Ransom by David Malouf

Reminiscent of: Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis Summary: The Iliad begins with Achilles, the Greeks’ greatest strength, refusing to fight for them, for Agamemnon, who insulted him. But he is the only one who can defeat the Trojan prince Hector. One of the greatest stories of The Iliad is Achilles’ final vengefulContinue reading “Ransom by David Malouf”

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”

The Great Mogul by Rajeev Jacob

When I got the review request, I was so fascinated by the description that I scurried off to Goodreads to go through the reviews. Except, to my irritation, I never found a Goodreads page. Having read the book now in one very exciting sitting, I am even more annoyed, because The Great Mogul by RajeevContinue reading “The Great Mogul by Rajeev Jacob”

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A little more than a year ago, I read this review of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson on Vishy’s Blog. The review made it sound like the most fascinating book and if not anything else, it is certainly that. It is difficult to write a summary for a book that winds so many stories together,Continue reading “The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson”

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”

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

It took me a very long time to complete this book. I wish it hadn’t. I wished I’d just left it now and continued or restarted somewhere in the indefinite future. Maybe then I would have appreciate the stunning ending, despite the terribly rocky start. I borrowed it from the library and read it, specificallyContinue reading “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco”

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

I am not so unfamiliar with William Blake as to not know what the title of this book refers to. I picked it up at the book sale because I like the poem The Tyger. I haven’t read many of Blake’s works, though, which are quoted a lot in this book, nor do I knowContinue reading “Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier”

Running With the Enemy by Lloyd Lofthouse

A red flare shot into the sky telling the Marines to return to the landing zone for departure. Ethan trembled and shook himself as if he were a wet dog, then rolled over beside her instead of on top of her. She smelled the coppery scent of his blood. “Hell!” he said, and pushed herContinue reading “Running With the Enemy by Lloyd Lofthouse”

This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson

“1828 – Brilliant young naval officer Robert FitzRoy is given the captaincy of HMS Beagle, surveying the wilds of Tierra del Fuego, aged just twenty-three. He takes a passenger: a young trainee cleric and amateur geologist named Charles Darwin. This is the story of a deep friendship between two men, and the twin obsessions that toreContinue reading “This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson”