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About meHere is a guide to my rating criteria. I also employ half stars if I can't quite decide where something belongs:

5 stars - So well-written that I can lose myself completely in the world, with an engrossing plot and fully-realised characters who feel almost real to me within the context of that world. Yet its excellent formal qualities are accompanied by real 'heart', so that I become emotionally involved with it. Whatever genre it belongs to, it transcends the conventions of that genre and becomes something greater and more unique. Usually a book like this leaves a kind of aftertaste - whether that be glowing happiness or bittersweet sadness - which can linger in my mind for days.

4 stars - A book of fine merit, which nevertheless falls just short of perfection for me. That might be because, for all its very good formal qualities, it never quite manages to engage me emotionally. Alternatively it might be a firm favourite but, despite my fondness for it, I can recognise some occasional weaknesses in the plot or writing. If it belongs to a particular genre, it might be an excellent example of that genre but never quite transcends it.

3 stars - A book which I mostly enjoyed while reading it, but there might be aspects of the writing, plot or characterisation which I feel detract from my overall enjoyment. If it belongs to a particular genre, it is a solid example of that genre but I may feel that it pales in comparison to other books by the author which I've read.

2 stars - Dull, derivative or contrived, with serious weaknesses in writing, plot or characterisation. It might simply be that I don't gel with the particular writer or genre so it still might be worth you giving it a go if you think it would suit.

1 star - Objectively, excruciatingly awful. Don't waste your life on this. (There are unlikely to be many of these.)

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Favorite authorsA. S. Byatt, Dorothy Dunnett, Guy Gavriel Kay, Linda Proud, Mary Renault (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingSome of the Best From Tor.com: 2013 by Dale Bailey
The Histories (Penguin Hardback Classics) by Herodotus
The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott

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Hi, I tried to post a comment on your blog (very impressive by the way) but I'm not sure if it went through. I was really intrested in your review of The King in the North by Max Adams, which i've just purchased. I love anything to do with Anglo-Saxon times. I'm even more keen to read it after your review. By chance, have you read a book entitled "The Pictish Conquest: The battle of Dunnichen 685 and the Birth of Scotland" by James E. Fraser, about the defeat of the Northumbrians by the Picts in 685 AD? If you are interested in Anglo-Saxon England and it relations with its neighbours it is a fascinating book. I'm a newcomer to the blogging scene, but for what its worth, my literary blog is at braemarbookbites.wordpress.com.

Cheers

Mike
I'll have to check out your blog!

I can't get the latest incarnation of DS to work on my computer, so I'm still with DS3. It seems to go that way. DS 1.8 worked great for me, DS 2 did not, DS3 yes, and DS4 just mucks up everrrryyything. Ugh. Maybe by the time DS5 rolls around, I'll try again.

I've been keeping busy. Lots of projects in the works, just need to make myself focus a bit more to actually finish them.

I forgot to mention before that it's always a pleasure to meet other Dorothy Dunnett readers. I was obsessed by the Lymond books books back in the day. Even named my son Jerott. :)
Hi, Leander --

Yup, I'm the same Michele from the DAZ forums. Hadn't noticed you over there much lately, but nice to see you're still around.

Michele
Thank you, Leander. I would love to hear what you think of Muse, when it comes out (August 13). I am redoing my website, so for the moment the best description is here: http://www.randomhouse.ca/books/196651/muse-by-mary-novik

Today is the day Petrarch met Laura in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon. Cool.

Mary
Hi Leander
I've just been reading some of your splendid blogs. A friend sent me a link to your post about Sicily and I found it really interesting. Since you live in England, you might be interested to learn that I set my first novel, Conceit, there. It's about the daughter of the poet John Donne. It's here on librarything: http://www.librarything.com/work/3398865 I also have a new novel coming out this August, Muse.
cheers, Mary
Cool and I'll do likewise. Art books are my main collecting passion so my books are carefully chosen. I buy new books online reasonably regularly and love to trade tips. My favourite periods include renaissance, per-Raphaelite, Art Deco, Victorian, French Salon, to name some. Look forward to chatting again.
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