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Top Reviewer Ranking: 41 - Total Helpful Votes: 411 of 494
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Doesn't mean you should read it. A lesson I've learned several times.

1) This book is far too long (for me). An 830 page novel needs to justify its length somehow, this book didn't achieve that. Middlemarch, yes, The Luminaries, no.
2) The structure of the novel is pretentious, in my opinion. I don't want to have to get myself updated on the Zodiac to understand how the novel is structured. It's okay to make your readers do some work, but you have to pay them back. This book doesn't do that.

That being said, Catton is a fine writer. The opening paragraphs are some of the best I've ever read. Unfortunately the story went downhill from there. We should also be… Read more
End Of Sparta, The by Victor Davis Hanson
End Of Sparta, The by Victor Davis Hanson
This is Hanson's first novel - for a first-rate historian to make a foray into fiction is a risk that may not pay off too well. Fortunately, Hanson is up to the challenge here, although the reader will need some patience to adapt to his chosen style. Hanson states in his preface that he wishes to avoid making the Greeks sound like modern-day American suburbanites and also avoid the high unrealistic style featured in Greek literature. I would say that he succeeds here. Some of his prose and dialogue is a bit much, but the overall effect is to immerse the reader in an unfamiliar world that still has human beings living in it. They are from a different time and place but their motivations and… Read more
Haydn Piano Sonatas ~ Franz Joseph Haydn
Haydn Piano Sonatas ~ Franz Joseph Haydn
Haydn doesn't blow you away with fireworks - he just works hard and gets his point across through musical consistency. This collection shows what he can do with piano works. This is not Beethoven, this is just quality, winning melodic music that is more sophisticated than it might first appear. I'm grateful Hamelin has gone to the trouble of recording all this work, as it is well worth listening to.

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