Oblivion Storm (The Grenshall Manor Chronicles, #1) by R.A. Smith
Published by Xchyler Publishing
A very good page turner, that kept me reading and wanting to read more.
The novel has some very well constructed characters and a plot that draws you on. While the led characters are all female they are well written and are not just 2D ciphers used to express an opinion, but are rounded and well developed. This I note particularly as the author achieves 4 well developed characters who I hope to read more of in the next volume of The Grenshall Manor Chronicles.
The plot has a good pace to it, and the movement between the historic and present period does not jar or seem forced. With both stories developing in tandem until they full resolve in the climax of the book. The dialogue is well paced and used well, with the text used to inform but not just info dump on the reader. The near now setting of London works well and the urban fantasy and paranormal elements draw in well.
As a side note, and not yet having read the next book in the series I do hope that one of the walk on parts (the morgue attendant) is explored further.
Another good read from Hilary Mantel following on from Wolf Hall, but enough content so that it is not dependant on having read it. Again a good insight into the character of Cromwell, and nice not to lose that focus. Also seems to me less issues with the perspective in this book, but may just be used to it.
In Wolf Hall we have from Hilary Mantel the life of Thomas Cromwell, as given in the main in recollection and first person accounts. A book full of intrigue and what seem to be a set of decent character portraits, if all from one point of view . The one confusing bit at times was the move between 1st 2nd and 3rd person but still in part a narrative as if from the first person.
After watching the film of the book I thought I’d see what the original text was like. Well I found it to be a really good read that moved at pace and had an interesting twist. This seems to be very much of its time, but then the reality of it was good. It was the sort of book that was enjoyable, though it was a little dark in places. I have to say that I’m likely to look out some more of le Carré‘s work
An interesting read, that picks up where the book before left off. Would say that having read both books back to back, that they read as a single plot line – or more episodes of the wider plot – and that one would not be advised to start with this book. Also some of the text gives this a clear 18 certificate if a film. I look forward to finding Ms Gail Carriger‘s next book in the set.
In this book Ms Gail Carriger has a nice approach to the whole urban fantasy crossed with steam-punk style, and I’d look forward to reading more of the Parasol Protectorate books. The plot moves with pace, and is a very nice pulp style to it as well, making for an enjoyable read. The setting is well thought out and there are some nice characters sketched out in the text. Some of the content would give the an 18 rating, but it is well treated and with humour.
So in the fifth instalment of the Flashman Papers we find the “hero of the hour” being sent off to India to track down some trouble. We meet a verity of the great and the good of time, as ever old Flashy only mixes with the best. Even when in the middle of the Indian Mutiny; and we get to see how much Flashman is to blame for it.
Much is off course the footnotes and appendices provided by George MacDonald Fraser help explain what was going on. But again as with the four that went before this is a good story that moves as quickly as Flashman does from trouble.