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

Penric’s Mission (Penric and Desdemona) by Lois McMaster Bujold - Book Review 05, Nov

I've read the first two novellas in this series before, and was looking forward to spending some more time in Penric's unique world.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (Fatma el-Sha’arawi) by P. Djèlí Clark - Book Review 01, Nov

I love the mix of historical fantasy and am fascinated by Middle Eastern cultures, so jumped on this as soon as I heard about it. 

A Troll Walks into a Bar: A Noir Urban Fantasy Novel by Douglas Lumsden - Book Review 26, Oct

Considering my love of detective stories, especially noir, hard-boiled types, and urban fantasy it wasn't a big surprise I jumped right on this.