MicroReview 26: Strange & Norrell

Clarke, Susanna: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. London: Bloomsbury, 2004. ISBN 978-0747579885. Vast in scope & admirably written, this book rejuvenated European speculative fiction. 2 rival magicians battle Napoleon & each other in a cruelly exquisite mock-Austen Regency England. I give *****/5…. Read More ›

MicroReview 16: Candide

Voltaire. Micromégas, Zadig, Candide. Paris: GF Flammarion, 1994, 2006. ISBN 978-2080712936. 3 tales. Far most forceful & glorious is Candide, presciently written near the time of Voltaire’s own move to Ferney. Micromégas is also worth a read as early science-fiction. I give *****/5.

MicroReview 6: Kidnapped

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. London: Penguin Classics, 2007 (1886).ISBN 978-0141441795. Excellent maritime adventure story, which morphs into a superlative recreation of the politics & culture of a bygone Scotland. I rate it ****/5.

MicroReview 2: Niels Lyhne

Jacobsen, Jens Peter. Niels Lyhne. Trans Tiina Nunnally. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin, 2007 (Copenhagen, 1880). ISBN 978-0143039815. (Original Danish edition: ISBN 978-8721029005.) Classic novel on the challenge for a still constrained Nordic culture in absorbing Europe’s expansive ideals. Even better in the… Read More ›