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review 2014-04-04 00:00
An Evil Eye
An Evil Eye - Jason Goodwin The cover of my edition, and the blurb on the cover do not do the book any favors. When I picked it up at the library, I was expecting something pretty silly.

Then I saw that the author's academic background and personal history make it likely that he really knows his stuff when it comes to life in 19th century Istanbul.

In the end it turned out to be a fun Agatha Christie style mystery with a main protagonist who's as laid back as Hercule Poirot, a very well created setting and ... recipes. I thought the recipes were a bit of a gimmick at first, but some of them sounded really tasty and after all, why not?
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review 2014-02-27 00:18
The Janissary Tree - Jason Goodwin

It's a good mystery in an unusual setting (Istanbul in the 1830s), with clever twists and turns and occasional flashes of brilliance in the writing. Perhaps a few too many twists, in truth, but on the whole, well worth the read.

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review 2014-02-14 02:00
The Janissary Tree
The Janissary Tree - Jason Goodwin

I'm not completely familiar with Turkey or the Ottoman Empire or books about one of them. Still, I picked this book at a bookshop, and liked the blurb. I didn't really know what to expect though...

 

But I thought it was an interesting book, I don't know how accurate the book was exactly in the way it described it, but I feel like I've found out several new things. Something I always liked. Set back in the 19th century, it of course it slightly different from the thrillers that are most common, but I really liked this for a change. Still planning on reading the second book as will, but still so many other books to read, so it is possible it will take some more time...

 

Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book.

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text 2014-02-13 02:30
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 320 pages.
The Janissary Tree - Jason Goodwin

#11 on my Reduce the TBR Challenge.

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review 2013-11-08 00:54
A plot in need of balls
The Janissary Tree - Jason Goodwin

This was in the unread pile like forever and it wasn't worth waiting for. Setting the scene is one thing, but so much time is spent on details and surroundings that the plot gets bogged down and moves at a snail's pace. By the time it got to the unnecessarily convoluted end, I cared more about the book being over than who done it. Honorable mention for originality as it's not every day you read a book with a eunuch as a lead character.

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