In Lawerence Goldstone’s ‘The Astronomer,’ a young student is enmeshed in a plot to silence a revolutionary thinker. Plus: William Eamon’s ‘The Professor of Secrets’ shows the plight of Renaissance-era doctors.
Breaking fantasy from the genre ghetto: That’s one result of the splendid anthology ‘Stories: All-New Tales’ edited by Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Plus: ‘the Penguin Book of Ghost Stories’ edited by Michael Newton.
Darkmans A Novel Nicola Barker Harper Perennial: 838 pp., $16.95 paper ONE reason why Nicola Barker’s novel “Darkmans” made the Man Booker short list this year but didn’t win was that it isn’t reader-friendly enough.