Paul Thomm, the young journalist protagonist, is immediately compelling and likeable. The book started well. Initially, the vignettes, dating back centuries and presenting various esoteric tales, fascinate. Later on, they become distracting and finally annoyingly parallel and dull. About halfway through the book, I skipped over them.
I liked aspects of this book and thought Fasman has potential; the editors at Penguin didn't do their job.