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The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
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Oct 12, 2010

it was ok
Read from October 12 to 15, 2010

This was incredibly interesting until the very end. There were a few stylistic things that I didn't like such as the use of ellipses, which was frequent, and using Russian words or phrases then translating them directly after. Both seemed to be a way to take up more space and word counts.

There was a great deal of redundancy throughout the work which made it drag terribly at points, there was also a lot of useless information, things that didn't matter to either history or the storyline. I would have liked something with more intertwined storyline from the one being told and the true story rather than wrapping it all up in the epilogue that in all reality was not an epilogue.

I have found myself interested in this story before and wanted to read this book, if you have no interest in the history of Russia or the last tsar's family then I don't believe that I would suggest this book.

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