Darren from Bart's Bookshelf says:
The quality of Marcus Sedgwickís writing, sort-of crept up on me.
About eighteen months ago, I had read and enjoyed, his first novel, Floodland, and while I had liked it, it hadn't blown me away.However, by the time I had devoured, The Book of Dead Days and Dark Flight Down, via Witch Hill and The Foreshadowing a few months later, I was as regular visitors to my site can attest, a huge fan.
I can't say enough good things about his depiction of Venice, it is without doubt a brilliant piece of writing, as with very few words, Sedgwick manages to create a richly detailed setting, and I say it, every time I review one of his books, but he is a master at creating atmosphere. You are there, every single step of the way, with the fog lapping around your ankles.
– From my review of, Sedgwick's: The Kiss of Death.
His books are not only vastly enjoyable and always a magical experience to read, but with sophisticated conflicts and relationships expertly woven into the prose they also encourage us, to think, and his latest novel, Revolver, is certainly no exception to this.
It will come as no surprise to most of you, but the book blogging community is filled with many fantastic people and when one of them, the very wonderful Nikki (aka @stormfilled on Twitter) knew she was meeting Mr Sedgwick a couple of months ago, she immediately thought of me, and made sure a signed copy soon arrived through my letterbox.
The action in it, begins many miles north of the Arctic Circle in a tiny, little place, called Giron.
The year is 1910, and Sig, a young teenage boy, has been left alone in his family's remote and isolated home.
Along with Sig, is the body of his father, who earlier that morning, had an accident whilst trying to cross the frozen lake their property sits on the edge of, and died out on the exposed surface.While he is waiting on the return of his sister and step-mother, from the nearby town where the pair have travelled to arrange someone to collect his fatherís corpse; a stranger arrives at their home, asking to see his father.
Impeccably researched and wonderfully written, with this one, Sedgwick continues to be one of my favourite writers of recent years.
I met Darren from Bart's Bookshelf through him commenting on MFB. I popped over to his blog after he commented on the previous Marcus Sedgwick posts and immediately fell in love with his blog. Here was a kindred spirit, someone who enjoyed reading and books and chatting to authors and telling the world about it.
I gathered courage and asked him to write something for MFB's Author of the Month and he agreed, responding with the remarkable musing and review above.
Thanks very much Darren - I am so glad to see that there are fanboys and fangirls out there who match my own levels of geekness!