Review: Such a Long Journey

Such a Long Journey by Rohinton MistryMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey is one of those remarkable confluences of astonishingly beautiful writing, tightly crafted plot, and fully-developed characterization. The work is neither pretentious nor formulaic. And although there is no major crisis that takes place, no earth-shattering destruction of place or person, there is a sustained tension throughout the novel that keeps you reading, that draws you into the…

Review: The Sentimentalists

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Shively SkibsrudMy rating: 2 of 5 stars In 2010 Johanna Skibsrud won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the youngest author to date to take the coveted literary award, for her debut novel, The Sentimentalists. My own experience of The Sentimentalists was not entirely positive. There are a few moments of poetic writing and beautiful insight; but overall character development often ran to obscurity and confusion, so that it was difficult to connect…

Review: Black Ships by Jo Graham

Black Ships by Jo GrahamMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Based on Homer’s epic Aeneid, Jo Graham’s Black Ships certainly has dynamic and profound material with which to work. Unfortunately, Graham’s delivery falls short of anything but a mildly entertaining chick-lit read. Having said that, there are echoes of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s style here, a retelling of a male-oriented legend from a female, even feminist point of view, in this case the oracle known as…