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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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Jun 23, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: couldntfinish, maybe-it-s-me
Recommended to K by: The Sefer ve-Sefel guy
Recommended for: uncritical fans of vampire stories and gothic, Victorian-esque writing

The popularity of this book's negative reviews, all of which describe things that I've already noticed in the first 50 pages, has got to tell you something. Apparently I'm not the only one who finds this book pretentious, overwritten, and extremely heavy-handed in its efforts to build suspense. Not to mention that fact that I HATE vampire stories. It's readable enough that I might have pushed myself for 2-300 pages, but 704? No way.
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06/24/2009 page 54
7.67% "Meh. I'm so not into vampires, pretentious writing, or Da Vinci Code type thrills, especially if it's going to be 700+ pages." 5 comments

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