• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

Methadone List: Three Favorite Books

In in September, 2010, Barnes & Noble asked me to provide thumbnail reviews of three of my favorite books:

THE KNIFE MAN, by Wendy Moore

This immensely entertaining and well-researched biography is the story of John Hunter, one of the founders of modern medicine, and a first-class nut. Renowned as a genius and reviled as a body-snatcher, Doctor Hunter was one of the most colorful characters of the eighteenth century—a time not lacking in such people.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Magic realism, long river voyages, prose you can sink into like an inner-tube and drift downstream. One of the less-likely but most appealing romances you’re likely to encounter.

HAUNTING BOMBAY, by Shilpa Agarwal

A book that exists on multiple levels, inviting you into death and mystery, into the heart of a family, and into the tantalizing, aromatic swirl of another culture. Beautiful, lyrical, and genuinely haunting.



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