Category Archives: Book Review

Book Review / Notes on Literature: Charmed Life (or keeping up with the Chants)

If you haven’t read it yet, if you have not encountered the many worlds of Diana Wynne Jones, I envy you. You have so much to look forward to. – From Neil Gaiman’s introduction to Charmed Life Diana Wynne Jones’s … Continue reading

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Book Review / Notes on Literature: When We Were Orphans

Over ten years ago a reviewer wrote, in an article on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel When We Were Orphans, which had then just been shortlisted for the Booker, that it was never easy to pin down an Ishiguro novel. After having … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Laughing Policeman: A Capsule Review

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö pull off a most remarkable feat in their iconic Martin Beck novel, The Laughing Policeman, by combining the grittiness, dogged determination, and sheer routine-driven pattern creation of the police procedural with Agatha Christie’s world of elegant solutions, extraordinary connections and brilliant … Continue reading

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Book Review: City of Glass: A Postmodern Detective Novella

A review of City of Glass, the first novella in Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy, first published in the December 2010 issue of The Banyan Trees. Do we know New York? Of course we do! There’s no city more … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fermat’s Last Theorem

Simon Singh has written on subjects ranging from a 17th century number theory problem and cryptography to cosmology and the Big bang theory. He may be a science writer, but at heart, he is a storyteller and in Fermat’s Last … Continue reading

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