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What a rook
posted by Ladychelot on February 23, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2009
What a rook
The story was hard to follow at times and the twists were a bit cheap. Driving in 200 degree temps in a convertible! Come on. I did not even finish the book.
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Posted November 24, 2008
Not a page turner, this book is a waste of time
The book is boring, way too long, not a thriller at all. The idea of the plot is not bad, but the implementation is very poor. <BR/><BR/>The characters are shallow, the novel is full of ridiculous stereotypes, like the cartoon KGB agents with names of Russian writers, simplistic French Revolution figures portrayals, etc. Historical name-dropping is over-the-top.<BR/><BR/>I listened to the book on CD, it was read by Susan Denaker. She is certainly an accomplished, even talented narrator, and her prononciation of foreing names, mostly French, was decent. However, it is regrettable that she felt the need (as many other narrators do) to give the characters heavy accents, even when they are talking to each other in their own language. It sometimes makes it hard to understand what is being said, and also makes the whole thing sound like a cheap Hollywood movie. Also, when a female narrator tries to sound like a man - not a pretty picture, she sounds more like some old lesbian.<BR/><BR/>As for The Eight, don't waste your time and money, this novel is nowhere near the books by authors like Eco or Dan Brown.
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Posted January 6, 2012
Just Say 'No' to Neville
I was thoroughly disappointed with The Eight. The synopsis led me to believe that Katherine Neville had a great idea for this mystical historical fiction with two plot lines both about Charlemagnes all-powerful chess set. But, one should never judge a book by its cover, or its summary.
I had just read and fallen in love with The Da Vinci Code and was looking for a similar historical fiction/action type book. And the cover of the edition that I purchased had reviews from dependable sounding sources that promised this book to be as good, or better than Dan Brown's. But it was a huge disappointment.
This book had many problems. But underneath the boring writing and the historical facts, the slow plot. Everything just happens too slowly. Yes, I understand that this is a book. No, I don't read slowly. What? You don't like fast story lines? Well, I do. And this is my review. I absolutely hate when a story gets so slow that you have to force yourself to continue reading. And that was exactly the case with this book. There were too many times whilst I was slogging away I told myself, Okay, just keep reading. The next page will probably get better. If I hadn't had to read this book for school, I would have given up a hundred pages in. The 'wow' factor was just missing. When you have a good book, you want to keep reading until the very last page. There's something just pulling you, making you want to know more about the story. The Eight was missing that. But, regardless, I slowly and painfully pulled through to the end. And so I can fairly say, that I did not enjoy this book.
If I had read The Eight for pleasure I would have thought it descent. But with the pressures of school and comparing it to other books I've read, this was bad. It was 600 pages of historical facts, chess quotes, mind puzzles, a silly storyline, and poor writing with a few sex scenes thrown in as Neville's desperate attempt to keep your attention.
This book was written for a very select audience. And after every page, that audience shrank as they got bored and left. If you love history, hate fast plots, enjoy boring writing, and are a chess master, this book is for you. If not, I highly recommend you find yourself another book and not waste your time reading this one.
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