Please take this into account and send me more books for free please!! A whole lot of my friends here on Goodreads. I have many problems with the book. In the middle of these two groups there will be a bunch of pictures of things I like better than this book, and following those pictures there will be spoilers. Just a warning. I imagine the meeting sounding something like this.
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Please take this into account and send me more books for free please!! A whole lot of my friends here on Goodreads. I have many problems with the book. In the middle of these two groups there will be a bunch of pictures of things I like better than this book, and following those pictures there will be spoilers. Just a warning. I imagine the meeting sounding something like this. But I know that the marketing people had their hand on this one.
Gripe one: The super short chapters. Short chapters are fine, but when you start noticing chapters just stop for no reason over and over again in the middle of a narrative, you realize that something is going on here.
This annoyed me. Why not show the reader this at least once in the book, instead of just returning to this phrase anytime one might forget that this sad-sack is supposed to be a man of talent. Kostova must love some of her words. Noses are transparent. Hands are transparent. Find another word. Transparent means "allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.
The skin could be described as translucent, compared to onion skin parchment or thin vellum, but not as transparent. If she had used this description once it would have been fine, but since it was used to describe every single elderly character in someway I started to get really irked at the lazy use of language.
And this leads to To be fair there are two distinct voices in the book, one for any first person character in the present day, and one for any letter being written in the 19th century; but every voice in their respective eras sounds exactly alike. Is a young women or an elderly man writing this letter? Who can tell except for the salutations. Other similar annoyances on this general idea are having characters say and think things that are just not appropriate for what that particular type of person would say or think.
One would think that a page book would be rich with description, but one would be wrong. I think a couple of hundred pages of this book might be taken up with dead space because of the abrupt chapter splices and requisite third of an empty page at the start of each chapter.
Now for an intermission of baby animal pictures. Baby Chinchillas:.
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
Share via Email Where do you go next when your first novel turns out to be the fastest-selling debut in American literary history? That was the challenge facing Elizabeth Kostova after The Historian sold 2 million copies in hardback, knocked The Da Vinci Code off the top of the of the New York Times bestseller list and went on to be translated into 44 languages. A clever, if somewhat soapy, retelling of the Dracula myth, The Historian flattered its readers with its aura of academic seriousness and set the stage for the current wave of vampire chic. The set-up is intriguing. An acclaimed artist, Robert Oliver, has been arrested for attacking a painting in the National Gallery in Washington DC, a version of the myth of Leda, the Queen of Sparta, in which Zeus took on the form of a swan to rape her. Oliver is committed to an upmarket private institution where he comes under the care of Dr Andrew Marlow, himself an aspiring painter, who is especially good at working with difficult and creative patients. Marlow is said to be able to "get a stone to talk", but he only manages to elicit a few initial words from Oliver, who then goes completely silent.
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