Day: June 8, 2016

Literature Reviews

Matt Ruff: Fool on the Hill

Intricately spun fairy tale. “You GOTTA read this book,” a friend and soon-to-be fellow-Cornellian said with some urgency when he learned that I had enrolled at Cornell University a couple of years ago. Devouring the book almost in one piece once I had started to read it, I soon understood what he meant. As others […]

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Ruth Rendell: No Man’s Nightingale

Wexford’s Retirement Agatha Christie famously once commented that, had she foreseen the lasting popularity of Hercule Poirot, she would not have made him a man already in mid-life in the book marking his first appearance – and the beginning of Christie’s own literary career –, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). The awkwardness of that […]

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A Playlist for Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus Series

            This moved from Tumblr to BookLikes, as part of the blogging challenge I’ve decided to call “Bookish Q&A 3: The Maxi Version” (you can find the complete Q&A in the “About” section of the sidebar to the right). One of my all-time favorite book series, Ian Rankin‘s Inspector Rebus series, seems […]

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Ian Rankin: The Jack Harvey Novels – Witch Hunt / Bleeding Hearts / Blood Hunt

Three Early Mainstream Thrillers. Oh, the blessings of being an author with too much time on his hands. I can just picture Ian Rankin sitting in the house (farm? cottage?) he and his wife bought in rural Dordogne, having whizzed through the manuscript for yet another increasingly well-written John Rebus novel and – having left […]

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Ian Rankin: Rebus – The Early Years: Knots & Crosses / Hide & Seek / Tooth & Nail

Twisted minds and the dark secrets of Edinburgh’s other side. He had wanted to update Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” for modern times, Ian Rankin writes about his first Inspector Rebus novel, “Knots and Crosses” in the introduction to the compilation “Rebus: The Early Years”, which contains the first three installments of […]

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Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfael’s Penance

Cadfael’s Conflict. Witness if you will, reader, the Chronicles of one Brother Cadfael of the Benedictine abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury, Shropshire: witness the twenty adventures of this most unusual monk, herbalist and former crusader, occurring between the years of Our Lord 1138 and 1145, in the middle of the devastating […]

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Ellis Peters: A Morbid Taste for Bones

The first Chronicle of a truly rare Benedictine’s adventures. In a number of visions, a young monk of the Benedictine abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewsbury believes he has encounters with St. Winifred, in her earthly life a girl from a remote Welsh village decapitated by an evil-spirited nobleman. The saint, Brother […]

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