Category Archives: bibliophages

Love Overcoming Obstacles (Or Not)

The Scar by China Miéville: Miéville has been sweeping the SF/F awards since his debut and I’ve been intending to read him for quite some time now. (In fact, I’ve had a copy of Iron Council for over a year now, still unread.) I’ve been dragging my feet though because from previous [...]

Real People in Historical Fiction

The Mask of Apollo, by Mary Renault: I’ve read and enjoyed books by Renault before, so reading The Mask of Apollo felt very much like sinking back into a comfortable armchair: Renault’s style and voice were both familiar to me. I have to say though that The Mask of Apollo now probably ranks as my [...]

Religion

Silence, by Shusaku Endo (trans. William Johnston): According to the translator’s introduction, Shusaku Endo has often been called the Japanese Graham Greene, and more specifically, Silence is considered Endo’s response to The Power and the Glory, another book that was on Charmian’s list of recommendations. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to reading The [...]

School stories

A repost of books read for the “school stories” theme.
Maurice, by E.M. Forster: Maurice draws a portrait of the eponymous protagonist, in the process of self-realization of his homosexuality while struggling with the taboos and social restrictions of his time. I’ve read Forster’s A Room With a View and Howards End a while ago, [...]

Mystery

A repost of reviews for the “mystery” theme that inaugurated The Bibliophagic Society book club.
The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde: I chose to read this book first because it was the only title to appear on two different lists. I’d read the first two books of the Thursday Next series before and found [...]