Book review: Sappho’s Leap, by Erica Jong

Part historical fiction about the Ancient Greece and part a mythological tale, this novel tells the story of one of the most celebrated poetesses of all times – Sappho of Lesbos. I started to explore the world of antiquity with the Feast of Sorrow, and now I decided to sail from the gorgeous Roman banquet halls into the murky horizon of the earlier ages. Here’s what the official blurb told ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book Review: A Place of Greater Safety, by Hilary Mantel.

And here I will review a novel about the French Revolution to end all novels about the French Revolution. I’ve talked about Hilary Mantel’s celebrated Wolf Hall; this is an earlier novel of hers, a grander and a more sweeping one. And a longer one. Oh, so much longer… Let’s start with the official blurb: ‘Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic and debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book review: Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner

And here I’m going to share my thoughts on one of the best historical fantasy series out there. Let’s start with the official blurb: ‘On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless- until a ... VIEW THE POST >>