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review 2019-07-20 23:46
Review of Founding Martyr by Christian Di Spigna
Founding Martyr - Christian Di Spigna

To be honest, I was a little disappointed by this book. First, the author writes well and does a nice job of telling the reader how important Warren was to the people of Boston and to the colonies at large during the lead up to Bunker Hill and the start of the Revolution. My problem is that I felt like the author tried too hard to show us Warren's importance. There were quite a few passages that basically made the argument that because of X, it shows that Warren must have been thought of as amazing.

 

There is very little writing from Warren to add to a narrative history, so I felt like the author used the term "likely" to describe most of Warren's life. One example would be the early chapter on Warren's time at Harvard. Other the the facts of Warren's attendance and record from the school, there are not any quotes from Warren about his time there. All of the information was from secondary sources about the school at the time and that is how the author presents the story. That is not a fault of the author, just the reality of the source material and it took away from the read for me.

 

I will give the author credit for bringing an important figure to our attention because Warren did play a major role that often gets overlooked (likely because of the lack of letters and personal writings). I just felt that most of this book revolved around the events Warren was a part of, and those stories brought nothing new to someone who reads a lot about this time period.

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review 2017-08-04 22:17
Martyr by Rory Clements
Martyr - Rory Clements

I'm glad to be finally finished. That book felt like it took forever to read. If it hadn't been a More Historical Than Fiction read I probably would have dropped it. Maybe I should have dropped it. Oh well.

 

It's not that it's a bad book or anything; I just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure why I struggled so much with it, but the dialogue seemed stilted and I was kind of bored by it. I know I wasn't supposed to be bored but I just couldn't seem to care about any of it. I also had trouble picturing the climax scene with Herrick. It just didn't make sense, physically, to me.

 

Shakespeare blocks Herrick's blow with his left arm, then brings his right arm around and strikes him on the back of the head with the hilt of his sword. They're of a height, so to accomplish this would require him swing his sword around in such a way as I find terribly inefficient. I just can't get it to work out in my head.

(spoiler show)

 

I feel that based on the subject matter, this should have been a nail-biting, riveting read, and it wasn't.

 

Previous updates:

313 of 384 pages

76 of 384 pages

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text 2017-08-04 03:44
Reading progress update: I've read 313 out of 384 pages.
Martyr - Rory Clements

You don't sew a tapestry, do you? I thought a tapestry had to be woven. 

 

What do you call a large embroidered piece of cloth? 

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text 2017-08-02 13:44
Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 384 pages.
Martyr - Rory Clements

Well, I'm a month behind but I've finally started July's More Historical Than Fiction read.

 

It's not bad, but I'm not really getting sucked in. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something just isn't quite working for me. There was also some info dumping of past history that didn't seem entirely necessary to the story. John Shakespeare mentions a past case in such a way as to make it feel like this wasn't the first book published...but somehow it feels like filler.

 

Maybe it'll pick up?

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review 2017-07-20 13:58
Martyr by Rory Clements
Martyr - Rory Clements

First of all, let's just take a moment to appreciate that I finally finished a monthly read for More Historical Than Fiction. Yay, me! I know, I know. That's not really applause worthy, but I'm taking my successes where I can get them.  ;-)

 

This book was a quick, enjoyable read for me. As a fast-paced mystery with a likable protagonist and a skilled creation of the Tudor world, it captivated and held my attention. I liked the fact that even though Queen Elizabeth never appears in a scene, the reader is given a strong impression of her character and heavy hand on events.

 

"Those who caught her eye lived a life between heaven and hell depending on her moods, which were as changeable as the weather: one moment sunshine and balm, the next thunder and rage."

 

Digging a little bit deeper, this book has a few flaws. John Shakespeare makes a great first impression, but I began to wonder what it was that he really believed and stood for as the book carried on. He is willing to risk his life to do his job, but why? The religious battle that grips the country seems to matter little to him, and he has no problem arresting one Catholic and sleeping with another.

 

Yet it wasn't until the odd Mother Davis bit that I took this book out of 5-star contention. I'm not even sure what to say about that strange episode.

 

The conclusion of the book felt a bit rushed after all the suspense of getting there, but the appearance of Will Shakespeare was a fun way to wrap things up. This is a series that will go on my TBR.

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