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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
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Aug 22, 11

Read in August, 2011

(I heard an audiobook version of this book which affects my rating.)

I love mystical adventures involving the past, but this book was a disappointment. Just before I started reading it, I caught a review headline somewhere that said it was full of clichés. I had to agree. The term "purple prose" came to mind, too. This is not really a romance, however, but you could say it was a fantasy purple prose, perhaps= This seems to be the perfect book for an airplane trip. Nothing deep or profound.

The story takes place in 12-something and in 2005. The audiobook used two readers for this, which was a very good idea. A man read the part in the past and a woman read the part in the present. However, I felt their reading was very melodramatic. Combined with the purple prose, it was a bit much.

I don't care if the idea in an adventure like this is far-fetched. (It's borderline Dan Brown.) As long as the writing is good, I'll put with a lot. With cliché-y writing and the irritating (to me) voices, the plot got a bit silly. I was curious enough to stick it out and hear the story to its melodramatic end.

I feel bad rating a book so low, but I have to be honest. It might have kept a star if I had read the book myself in print form of some kind.
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