Archive for July, 2014
Third in a series which I'm guessing will stretch to seven books. I'm also presuming that a particular plot line from the first book will surface in all the books and come to a head later in the series. I think that's a good thing though this story had seemingly very little to do with that. Having given the first book three stars and the second one five stars I'll put this somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed the second half of the book a lot more than the first as it seemed to be very slow to get off the ground. I'm bemused by the fact that the central character seems to maintain a long list of friends who look out for her whilst she is generally an appalling friend to them: I was going to say that you can get away with that in fiction, but then I realised real life works that way round too sometimes.
Entertaining, I find myself quite liking most of the ongoing cast apart from Frieda, and I'll be back for the next installment, not something I'd be rushing out to recommend to anyone though.
This was a kindle eBook.
It took me four months to get from end of this book to the other and I feel I could quite easily reread it straight away and get even more out of it. It filled in some gaping holes in my knowledge. Taking a different approach to many histories it stays at the same point in time, on the eve of the First World War, and goes round the world looking at the situation in many different cities. It starts off in London, goes for a jaunt across the various old cities of Europe, on to the New World cities, out to the rest of the world, stops off to look at the "Twilight Powers" cities like Constantinople and Peking, and briefly pops back to London to consider what the next hundred years will bring for the British Empire. I feel a lot of the detail probably went over my head but I still got a lot out of the book.
This was a paperback.