UK Books - September 2007
by John Berlyne
Date: September 2007 /
Autumn beckons in Britain, and somehow we managed to avoid summer entirely. We've suffered some of the worse flooding in living memory here in the UK in recent weeks and the scenes of devastation, with people's hard earned belongings piled high and covered in tide marks and raw sewage have been distressing. I wonder how many marvellous books were caught in the waters and ruined forever. If the same flooding were to hit my front room, some wonderful editions would float off down the high street.
Since I last wrote this column, I've been over to a convention in Oslo, Norway where I met up with Tim and Serena Powers, appeared on a couple of panels and did the Guest of Honour interview (with Tim). (Powers gave a fascinating lecture on novel writing, excerpts of which have been posted on YouTube and are well worth viewing. It was fun, and I thought Oslo an appealing city, though horribly expensive (perceptibly more so for my American friends) and excessively wet and rain-sodden. It felt very much like home!
My two main review titles this month are The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss's much lauded début fantasy, and Mike Carey's new Felix Castor supernatural thriller, Dead Men's Boots. I loved this latter novel. Mike Carey who started off being brilliant, just gets better and better. The Rothfuss left me a little cold, and as I note in my review, my critical reaction seems to be flying in the face of popular opinion. If you disagree with my appraisal, do feel free to use the comments box at the foot of the review page. Meantime, scroll down and see what genre readers are being offered here in the UK this month.