Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Some Easter updates - Brian McGilloway and Philip Pullman

I have updated two bibliographies with titles which I suspect may have been saved up for an Easter release. Firstly, Brian McGilloway has published Rising, the fourth volume in his excellent crime series set in the borderlands between the North and South of Ireland. McGilloway writes well-plotted and invariably interesting crime novels, with good character development over a series of books. The books are still surprisingly affordable in signed first editions and well worth collecting - if you want to read them, I recommend you start at the beginning. You will not be disappointed.

The second Easter book is a very different beast. The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ is a volume in the Canongate Myths series from Philip Pullman, which reimagines the life of Christ from Pullman's athiestic/humanist perspective. Mary gives birth to twins, the good man Jesus and the rather more ambivalent Christ, who subverts and selectively records Jesus' words and teaching to support the development of the Church. Pullman indirectly attacked the Church in the Northern Lights trilogy, and this book more directly presents his position. The writing is spare, in some ways like Biblical prose, and unlike any of Pullman's early books. Certain to be an interesting read however. There are two separate limited editions (black and white) in addition to the trade edition - further details in the bibliography.

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