This month I have chosen three books on which to comment:
1. The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning
Good historical feel, compelling story and likeable, rounded characters. I liked the detail about glassmaking, as it's an interest of mine. The only drawback was the very American language in the translation, but the advantages of the novel overrode this. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.
2. Never Go Back by Robert Goddard
The second novel that I have read by this prolific author of thrillers, I was confused at first by all the RAF nicknames given to the characters. It wasn't until I had written a list to refer to as I progressed through the novel that I was able to enjoy the suspense and follow the mystery to its conclusion. Well written and polished.
3. Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
This classic 1960s sci-fi novel is a little gem. Set in a rural backwater of America, it explores what happens when the greater universe spills over into an unsuspecting local community. The hero is likeable and well-drawn, and as the best science fiction should, it makes the reader question their own values and take on the world.