Archive for May, 2009
It took me a while to get into this 1987 swords-and-horses-without-many-horses fantasy. Once I did, though, the intrigue and period detail drew me in, reminding me of Les Liasons Dangereuses. In this Regency-flavored world, disagreements are settled with swords, often by proxy swordsmen like Richard St. Vier, who lives with his mysterious lover Alec among the lower classes in Riverside but earns his keep fighting the battles of the lords on The Hill. I was sorry when we lost track of the noble young rake and aspiring swordsman Michael Godwin, and hoped we see him return in a sequel. Alas, Kushner waited 13 years to write The Privilege of the Sword and the online summaries don’t mention Michael.
By Sharlan Douglas
Can’t say too much, because Ken still has to read it, but …
Berenson’s first book, The Faithful Spy, is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. In this latest book he continues to demonstrate his plotting skill and his knowledge of Muslim terrorism, but I fear he may have worn out John Wells as a subject. Berenson has to invent increasingly implausible circumstances to insert Wells into the action. That’s OK in something like the Vince Flynn books — they don’t even pretend to resemble reality – -but the versimilitude of The Faithful Spy leaves my hungry for a little more logic.
Tom Clancy fans will love the details on how to manufacture a nuclear weapon. I just kept thinking COMSUBSYNCPAC.
We’ll be at the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair this Sunday, May 17 at the Michigan Union. There’s a good chance Loren Estleman will be there (he lives in nearby Whitmore Lake), and he’s always kind enough to sign what we’ve got, so we’re bringing just a few of our 87(!) Estleman books.
Check our inventory: http://tinyurl.com/q4qday. If there’s anything there that interests you, call or email us before Sunday and we’ll sell it signed for the list price.