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Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
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Jun 22, 2010

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bookshelves: contemporary, mystery

Fifth book for the readathon.

I normally love everything that Joanne Harris writes, but I found this one a bit too predictable, and the characters a bit too much like others. 'Julian' had shades of blueeyedboy, mostly. The whole pattern of the book, too, the steady undermining forces and the final triumph, that's familiar from her other books as well. I don't think I was surprised once.

She does evoke the school environment very well, at least to the mind of someone who attended a private school. And there are some very good lines, for example, this: "At thirteen, everything counts; there are sharp edges on everything, and all of them cut."

A fun read, but not a great one, and definitely not something I'll read again.
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