I’ve been popping over to Whitcoulls in my lunch hour and reading ‘The Confessions of Catherine de Medici’ by C.W. Gortner. I love to read historical novels, preferably those that stick as close to the events and timeline as possible (as unlikely as this is ; p). I’m really enjoying this book. It seems to offer a very genuine view and is written beautifully – I fall into it and walk out at 2pm (when I have to get back to work) in a complete daze my mind still in ancient
Then I decided I’d pop into Borders and read it. After all they have better seats and less of a ‘this is not a library!’ attitude *hee*. But I couldn’t find it there.. So I picked up another book called ‘The Devil Queen’ which is also on Catherine de Medici.
Oh man I wish I hadn’t. Okay so this is just my opinion but I really didn’t like it. The author has attempted to use an archaic still of prose that is stilted and difficult to follow. You are aware that you are reading. You have to make an effort. And the adverbs!! Ooooooh her editors deserve a damn good smack on the hands. Adverbs are very useful things but quickly become distasteful when over used. She also likes to repeat words which I found pointless. There were lines galore that could have been slashed and the story is over dramatised to the point that it sounds like a bad soap opera.
So a short review if anyone else likes historical novels and I’m zipping back to Whitcoulls on Monday to finish the first book : )