Rigid self-control means the TBR is down to 99 – the broken-hearted sobbing that went along with rejecting so many lovely books will ease soon, I’m sure. And, as usual, the situation is NOT helped by all the great reviews around the blogosphere. I’d love to read all of this week’s shortlist, not to mention the other 6 that made it onto the longlist, but I’m sticking to just one. Probably.
So, with my usual grateful thanks to all the reviewers who’ve intrigued and inspired me over the last few weeks, here are:
Wordman says: “If I knew where to begin, I’d explore the storyline that unfolded before my very eyes, and take you inside the dark, dank abandoned mansion where David Martin pens of his own madness; I’d want you to be a part of the clandestine affairs within the shadows of Barcelona, and come face to face with Andreas Corelli who knows your innermost desires even before you know them yourself.“
Lady Fancifull says “…historical mystery, theatrical and creative gloriousness, and a pretty cast of characters assembled. AND we have an unpublished new ‘Shakespeare’ play by Robert Winder – Henry VII – not the play he has been commissioned to write at all, but something subversive and dangerous. The bulk of this stunningly enjoyable romp is the making of the play, and then we have the play itself, privately performed.“
Raven says: “What is most intriguing about the book, and accomplished by the exquisite pace of the narrative, is how a family structure can be so quickly thrown into turmoil. Daniel has withheld his homosexuality from his parents, his parents have not been entirely truthful about the happiness of their retirement, and Daniel is cast into the unenviable position of questioning which parent to believe…”
Delia says: “I enjoyed this book for the sense of adventure and the historical references. The story keeps up an engaging pace and the reader is kept guessing until the very last sentence in the book. Although one might get a feel for where the story is going, the question remains: will Eliza find her first love, and if she does what will she do? Only that last line will provide the answer…”
And the winner is…
Books Please says “I read the first in February 2013 and now a year later I’ve been just as engrossed in Crucible. I think her style of writing suits me perfectly, the characters are just right, credible well-rounded people, the plot moves along swiftly with no unnecessary digressions and it’s just full of atmosphere. I loved it.“
Lots of historical stuff this week – an area I’ve been neglecting recently. So which of these appeal to you?