Book Review: The Sarantine Mosaic, by Guy Gavriel Kay

I have deviated from straightforward historical fiction, enjoying my sudden and passionate affair with historical fantasy. I am not exactly a stranger to this genre – my journey into historical fantasy novels has started with Ellen Kushner several years ago, and took me through the genteel domains of Susanna Clarke and the decadent realm of Jacqueline Carey. But the Sarantine Mosaic duology is ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book review: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

This is one of the best historical novels of the last decade, the winner of the Booker prize; a bestseller adapted by the BBC. This is also the greatest panorama of the often-depicted Tudor age I’ve ever seen. Of course, when it comes to praising Wolf Hall, I am horribly late to the party. I want to say in my defense, though, that when it first came out in 2009 I was still busy with my GCSEs. ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book Review: Look Who’s Back, by Timur Vermes.

Reviewing one of the boldest works of fiction in the last decade. From the official blurb: ‘Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless ... VIEW THE POST >>