As a person who loves the work of Henry James, I could not resist reading a book about his life. Though I have to say that while I will not say I didAs a person who loves the work of Henry James, I could not resist reading a book about his life. Though I have to say that while I will not say I did not enjoy this book, nor will I say that I found it to be badly written, it did have its good points, and elements to it that were interesting I will say it somehow was quite not what I expected it to be. Though I cannot say just what I did expect, there was just something that was missing for me, I did not fully connect with the story, it failed to thoroughly engage me.
A bit ironically I found that this book was rather slow moving for my tastes, and it was difficult for me to get through it. It dragged a bit at points, and was somewhat tedious. I say ironic, because I know that is how a lot of people feel about the writing of James.
One of the things which I most enjoyed about this book was the way in which the stories of James were brought into it, the author demonstrates how different experiences, and people James has known influenced and inspired his writing. It was fun to try and guess which of his stories were being alluded to at certain points in the book. ...more
A rather interesting story about 14th century Norway which interweaves old Norse myths with the influence of Christianity and portrays the life of a fA rather interesting story about 14th century Norway which interweaves old Norse myths with the influence of Christianity and portrays the life of a family struggling against the rigid religious morality which causes much suffering when their fear of sin which has been drilled into them makes if hard for them to forgive both the trespasses of others and their own. Their happiness becomes conflicted with the social and religious expectations.
The book started out a bit slow for me at first particularly considering the rather difficult names and the language of the story in which at times the characters do speak in that sort of Old English dialect, but I soon adapted to the writing style and the more I read the more drawn into the story I became. ...more
I was really looking forward to reading this book becasue I love Anne Rice, and I think she revolutionized the vampire, and I think that mummies are vI was really looking forward to reading this book becasue I love Anne Rice, and I think she revolutionized the vampire, and I think that mummies are very underappreciated monsters. They are not as sexy as vampires and werewolves, and thus are often neglected, but I myself am a fan of the mummy so I was really excited to read an Anne Rice book about mummies, but I have to say in the end I was left a bit disappointed.
There were some things of which I did rather enjoy in reading. Ramses himself was seductive, charismatic, and irresistible, and a very intriguing character. I also really enjoyed how contrast to this vampires, in this book the sun acutally acts as a healing agent, and a necessity life source for the mummies.
But I felt that the writing in the book was lacking the story was not really complex, and I felt that the characters lacked a depth of development and we are not given as strong of a portrait of thier psyche as with some of Anne Rice's other books. There was a bit of shallowness in the characters and all in all the whole thing did not seem as well thought out. The heroine of the story I found to be frustrating and for a woman who was supposed to be strong and independent at times she came across as too fragile and weak, and was far too protective of those whom did not deserve it.
The ending was also a disappointment becasue the book was written with the intention of being a part of a series which never acutally manifested. ...more