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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
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Oct 30, 11

Read in January, 2011

I had to much expectation for this book and was just highly disappointed. I also think I gave her to much credit for her last and more well known novel The Historian. Her writing style is very much the same in this newer novel. Although personally I believe the author could have cut this book in half and it have been much more enjoyable. She spends too much time describing inconsequential scenery that have no benefit to the story line. The reader's attention wanders, gets distracted or uninterested in her writing multiple times per page while reading. This is not well thought out writing. I remember pushing myself through the first one even though I remember thoroughly enjoying it at the time and also greatly loving the characters. In her newer novel I actually ended up hating her main character for his sexual infatuation with all the women he meets. For the Historian, I think I mainly enjoyed it for its character's extensive travel as the story progressed. Which in this new novel is over looked. I believe this book had a lot of potential if she had added a bit of the paranormal like she did in her first novel, I kept waiting and wishing for a twist to appear, for the veil to be unveiled. But like her first book after 800 pages of diligent and dedicated reading you are disappointed with a mediocrely pieced together 5 paged conclusion. Read the Historian if you must. This novel however is only slightly above terrible due to its correspondence between to lovers which are the only two characters in this novel that are able to grow slightly attached to and not completely disdain. But don't go into this novel with to much expectation, better yet none at all otherwise you will only find yourself aggravated and highly disappointed as well.

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message 1: by Steve (new)

Steve Blanchette I am sorry you didn't enjoy this more but glad you filtered it for me! I think I will pass now.

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