Kamikaze Lunchbreak Book Review: The Historian

So, I just finished reading Elizabeth Kostova’s 600-some-odd-page tome, The Historian. Interesting story: This woman won an award for best novel-in-progress and then got a $2 million advance (after a bidding war) for her completed book.

The book itself is an interesting vampire tale. It had a very Da Vinci Code feel for me, but the writing is much better, pace a bit slower, characters easier to sympathize with, violence more there (not quite as much as Anne Rice, though), and actual touching. It’s a little hard to follow at times because it’s jumping around between at least three distinct time periods (really, more like five).

Here’s a somewhat-brutal (but well-argued) review.

Posted by Scott-san on 06/23 at 01:09 PM
 
  1. Jeez..sounds complicated.  I’ve always thought that Anne Rice was overrated, and I couldn’t stand The Da Vinci Code.  So I’m wondering whether I’d like this book…

    Posted by teahouseblossom  on  06/23  at  07:31 PM
  2. dear self:
    must figure out how to finagle $2 million dollar advance for services rendered to The Company.

    Posted by  on  06/29  at  12:51 PM
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