A while ago I got snagged by one of Borders’ “Buy 2 get 1 free” dealies. I found 2 books that I was really interested in, and scanned the tables for a third, which I would be getting for free. I came across Shibumi by Trevanian, and when I read the back cover, one thing was clear. This book was either going to be a magnificently fun find, on par with Modesty Blaise and The Vesuvius Club, or it was going to be just as magnificently awful. Take a look, and place your bets.
“Nicholai Hel is the world