And so it begins, and so once again Dear Dorothy has proven me wrong. Remember what I, in blissful ignorance have claimed after reading the prequel: that this series was great, but could never be as breathtaking and extraordinary as the Lymond Chronicles. I take it back. It can be as good, and this installment is as good: this is another testament to my favourite author’s brilliance.
Dear Ken Follett,
thank you for everything, but this is the end of our common path.
Lieber Ken Follett,
danke für alles, aber hier geht unser gemeinsamer Weg zu Ende…
This is the best book ever written.
It’s the best book I have ever, and will ever, read. I know that in my heart.
It makes me want to turn to all of my five star reads and give them four or even three stars, for this is just unparalleled and incomparable.
It made me cry. It broke my heart and mended it again ten times in every chapter.
If you want a mystery, I recommend you to read this.
If you want an adventure, I recommend you to read this.
If you want a romance, I recommend you to read this.
If you want a book, I recommend you to read this.
(English version below) Eine sinn- und handlungslose, ständig mäandernde Groteske, gefüllt mit viel zu vielen Informationen und Details, ohne Fortschritt und mitreißende Charaktermotivation.
I’ve never been so ashamed in my entire life, but I’m giving only four stars to one of Dorothy Dunnett’s books. The universe, I guess, is about to collapse because doing this is something I’d never thought possible. But this is my opinion: it is still an excellent book, but it is clearly the weakest in the series so far, and while the character work and prose are as brilliant as always, the plot failed to capture me completely.
Schwab hat eine epische Geschichte voller Herzschmerz, Liebe und Cleverness geschrieben, die von ihrer außergewöhnlichen Protagonistin getragen wird: Addie LaRue ist eine Figur, die man – ironischerweise – nie vergessen wird.
People, it’s NaNoWriMo which I spend mostly on the sequel to my debut novel (December 1st!!!), but I’ve also written two short stories in English this week because why not and because people kept asking me to write something in English. Feel free to read them, especially if you like dark humour!
A murder mystery set on a ship in the 17th century with intriguing characters and a promising idea that does not unravel as magnificently as expected: everything is just what you expect it to be.
To say that Dorothy Dunnett’s writing is in a league of its own would be a huge understatement, because it’s far better than that. It’s basically a sport of its own, played after rules no one else can ever understand, played with such excellence and brilliance that no one else ever dares to pick up the ball and give it a try. ‚Queen’s Play‘ is once again an embodiment of perfection, a book without a fault and an unparalleled piece of art.