Thursday, 1 November 2012
The World House - book review
A nineteenth century explorer; a 70s drunk; a 1930's socialite from Harlem; a fisherman living through the Spanish Civil War; a teenage girl suffering from Asperger's, and a modern day guy who owes a lot of money to London gangsters...what do they have in common?
They're all taken from their worlds and times to come to the World House - a building that isn't a building, a place that doesn't so much refuse to obey the laws of physics and reality as stick two fingers up at them and bugger off to feature living paintings, a library bigger than the world, a room containing mountains and another room which holds an extremely dangerous prisoner. Once the characters arrive, the question is how the hell do they get out?
The World House is a brilliant debut novel from Guy Adams, and is easily one of the best I've ever read. Think Clive Barker without the pretensions or occasional purple prose.
I can't recommend this book enough.