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review 2017-08-17 16:25
Review of "Within the Hollow Crown" by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Within the Hollow Crown - Margaret Campbell Barnes

The subtitle for this book is "A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty and His Love."

And valiant he is. The author is setting forth a clearly heroic tale. Interesting times making potentially for a good story.  I am feeling kinda force-fed what a valiant -- if naive -- young man he is. Author doesn't need to try quite so hard.

 

Overall, a decent tale of a little covered period of history that I would have liked much better if less sappy and slanted.  And if more atmospheric of the period -- meaning some very modern viewpoints crept in, not that I had major issues with the history or historical details.

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text 2017-08-05 21:03
Reading progress: 30%.
Within the Hollow Crown - Margaret Campbell Barnes

The subtitle for this book is "A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty and His Love."

 

And valiant he is.  The author is setting forth a clearly heroic tale.  Interesting times making potentially for a good story ("His Love" has not yet entered the picture).

 

I am feeling kinda force-fed what a valiant -- if naive -- young man he is.  Author doesn't need to try quite so hard as it's distracting me from getting into Richard's character.

 

Reading for a bookclub here on booklikes; feel free to join in at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/10/more-historical-than-fiction .

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text 2017-08-05 00:46
Reading progress: 22%.
Within the Hollow Crown - Margaret Campbell Barnes

Well, author is certainly giving Richard a personality.  Early yet, so not sure how much will be history and how much imagined/projected.

 

Definitely a modern outlook where he's ahead of times in giving peasants consideration and listening to democratic ideals sort of thing.  

 

Definitely from a youthful prospective where, of course (snark), the imagination and energy and schemes of the younger set are clealry superior to the old fuddy duddies.

 

This is for a booklikes bookclub read if anyone wants to join in at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/10/more-historical-than-fiction .

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text 2017-08-04 23:00
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 333 pages.
Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love - Margaret Campbell Barnes

I just finished last month's More Historical Than Fiction book so I figured I'd follow Debbie's example and dive into this month's read since I wasn't sure what I felt like reading. I've read Chapter 1 and so far not much has happened other than giving us a glimpse of a young king who's buffeted about by everyone trying to control him and compare him to his father and grandfather.

 

Now, should I continue or take a nap?

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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.

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

 

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