Monday, January 5, 2009
Review of The Secret History of Moscow
I found out about this book through Neil Gaiman's blog, and indeed, there's a quote from Mr. Gaiman on the cover, comparing the book to his own Neverwhere.
It did remind me a little of Neverwhere: the fantastic characters, the underground city. It was a bit like Neverwhere meets Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, actually. This book chronicles how people are turning into birds in Moscow, and how three unlikely heroes (a cop, a mentally-troubled translator, and a street artist) team up and go underground to investigate this phenomenon.
Although I really enjoyed this book, which drew heavily on Russian folk and fairy tales for its cast of characters, I also had an emotional distance from all of the characters...I never really got invested in any of them.
Regardless, I would totally recommend this one.