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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, great introduction to this author., 19 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Memoirs of a Master Forger (Paperback)
Demons - we all have them, small or large, grey or orange but poor Mr Heaney has his own to deal with alongside watching out for them in others.

I was intrigued when I first came across our protagonists name in the book, as it was the authors and I quickly checked that I had correctly identified his name on the cover, indeed I had. Intriguing, the author is our hero and there are no other publications accredited to him at the beginning of the book, this perked my interest from the off. After finishing the book a bit of digging leads to the actual author being one Graham Joyce with his creation William Heaney appearing to have forged his name on to the very book he is the subject off.

My usual reading haunt is in the sci-fi / fantasy areas but the title of this book grabbed my attention and as soon as I saw the mention of demons on the flavour text I read further. I'm glad I did otherwise I would have missed this gem of a book, the story deals with the authors personal demons, his struggling realisation of his need to deal with them and his fears for others and their own demons. Set in a time period ranging from Williams youth in college to the current middle-aged day it takes in young love to modern romance, old forgery to new and spins a tale of many threads that all combine superbly.

The writing style maintained my interest and I kept reading past when I should really have stopped to do other things, although at first I did notice the short sentence style it vanished amidst the narrative flow. There is plenty of depth to keep you thinking and no opinions are pushed too far with just enough is it/ isn't it real to keep you on your toes until, and indeed after, the tale is done.

Graham Joyce, the actual author (as I found from one of the reviews above), has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000, followed by the World Fantasy Award in 2003 with various books - looks like my reading list just got a tad longer, I'm glad I found this author, if by a rather random method!
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