Borrowed from Matthew Dec 2007

I would probably not have picked up this book had I not got sick of Black Swan Green on our journey down to Harrow and had Gods in Alabama firmly buried at the bottom of my rucksack.

Not a normal LyzzyBee type read, I can’t really decide on the genre, but suppose it’s metafictional magical realism; some people on Amazon describe it as “light fantasy”. It’s hard to describe it without giving the plot away, but it’s an amusing romp through time and place, with people who might be ghosts, books that write themselves, and books (or is it people?) that write reality.

More hardcore sci fi feeling than Jasper Fforde, and, interestingly, I felt the style reminiscent of the early to mid Iris Murdoch novels (in fact, she is referenced in a description of another of his works in the back of the book).

Weird and unsettling – but good.