The Other Einstein has hints of a great story throughout. Mitza could have been a fascinating protagonist and I enjoyed the portrayal of many of her relationships. However for me her marriage to Einstein was a little too contemporary a period for me to be comfortable with as the basis for historical fiction and overall I feel like there was more to her story than we are given in this
The Dept of Speculation is a slightly unusual novel. On one hand it is almost poetic with some beautiful language and imagery (and laugh out loud sections). However on the other, the lack of a more traditional narrative structure means whilst I found it endlessly quotable it probably isn’t one for me.
The Night Cirucs feels like a road trip. You set out heading for a destination and end up enjoying the journey and detours much more than the average hotel at the end. I make this analogy because in many ways this story never really got going, rather it was a book of beautiful rich descriptions versus action or plot.
In Ruby Fruit Jungle Rita Mae Brown never shies away from tough topics. Poverty, systemic homophobia and sexism are all covered. It is lifted from a potentially depressing story by the wit and humour of the sometimes frustrating but nearly always hilarious protagonist Molly.
The Roanoke Girls is difficult to review. It’s well written and whilst I don’t really buy it as a mystery I do think it was well paced and exceedingly compelling. That said it really was too dark for me and it felt strangely lacking in the kind of resolution I was hoping for.
Fever City is an interesting multi generational conspiracy / mystery thriller slowed down by an over complicated cast of players and some interesting language choices. The story pulled me in but it was hard, hard work.
What Girls are Made of is not an easy book to read. It is not happy or uplifting. It is full of the kind of subject matters that come with trigger warnings; abortion, emotionally abusive relationships, highly sexual content and animal cruelty. It is however much more than a set of issues put together in a timely novel. It is messy and honest and along with the powerful authors note
This book is sold as part of a series of ‘military classics’ which I think does the novel great disservice. The Kappillan of Malta is in fact a wonderful meandering historical novel which cleverly blends a no holds barred view of total war in the Mediterranean with the uplifting and spiritual story of an ordinary Maltese priest and Malta’s tumultuous history.
A somewhat confused novel. There was great world building and historical detail which I loved alongside deceptively strong female characters. On the less positive it seemed overly filled with social themes without enough exploration. Finally the ‘mystery’ of the miniaturist whilst allegedly driving the story forward left me cold.
“I am constantly surprised, these days, at the creative ways by which people will avoid saying “you were raped.” Everyone’s broken where that word is concerned” Plot in a Nutshell In Exit, Persued by a Bear Hermione’s drink is spiked and she is raped and abandoned in a lake on the final night of cheerleading camp. What follows is the story of how Hermione comes to terms with what has