This book is based about a true story about Don Julius the illegitemate son of Emperor Rudolf II Don Julius was mentally unstable and wasA misery read
This book is based about a true story about Don Julius the illegitemate son of Emperor Rudolf II Don Julius was mentally unstable and was banished to a castle. Where he got involved with a commoners daughter. In "The bloodletters daughter" she is our main character,Marketa.
Marketa is as the title states the daughter of a bloodletter,her father Pichler a transient presence in her mothers establishment a bathing house that is also a brothel.Its expected that Marketa will become a prostitute eventually. When her father brings her with him to cure the emperors bastard son Don Julius he becomes obsessed with with her. In his confused mind she is similar to the women depicted in the Voynich manuscript one of the many treasures his father has in his Collection of curiosities.
The history that this is based on is quite interesting and grisly wich I find it sad the author didnt manage to create something more memorable out of the . Also involved in the story is the enimagtic Voynich manuscript that Don Julius has an obsession with.
In 900 century Norway lives the little outcast "Raven Girl". She is skilled in medicine and fleeing from her wicked mistress up in the moThe Ravengirl
In 900 century Norway lives the little outcast "Raven Girl". She is skilled in medicine and fleeing from her wicked mistress up in the mountains.Unaware she carries on a big secret that changes her life. When her mistress gets sick, she tries to help her with herbs
I cant count all the times I took this out from the library and re-read it.The summary doesnt do justice to the scope of the story.
Besvikelse. Jag gillar historiska romancer som utspelar sig på 1700-talet och att den här boken hade som huvudkaraktär Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotta var iBesvikelse. Jag gillar historiska romancer som utspelar sig på 1700-talet och att den här boken hade som huvudkaraktär Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotta var intressant.
Synd bara att det inte är en bra bok,det krävs mer än att man försöker få läsaren att associera till Copppolas Marie Antoinette film (2006) med grafiken på omslaget och Roslin vackara porträtt av Hedwig.
Sedan är dialogen är träig och konstlad,tycket det var mycket svårt att hålla intresset uppe.
Och sedan kan jag kan förstå att författaren vill skapa atmosfär genom att involvera hygien men det blir för mycket.Ja det var smutsigt och ohygieniskt förr i tiden... Men att konstant ta upp detta blir i längden tråkigt och utjatat och man undrar om inte man kunde skurit ner på de bitarna och ägna sig mer åt handlingen och att göra karaktärerna lite mindre endimensionella.
Nu kanske någon tar och kollar in vad för andra böcker jag gillar och säger triumferande "aha du läser mycket historisk romantik inte konstigt att du inte tyckte om den-den är för realistisk"
**spoiler alert** Tito Amato and his friend Felice are returning to his place of birth,the city of Venice after finishing his training as a singer and**spoiler alert** Tito Amato and his friend Felice are returning to his place of birth,the city of Venice after finishing his training as a singer and his feelings on seeing his old home are mixed. He is different from other young men his since he is a castrato singer after an "accident" in his youth
He is welcomed by his sister with joy but his father shows him the cold shoulder and his younger sister suffers from mysterious attacks.All is not well with his family.
In contrast his career is off to a splendid start and going very well until the reigning prima donna is murdered by poison The prime suspect is his friend Felice and now he has 5 Days to prove hes innocent or the penalty will prove very harsh. read:execution.
I Went into this hoping that it would be one of those books that are so awesome it just makes you remember it and also the 18th Century is a favorite era of mine so it was all set to be that.
I did find the idea of a castrato hero intriguing and the author showed delicacy while Writing about the feelings and plight of maincharacter.People either held him in awe or disgust or in some cases showed an unhealthy interest in him because of his affliction.
At times the Writing style reminded me of the Falco series by Lindsey Davis.But while those books also have their dark moments there its relieved by some light moments and dry wit. Interrupted aria was just too bleak and I felt the mystery as it was got sidestepped in favor of going into lenghty detail of the finer points of opera and singing techniques that dragged it down.
The ending was also a downer and had me depressed because of what happened to his sister. :(...more
Actually read this a long time ago but for some reason never added this to my books.
Could be because it didnt leave a lasting impression on me. On papActually read this a long time ago but for some reason never added this to my books.
Could be because it didnt leave a lasting impression on me. On paper the plot sounds very exciting (ninjas! adventure!) but the narrative is too dry and you never manage to connect with the characters.
I never even tried to start on the other books. Not horribly bad...just simply not that interested....more