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09 September 2009 @ 08:22 pm
It's Been a While  
But I'm all graduated, and I've returned with reviews out the...well, you know.

Not Mine! property of Kostova et al

title: The Historian
author: Elizabeth Kostova
genre: officially fiction, but personally I would put it in fantasy
summary: This guy's teacher/mentor/friend gets kidnapped by a vampire and he has to get him back, but the whole story is told through a story he is telling to his daughter.

OK, This book is totally not worth all the hype and praise it received. I'm not saying it's a bad book, but it's not nearly as good as most people say it is, either.

First of all, Vlad Dracul (or Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, or whatever you want to call him) has been done to death. I did like getting some historical background about the time and places in which he lived, but Kostova could at least have made the story exciting by putting you right there in the action.

Instead, all of the action is presented in oral stories and letters, and sometimes in a letter inside another letter. Or a story in a letter in a letter. And if you're head hurts, don't worry, mine did too. I was so busy trying to keep track of who was talking in what letter or about what place while the live action was in another place...ok I just confused myself. I don't know where I was going with that. But you get the point; it's confusing. Far too confusing to be enjoyable.

Overworked villain plus confusing narrative is not a good combination, so I fail to see why this book was a wildly popular as it was. I wish I had seen an honest critique of this book before I'd read it so I could have read something more enjoyable (cause it's not like this book is, or ever will be, serious literature. It's purely entertainment).
Current Mood: apatheticunderwhelmed
Current Music: red hot chili peppers--snow
acidrosesacidroses on December 8th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I actually really enjoyed this book! I think it was just the detail that went into the research and writing of this book was so impressive. It was so meticulously done that it created a wildly realistic world. I'm also a big fan of the Dracula story.
Theresa_Riotastro599 on December 9th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
I do have to agree that the research was impressive. I'm also a fan of Dracula, and vampires in general.

Maybe it's just how my brain works, but the format was extremely hard for me to follow. And there was no resolution with the daughter and her sort of boyfriend.

But I'm glad you enjoyed it! Really, isn't reading all about what you enjoy personally?