Hello readers.

Bookhemian Rhapsody is going to be quiet for a while.

I’m moving into a new job that’s going to swallow pretty much all my free time – I’ll barely have the time to read books, let along write about them.

But I’ll keep the site up and hopefully return to it one day.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading.

Book 11: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

In his breakthrough novel, American Gods, Neil Gaiman sought to create a new American mythology. In his latest book he’s gone back to the classics, producing a short story collection that retells the Norse myths. He describes it as the fiction equivalent of a covers album. Continue reading “Book 11: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman”

Book 1: The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

The opening pages of this debut novel from Tamil author Anuk Arudpragasam are truly stunning.

Set during the dying days of Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war, the novel introduces us to Dinesh, a young Tamil man left orphaned and alone by the fighting, as he carries a wounded six-year-old boy to a camp clinic. The boy’s arm has been shredded by shrapnel, dissolving his hand and forearm into a “soft, formless mass, spilling to the ground from some parts, congealing in others and charred everywhere else”. It’s not the boy’s first brush with amputation: he’s already missing a leg from an earlier encounter with a landmine. Continue reading “Book 1: The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam”

Book 30: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

“People say 9/11 was the worst terror attack of all time – was it? I think the small bombs that we hear about all the time, that go off in unknown markets, killing five or six, are worse. They concentrate the pain on the lives of a few. Better to kill generously rather than stingily.”

So declares one of the Kashmiri terrorists in Indian-American Karan Mahajan’s new novel. Continue reading “Book 30: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan”