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Marking Time: Cazalet Chronicles Book 2 by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Marking Time: Cazalet Chronicles Book 2 by Elizabeth Jane Howard
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2.0 out of 5 stars Marking time, 14 Feb 2014
I am a fifth of the way through having recently just finished the first volume, and I have the occasional query as to whether I will finish it.

Already, there is a lot of padding e.g past references to camps in the woods, having baths, sitting around etc and I am aware this a criticism of her final book.

For the time in which it is set, i think she could have done a lot more with this era. Yes we have Polly who always seems to be worried, and whilst it is fair to say that no one could have realised the enormity to this war, I still feel as though everything is so bland and contained.
Admittedly I am beginning to skim read and that saddens me - I can only hope that… Read more
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas
2.0 out of 5 stars The Vampire Tapestry, 11 Dec 2013
Having just finished a real classic, ie. Bram Stokers Dracula, i found myself in front of a row of similar books in a well known book shop, where the shop assistant strongly recommended this as being a 'classic' (Mem. to look up the true meaning of this word).
The story has a good opening hook and for the first 5 pages i was intrigued, however, what with the clunky sentences and utterly preposterous narrative, i soon found myself querying the merits of this book. By page 77 i had abandoned it.
I liked the premise of it being a comtemporary story, but the writing on many occasions was poor, and her description of the main character, ie the vampire, should have been compelling… Read more
Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold
Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold
Looking forward to reading this as the writer is an historian so it suggested at least something worth reading. Admittedly the book began well although it did remind me strongly of Victoria Holt who I used to love as an adolescent. However, the book soon declined into silliness. The heroine was exasperating and silly - nothing she did had any logic. I seem to remember similar plot lines with Sergeanne Angelique but Angelique was more believable. I gave up at page 237. Was tempted to skim read it to find out if she did indeed track down her man, but realised I just was not interested. Disappointing.

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