HERE BE DRAGONS
3 journalers for this copy...
It was on the swaps table at the Unconvention, but not for long!
I like historical novels, and although the 12th century is not my period, this shouldn't stop me.
What I don't like is novels that simply re-tell events from history books. Especially when these events are European power-politics, rather than the interesting stuff that was going on at the time (for a book on the interesting stuff, I'd recommend this one.)
I also think we should move away from the cliché that a historical novel starts with the pre-teen protagonist getting beaten up by a band of teenagers because he's different in some way. In fact, he turned out not to be the protagonist. She turns up, aged 5, on page 96. Which says something about the pace of the narrative....
The book may well be a superbly detailed and accurate account of life at the end of the twelfth century. But to me it is too long, too clichéd, and deals with the wrong sort of history. I hope someone else will enjoy the book more than I - I intend to release it soon.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
There was an event in Coalville Park at the weekend called "Picnic in the park". The park was filled up with stalls of various sorts, and there was a large stage on which local bands sang very badly (and easily audible from my house, so I couldn't escape).
On Saturday, when they were setting up, I sneaked into the Radio Leicester tent and planted the book there. It's not likely to be still in the park by now...
The book was left on the 11.00 train to St Pancras from Leicester, today, November 7th 2006.
CAUGHT IN COALVILLE LEICESTERSHIRE ENGLAND