Rating: 2/3. A story of bonds and transgressions, reality and the hidden things beyond it. Dimitri’s debut English novel follows a group of old friends meeting in Salento, Italy, only to discover that one of their number has disappeared.
The bottom line? Fantasy has value within literature and beyond. Without it, our reality and identities would never be questioned or changed.
Rating: 1/3. Enchanted cities, shapeshifters and the flinging of magical lightning bolts are characteristic fantasy features, but there are many reasons why Mimi Yu’s book stands out among its fellows.
Rating: 2/3. This is a celebration – or study – of strangeness worth exploring, if only to understand the little “monsters” of the world.