Land of Mist and Snow, by Debra Doyle

March 30, 2011 at 12:44 (Book Reviews, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Poorly Rated Books) (, , , )

3/10

The most interesting part of this mostly bleak novel was the decision to completely abandon omniscient third person narration with, if the reader needed to know something important to the story (or not, as the case occasionally was), attention being directed to another narrative. At times it seemed like at least six different characters were trying to tell the story. The bold choices in narrative are really the only thing to draw a prospective reader, and to her credit Doyle does a passable job at keeping things straight, although the legion of narrators ended up as interesting, mostly distracting, and mostly distracting (sic). This book claims to be an “alternate history”, which is about as accurate as calling The Flintstones alternate history, and such dishonesty will hardly endear Doyle to readers who took this boast seriously. Extremely patient historians aside, this book can only really appeal to the readers of rather pedantic and simple ghost stories, and to lovers of a very specific niche of naval memoranda – by which is meant people who are very concerned with what certain types of ropes are called

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