March 7th, 2011

fairytale horse

Some Val McDermid and some non-fiction

The Grave Tattoo ~ Val McDermid

The premise really excited me: a literary mystery, a historical unsolved murder, an intrepid poetry scholar and plenty of dubious characters determined to find the lucrative truth first. Did Wordsworth secretly write a lost epic based on Fletcher Christian’s famous mutiny? Unfortunately the slap-dash prose and clunky structure (exposition, foreshadowing, another piece of the puzzle, end with a cliff-hanger and an excerpt from Wordsworth’s correspondence—repeat ad nauseum) bored me by the time I got halfway through. I skipped to the end, and I gotta say I’m not impressed by whodunnit. Feels forced and unlikely to me. I kept wishing this was a tv movie, it would have made an entertaining Thursday evening, but I couldn’t be bothered to read it all.

Out the Other Side: Contemporary Lesbian Writing ~ Edited by Christian McEwen and Sue O’Sullivan

 

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