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Ligaya MishanA literary omnivore, Nicholas Christopher is versed in classical lore and pulp fiction, and his novels, at their best, are a thrilling amalgam of the two: erudite, lyrical and breathlessly paced. In what may be a sly wink at The Da Vinci Code, his latest effort concerns a medieval manuscript with a whiff of heresy, suppressed and possibly destroyed by order of the pope. But the story that unfolds features neither murderous monks nor ritual orgies. Here we're in the hands of a different kind of writer, and his language is primarily that of fable…Unlike Christopher's previous novels, The Bestiary merely teeters on the edge of fantasy. Nothing that happens in the book is technically impossible; even the transformation of Xeno's grandmother into a red fox at the moment of her death can be seen as the delusion of a grieving child. Everything is simply a little larger than life, and all the more interesting for it.
—The New York Times