This is a retelling of The Iliad from the point of view of Briseis, a former queen and the war prize of Achilles.
A beautifully written but very depressing book.
Well-written and hard to put down.
If you like well-researched historical fiction with strong feminist undertones, then you will probably enjoy this book.
Personally I found it difficult to sympathize with the main character - she did a lot of questionable things and made a lot of bad choices - but this was a fun read nonetheless.
I received this advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
#thethreemusketeers #ARC #historicalfiction
The other day I asked my grandfather to recommend me a book.
He gave me this stack and said "When you're done with these, I have some more to give you." He apparently has more confidence in my reading speed than I do.
So I guess I'll be reading L'amour for the foreseeable future.
Just finished Fair Blows the Wind...now I guess I'll start on Sackett's Land.
Imagine a cross between The Monkey's Paw and Frankenstein, but with beer, sex, and a zombie cat. That will give you a pretty good idea of what this book is like.
The first 400 pages or so were more depressing than scary. The fear factor doesn't really pick up until about the 80% mark.
Crocodile On the Sandbank is a parody of Victorian adventure novels. The mystery element was more in the tradition of Scooby-Doo than Agatha Christie. The most enjoyable part of the novel was the constant bickering between Amelia and Emerson, the cantankerous archaeologist.
Peters managed to balance the views of her characters well; they are not unrealistically modern, but they are also not so old-fashioned that they are offensive.
Likeable characters, detailed world building, lots of swashbuckling action, appropriate for any age group or audience
Underdeveloped characters (especially the female characters), too much exposition, a lot of tropes, longer than it needed to be
Not the best fantasy novel I've read, but overall it was very enjoyable. I've already bought the next book in the series and I'm looking forward to reading it.
My first Agatha Christie book! I started it last night and I couldn't put it down. I've admittedly never really liked Hercule Poirot on the screen; the book-version of Poirot is much more likeable. I'm glad there are 32 more Poirot books; I'm looking forward to reading more 😀
Cadfael, a middle-aged monk and former crusader, is an interesting and likeable character. He has just the right balance of scepticism and faith, as well as a healthy curiosity and a taste for mischief.
At just under 200 pages, this book was long enough to keep me interested, but not so long that it felt like a chore to finish. The outcome of the mystery was predictable, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested along the way.
Abercrombie has a talent for writing complex, morally ambiguous characters. The world building is subtle, and the tone is dark and gritty, but in a good way. I liked most of the characters, with the exception of Jezal and the two main female characters, Ferro and Ardee. Jezal is a jerk, and both Ferro and Ardee are one-dimensional. Otherwise, though, I really enjoyed this book.
My weird new hobby: historical cooking.
Recipes from ancient Greece and Rome, and Medieval and Renaissance England.
Lost Horizon reminds me of the classic adventure novels by Kipling and Verne.
The story starts with the hijacking of a plane which is carrying 4 passengers. When the plane finally lands, the 4 strangers find themselves in a remote lamasery called Shangri La.
Shangri La is depicted as a perfect paradise...but there's a catch. The main character, Conway, is entranced by the beauty of Shangri La, but his friend Mallinson isn't as impressed.
The setting is unique, even if the plot isn't; it's not everyday that I read a murder mystery set in 16th century Germany.
The first chapter hooked me, but I had to slog through the middle. It picks up again towards the end, though. The story could have been told more economically; the book could have easily been reduced down to 300 pages without losing much substance. The characters could have used more development, too.
It was a strange experience reading the original book after seeing so many Hollywood adaptations and derivative stories. Even though I know the basic plot like the back of my hand, this book still managed to surprise me. The writing is a bit old fashioned, but it's a quick, easy read.
Pros: Beautiful writing, compelling plot. The characters are believable and I could sympathize with almost all of them.
Cons: Too many flashbacks and unanswered questions. Annoyingly ambiguous ending.
It borrows a lot from it's dystopian predecessors, but it's a unique and readable story in its own right.
Short and sweet (about a third of the pages were photos so it's even shorter than it looks). I read this as a kid, but I enjoyed reading it again as an adult. It's message is still relevant. Who knew that a 120 page book about seagulls could be so deep? The recently added Part 4 changes the tone and meaning, though; it ends on kind of a depressing note.
When you read this book you really have to think about the time period in which it was written. Some of More's ideas which were revolutionary in the 1500's would now be considered outdated. Readers also need to keep in mind that this book was somewhat satirical - it's likely that not all of his suggestions are serious. Even if you don't agree with More's ideas, it's an interesting and thought-provoking read.
I love reading sci-fi from the 50's and 60's. It's fun to read their predictions about the future. Sometimes they were spot-on; other times, not so much.
This one has been on my reading list for a long time...
I'm in a #Hemingway kind of mood today
I'm not usually a fantasy reader, but this book was available for free with Kindle unlimited so I gave it a try. It's quite long, and the plot is very convoluted, but I enjoyed it so much that I didn't care. If I were to read it over again I'd probably keep a list of the characters for reference - there were A LOT of characters. There is a sequel but it hasn't been translated into English yet 😔
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bahni Turpin. Usually audiobook narrators annoy me, but Turpin did a great job (I believe she won an Audie Award for her performance). The story itself is good, too. Some people accuse it of having a"fairy tale ending," but I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
If you didn't know any better you'd think this book was written in the 1800's. Catton's mastery of language and her understanding of history is amazing. Every character is fascinating and well-developed. The plot is complex, but that's part of what makes the book so fun. My only complaint is that the ending was too ambiguous. How exactly did Crosbie die? What was with the "ghost" on the ship? Catton expects us to read between the lines a lot.
The prose was good and the plot was compelling, but the story could really drag at times and I wasn't crazy about the characters. The ending seemed a bit anticlimactic, but it did make me cry (and I guess that's a good thing).