This is one of the laziest and preachiest books I’ve read. It wouldn’t be so bad if Patterson seem to make an effort, but it really feels more like a Mad Lib where he’s taking one of his favorite political messages and has thrown some of his characters and it just to get people to read about it. New characters are flat. Old characters are weakly written and poorly developed. The plot? Well he jumps around the idea of a plot, but considering the fact that this is a person with dozens of books on the New York Times bestseller […]
Fia is her best character yet. Will be reading the sequel. Happy to support Kiersten White!
I am of mixed feelings about The Queen’s Fool. I found the characters to be inconsistent and weak, but even as I say that, I feel as though I am being unfair to the author – I am not learned on Tudor England, and perhaps the view she offers is realistic. Nonetheless, I found all the main characters a bit pathetic, which led to a lot of skimming and page turning. The book, much like a plot in an English court, requires patience and waiting for things to move along, as they do at their own very slow pace. The […]
Where I loved The Constant Princess, it took me a little while to get into The Boleyn Inheritance. Part of my problem with this was the separation of narrative – I was immediately drawn to three different characters, none of whom I found immediately interesting. It was not until about halfway through the book, after Kitty Howard was already on the throne, that I began to care in the least about Anne of Cleves, whose fight to survive entrapped me, and I knew already Kitty’s fate (even though I have not thoroughly studied the Tudor dynasty, there was really only […]
I’m still wrapping my head around this book. It’s very detailed, incredibly well-researched. I’m impressed. It’s not the type of book where you feel good walking away from. The ending didn’t feel like an ending, more like an ending interrupted, but I think that is exactly what the writer (Marisha Pessl) intended. In that way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the ending. The reader is left thinking and wondering. We can fill in the blanks for ourselves. In some ways, it was difficult to read this book just because it was set up like an incredibly long MLA essay. […]