A Book Review – The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet…

The LUNATIC, the LOVER, and the POET

Shakespeare Turned Topsy-Turvy

A Novel

 I was intrigued with Myrlin Hermes’ new novel, The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet, so I bought it.  (I am fascinated with books based on a prior literary work, but expanded into its own story, and this one did not disappoint!)

Although I took an AP Shakespeare course in high school and read many of his plays, I am not an English Lit major, nor do I have an MFA in Creative Writing.  I am also not a professional book reviewer. And although I am myself a writer, I am basically an average woman with an average life.  But I wanted to comment on this book.

It is a fictional tale of the relationship between Horatio and Prince Hamlet.  I must admit I had to refresh my memory with the historical background of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but then I jumped right into the story.

The book was very well written – it was witty, and creative. When reading it, you truly feel as if you are participating in that piece of history.  Hermes did an excellent job of using the language of the time period. I almost expected one of the characters to appear at my side any minute.


Most of the novel was written from Horatio’s point of view, and Hermes has made him a likeable, believable character with whom we can easily empathize.  The plot of the book is very interesting, containing creative twists and turns. It revolves around love and devotion, and of course – romance and eroticism.  What more can you ask for?

 Bottom line – Read the book! 

To find out more about the book, and the author, visit Myrlin Hermes’ website She is a truly creative and interesting person, in more ways than just writing books.  And if you want to go ahead and purchase, here is the Amazon listing.

4 Thoughts

  1. Hi Ted – yes, her book was quite creative. (Hope you have a chance to read it). Thanks so much for your comment, and thanks for visiting my site. Come again!

  2. Took a quick look at the preview and was intrigued. I find it interesting that Hermes has both Horatio and Hamlet dabbling in theatre. Thanks for the review.

  3. Thanks for the comment Rob – I’ll have to check out your site. I know what you mean about revisiting the classics. I went to see the Percy Jackson movie last night and struggled to remember the various names of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, and stories, to explain to my kids. Finally had to pull out Edith Hamilton’s Mythology – definitely needed to refresh! Thanks for visiting – hope to speak to you again soon!

  4. I agree with your review and have a new interest in Hamlet. This is a must read like you suggest.

    I recently reviewed The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet on my website too.

    It’s been 35 years since I read Hamlet but all I needed was a quick refresh on wikipedia to enjoy Myrlin’s book. This month I’m reading Hamlet again for the first time in 30 years!

    aloha from rob

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