Happily drowning in books

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” -Logan Pearsall Smith

Review: The Way to Babylon

on April 5, 2014

Title: The Way to Babylon

Author: Paul Kearney

Rating: fivestars


How many miles to Babylon?
Three-score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candlelight?
Yes; and back again.
If your heels are nimble and light
You may get there by candlelight

Author Michael Riven just hasn’t been the same since his wife perished in a climbing accident. After recovering from his own injuries he looks forward to a quiet life of isolation and steering clear of writing. But when a character from one of his books appears and takes him into the realm of Minginish, a world of his own creation, he finds that life is not quite done with him yet. There are friends to be made, quests to be had, and a woman who looks startlingly like his ex wife to be tracked down…

“Here’s to life, health, and happiness, and the time to enjoy them…”

This book is like a huge nod to authors and readers everywhere. I mean, really, who wouldn’t love to be pulled into a world that they created and loved with all of their heart?! This is something I think many of us book aficionados think about often. So getting to experience that sensation with Michael was just incredible. There is a huge and beautiful sense of magic in this book, it feels like it spills right over the pages as you read it. I felt this in Paul Kearney’s other novel, A Different Kingdom, as well. Something about the way that he writes is just blissful and utterly enjoyable. Like eating a huge bowl of ice-cream drizzled with hot fudge and caramel. I really loved this book so much!

“Look at what has been given to you…and use it wisely.”


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