The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (which, incidentally, J. K. Rowling loved) is a re-imagining of the Trojan war from the point of view of Patroclus, whose minor appearance in the Iliad has the greatest consequences. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about stop reading when I say, “Spoiler!”) Overall impression: I’d rate thisContinue reading “The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller”

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

This is the sixth book I read for the Once Upon a Time challenge.  This fabulous review by Delia made me want to get this book, and I’m glad I did. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is a unique read. I’ve encountered jinnis (or genies and djinns) quite a few times inContinue reading “The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker”

Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

Summary: The story is set partly in Lud-in-the-Mist, the capital city of the country of Dorimare and a port at the confluence of two rivers, the Dapple and the Dawl. The Dapple has its origin in Fairyland, which lies out of sight from Dorimare, across the Debatable Hills. In the olden days, when Dorimare was filledContinue reading “Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees”

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

This time for Once Upon a Time, I’d decided to read some of those books that I find people from other corners of the world raving about, starting with The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I spent my childhood reading an assortment of fairy tales, then Enid Blyton, later Harry Potter and the occasional Roald Dahl.Continue reading “The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle”

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Searching for “books like Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis” led me to Ice by Sarah Beth Durst, because it is based on a Norwegian fairy tale which is  a Cupid and Psyche story and then I read a fabulous review on Vishy’s blog of East of the Sun, West of the MoonContinue reading “Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George”

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I read this for the Once Upon a Time Challenge. I am completely sure only about one thing when it comes to this book, and it is this: I would not have been quite as charitable as I am now had it not been for my never-ending exams and lack of good books and sleep.Continue reading “The Princess Bride by William Goldman”

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

“If enough people believe, you can be god of anything…” I loved this book. So did the cat, as you can see, who turned it first into a pillow and then a bedtime toy. Small Gods is one of the bests of the Discworld series. You can read it as a standalone (in fact, youContinue reading “Small Gods by Terry Pratchett”

Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be the most engrossing, thrilling, fast paced book I have read this year. It is action packed and so, so interesting. The book is the second part in a series titled The Order of the Sanguines, but offers enough background info, detailing on the eventsContinue reading “Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell”

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

My first Salman Rushdie novel. The fabulous writing has left me in awe. The Enchantress of Florence is a book about storytelling and adventure and magic of the crude, unrestrained, undiluted kind; unlike the magic you encounter in modern fantasy, this is wholly inexplicable. A yellow-haired traveller shows up in Emperor Akbar’s court in FatehpurContinue reading “The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie”