The Somnambulist

May 26, 2008

Author: Jonathan Barnes
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: William Morrow

Started: 5/26/08
Completed: 6/2/08

A mystery, set in Victorian England, and featuring a magician. An interesting novel with some elements of magic and fantasy. Not a bad little book. Odd, but fun.


Dizzy City

May 19, 2008

Author: Nicholas Griffin
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Steerforth Press

Started: 5/19/08
Completed: 5/26/08

This book is set in New York City in 1916. That’s essentially turn of the century NYC and I always enjoy going there. And it features a fine cast of con men and women, with rich past histories and complex relationships. Quite fun, and a good read.

A Good Indian Wife

May 12, 2008

Author: Anne Cherian
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: W.W. Norton

Started: 5/12/08
Completed: 5/17/08

I didn’t know much about this book when I started it. It did represent a complete sea change from the previous book I had read, though.

A Good Indian Wife follows the story of a modern Indian couple who find themselves living in California in an arranged marriage. There is a culture clash between the Indian diaspora and society back on the Indian subcontinent. It makes for an interesting examination of marriage, relationships, culture, and tradition.

The Far Reaches

May 8, 2008

Author: Homer Hickam
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Started: 5/8/08
Completed: 5/11/08

This novel is set in the war in the Pacific in 1943. It seems a bit of a throw-back to an older style of war fiction. It starts with the invasion of Tarawa and continues on other Islands. I used to read lots of WWII war novels, as a kid. I thought it would be interesting to see how they are these days.

I didn’t read the book flap completely enough to spot that this is one in a series about a character named Josh Thurlow. The others in the series might also be worth a look.