The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

the mountain shadow by Gregory David RobertsThe Shadow Mountain is Gregory David Roberts‘ much anticipated follow-up to Shantarambut for me, it fell short of Shantaram in everything but length, if you can imagine that. It picks up on the story where Shantaram left off, so in theory it should be just as captivating, but instead it left me wondering if Shantaram was really all that great. That being said, I still read all 912 pages of it. Continue reading

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

Avenue of Mysteries by John IrvingReading John Irving is like seeing an old friend – there are tricks and troupes you know he’s going to bring out, you may roll your eyes or relished them with joy, but it’s comforting to know they’re there. So in answer to your question, yes Avenue of Mysteries is your same old John Irving, lots of dogs, penises, odd children and mother complexes. Continue reading

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

The Muralist by B.A. ShapiroI don’t know what I was expecting from The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, but I got more than I was expecting. I really enjoyed reading it. It tell a great story that weaves fact with fiction, and history with intrigue. I had feared it would veer too much to the behind the scenes, inside of gossip of the art world, but instead it invented a world of secrets, lies and mystery. Continue reading