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Read this book!!!,
This review is from: The Wine Of Angels (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Paperback)
The Wine of Angels is a fantastic book - deceptively quiet, with few moments out out-and-out horror; despite that though, it is still a brilliantly suspenseful ghost story. The lead character, Merrily Watkins, is very sympathetic, and well merits her own continuing series (which are all definitely worth reading). Ever since Crybbe/Curfew (Rickan's first highly-rare book) Rickman has been edging away from the fantastical in his work, but this is the first of his books which strikes the perfect medium between realism and fantasy/horror, and it's definitely the best one he's ever written. As annoyingly obvious a label as it is, Rickman's writing is reminiscent of Stephen King, but not due to it's content; it's more because of the superb characterisations which are what make King's, and Rickman's, books so good. Rickman is also especially good at conveying the setting of his novel - a sinister England/Wales borderland. Also, credit to him for introducing the amazing musician Nick Drake to more people.
This book is definitely worth a read, as Rickman is a superb author, and deserves to be much wider read than he is.