Loved reading Robert Galbraith‘s latest Cormoran Strike novel, Career of Evil, for The Winnipeg Free Press’ weekend edition. Galbraith’s novels are extremely readable, if not “literary.” But I suspect all reviewers sometimes get a little tired of “serious” novels and need to mix it up.
Still debating whether or not I was within my rights as a reviewer to “heartily endorse” this novel. But listen, sometimes you just need a break. What’s a better break than a classic tale of likeable, relatable protagonists versus a clan of terrifically awful bad guys?
Crime fiction fans unite!
I reviewed Anakana Schofield’s Martin John for the Winnipeg Free Press this weekend.
The novel has been short-listed for the Giller Prize and has been positively reviewed pretty well everywhere.
My review online is missing its opening paragraph due to a text/image mixup, so if you’re willing to spend $.27 to buy the piece, head on over to the Free Press after reading the intro here:
Martin John is one of those books that demands a great deal from its readers: namely, sustained attention to an unattractive character, the kind of person that is generally met with revulsion and rejection. But such is Irish-Canadian author Anakana Schofield’s talent—that she not only gains the reader’s interest but their investment in this figure’s motivations and wellbeing.
Update: the post has been fixed on the Free Press site.
I’ve reviewed a few great titles recently, including Irina Kovalyova’s Specimen for the Winnipeg Free Press a couple of weeks ago, and Patricia Park’s Re Jane for the WFP this weekend.
Kovalyova‘s is a collection of short stories (and one novella) that take an equal interest in science and emotion. Park‘s first novel is a modern take on Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Both books are outstanding, for different reasons.