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message 1: by Kimberly (last edited Dec 18, 2018 02:46PM) (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman

The Geographer's Library, Jon Fasman

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#133

In the Spring of 1154, King Roger II of Sicily, sent his esteemed geographer (and Alchemist) on a trip to map more of the world. The King then proceeded to take over the Geographer's Castle, but before the King could actually arrive a very stupid/arrogant young thief pillaged the Geographer's Library of sixteen very valuable pieces.

The young thief returned home, only to be shunned for his stupidity & the extreme danger he brought onto the family (very highly respected thieves).. He disappeared, trading all but 1 piece of stolen property for safe passage to freedom.... Little did he know his days were numbered.

Through the centuries the 16 pieces scattered and all those who had possession of them eventually mysteriously died....

Current day: a tenured Professor who is not whom he seemed has mysteriously died, the Coroner who was working on the autopsy has been rundown by a car (hit-and-run)..

So begins the investigation of the Professor's secrets by a young alumni & reporter, whose investigation put him & others into mortal danger as well.

Sound GREAT, right? No, boring, boring as hell & the investigative reporter (narrator) is a dud. The book is slow and the characters are dull.

The most interesting thing about the book was the description & history of each of the 16 pieces at the end of each chapter.


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KateNZ | 2211 comments Drat - this should have been really interesting. Another option if you’re interested in the period is ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ which I read a couple of months back. It was miles better. It’s a modern day/parallel historical story format too - the historical story features a fictional girl (disguised as a boy) who apprentices to al Idrisi (King Roger’s geographer). So you learn a lot about al Idrisi’s travels and map-making. The modern story is about a girl who gets caught up in the Syrian refugee crisis. It’s a little relentless on the emotions but is beautifully written.


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Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments KateNZ wrote: "Drat - this should have been really interesting. Another option if you’re interested in the period is ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ which I read a couple of months back. It was miles better. It’s a m..."

Thanks....


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