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Flashy loses his "joie de vivre",
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This review is from: Flashman and the Tiger: And Other Extracts from the Flashman Papers (The Flashman Papers, Book 11) (Hardcover)
I hate to sound a dissenting note, but I have to say that I feel that this is the most disappointing "Flashman" so far. The storylines are basically carried by the research, and the zest and even malice that were such refreshing features of the earlier books have largely gone. Another irritating point is the constant reference back to previous books in the series throughout the first section of this book, almost on a rota basis. Finally, there are several inconsistencies with some of the previous books (EG: Rudi von Starnberg has changed from being a Hungarian in "Royal Flash" to a Prussian in this book). I regret to say that this book feels like the author is going through the motions, and if any potential new Flashman readers are out there they would be better advised to start off with one of the four or five earliest books in the series, which were truly excellent.