Review #51: The Man on the Balcony

Thirty years before Henning Mankell began plying his trade as writer of Scandinavian crime fiction, there was the husband-and-wife pair of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. They collaborated on a series of ten police procedural novels starring Martin Beck, a superintendent with the Stockholm police. The Man on the Balcony is the third book. Unfortunately, […]

Review #49: Neverwhere

Neverwhere is a stunning, imaginative tale of an “ordinary” man who accidentally stumbles into a parallel existence called London Below, which is a sort of murky underbelly of the regular London, and gets swept away in an unlikely adventure. Neverwhere happened to be the first Neil Gaiman book I read. Needless to say, I sort […]

Review #45: Carry On

Imagine a multi-volume fantasy series with mages, magic, dragons, pixies, spells, prophecies and a great evil. Now imagine that only the last book of this series exists. That’s what Carry On is. If that’s not all, it is also the author’s retelling of a fan-fiction written by a character in her previous novel, Fangirl If […]

Reviews #43 and #44: Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy’s Gate

Bartimaeus, the irascible, cheeky, footnote-loving djinn, first made his appearance in Jonathan Stroud’s The Amulet of Samarkand, and subsequently went on to star in three other books in the series. The story of Bartimaeus’ years with the young magician Nathanial (John Mandrake) and with Kitty Jones, variously enemy and ally, spans the first three books […]

Review #42: India A to Z

How do you sum up India in a single volume? Is it even possible? Veena Seshadri and Vidya Mani take up the challenge in a volume called India A to Z: An Alphabetical Tour of Incredible India, a “bumper infopedia… packed with fascinating facts, terrific trivia and colourful cartoons on just about everything in India”. […]