This was a very enjoyable read, especially in the final third when it gathered pace. In between chapters were sections written in olde (Shakespearean!) English which I found heavy going, thouugh was able to get the general drift of it sufficiently well to see it's relevance as background to the plot.
I enjoyed, for the most part, Gruber's writing style, a sort of "of the cuff" conversational one, though at times his overuse of swear words I found a bit nauseous, though I guess it may be par for the course in the underworld in which parts of the story see set.... Or maybe it's written that way because that's how we perceive that world to operate. Interesting thought in the context of an element of the book's storyline.
A very good thriller with lots of twists and turns along the way making for an enjoyable read....Continua
When I saw "Air and Shadows" on the bookshelf I was instantly hooked. I am a fan of historical fiction, and was disappointed when I read the back cover to find that it wasn't really historical fiction at all. Still, I was smitten. A visit to the local library later had me eagerly bringing this intriguing work on vacation with me. Shortly after cracking the cover, I hit the wall...
While many on this site complain about the self-involved unlikability of the main character, I felt that was a symptom of the self-important style in which the author writes. The prose, itself, was a real turn off. Couple that with the laughable 17th century manuscript reprinted as chapter ends, and I'm frankly amazed I chose to finish the book.
The story is a slog - in large part thanks to the writing style - complicated by the fact that the author overreached in his efforts to develop deep characters. The story took so many diversions to provide sometimes excessive backstory, it seemed as if Mr Gruber was paid by the page. I really wanted to hate this book as the smug style continuously wore on me. However, I found that once the story finally got going (300+ pages into it), I started to enjoy it.
So, a good premise weighed down by indulgent language. Tedious, but not a waste of time....Continua