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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

The Windsor Faction, by J.D. Taylor

The Windsor Faction: A Novel - D.J. Taylor

From the blurbs on this one, it looked like a historical thriller set in an alternate history (Edward VIII is still king in 1939, as war with Germany starts).  That looked like a fun read.  Unfortunately, it only turned into an attempt at a thriller at the very end of the book.


Mostly it was a slowly-paced literary novel about a nebulous wet mess of a girl whom I neither liked or cared two cents about what happened to her. 


If I had known that Taylor's been nominated for the Booker (for something else), I might have been expecting "literary fiction" and not "thriller," but frankly, his publisher was doing him no favors with that blurb.


In the main, I was mostly bored, with doses of "and her motivation is what exactly?"


I can't honestly recommend this one, but it gets 2 1/2 stars because Taylor can indeed write; he just wasn't taking me anywhere I was interested in going.