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review 2015-03-14 21:43
The Frankenstein for our generation
Will Starling: A Novel - Ian Weir

One of the best damned books I've read in years. This one has it all: the lyrical voice of a fallen angel, murder and resurrection, more historical detail than you can shake a surgeon's bloody razor at! It pulls the spirit of Frankenstein from the grave and then dances madly around in your imagination with it. If you don't like this, you must be dead inside. Which means the grave robbers will be visiting you shortly.

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text 2015-02-19 14:30
Ian Weir's Will Starling (2014)
Will Starling: A Novel - Ian Weir

"This is where the tale grows wild. We will need dark nights and thunderstorms as we proceed; howling winds, and hearts afire with unspeakable yearnings. But upon my oath and upon my soul: what I am telling you is true."

 

Whether Will Starling's version of truth will align with yours as a reader remains to be seen, but the process of determination is pure pleasure.

 

The sensory detail, the feisty characterization the engaging pace: all of these qualities made Ian Weir's novel a stand-out read for me.

 

I discuss it in detail here, alongside LInden MacIntyre's novel, Punishment.

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review 2015-01-21 01:05
Will Starling, by Ian Weir
Will Starling: A Novel - Ian Weir

Perhaps Will Starling was born to hang. He was left at a foundling hospital as an infant. Once he was old enough to strike out on his own, Will press-gangs himself into the British Army to fight Napoleon. (There was some question about whether or not the infantryman was joking or not.) Just when you think Will has landed on his feet as a surgeon's assistant in London, love and hatred pull him into a dark mystery in Ian Weir's Will Starling...

 

Read the rest of my review at Summer Reading Project.

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