Category: Authors A-E (By Surname)

Graeme Macrae-Burnet – The Accident on the A35 [REVIEW]

Title: The Accident on the A35

Author: Graeme Macrae-Burnet

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 260

Rating: 4/5

This is my third Macrae-Burnet book, and I’ve loved all three of them so far. This was also interesting because it follows on from The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau, featuring several of the same characters.

The author has created quite a cool little storytelling device in which he’s presented as the translator of a dead French author, and this book is purportedly an unpublished manuscript that the author left behind to be published after his mother died.

It’s interesting because as well as being a murder mystery, it also falls under the umbrella of literary fiction. That’s due to a range of factors, from the story telling devices and the tropes that the author uses to the quality of the language itself, which is just beautiful.

I first read Macrae-Burnet after being sent an advanced review copy of His Bloody Project, and I’ve been hooked ever since. The Accident on the A35 reaffirms my love for his work and cements him securely as one of those authors where I want to read everything they’ve ever written. That’s not bad considering he only has a few releases to his name so far.

All in all then, I’d recommend this book to you if you’re into mysteries and crime, but it’s also worth picking up if you’re the kind of reader who’s in it for the beauty of the writing as much as for the story.

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Hermann Hesse – The Journey to the East [REVIEW]

Title: The Journey to the East

Author: Hermann Hesse

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 112

Rating: 3.5/5

This is one of those books where it’s pretty complex and so I struggled at times to understand exactly what Hesse was talking about. That seems to happen quite often with his work.

The novel (or novella, to be more accurate) was pretty good, but I think what I enjoyed the most was that it had an introduction by Timothy Leary, the father of LSD. That was pretty interesting and it was also quite informative, helping me to make sense of the book as a whole.

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