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by Peter Ackroyd
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 5 months ago
A day late (though hopefully not a dollar short), here's my "second bingo week" summary; and it's a summary of a much better week than the first one turned out to be. (So, yey!) For one thing this is due to the books, all of which were either outright winners or at least enjoyable on some level or...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 6 months ago
So, on the plus side, despite serious RL interventions progress on my card is well under way, with four squares (including the centre / free / raven square) marked "called and read"; three of these in a row -- plus reading for the remaining two squares of that row also in progress -- and several mor...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 4 years ago
Ackroyd is always at his best when he is writing about London. In many of his books, London is the main character, not so much a protagonist or antagonist but a present character all the same. This is true here. Hawksmoor is about a series of murders that are connec...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 5 years ago
bookshelves: one-penny-wonder, published-1985, winter-20102011, mystery-thriller, historical-fiction, boo-scary, britain-england, architecture, plague-disease Read from December 06 to 24, 2010 ** spoiler alert ** AND SO, let us beginne; and, as the Fabrick takes its Shape in front of you, alwai...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it 7 years ago
Still unsure about this one, it didn't flow as well as I would have liked, it made me quite annoyed at the style and not at all enthuastic about reading anything else by him. It's written in both a modern way and a style from the 18th Century and it just feels "too" clever. As if the Author was tryi...
thomcat
thomcat rated it 8 years ago
Listed in the "book a day" calendar, this is supposedly a "post modern" book. I liked this history and two time lines, and clearly there were some themes between the two, but so many things were left unexplained. Style changes - dialog from a play? An only occasionally omniscient narrator. Is Satani...
Mikela
Mikela rated it 8 years ago
The book begins in the early 18th century with Nicholas Dyer, an architect under Christopher Wren, who was in charge of building seven churches in the city of London. In each church he buried a horrible secret. Next chapter jumps to the 1980’s and introduces us to Detective Nicholas Hawksmoor who i...
Books by the Lake
Books by the Lake rated it 9 years ago
Quite excellent. The evocation of atmosphere is fine, the ideas are subtly presented, and the author does a remarkably fine job of creating 17th-century language. This story walks a razor's edge between "subtle" and "obscure", but stays on the right side; I didn't fully appreciate it until a second ...
so many books, so little time
so many books, so little time rated it 9 years ago
A structurally complicated historical novel despite being only 217 pp. Nicholas Dyer, early 18th century architect, practitioner of the dark arts and murderer reaches out through time to modern London creating "Terrour" leaving corpses at the sites of the churches he designed. Time is particularly o...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 9 years ago
AND SO, let us beginne; and, as the Fabrick takes its Shape in front of you, alwaies keep the Structure intirely in Mind as you inscribe it.Brilliant - a work of pure genius but confusing; as confusing as it is inspired.Firstly we have Hawksmoor, who in real life was an architect in charge of raisin...
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