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Michael Irwin

Auteur van The Skull and the Nightingale

13+ Werken 145 Leden 13 Besprekingen

Werken van Michael Irwin

The Skull and the Nightingale (2013) 108 exemplaren, 11 besprekingen
Bears in My Bed (2000) 15 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Cathedrals Of College Football (1999) 4 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Striker (1985) 3 exemplaren
My Life Began at Forty (2017) 1 exemplaar

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Deze bespreking is geschreven voor LibraryThing Vroege Recensenten.
I received this from LibraryThing as a free advanced copy from the publisher, William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Unfortunately, I cannot praise this one as highly as I have others.

To begin, I'd like to point out that Goodreads should update the book information. The paperback copy is 404 pages long, not the 360-some it says.

As for the book itself, I was incredibly disappointed. It took almost 300 pages for anything interesting to happen, and the ending was unsatisfactory to say the least. It left the reader slightly dumbfounded, but not in a way that one would wish. Very few characters are multi-dimensional, with most failing to rise from the page. The whole story was dark, but not in a Poe or Gothic sort of way, it was just... dark. Perhaps, unnecessarily so.

In short, I would not recommend this. Normally, I keep my first read books on principal, but I don't think I even want anyone stumbling across this among my piles and shelves if/when they look for something to read.
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cebellol | 10 andere besprekingen | Nov 27, 2014 |
I received this from LibraryThing as a free advanced copy from the publisher, William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. Unfortunately, I cannot praise this one as highly as I have others.

To begin, I'd like to point out that Goodreads should update the book information. The paperback copy is 404 pages long, not the 360-some it says.

As for the book itself, I was incredibly disappointed. It took almost 300 pages for anything interesting to happen, and the ending was unsatisfactory to say the least. It left the reader slightly dumbfounded, but not in a way that one would wish. Very few characters are multi-dimensional, with most failing to rise from the page. The whole story was dark, but not in a Poe or Gothic sort of way, it was just... dark. Perhaps, unnecessarily so.

In short, I would not recommend this. Normally, I keep my first read books on principal, but I don't think I even want anyone stumbling across this among my piles and shelves if/when they look for something to read.
… (meer)
 
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cebellol | 10 andere besprekingen | Nov 27, 2014 |
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The Skull and the Nightingale by Michael Irwin captures 18th century England through a dark yet intriguing lens. So like The Crimson Petal and The White this novel holds no bars in portraying graphic stories without possibility of being mistaken for a Dickensian morality tale. As a result, there are few likable characters and little if no room for empathy. Still, there is a rather unique twist surrounding the bargain made between James Gilbert and his godson Richard Fenwick that helps keep the pages turning. To fans of historical fiction I say this book, so well written, may lead you down a lascivious path you may not want to wander. For myself, I will look forward to reading another Irwin novel if maybe next time he lighten things up a little.… (meer)
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Travis1259 | 10 andere besprekingen | Nov 22, 2014 |
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A very slow start that picks up toward the middle but never quite makes up for its sluggishness. This is impeccably researched and fans of historical fiction -- especially London in the 18th century -- will appreciate how incredibly accurate and detailed the novel is. It has a very authentic feel. Unfortunately, this is outweighed by cons: no compelling stakes for the narrator, no in-depth analysis of his benefactor's cruelty, no takeaway for the reader.

Recommended only for those who love this time period.… (meer)
 
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sparemethecensor | 10 andere besprekingen | Nov 21, 2014 |

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Werken
13
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2
Leden
145
Populariteit
#142,479
Waardering
3.8
Besprekingen
13
ISBNs
22
Talen
2

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