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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Shakespeare & an Elizabethan Mystery

This is one of those books that makes you want to run away and do academic research. A well researched and well written story. It kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. An interesting twist is that you get the packet of clues before the characters and get...
This is one of those books that makes you want to run away and do academic research. A well researched and well written story. It kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. An interesting twist is that you get the packet of clues before the characters and get the chance of solving the mystery before they do. A nice twist.

posted by ShakespeareMonkey on November 19, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Has potential, but in the end a disappointing read

The Rose Labyrinth came to me as a gift and after examining the front and back cover and then opening it to find the clue sheets, I was excited to read it! The story promises to be a thriller that spans several centuries with a mystery handed down through several genera...
The Rose Labyrinth came to me as a gift and after examining the front and back cover and then opening it to find the clue sheets, I was excited to read it! The story promises to be a thriller that spans several centuries with a mystery handed down through several generations via a parchment and a key. I felt the book started out slow, taking its time to get to the point of the story and once there, I expected it to take off, spinning me into a web of danger and excitement. I was disappointed. Instead, the author delves deep into the world of symbolism, drawing from Dante, Shakespeare and Greek literature. If the reader is not familiar with the 1500's and the mindset of the era or if there is little knowledge of symbolism, they will soon find themselves lost in a twisting turning labyrinth of word play, losing the thread of the story. This book takes work to read. There is no sitting down and just reading this through. The connections and threads the story follows are confusing and twisting, jumping from the 16th century to current times and back. The pamphlet of clues that are included with the book are vague at best and confusing and mind numbing at worst. Most of these clues are not even addressed in the book and those that are, are not referenced well so I could find them in the pamphlet when I needed them. The book's plot had promise, however the author went too deep for the average reader. There was more work than I wanted to put into it. I did read it through and found the ending to be a predictable let down.

posted by smileyluv1 on January 4, 2011

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    Shakespeare & an Elizabethan Mystery

    This is one of those books that makes you want to run away and do academic research. A well researched and well written story. It kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. An interesting twist is that you get the packet of clues before the characters and get the chance of solving the mystery before they do. A nice twist.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2009

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    Recommended to anyone that loves historical fiction with a dable of religion.

    Wonderfully exquisit descriptions and historical information. Great riddles and brain teasers. The book is engaging to read and to solve the parchment puzzles that are included with the book. I was originally drawn to the book by its unique encasement and found the story to be delightful. The ending is a little soft but the journey is well worth the investment.

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