Culture & Criticism Since 2003
Anthony’s Chronicles of Xanth series (this the 36th installment) features the best the fantasy genre has to offer – well-rounded characters and an endless stream of action envelop the reader’s consciousness until he seeps into the story and becomes its moral point. This is in the series’ top five.
Phillipa Bornikova is noted for a rich imagination, and This Case presents her best: Here, she fills our modern world of high finance and courtrooms with vampires and werewolves, elevating the ruthlessness of big commerce to demonic levels.
Fall From Grace introduces newspaper reporter and amateur detective Leo Desroches, taking us on a thrill-seeking ride as he goes in search of the truth. Desroches is a rich, vivid and human character fighting real-life problems (gambling, alcoholism and myriad self-destructive impulses). In the course of his own journey, the reporter explores a murder mystery that records the bleakest side of the human condition.
Cold City is fantasy at its darkest and most compelling. This is the first of three Repairman Jack prequels, and it presents a character akin to Quentin Tarantino’s Winston Wolf (from Pulp Fiction). If you’ve been wronged and no one else can/will help, then “Repairman Jack” is on board to implement his own brand of “fix.”