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The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
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Nov 03, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, favourites, 2009, currently-reading
read count: 2

The only reason why I hesitate giving this five stars is because I am a dunce! Seriously. At least when it comes to the period of history this book is set in, the 1540s in Scotland, because I knew absolutely nothing of it when I started and I was quite lost, quite lost, even when I enjoyed reading this very much. The wit! The intrigue! The utter perfectness of Lymond! (Though sometimes I felt like strangling him.)

I'll admit to struggling with this book at the start. It's not an easy book to get into, I guess, with all the literary references (in many languages!) and the history and language in general. This book abused my poor Concise Oxford Dictionary -- I swear I came across words I didn't know on every single page of this book. I gave up trying to look things up after page 30. But I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I hear that there's a companion to the series, and it's probably worthwhile to look it up one of these days, but probably after I finish reading the series. It's kinda fun stumbling around blind. XD
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Reading Progress

08/20 page 147
28.82% "Catching up with the re-read! Behind schedule, as usual."
08/23 page 172
33.73% "Drunken antics at the Ostrich!"
08/26 page 266
52.16% "Mary was such a charming child. And then she grew up."
08/29 page 528
100% "This book gets better with rereads -- and there are still things I need to look up!"
09/25 marked as: read
03/01 marked as: currently-reading
03/01 page 0
0.0% "Re-reading this along with the Dorothy Dunnett Book Club!

PS: This is still my favourite book."
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