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The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie
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Jul 28, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: historic-fiction, 1899-inn-library, 1899-inn-trading-library
Read from July 28 to 31, 2011

I really wanted to like this book. As a rule, I'm fond of anything that has to do with conspiracy theories, history, grails, Shakespeare, and labyrinths. I tried really hard to like it. I gave it every benefit of the doubt, but... I just couldn't like it. The characters were very shallow. None of them had any personality, other than being "very good people." Even their flaws were written off as aspects of their goodness, like saying "I pay too much attention to detail" when asked to talk about your weaknesses at a job interview. The love story plotline was a little bit creepy, what with the heart thing, and cellular memory. The bad guys were not very scary. Who kidnaps someone then just gives her back? My biggest gripe, however, is that half the story was composed of characters sitting around *talking* about stuff, much of which didn't make sense (unless you read and studied and pondered the supplemental materials provided with the book - and who did that? I'm considering putting the puzzle together, but I'm sure not reading the gobbledygook on the back). When the book finished, I wasn't altogether sure what had happened, what mystery had been solved, and what conspiracy uncovered. It gets two stars instead of one, though, because there WAS conspiracy theories, history, grails, Shakespeare and labyrinths. So at least there's that...
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