Saturday, 10 September 2011

Healthy appetite

The Book: The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

The Review: "If I could eat this novel, I would."

The Reviewer: Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

The Verdict: This is a bit like when people say a baby is so cute they could "eat them up" - a bit twisted really. What's worrying is that Alice Sebold is a very talented writer herself, and yet there were no other quotes from her review good enough to go on the cover of this novel? You could say that should have been a warning to me not to read this book.
I did not heed this warning; you should.

Monday, 5 September 2011

A great Christmas present, but don't propose with it.

The Book: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

The Review: "In today's crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb's books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons."

The Reviewer: George RR Martin
The Verdict: After approximately 240 pages of scene setting, there is a well constructed, entertaining plot. It does not rise above the level of a good fantasy novel, however.