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Whittlewood
Whittlewood
by Suzanne Ruthven
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing, gripping novel., 6 Sep 2003
This review is from: Whittlewood (Paperback)
Whittlewood deserves to be widely read by those who want a book full of atmosphere and an underlying sense of powerful other-wordly forces at work. The setting is vivid and the characters and their motives well drawn. Would make an excellent film/TV drama and I look forward to reading more fiction by Ms Ruthven.


The Murdered House (Panther)
The Murdered House (Panther)
by Pierre Magnan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare in Provence!, 5 Sep 2003
Anyone serious about writing crime, should read this masterpiece.
It is a haunting account of Seraphin Monge's attempt to find his family's killer/s. Amazing descriptions of weather and lanscape which dominate the characters' lives. Why don't we hear more of these great Europeans? We are so provincial. The translation too, is excellent. A hard act to follow, but am enjoying Beyond The Grave so far.


A Hostile Place
A Hostile Place
by John Fullerton
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me reading all night!, 5 Sep 2003
This review is from: A Hostile Place (Hardcover)
I was there, in that bleak dusty landscape. I cared what happened and found the writing spare yet so eloquent. This book is a huge achievement and deserves to shoot right up to the top.
Watch this writer.


Tree of Crows
Tree of Crows
by Lewis Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and mysterious., 17 Jan 2003
This review is from: Tree of Crows (Paperback)
This little book deserves a far wider audience and it's to Parthian's credit that it has been published. Immediately one is drawn into a harsh (Welsh) mountainous terrain where nothing is as it seems. Although this is a slim book, there is an intensity
here which many fat novels lack. This would make a brilliant short film in black and white, and I'll certainly look out for more of Lewis Davies's work in future.


House Of Leaves
House Of Leaves
by Mark Z Danielewski
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.04

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and brilliant, 1 Jan 2003
This review is from: House Of Leaves (Paperback)
As an artist and also author in the crime/horror genres I had to get hold of House of Leaves. Eureka! Here lies the future, where narrative material is partly presented in a much more cryptic visual way.However,I think Danielewski could have gone even further with the visuals and he might consider an equally ambitious graphic novel for his next work.
Rather than Ballard or Pynchon to watch out, I say, Neil Gaiman. I found some of the "academic" diversions tedious, but overall feel changed by this book. In fact something pretty weird happened to me straight after reading it, which I won't go into now. But hallways will never be the same again...A tour de force, Mr.Danielewski!


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