19 hours ago
Friday, October 22, 2010
In enormous lettering the first page warns: "Do not read beyond this page!" The reason? The book contains a secret so nefarious as to be dangerous even to innocent page-turners daring enough to venture forth. The first few chapters present a tricky little exercise in metafiction in which the story about a secret is revealed as being itself too secret to tell, a ploy sure to tickle more puzzlesome readers. But then the intrusive narrator, who is equal parts snarky and delightful, strikes a deal and deigns to tell the story with fake names in Your Hometown, as long as you agree to "forget everything you read as soon as you read it." Then follows a not terribly shocking story wherein two intrepid kids uncover a mysterious society bent on immortality, which gets them in and out of all manner of trouble. While some may be disappointed that there is no mind-bending secret at the bottom of it all as promised, most junior Da Vinci Coders will likely be having too much fun to notice. Chipman, Ian
I usually enjoy children's literature because it is more imaginative with very little violence and sex. Unfortunately, this book didn't appeal to me. The whole thing with the narrator talking to the reader seemed overly gimmicky and just plain silly at times. I really did give a fair shot by reading almost half the book but then decided to give up the struggle. What a relief that I won't feel compelled to keep on with the series. Rating: DNF
Sunday, October 03, 2010
"It is Carnival in Quebec City and Gamache has come not to join the celebration but to recover from an investigation gone wrong. But death is inescapable, even in the sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill for it?"
I already love Louise Penny's books but I think this one is the best one so far. I can wait for the next in the series, but I don't see how she will top Bury the Dead. It is so well-written with an incredible story line, actually three storylines. I couldn't put it down. Besides the murder which takes place while Gamache is visiting Quebec City, we also follow the investigation gone wrong with its tragic consequences as well as reopening the case concluded in Penny's previous book. Even though there is a lot going on, I didn't get lost but just immersed myself in all it. Fantastic book. I really need to visit Quebec, but not in the winter.