Assaph has been a bibliophile since he learnt to read at the age of five, and a Romanophile ever since he first got his hands on Asterix, way back in elementary school. This exacerbated when his parents took him on a trip to Rome and Italy - he whinged horribly when they dragged him to "yet another church with baby angels on the ceiling", yet was happy to skip all day around ancient ruins and museums for Etruscan art. 

He has since been feeding his addiction for books with stories of mystery and fantasy of all kinds. A few years ago he randomly picked a copy of a Lindsay Davis' Marcus Didius Falco novel in a used book fair, and fell in love with Rome all over again, this time from the view-point of a cynical adult. His main influences in writing are Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis, Barry Hughart and Boris Akunin. 

Assaph now lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife, kids, cats, and - this being Australia - assorted spiders. By day he is a software product manager, bridging the gap between developers and users, and by night he's writing - he seems to do his best writing after midnight.



Twitter: @assaphmehr

Purple and Black by K.J. Parker - Book Review 29, Nov

I love KJ Parker's pseudo-Byzantine fantasy, and this short read was up to his excellent standard.

A Witch Steps into My Office: A Noir Urban Fantasy Novel (Alexander Southerland, P.I. Book 2) by Douglas Lumsden - Book Review 24, Nov

Lumsden's previous novel left me wanting more, so it didn't take me long to delve into this second book in the series. Nor was I disappointed - this is an excellent sequel, even better than the previous.

Penric's Fox (Penric and Desdemona #3) by Lois McMaster Bujold - Book Review 07, Nov

I've read the other novellas in this series in publication order, but it's better to read in inner chronological order. This one follows Penric and the Shaman, and should be read before Penric's Mission. Still - highly enjoyable series no matter what order you read it in.