Friday, 16 May 2008

What I've been reading

Image of the book cover
by Kate Mosse

narrated by Maggie Mash
"July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. July 2005: Alice Tanner stumbles upon two skeletons during an archaeological dig in the mountains outside Carcassonne. Too late, Alice realises she's set in motion a terrifying sequence of events that she cannot control."
A modern book recorded in digital format for a change, so I don't get the 'transferred to MP3 from cassette' sound quality. And it's quite good, really. Not a classic by any means, but I did want to know what happened at the end, and it wasn't too much of a letdown. I doubt that I'll listen to it again, though.


Tina said...

Ooh, I've read that one! Can't remember a damn thing about it though, which probably sums it up

Anonymous said...

I still have that book in my bookcase somewhere. Not sure I'll read it now! But I got it from a colleague who was leaving the country and didn't want to take too many big books back with her.

I'm reading the Shakespearean Secret now, it's a really exciting read!

Sally (magicchick) said...

I actually really enjoyed reading this book and I loved Shakepearean Secret too!! I have also just read the book after Labryinth which is Sepulchre. Is is an easier read, and I enjoyed the prose although I was a little let down with the ending.

Good luck for the rest of the exams!!

Iain said...

A book that didn't really hang together. Not very convinced but rather better thanThe Da Vinci Code. Perhaps that's really damnation with the faintest of praise.

babooshka said...

I read all the time when not trying to revive my laptop into life or photographing. Just reading Long way down- nick hornby.

glad you liked the mention and the link. Your observations where spot on.

Lola said...

It really is the endings that let down some of these books. They set up the plot, which is often enthralling, and then can't seem to find a way to end it all satisfactorily. I think that's why I liked The House at Riverton - at least the ending justified the effort I put into the book.

I like previous Nick Hornby books, I might give that one a try, Babooshka. Haven't come across Shakespearean Secret, I'll look out for it. I don't think I'll bother with Sepulchre, especially as you didn't think much of the ending.