opens with an “Author’s Note”, but this is only the first of many kindly deceptions.  It’s not from the author…

GIVEAWAY: JASPER FFORDE’S “THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT”

  I have adored Thursday Next ever since she burst onto bookshelves everywhere (and in every dimension).  For me, there was finally a heroine for nerdy, literary, smart young women – like me.  Or, like I want to be. Thanks to the generous people at Viking, I am happy to announce I have copy of…

REVIEW: THE BELLWETHER REVIVALS by Benjamin Wood

The Bellwether Revivals is part Evelyn Waugh, part Patricia Highsmith, and part… something else.  Twilight Zone, perhaps.  The protagonist, Oscar Lowe, is a townie with few prospects in the storied university town of Cambridge.  While wandering past the King’s College chapel, he is entranced by the organ music he hears.  He sits in on the…

REVIEW: FOREVER RUMPOLE by John Mortimer

It’s going to be impossible to review this book without comparing it to the works of PG Wodehouse.  The writings share a number of attributes — silly surnames, ridiculous situations, and even more unlikely solutions.  Barrister Horace Rumpole tells stories from the first person, much like Bertie and Mr. Mulliner, but his are from the…