Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Review: Shōgun by James Clavell

James Clavell's Shōgun is a classic - there's no going around that. I first read the Finnish translation when I was a teen, so it was high time to go back to it and read it in the original language. It is said that Shōgun has inspired many to cross-cultural learning and to study the Japanese culture and history - and it may be partially responsible even for the ninja/samurai/katana enthusiasm that seems to make Europeans forget about their own wonderful history of musketeers and rapiers. And, when you read Clavell's novel, you will understand why.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Review: Beneath the Skin by Jonathan Maberry

It has been a while since I last reviewed a werewolf book. It is not for lack of trying, however. I've began reading many novels and short stories, but I rarely finish them. Partly because they offer nothing new or they are just written in a style I don't care for. However, Jonathan Maberry's - the author of the latest The Wolfman novelisation - Beneath the Skin intrigued me almost from the very first page onwards. Here, we have a noir style character: a private detective taking on dull jobs to get along. But he also has a big secret: he's a werewolf, part of an ancient race of Benandanti whose task it is to fight evil.