Powering through...OMG, there are enjoyable patches but I am very overwhelmed with all the multiple name tracking and place references and multiple language dropping 🙁
#scotland #oscotlandmyscotland #histfic #classics
Sometimes you need a secret garden of roses and quiet to retreat to with a book. I'm hoping @Litsy is that safe haven. I've just finished The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett and am now scouring every blog and online forum in order to decipher all its clues and mysteries 🖤
What are you reading?
#dorothydunnett #thelymondchronicles #lymond #thegameofkings #historicalfiction #historicalliterature #penguinbooks
Wow.. despite the recommendations of many friends it took me three attempts to really get into this book/series. Why? I found myself really disliking the protagonist. At the start of this book he comes across as an insufferable bore who is ridiculous gifted in pretty much everything. It takes a while to discover his back story, why he assumes the stance that he does, the pain and loss which he seeks to conceal. Story wise? Well Lymond is a noble
“Versatility is one of the few human traits which are universally intolerable. You may be good at Greek and good at painting and be popular. You may be good at Greek and good at sports, and be wildly popular. But try all three and you‘re a mountebank. Nothing arouses suspicion quicker than genuine, all-round proficiency.”
My Thriftbooks order came in this morning. I was kind of hoping they'd come tomorrow so I could count them on May's tally. This puts April's bought books count at 34. 😯 Shhh, let's just keep that between us...
Fun swap alert! The lovely @Captivatedbybooks is organizing, and I just signed up. Who else is in? 👑
Chelsea Clinton and I have the same literary crush. (From this week's Entertainment Weekly)
I am totally addicted to historical fiction tomes at the moment! Anyone read and liked:
👁Dorothy Dunnett: The Game of Kings 👀C. McCullough: The First Man in Rome 👣S.K. Penman: Here Be Dragons?
If #HistoricalFiction is your jam, Dorothy Dunnett is definitely worth your while. She can be a bit heady at times, but so rewarding. These are the Lymond Chronicles, centered on the fictional Francis Crawford of Lymond—one of the most fascinating & maddening characters I‘ve ever read. They‘re set in the 1500s, traveling everywhere from Scotland, to the English court, to Constantinople & Russia. I can‘t recommend them highly enough. #ReindeerReads
Although it took me a while to get into this book, I really enjoyed it! There are too many names, quotations, literary references and other crazy smart things to keep track of - you have to pay very close attention while reading. However, once I got past the first hundred or so pages I could not put it down! This book is full of intrigue, plot twists and complex characters. And amazing writing. Starting the second one in this series immediately!
When I started, I didn't realize this was written in '64. This impressed me because there were scenarios in this book written in 1964 about people in 1548 that were relatable to me, a reader in 2017. It was a reminder that problems of love and family don't really change from one century to the next.
Lymond is fantastic. I missed him when the story focused on others. I'll definitely continue this series to see what other tomfoolery he gets into.
My #whereiread for #Riotgrams day two! 90% of my reading time is spent in my bed and it's been that way since I was a kid. The other 10% of the time I spend reading is in the bath, at the kitchen table and outside when the weather permits!
#bookmail! So I may have been on ThriftBooks last week and I may have ordered this entire series. 😬 I remember someone commenting on one of the C.S. Pacat book posts and mentioning that those books are a m/m reimagining of these books so I've had them on my list to get for a long time. But I refuse to start a series unless I have at least the next one ready to start. This choice was easy because these were so cheap on there!
I'm not even 50 pages into this book and I am loving it. While it's intense with it's literary references (many that I know are going over my head), Lymond is positively hilarious and smart and sarcastic and quite the antihero, and I really like him already and can't wait to see where this goes.
Really good. Best when read for large chunks of time. Looking forward to reading more of the series and about this period in Scottish history!
Got this book out for my September pile and went to add a bookmark, only to find there was already one there! What must have happened was I had the bookmark in another book when I went home for Christmas, and then I stashed the bookmark in one of my Christmas presents once the book was finished. But yay, "free" bookmark! ?
This series is rife with poetry--always untranslated and often just a snippet. Dunnett counts on her readers to know her poetic references. In an early scene, Lymond sees his mother for the first time after being exiled for five years. By one offhand line of Spanish poetry the reader is meant to understand how deeply Lymond cares for his mother and how emotionally adrift he is even as he's robbing her guests and setting her house on fire.
#Augustofpages My all time favorite book stack: Dorothy Dunnett's The Lymond Chronicles.
Imagine All the inscrutable sexiness of James Bond minus the gadgets and state support. Francis Crawford sets the standard for spies/mercenaries, a beautiful anti-hero that you won't be able to get enough of. Dunnett's meaty prose is a meal in itself.