Review: The Luminaries

Chronicles of Tania

The Luminaries
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first 200 pages involved long chapters, were very slow to read with circular explanations. Midway through the book, the chapters become shorter, the pace gets faster and faster ending the book in a speedy and abrupt end. The first chapters were 30 pages each and the last few chapters were one page each.

Mmm…I’m not sure what to make of the strange pacing in the book from a meandering snails pace beginning to a formula 1 crash ending. The beginning and end were not satisfactory. There are too many loose ends left in the story. The content of the myriad of stories was interesting howeveras was the location and subject matter, especially the stories of Anna Wetherell, Lauderback/Crosbie/Lydia/Francis.

The links of the astrology charts made no sense/interpretation to the chapters and the likeness of characters to various star…

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Review: Tipping the Velvet

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Tipping the Velvet
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the TV series more than the book in general. The main character Nancy is careless with her family when she meets her first love and follows her up to London. Then she gets cheated on and you feel really sorry for her. But not for long as she becomes self-absorbed, hard-hearted and irritating during the middle part of the book when she behaves irresponsibly towards her future sweetheart in a bid to improve herself by getting trapped as a sex slave for a much older rich woman. The gilded cage scenario soon loses it’s appeal and Nancy is thrown out and tries to find her future sweetheart, who unbelievably takes her in. At the end conveniently she meets most of the characters from the book at an event who she had used along her journey and…

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Review: House of Echoes

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House of Echoes
House of Echoes by Barbara Erskine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A standard Barbara Erskine horror story with a traumatized, attractive-to-the-opposite-sex heroine who appears weak, mad and spaced out while she’s communicating with the spirits that haunt her. I felt empathy for her not so pretty, clever or lucky sister and a bit annoyed with the heroine who everyone was running around. A good and enjoyable read overall however.

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