HNR Issue 14 (November 2000)

X–Calibre: The Absurd Legend of Cantiger the Wizard

By Mark Parker - Published 2000

Genres:

Fantasy

  In this spoof of Arthurian legend, an inept and unapologetically self-interested wizard’s apprentice named Cantiger steals spells from a powerful enchantress ...Read Review

Akhenaten: Dweller In Truth

By Naguib Mahfouz - Published 2000

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

The story of the “heretic” Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and his fabulously beautiful wife, Nefertiti, continues to fascinate, as evidenced in this recent translation ...Read Review

The Water Nymph

By Michele Jaffe - Published 2000

Genres:

Mystery/CrimeRomance

Set in Elizabethan London, The Water Nymph is a romantic romp full of espionage and intrigue. Sophie Champion matches wits with Crispin Foscari, ...Read Review

Grant

By Max Byrd - Published 2000

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

Grant joins Ev Ehrlich’s Grant Speaks and Richard Parry’s That Fateful Lightning (see Review 13) as novels concerning the life and especially ...Read Review

Mr Darwin’s Shooter

By Roger McDonald - Published 2000

Genres:

AdventureBiographical Fiction

In 1832, a ship named Beagle sailed, carrying Charles Darwin and his assistant Syms Covington. Syms served as Darwin’s shooter, collecting specimens for ...Read Review

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

By Michael Chabon - Published 2000

Genres:

Epic

Everybody knows that jazz is America’s greatest contribution to the arts, or is it? Consider as a close contender: superhero comic books, ...Read Review

South of Eden

By Earl Murray - Published 2000

Genres:

Mystery/CrimeThriller

Billed as an “ecological thriller”, this novel lives up (or perhaps down!) to its description. Back in 1905, conservation of the grasslands was a ...Read Review

Kingsmen of the Grail

By Dorothy James Roberts - Published 2000

Genres:

Fantasy

If you’re a fan of the haunting, dream-laden world of Malory’s Arthurian Cycle you’ll enjoy this novel. If you prefer ...Read Review

Cutter’s Island: Caesar In Captivity

By Vincent Panella - Published 2000

Genres:

AdventureBiographical Fiction

This short novel retells a story found in Plutarch. Young Julius Caesar was captured by pirates who planned to ransom him for 20 talents; ...Read Review

The Late Mr Shakespeare

By Robert Nye - Published 2000

Genres:

Biographical FictionLiterary

In this fictional biography of The Bard we meet Pickleherring, an aged actor writing about the life of his former employer and friend. ...Read Review