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Pierre Lemaitre: Robe de Marié

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  • Author:  Pierre Lemaitre
  • Genre:  psychological thriller
  • Title: Robe de Marié ( reference pg 266)
  • Published: 2009
  • Table of Contents:   4 parts,    pp. 314
  • Publisher: Livre de Poche 
  • Language: French
  • Dedication: Pour Pascaline, évidemment sans qui rien de tout ça…
  • Setting: Paris
  • Timeline 2000 – 2004
  • Theme: revenge
  • Trivia: Prix du polar francophone de  Montigny-lès-Cormeilles, 2009
  • Trivia: Prix Sang d’encre et Prix des lecteurs Goutte de Sang d’encre, Vienne, 2009
  • Trivia: Prix des lectrices Confidentielles, 2009

Introduction:

The book is divided into 4 parts:

  • Sophie (May 2002 – January 2004)
    • The reader gets very little information about Sophie.
    • Yet Lemaitre mentions some traumatic experiences in her past…
    • that could effect Sophie’s state of mind.
    • Sophie is constantly looking to see what time it is.
    • Compulsive-obsessive?
    • Lemaitre inserts ‘snippet sentences’ to reveal Sophie’s  mood:
    • Seule. Facile à dire. Vertige. Réflexe magique. Envie de vomir.
  • Frantz:  May 2000 – January 2004
  • Frantz and Sophie:  January 2004 – June 2004
  • Sophie and Frantz:  July 2004

Narrator:

  • Robe de Marié is not plot driven.
  • Instead it concentrates on  Sophie’s internal dialogue.
  • The reader follows her thoughts and feelings.
  • Sophie’s  erratic behaviour reveals her unstable mental state.
  • This makes her an unreliable narrator and we question if she is telling the truth!
  • In conversations  Sophie…
  • ” inventé une nouvelle vie’ (pg 52);  “s’ improvise des relations ” (pg 55)
  • The problem is clear.
  • People are dying all around Sophie when she ‘blacks out’.
  • Is she insane or only dreaming?

Strong point:  strong structure helps and surprises  the confused reader!

  • I feel lost in the story.
  • But Lemaitre’s writing style helped me.
  • He makes the characters actions easily recognizable.
  • I counted at least 21-25 x ‘elle‘ on one page to reveal Sophie’s every move.
  • The author puts ‘elle’ (main character) as the subject of the sentence.
  • The ‘strong action’ verb follows directly.
  • This sounds elementary but was an important factor.
  • It helped me keep reading despite my confusion.
  • Short, clear French sentences were easy to process.

Strong point:  sensory images

  • the use of the sense (touch,smell, taste, sound, body position) to stimulate one’s imagination:
  • his head hanging between his knees (pg 22)
  • child’s face feels like marble (pg 23)
  • the oder of vomit makes her heart heave (pg 23)
  • her foot slips on the pool of blood seeping across the floor (pg 60)
  • she is calm, opens the door gently (pg 89)
  • using  a dream, dizziness, loss of hearing, vertigo
  • …to indicate Sophie’s change of mood.

Strong point: irony

  • Dramatic irony is at its best!
  • Lemaitre makes sure the ONLY person who knows who the killer is…
  • is paralyzed and cannot speak.

Motif: window ( mentioned 67x)

  • Characters are constantly connected to a ‘window’.
  • They pace back and forth in darkened rooms.
  • Opening the window could comfort them (light)
  • …or let the danger inside.
  • It is an escape route to freedom.
  • It is the last solution… jumping to their death.

Conclusion:

  • Lemaitre is truly a ‘master storyteller’ !
  • Why has this book not been translated into English?
  • I rarely read all the books by one author but Lemaitre is the exception.

Last thoughts:

  • I was stunned by the twists and turns in this book
  • After reading part 2 I had to re-read part 1 to see how many clues I missed!!
  • I cannot say anything more about the plot….but I was so surprised!
  • The characters are hiding their shadow side and suffer from mental and physical abuse.
  • The suspense and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat!
  • I highly recommend Robe de Marié.
  • It is an easy French read and a page turner!
  • I am amazed how much I enjoy my ‘Crime Fiction Adventure‘ !

Score: 5

 

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Characters: Part 1

  • Sophie Duguet née Auverney – 28 yr
  • Patrick Auverney (father, retired architect)
  • Catherine Auverney (mother, arts) died February 2000
  • Mme Gervais (employer)
  • M. Gervais (employer)
  • Léo Gervais – 6 yr
  • Vincent Duguet (husband) 31 yr
  • M. Musain (bank employée)
  • Dr. Brevet (therapist)
  • Mme. Duguet (Sophie’s mother-in -law)
  • Veronique Fabre  32 yr (aquaintance)
  • Jaques Brusset – Veronique’s friend
  • Jeanne – waitress at fast food restaurant
  • Myriam Desclées – cocotte
  • Manager fast food restaurant (no name)
  • Marianne LeBlanc

Characters: Part 2

  • Sophie Duguet
  • Vincent Duguet
  • Frantz
  • Lionel Chalvin
  • bignole – concierge argot Parisian
  • René Bahorel – (farmer)
  • Valérie Jourdain – Sophie’s good friend
  • Andrée – Sophie’s colleague at the realtor’s office
  • Dr. Brevet
  • Penchenat – colleague at realtor’s office – alcoholic
  • Laure Dufresne – Sophie’s  neighbor in country village

Characters: Part 3

  • Sophie
  • Frantz  (Sergent-chief Berg)
  • Jenny – nurse in hospital
  • Jondrette – suspicious policeman
  • Valérie Jourdain
  • Patrick Auverney

Characters: Part 4

  • Sophie
  • Sarah Berg
  • Frantz
  • Jondrette
  • Patrick Auverney

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Irène (Travail Soigné)

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  • Author:  Pierre Lemaitre
  • Genre:  crime fiction novel
  • Title: Irène
  • Published: 2006
  • Table of Contents:   2 parts,    pp. 407
  • Publisher: Albin Michel 
  • Language: French (Travail Soigné)
  • Dedication: à Pascaline et à mon père
  • Setting: Paris
  • Timeline:  07 April – 24 April 2003;  epilogue: 26 April 2004

Story:

  • This is the first book in the Verhoeven trilogy.
  • We meet Camille Verhoeven.
  • 50 + yrs, 1 meter 45 cm, balding and head of homicide in Paris police force.
  • He must investigate a gruesome crime scene.
  • He stumbles on to a ‘parallel with other cold cases’.
  • I will say no more about this novel because the plot is intriguing!
  • There is  violence and horror without limit. (very graphic)
  • I have no particular taste for gore, but this novel proved to be utterly mesmerizing.

Strong point:

  • The book is an homage to literature especially thrillers and ‘romans noirs’.
  • Lemaitre has read many crime fiction books to accumulate a databank of information.
  • Instructive!
  • I will start reading Eugène Sue and Gaston Leroux as my next French detective writers!

Strong point:

  • The book is divided into 2  unequal parts
  • 13 – 357 pg: Verhoeven dissects each character, crime scene  and that kept me reading.
  • I tried to understand the evidence and find parallels, but need more ‘sleuthing’ practice.
  • 361 – 407 pg = the reader gets a ‘virtual’ slap in the face!
  • Very original!

Conclusion:

  • After having read all three book in the Verhoeven trilogy I have come to like Camille.
  • He is not one who investigates with ‘cold’ knowledge, like Smiley in the Le Carré spy thrillers.
  • He uses his ‘warm’ knowledge.
  • He let’s his decisions be influenced by intuition.
  • “Vous n’êtes pas un homme têtu [stubborn] vous avez quelques rigidités.
  • Vous croyez fermement â vos intuitions.” (page 377)
  • Last thoughts:
  • I did not read the books in the correct order.
  • Nr 2: Alex – Nr 3: Camille – Nr 1: Irène (Travail Soigné)
  • This did not ruin the storyline….I just considered nr 1 as a ‘flashback’.
  • The book filled in the gaps that  I was missing.
  • This book is the strongest of the three!
  • I find it so difficult to review Crime Fiction.
  • I have so much to say.
  • But do not want to spoil the book by revealing any  information.
  • Just know….I would recommend the book.
  • But you must have a strong stomach.
  • I read it in French, there was nothing lost in translation.
  • I am exhausted…so much white-knuckle  suspense!

 Score:  5

Twitter thoughts:

  • 35 more pages to read ‘Travail Soigné’ Toe curling suspense…
  • I can’t stop reading…it is going to be a late night
  • #CrimeFictionIsTheBest
  • Tried to finish crime fiction (Travail Soigné)
  • At 0100 hrs French words swirled on the pages.
  • Now I have to run 5 km. Tired before I start.
  • #NeedExpresso

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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

What I talk about when I talk about running

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  • Author:  H. Murakami
  • Genre:  memoir
  • Title: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • Published: 2009
  • Table of contents: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books

Introduction:

  • In 1982 Haruki Murakami sold his jazz club to devote himself entirely to writing.
  • He also began running to maintain his fitness.
  • A year later he ran from Athens to Marathon, Greece.
  • In this book, after dozens of races and triathlons…..
  • …he examines the influence that sport has had on his life and his work.
  • He gives the reader a glimpse into his most personal decisions.
  • He decided to become a writer.
  • He decided to become a long-distance runner.

Conclusion

  • After reading French all day….this was my comfort read at night.
  • Weak point: …the book is too short!
  • I could have read 30 more chapters written by Murakami.
  • Murakami’s relation to running and life has inspired me to start a daily 5 km run.
  • But what is his secret? Yes, he is a skilled writer but…
  • How can he write so I just hang on his every word?
  • Strong point: Murakami’s forte is that he makes his story so very  personal.
  • He’s  not self-edifying…urging us all to get out and exercise.
  • No, he simply tells exactly what he feels and it is very moving.
  • We learn how his running and writing work together to produce his extraordinary books!

Last thoughts:

  • I closed the book and wanted to start reading it again.
  • I have never felt like that about a book.
  • At times I stopped and said to myself: “I feel exactly the same.”
  • Murakami talks to his body like machine….a  car.
  • Trying to go up a slope with the parking break still on.
  • Feeling like his body is falling apart…out of oil, bolts coming loose, grinding gears.
  • He sees the world as I do when I run.
  • …”my whole world consists of 3 yards ahead, nothing beyond”.
  • If you run or not…..this book is truly a  #MustRead.

Feedback:  response to a comment  made by Marina Sofia at Finding Time To Write:

  • As a runner I could relate to Murakami’s story:
  • The moments when I have felt exhaustion, pain and still
  • …found something that pushed me until I reached the finish line.
  • Murakami described what an honor it is to grow old
  • ” as long as Iive I will always find something new about myself.”
  • The author is very honest about his stubborn character.
  • ” I have carried this character like an old suitcase, down a long and dusty path.
  • I’ve carried it with me because there was nothing else I was supposed to carry.
  • Still I guess I’ve grown attached to it.”
  • My running mantra? ” Start slowly…and do it for your…brain!”

Feedback: response to a comment made by Claire at Word by Word:

  • Runner or not...
  • I was impressed by Murakami’s…
  • determination to do what is necessary and accept what is inevitable.
  • Sometimes I just stare into Murakami’s eyes (foto) and…
  • I am deeply touched by the man’s thoughts all over again!
  • Thanks so much for you comments… :)

Last page:

Here is Murakami’s message he wants carved on his gravestone:

Haruki Murakami

1949 – 20**

Writer (and Runner)

“At Least He Never Walked”

 Score:  5

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Spark

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  • Author: J. J. Ratey MD  with E. Hagerman
  • Genre:  non-fiction
  • Title: Spark
  • Published: 2009
  • Table of contents: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus

Introduction:

  • Exercise not only keeps our body but also our mind in shape.
  • That is growing evidence from scientific research.
  • Forget the fish oil and sudoku…it’s exercise that makes you smarter!
  • This book is a passionate plea to get people to…
  • adapt  to a  ‘Just Do it’-  mentality.
  • Fact: physical inactivity is 4th most common cause of death.
  • 30 minutes is not too much to ask for a healthy brain, is it?

Conclusion:

  • This book is very readable and inspirational!
  • The author has found a good balance between
  • …scientific information and case histories to support his conclusions.
  • Ratey has written how aerobic execise increases BDNF.
  • This substance and other factors force the brain to bloom (neurogenesis).
  • The stress of exercise is predictable.  It can be hard work.
  • But with regular physical activity you gain self-confidence.
  • You increase your abiity to manage stress.
  • You can deal with the stressoren in life!
  • You can ‘snap out of it’, so to speak.
  • Last Thoughts:
  • If I did not get outside for a daily 30 minute run…I would  sit and read ALL day.
  • Before I found this book my inspiration was…. Haruki Murakami.
  • He said: “…if I did not get out and run every day I would be an alcoholic.”
  • Running cools his nerves,
  • Murakami needs imagination, intelligence and focus.
  • But to maintain these qualities he never negelects his physical activity routine.
  • Reading and writing blogposts sometimes leave me feeling exhausted.
  • Running just 30 minutes a day is all I need to keep me sharp and alert!
  • Next book? What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Murakami)!
  • Want to keep a healthy brain and reduce stress? 
  • Pump up your heart rate!

Score: 5

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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Teatro Olimpico Shortlisted Libris Prize 2015

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  • Author:  Kees ‘t Hart
  • Genre:  Picaresque novel
  • Title:  Teatro Olimpico
  • Published: 2015
  • Table of contents: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Querido
  • Language: Dutch
  • Timeline:  August 2012 – April 2013
  • Setting: The Hague, The Netherlands – Venice, Italy
  • Trivia:   Teatro Olimpico  is nominated for Dutch  Libris Prize 2015.

Story:

  • Two theater producers are invited to stage a play in the famous Teatro Olimpico in Venice.
  • It will there be performed  during a festival around Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
  • How did they get money for the production ?
  • How do they transport the intricate decor Hague to Venice ?
  • They plunge into the complex world of Italian directors, actors and lenders.

Conclusion:

  • This was a whirlwind of a book.
  • I felt like I was reading in circles.
  • After 50 pages I started to see  the language patterns Kees ‘t Hart was using.
  • The feeling of dizziness and  vertigo was due to his repetion of words over and over in the paragraphs.
  • Strong point: Kees ‘t Hart is a word virtuoso and kept me guessing and entertained.
  • Strong point: the story is written as a language lover’s ultimate puzzle!
  • Find the aphorims!
  • I counted at LEAST  141  sayings, proverbs, adages and axioms!
  • Weak point: if you don’t know much about Rousseau or theater productions…
  • … then there is the chance you would  abandon the book.
  • Teatro Olimpico demands some commitment.
  • Weak point:  there were so many Italian names…it made my head spin.
  • Last thoughts:
  • This is a humorous novel in which the  main characters  narrate their
  • ….misadventures and escapades while they try to get their play produced.
  • They are  constantly asking themselves:
  • What have we gotten ourselves into?
  • I did the same thing…. but  I kept reading.
  • My reward was a very funny book! 
  • Good luck to Kees ‘t Hart  during the  Libris Prize 2015  announcement on May 11th.

Score: 3

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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Roxy Shortlisted Libris Prize 2015

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  • Author:  Esther Gerritsen
  • Genre: novel
  • Title:  Roxy
  • Published: 2014
  • Table of contents: 213 pages
  • Publisher: De Geus
  • Cover:  explanation is in review ( see below)
  • Language: Dutch
  • Timeline: 3 weeks  (estimation)
  • Setting: The Netherlands – France
  • Theme:  bereavement – search for lost identity
  • Trivia:   Roxy  is nominated for Dutch  Libris Prize 2015.

Story:

  • Roxy (upper middle class) is a succesful writer and married to a wealthy man, Arthur.
  • Her husband and his mistress are killed in a car accident.
  • Roxy is left to care for her  3 yr old daughter.
  • Her parents (working class) come to help her during the first difficult weeks.
  • Jane (husband’s assistant) and Feike (babysitter) join Roxy.
  • Together they go on a road trip.
  • Roxy needs a change of scenery.
  • She must come to terms with her new situation.

Characters:

  • Roxy – plays many roles: daughter, wife, mother, author.
  • She realizes after her husband’s death life becomes a serious drama.
  • Jane – Arthur’s assistant –  makes sure everything runs smoothly
  • everything is there that is needed…before and  after Arthur’s death.
  • Feike – babysitter, sounding board for Roxy – listens and responds with comments,
  • She provides perspective not otherwise available for Roxy.
  • Roxy’s father:  working class truck driver  –  he is Roxy’s  guiding light.

Characterization through gestures:

  • Roxy: uses her daughter as a shield: hugs tightly, refuses to release her to babysitter
  • Roxy: a desire to pass pain on to anyone or anything who is more helpless than she is.
  • = herd of sheep she encounters during the road trip.
  • Mother (drinking problem)
  • 1st bottle of wine:  She  mumbles: “Oh, yes… mmm”.
  • 2nd bottle of wine  She only nods.
  • 3rd bottle of wine:  All you can see now is a vague smile.

Strong point:  First chapter

  • Roxy is confronted with the news that her husband has suddenly died.
  • In a few paragraphs Gerritsen reveals  Roxy’s
  • …circumstances, work, family, daughter, the history of her marriage.
  • But the reader still has questions.

Strong point:

  • Internal dialogue in which Roxy tells us her flaws:
  • lying, lack of hospitality (wants people to leave quickly)
  • Gerritsen uses ‘pathos’ to  stir the readers emotions.
  • Roxy is looking for the right moment  to tell her 3 yr daughter that her father is dead:
  • “..the message wiil have to wait until her daughter wakes up.
  • Louise will have just one morë one  night with a father.”

Rich life  vs  simple life:

  • Roxy could not adust to the ‘rich’ life she married into.
  • She came from a simple  working class family.
  • Gerritsen uses objects to illustrate this point:
  • Rich:
  • expresso machine, expensive child’s pjyama’s with little anchor buttons
  • Simple:
  • cheap coffee maker – flower-print nightgown –  smurf pjyama’s with plastic buttons.
  • Roxy wants her simple life back.

Motif:   images used to comprehend the writer’s  underlying messages

  • Underwater:
  • Air is all around Roxy yet she cannot breath.
  • Thoughts are filling her mind and suddenly she is underwater.
  • No one can see your tears underwater.
  • Free fall:
  • The downward acceleration that Roxy feels during her 10 year marriage

Strong point:  details

  • We live in details.
  • Cops never ask for general descriptions…but the details.
  • Gerritsen has  chosen details that reveal status (social; economic).
  • The result is taut piece of storytelling.
    • Cheap wrap-around flower-print dressFeike’s backround
    • = unsophisticated, middle class
    • Gold Nissan truck Roxy’s backround
    • =  father is driver, blue-collar worker
    • Photo in gossip magazines – Arthur at premières with friends
    • Roxy’s status in relationship with Arthur – she is not visible.
  • Book cover and book quote:
    • The foto of sheep is an important connection to the story of Ajax.
    • Quote: is from  Aias (Sophocles c. 450 B.C.)  Ajax
    • Gerritsen uses  the story of Ajax to illustrate Roxy’s character.
    • Ajax: arrogant, proud and refuses the help of the  gods.
    • Roxy: when she hears the details of husband’s death
    • = “her arrogant look dissoves into that of a fool”. (pg 30)
    • Roxy: refuses help from strangers (Feike, Jane) (pg 38)
    • Roxy  hears the police telling her:
    • =  “You should call someone” …but she lies and calls no one. (ch 1)

     Symbol – House:

    • A house ususally is a place of love an comfort.
    • It grows and changes with the owner.
    • Roxy’s house seems unfamiliar.
    • She has always been just a visitor.
    • The house feels strange now.. (pg 12)
    • What a relief to get out of the house that she never wantd to leave (pg 35)
    • Roxy stands in front of the door and rings as a visitor. (pg 38)

    Metaphor:

    • Roxy must always look at a car accident on the highway,
    • she cannot resist…
    • like  scratching a scab on a wound. (pg 18)
    • Louise’s  laughter cuts the tension like a shard. (pg 32)
    • Jane opens her arms like a man-eating plant. (pg 39)

Conclusion:

  • This book is life distilled….almost poetic.
  • In just 213 pages Gerritzen has exposed a very vulnerable Roxy.
  • Strong point: descriptons, dialect and expressions of Roxy’s parents  to  present a caricature.
  • It revelas the contrast between Roxy’s life and her roots, North Brabant.
  • Strong point: There are many moments of introspection.
  • Some of Roxy’s observatons about her life stopped me in my tracks.
  • Last thoughts:
  • This is Esther Gerritsen’s third nomination for the Libris Prize.  (2011 – 2013)
  • I am sure the saying “third time lucky”  will prove true.
  • Esther Gerritsen deserves  the most important Dutch literay prize!
  • Bravo!

Score: 5 index

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Shortlisted Hugo Award: The Goblin Emperor

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  • Title: The Goblin Emperor
  • Author: K. Addison
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Kindle book
  • Table of contents:  5 parts, 35 chapters, 430 pages
  • Published: 2014
  • Trivia: shortlisted Hugo Award 2015 ( category novel)
  • Trivia: K. Addison is pen-name for Sarah Monette.

Introduction:

  • Barizhan –
  • on the southern border of Elflands
  • Strategically important  = only passage to an important trade route
  • Leader Great Avar wanted his daughter Chenelo to become empress of Elflands.
  • Elflands – 
  • Leader Varenechibel IV  marries Chenelo.
  • This is a marriage to secure trade treaties with their southern neighbor.
  • Varenechibel IV dies suddenly in an accident.
  • Maia (son) is now emperor at 18 yrs. ( main character)
  • Maia lost his mother 10 years ago and now his father.
  • He struggles with royal protocol and the responsibilities that he must accept as emperor.

Strong points:

  • Strong point: believable story; main character is almost human despite his elfish ears.
  • Strong point: metaphors and similes to give the narrative  soothing fictional feeling.
  • A. Leckie – Ancillary Sword    and     K.J.  Anderson –  The Dark Between the Stars
  • concentrated on the ‘bizarre’ elements in space:
  • green priests who communicatie via treelings (Anderson)
  • starships with artifial intelligence ( Leckie.)
  • Strong point:  Maia’s internal dialogue  = information about his thoughts, memories, plans.
  • We understand more about the conflicts in Maia’s  life
  • Strong point: tension is created by a murder investigation in the royal court.
  • This gives the book more plot and suspense.

Weak points:

  • Story is just so confusing with the bizarre names and places.
  • I have to  transfer the story in my mind to something  I can grasp.
  1. have decided to read my 3rd Sci-Fi book  on my terms.
  2. All these bizarre names and places are ridiculously frustrating.
  3. No matter what the character’s name is…
  4. No matter what the place or city is…
  5. I have  ‘beamed’  them all into a world I can understand!
  6. The Tudor period in  England!
  • Crown prince Maia = Prince Edward VI
  • Father: Emperor Varnechiebel IV  =   King Henry VIII
  • Mother: Chenelo Drazharan = Jane Seymour
  • Lord Chancellor Uleris Chavar – Sir Thomas More
  • Cousin: Setharis Nelar = James V  ( son of H-VIII’s  sister Margret Tudor)
  • Untheileneise Court – Windsor Castle
  • Edonomee manor – Hampton Court

Motif:  bridge

The sublplot of designing and building a bridge between

  • Barizhan – land of Maia’s  mother Chenelo – goblins
  • Elflands – land of Maia’s  father  Emperor Varnechiebel IV – elfs
  • reflects  Maia’s  ultimate goal: 
  • to unite the two nations as an emperor  with half goblin – half elf backround.

Reading suggestion:

  • Glossary of names and places is essential.
  • I read the book on the Kindle  AND
  • referred to the glossary on PC vesion of Kindle.
  • In that way I had the information at my fingertips.

Twitter thoughts:

  • The Goblin Emperor: 5 parts, 430 pages – glossary with a zillion
  • names, rivers are male, cities are female, and a handbook for travelers in Elflands!
  • What have I got myself into? 
  • #NeedMoreExpresso !!
  • Moving at snail’s pace in “The Goblin Emperor”
  • Ultheleneise Court,
  • I call it  Windsor Castle. #SoDone with these crazy names!
  • Reading ‘The Goblin Emperor’  with these ridiculous names.
  • Why not just name him Mike instead of Csevet?
  • #JustSaying

Feedback:  (answer to question asked by Louise)

  • Why does this genre leave me cold? 
  • A question I have asked myself many times.
  • For this reason I am attempting to read 5 shortlisted Hugo Award books to see if I can find the answer.
  • Whether these stories are simply lowbrow entertainment  has nothing to do with with its popular appeal.
  • The desire to be entertained is not confined to the Sci-Fi stories.
  • But the question is WHY are people reading Sci-Fi stories beyond the need of simple entertainment?
  • I have not found the answer….but am still looking.
  • After reading three shortlisted books not one has REALLY entertained me.

Conclusion:

  • If you forget about the  elf-ears and give characters believable names
  • then this book is a Bildungsroman, a coming of age story.
  • The story had twists and turns that kept me reading a genre I do not really like!
  • This is the 3rd book in the  Galactic Incertitude Challenge
  • The Dark Between the Stars had more fast paced action.
  • The Goblin Emperor reveals  the character and emotions of a man who was born to rule.
  • Last thoughts:
  • Will this win the Hugo Award?
  • It does have a very  good chance.
  • But it all depends on the likes and dislikes of a jury..
  • …and not always those  of the reader

Score: 4

Galactic Incertitude Challenge

K. Addison author Issue04_Monette_289x432

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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