The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötzsch (translated from the original German by Lee Chadeayne)

A few months ago a friend asked for a book recommendation.  Something light and easy to take on vacation.  I told her to try Oliver Pötzsch’s The Hangman’s Daughter.  She sent me a text when she finished telling me it was perfect.  Without that exchange I don’t know if I’d have picked up The Dark Monk, the second book in the Hangman’s Daughter series.  I’m … Continue reading The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötzsch (translated from the original German by Lee Chadeayne)

The Thorn And The Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story by Theodora Goss (spoilers)

The Thorn and the Blossom is, first off, a beautiful book.  It comes with a slipcase decorated in a William Morris style illustration.  The book itself, an accordion book, can be opened from either side and contains four illustrations (I believe done on scratchboard) by Scott McKowen.  Theodora Goss has made the most of the format by creating a romantic tale told from the perspectives … Continue reading The Thorn And The Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story by Theodora Goss (spoilers)

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, translated by Lee Chadeayne

Looking for a historical thriller?  Some fast-paced beach reading? A page turner that you can’t put down? Oliver Pötzsch’s novel The Hangsman’s Daughter is all of those things. The year is 1659 A.D.  Children in the Bavarian town of Schongau, specifically the orphans and bastards, are disappearing.  The bodies of those that are found each have a small tattoo on the shoulder – a known … Continue reading The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, translated by Lee Chadeayne

Embedded with the Ottomans – THE SIEGE by Ismail Kadare

The Siege is a translation to the n-th degree.  Written in Albanian in 1970, translated into French in 1994, and from the French into English in 2008.  It’s like a game of telephone and I can’t help wondering how much was changed with each retelling.  Is the book that won the first Man Booker International Prize still the same book that the author intended it … Continue reading Embedded with the Ottomans – THE SIEGE by Ismail Kadare