Vive le Genre!

Lately there has been a renewed interest in genre fiction. Whether it’s Stephen King’s lurid covers on retro paperbacks in the grocery aisle, Michael Chabon’s serialized adventure story in the New York Times Magazine, or Arturo Pèrez Reverte’s Captain Alatriste swordsman-for-hire series, – the pulp novel is suddenly being taken seriously. And I’m glad. Books written & read for entertainment and good writing aren’t mutually … Continue reading Vive le Genre!

The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte

I’ve been searching for a good literary mystery.  That rules out at least 75% of the books in the Mystery section which is stuffed with thrillers, true crime, and bad things happening to small children.  I’ve been looking for a mystery that is…well… clever.  And maybe old fashioned.  Maybe something along the lines of the Da Vinci Code – if it had been better written … Continue reading The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte