January 5, 2013
Review: "Something Red" By Douglas Nicholas
The author of Something Red, Douglas Nicholas, in my opinion, is a writer of great promise. Not only can he spin a great yarn, but his prose is gorgeous and verges on the poetic at times; which actually makes sense as Nicholas is apparently a well known published poet from the Hudson Valley of New York state. The characters in Something Red are interesting and well wrought, and his use of magic and mythology is deft and sure-footed and works well in the plot. I have to say that more times than not this dark tale reminded me of the early Anglo-Saxon alliterative epic poem, Beowulf (especially Seamus Heaney's brilliant translation). Also, it is actually quite hard to pigeon-hole this book as horror, fantasy, mystery, or medieval historical fiction--as it really is all of the above. Mostly though, this is just one damn good book that I had a hard time putting down until I'd read the last page. I ain't gonna say anymore, other than to urge you to read this superb and riveting debut novel from Douglas Nicholas. This received five out of five stars from me, as it really was a most excellent novel, and one that I will surely read again sometime soon.
By Douglas Nicholas
Emily Bestler Books/ATRIA Books, 2012