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Monsters of Gramercy Park
Monsters of Gramercy Park
by Danny Leigh
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered brilliance, 5 April 2005
Although I read good reviews of the author's first novel, The Monsters of Gramercy Park is the first of Danny Leigh's books that I've read - and I found it enthralling. As the Amazon review above rightly suggests, the book does have a definite "slow burn" feel during its opening chapters, gradually enveloping the reader in the story, but once Leigh established his principal characters, I found every page turning faster than the last, and myself more and more impressed by the novel's intensity and unpredictability. "Monsters" has much of the momentum and intrigue of a thriller, but is never less than stylishly and vividly written - the detail of the author's descriptive passages is simply brilliant, while the structure of the book is incredibly inventive (including a gothic, Edward Gorey-esque children's story, which is a joy to behold). But at the heart of it all are the two main characters, fading crime writer Lizbeth Greene and shambling lifer Wilson Velez, each as flawed and ambiguous as the other - and it's from their relationship that the author weaves a dense, absorbing portrait of human psychology at its murkiest, where the reader is never entirely sure who exactly they are dealing with, but always yearns to find out. Although I would certainly recommend Monsters of Gramercy Park to afficionados of crime fiction, it should also appeal to any reader of modern fiction interested in discovering a captivating and highly original novel.


The Fortress of Solitude
The Fortress of Solitude
by Jonathan Lethem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, flawed... exhilarating, 29 Mar. 2005
The mercurial Lethem attempts the great Amercian novel and the result, while erratic and uneven, is still a damn fine read, full of invention, intelligence and wonderful prose. An author this talented will almost certainly write better novels - but then, few writers are anywhere near this talented.


Men and Cartoons
Men and Cartoons
by Jonathan Lethem
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent but wonderful, 9 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Men and Cartoons (Paperback)
Like any short story collection, certain of Lethem's stories are more rounded and satisfying than others, but even at his sketchiest, the sheer vibrancy of the author's imagination is astonishing. This shouldn't just be the confirmed Lethem fan either - even the casual reader unacquainted with Fortress of Solitude or Motherless Brooklyn will get so much out of this collection.


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