Title: Neverwhere
Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Harper Torch
Link: See Review

Warning: Too good a read to believe. :P
Reviewer Name: Genida
Email: chj_951@godisdead.com

I've bought books in my lifetime to supply a small army, I kept two of those hundreds, Neverwhere was one of them. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was not one of those two, but I still have that for some reason, and the other one is Solitaire, which I'll review later on.

Ever since my ninth (9) read I've been professing 'Neverwhere' to any and all experienced and beginning readers of science fiction or fantasy who haven't yet read it or heard of it.

The goodhearted Richard Mayhew finds himself stumbling through a world he could never imagine existed, the London Below, as opposed to London Above; of which he was previously a part. A dark and extemely dangerous and treacherous world co-existing with the London Above, a world you enter when you fall through the cracks of existance. Noticing and saving a young bleeding girl off the sidewalk [Door] Mayhew tumbles head first into London Below, and want's more than anything to get back to his boring, everyday life.

Richard finds himself wound up with the beautiful and mysterious Lady Door, a girl who's lost her family and seeks the answers to their death; the marquis de Carabas, a seedy and somewhat untrustworthy character paying back a debt to Door's father, and Hunter; a legendary woman-at-arms, hunter and makeshift bodyguard.

[Regretfully Gaiman doesn't elaborate on Hunter, a lesbian and veritable superwoman who excites the fantasy, and fan-fiction, reader in me more than any character I've ever encountered.]

Hunted through the underworld by two of the most vicious and cruel professional murderers, killers and cutthroats ever, the beasts Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar; the group struggles through the best and most visionary adventure I've ever read, and I have read a lot.

Richard is in my opinion a veritable copy of any early Hugh Grant character.
..."He was a fresh-faced, boyish young man, with dark, slightly curly hair and large hazel eyes; he had a rumpled, just-woken-up look to him, which made him more attractive to the opposit sex than he would ever understand or believe."...

If that quote doesn't scream Hugh Grant, I don't know what would. Along with the way he acts, Gaiman cast the role after the very actor in my opinion.

Richard is a golden stepping stone into this rich world Gaiman so easily makes the reader a part of. A fantastically easy and light read the book is filled to the brim with details and moods making an exciting, unforgetable read.

When I get asked about my favourite book, this is the one i mention first and foremost. You read fantasy? Science fiction? If you read anything concerning either genre, read this book. If you read, period, read this book.

Stunning, captivating, fantastic and marvelously created by the creator of Sandman, Neil Gaiman, I can't stress enough how good this book is.
A clear top-grade.
Read. This. Book.


[Link leads to excerpt, summary and Neil Gaimans own website. Go there as well, and order the book.]


Title: Joseph and the Old Man
Author: Christopher Davis

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
under SMPs Stonewall Inn Editions imprimateur

Warning: Spoilers
Reviewer Name: Carla

Published in 1986, Joseph and the Old Man, a hauntingly meditative elegy to love, remains one of my favorite books.  A work of art that helped me deal with my own feelings of loss at the time, the writer's lyrical reflections on love, the unexpected loss of love and survival after loss are helped me to decide on my own career as a funeral director.

Mr. Davis' Old Man is a famous novelist, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes.  Joseph (Joe) his much younger lover is a noted author in his own right.  Davis' portrayal of two men of disparate ages very much in love is heart wrenchingly gorgeous and sketched out for the reader in the opening paragraphs.  How the Old Man mourns for Joe who is killed suddenly in a car accident is the rest of the book.

What Mr Davis does so well with this, his first book, is show how mourning, the process of it, the realization of it's need, is really about celebrating love.

Sixteen years later and it makes me cry every time.

Title: Gone to Soldiers
Author: Marge Piercy

Warning: None
Reviewer Name: Carla

A work of grand vision and scope that has lingered in Hollywood limbo for some time, this novel first published in the 80's remains one of Piercy's finest.  An examination of how WWII changed women for better, worse and in between, the novel is written in, no less than 8 (might even be 11 but it's been a while) alternating POVs ranging from twin's seperated by the cruelty of fate (one is sent to America the other stay's in France ending in a concentration camp) to a young woman who joins the army (so she can fly planes) to a resistance fighter in France to a factory worker in Detroit.

Piercy creates a world of chaos and confusion in which coincidently all the protagonists are some how connected. For instance the twin sent to America lives with the factory worker.  The twin who remained in France leaves a diary which comes into the possesion of the resistance fighter who in turn was having an affair with the female pilot's older brother.

One of the joys of this book is keeping track of who is connected to whom and how.  At almost 1,000 pages Gone to Soldiers is not light reading but it most certainly is engrossing.   Suffice it to say that it's been more than fifteen years since I first read it but even now the idea of re-re-reading it makes my toes curl in pleasure.

Title: Carol Ashton Mystery Series
Author: Claire McNab

Publisher: Naiad Press
Link: http://www.naiadpress.com

Warning: None
Reviewer Name: Shadow
Email: shadow@realmoftheshadow.com


One of the best lesbian mystery series I have read. There are now around 15 books in the series and I have completed the first 11.

The series follows Australian Detective Inspector Carol Ashton as she solves various murders, tries to solve her personal relationship with Sybil, and tries to deal with her position as poster-woman for the Australian police.

The series is well written and well thought out. Like most mystery lovers I like to try to figure out whodunit. Clair McNab scatters just enough clues around that, if you read them right, you can figure it out. However she also scatters red herrings.

A great series for mystery lovers.

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