Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The cousin's war

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

I'm not sure about this. Either I have read too many of these stories or this was simply not very good. I made something of a connection with the main character but after that connections was made & her husband died in the story, all I could think about was how tiring and trite this woman was, or became. I found it unappealing in how directly it was written & question if the author liked the character herself.

I also wonder if there was too little information about her husbands rise to power and all that surrounded that. Maybe the next novel will build on this one but I feel like this one was a little light and the main character got on my damn nerves.

Most likely I will make an attempt at the other books in this new series based in the cousin's war but I am not feeling very strongly that I will enjoy them. Again, maybe it is the genre, maybe I'm just done with these light hearted, romantic historic novels. We'll see.

Watch out, don't get stung!

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson.

Damn, yet another novel to make me grieve the loss of this fine storyteller. I love the continuation of the relationship between Lisbeth & Blomkvist, how it revolves and evolves. I especially enjoyed the continuation from The Girl Who Played With Fire, and the evolution of issues created in the novel. I hesitate to write too much in an effort to avoid giving the story away but there were several moments when I was cheering.

I am curious if another novel is to come out, I have read that there is another in the "Trilogy" series, that it was on Mr. Larsson's laptop at the time of his death but that his estate was being challenged yada yada yada.

So I'm curious if there will be another & overly curious about some of the characters and relationships that were created in this novel. For instance, Zalachenko had something like 9 children all together & we only know about three and one of them is still a mystery, Lisbeth's twin sister. I'm curious as to how Lisbeth may evolve, does she really have Asperger's Syndrome or has she been shit on so many times in life that she really did turn away from society & relationships within society in an effort to protect herself? What is going to happen to her relationship with Blomkvist & what's going to happen with his new relationship with Monica, I don't have a good feeling about this relationship by the way. She seems to have gotten caught up in him very quickly for a strong independent woman...somethings fishy.