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text 2019-03-27 20:38
Seven Books I Need to F^(*!ng Finish Already
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
The Eight - Katherine Neville
The Alchemaster's Apprentice (Zamonia, #5) - Walter Moers,John Brownjohn
Brittle Innings - Michael Bishop
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

I am not ADHD or anything, but I sometimes see a shiny before I finish a book, even ones I like, and don't get back to it. Happens to most readers, I think. So here are a few, some I first opened years ago. All novels this time out, because collections and anthologies can be returned to at any time without issue (except reviewing).

 

1. Name of The Rose, Umberto Eco

 

This is ridiculous. I've been reading it, off and on, for about five years. It's long, dense, and translated, mostly. There are still chunks of Latin, as well as religious jargon and lore. But the prose is gorgeous, and the combination of books, monastic life, and murder keep bringing me back.

 

2. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry

 

There aren't a lot of 1,000 page Westerns out there, and this is probably the only one to ever win a Pulitzer. Beautifully written without being showy, but it takes a good while to get going. Still, I miss the characters.

 

3. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

 

Okay, a lot of these are doorstops, and this is another with seriously dense, intricate prose. The Victorian England setting also ensures many of the well-to-do characters are stuffy and dry. Still, the magic theory and use of Faery, along with Norrell's cantankerousness, are big draws for me.

 

4. The Eight, Katherine Neville

 

Chess, computer programming, and DNA are the cornerstones of this one, and it is fascinating. The characters are a little dull sometimes, and there are some doldrums that set in, but the story is intriguing enough that I need to find my way back.

 

5. The Alchemaster's Apprentice, Walter Moers

 

One of Moers's Zamonia novels, this one about a cat-like creature being fattened up for it's magical lard by an evil genius and learning alchemy while trying to escape. Fun, but a little too cutesy sometimes. Still, the flat-out weirdness and nifty lead, as well as my love for the author, keep scratching at the back of my brain.

 

6. Brittle Innings, Michael Bishop

 

SF/Horror with a golem, kinda, playing baseball in the Forties. He is, of course, a power hitter, but also a great fielder. It sounds perfect for me, yeah? The rub comes from the ineffectual narrator and rape as a major plot point. I tend to avoid that. But the core concept is still awesome.

 

7. The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson

 

This is a different kind of thing. The book is second in a popular series, and quite good. The magic systems are deep, the story clever and twisty, and the characters are almost all engaging. I didn't stop because of the book itself, or even because of a shiny. It's because I saw Sanderson in an interview and disliked him terribly. A pompous, superior and mean-spirited if that hour was anything to go by. Still, I believe you should separate the art from the artist in most cases. He hasn't done anything to except him from that, and I didn't stop reading Harlan Ellison or Piers Anthony because they were jerks, and the books really good, so I need to just get over it.

 

That's the list. What books are crying out for you to come back?

Bye!

 

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text 2018-05-17 16:44
The Eight by Katherine Neville $1.13 Wonderful!
The Eight - Katherine Neville

 A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.
 
Two hundred years later, while on assignment in Algeria, computer expert Catherine Velis finds herself drawn unwillingly into the deadly “Game” still swirling around the legendary chess set—a game that will require her to risk her life and match wits with diabolical forces.
 

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review 2018-03-02 11:37
Actiescènes door de eeuwen heen
De Acht - Katherine Neville,Marjolein van Velzen

Volgens sommige reviews was dit boek met The DaVinci Code te vergelijken. Daarom verwachtte ik niet veel - een boek dat leest als een trein maar niet veel meer. Mooie verrassing. Het was een episch verhaal. De helft ervan vindt in het verleden plaats, met name in Parijs in de tijd van de Franse Revolutie. Een heel bloedige, gevaarlijke tijd, en het verhaal is vol met bekende mensen uit de geschiedenis zoals Napoleon en Robespierre.

 

De andere helft vindt voornamelijk plaats in Algeriije in de jaren zeventig. De hoofdpersonen in deze helft zijn twee Amerikaansen - een is een computerexpert en de andere een schaakster. Alle hoofdpersonen in de roman zijn vrouwen en dit is echt verfrissend. Ook in de actiescènes staan de vrouwelijke personages in het midden van de actie.

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text 2017-08-13 17:24
The Eight by Katherine Neville $1.99!
The Eight by Katherine Neville (2009-04-30) - Katherine Neville;

A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.
 
Two hundred years later, while on assignment in Algeria, computer expert Catherine Velis finds herself drawn unwillingly into the deadly “Game” still swirling around the legendary chess set—a game that will require her to risk her life and match wits with diabolical forces.
 

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text 2016-12-06 00:13
The Eight by Katherine Neville $1.99
The Eight - Katherine Neville

A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.
 
Two hundred years later, while on assignment in Algeria, computer expert Catherine Velis finds herself drawn unwillingly into the deadly “Game” still swirling around the legendary chess set—a game that will require her to risk her life and match wits with diabolical forces.
 

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