The Hundred and Ninety-nine Steps ( 199 Steps )

by Michel Faber | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1841953288 Global Overview for this book
Registered by sandieminx6 on 2/28/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by sandieminx6 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Michael Faber is a beautiful writer and I enjoy all his work though I didn't find this so emotionally engaging as others.

Journal Entry 2 by sandieminx6 at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (2/28/2012 UTC) at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Read it, enjoyed it, now sharing it!

Journal Entry 3 by Apechild at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Picked it up at the York bookcrossers' meet up. I seem to be reading a few books set in Whitby at the moment =)

Journal Entry 4 by Apechild at York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I've not read any Michel Faber books before, but I really enjoyed this one. It's a great little read, kind of a comfort short escape break to Whitby. It's fun to read books set in local, familiar places as well, although this had me thinking that I haven't been to Whitby for a few years now.

I like the way a lot of this story revolved around the 199 steps up to St Marys Abby. Ha ha. I do seem to be picking up a lot of fiction set in Whitby at the moment.

It's a simple tale, about an archaeologist, Sian, working on a dig in Whitby. She meets a guy, Mack, at the 199 steps. He's temporarily living in Whitby whilst he works on a medical paper and clears up his deceased father's affairs. He has a bottle with a scroll inside that Sian restores, and the story on the scroll also relates slightly to these 199 steps, in that they used to have to carry all the bodies up them.

Released 6 yrs ago (3/29/2012 UTC) at Happy Birthday!, A surprise birthday present for a fellow bookcrosser. -- Controlled Releases

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Sending to Finland as a birthday surprise - sending a little earlier to beat the postage price hikes in April. Happy Birthday!

Journal Entry 6 by wingkirjakkowing at Sipoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, May 24, 2012
A book set in Yorkshire bodes well. Haven't read the book and Whitby is also yet to be seen - looking forward to both. Thanks OpheliaPhillips!

Journal Entry 7 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, December 01, 2012
Hmm, not my cup of tea, although I did read it to the end. Perhaps the gloominess and the negative vibes and hints given all along weren't just my thing. If it hadn't been the odd choice of breed to Hadrian (a Finnish Lapphund!!) I guess I would have quited.
It made me smile that Sian was a bookcrosser at heart, passing on her books like that.
This book will probably be sent off as surprise gift in my Tea & Mystery X-mas edition; why not send out books to more people than just the winner & decoy? Hey, it's my round and I can make the rules...

Journal Entry 8 by wingkirjakkowing at on Monday, December 17, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (12/18/2012 UTC) at

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La Donna é mobile - I decided to send this to the winner of the European Santa's Sack Sweepstake. I hope it makes to her for Christmas. I've been away for a few days and haven't been able to send this before. Somehow Christmas is leaping on to me as I hadn't realized just how close it already is.

Journal Entry 9 by wingSoozreaderwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Thursday, December 20, 2012
Thank you very much for this book! Seems like an interesting and quick read, just what I need at the moment!:) Kirjakko, next year we'll be ready for Christmas, right!? :D

Journal Entry 10 by wingSoozreaderwing at Joensuu, Pohjois-Karjala / Norra Karelen Finland on Friday, January 31, 2014
I did enjoy this book but I guess I'm just used to longer stories...I could have read more:D

Journal Entry 11 by wingSoozreaderwing at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 31, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (1/31/2014 UTC) at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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The book is on its way to the next reader as a part of the European wishlist tag-game! Happy Reading!:)

Journal Entry 12 by Blue_berry at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Received safely, kiitos! :)

Journal Entry 13 by Blue_berry at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, June 27, 2014
I really like Faber's style, his characters are always unique and have certain something to them to make them alive. This short novel is an intriguing story about a woman coming to terms of life changing events in her past, set in Yorkshire (made me interested to visit the historical sites there!).

Journal Entry 14 by Blue_berry at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, June 27, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (6/27/2014 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom

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Sending to sakirmo as part of the European wishlist tag game, enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 15 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, June 30, 2014
The book has arrived, thank you!!

(Kirjan vuosi 2015: Kirja, jonka nimessä on numero)

Journal Entry 16 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (5/26/2015 UTC) at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland

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It's a nice story, although somehow I expected something more special... I think that may be because the book is very short (started reading a 600-page one right after this) you might expect there to be something unusually astonishing in it, whereas it just ends up being a sympathetic short novel but nothing more than that. I'm not familiar with Faber's other stuff but wouldn't mind reading something else from him too, as I did like his style.

Travelling to Tarna next, via wishlist tag game.

Journal Entry 17 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, May 28, 2015
Thank you ever so much, sakirmo. Michel Faber is one of the two great authors I found and fell in love with last year, thanks to BookCrossing. I'm really looking forward to digging into this one. May take quite a while, though.

Michel Faber at Canongate Books
Michel Faber at the British Council Literature site
Michel Faber at Wikipedia

Journal Entry 18 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, September 08, 2018
“When Michel Faber writes a book, its sure going to be different than anything else he's written.” I've said so sometimes, and it turned out to be true also this time. The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps is different than anything else I've read from Faber. Still, I am somewhat disappointed. In his Acknowledgements, the author says he was asked to write this book. The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps is written-to-order and, unfortunately, it shows. His text isn't as easygoing as usually, it seems he hasn't enjoyed writing the story. And I know I did not enjoy reading it as much as I was hoping to enjoy.
The book is not amiss, it's just not as great as Faber books normally are. But I do love the cover. And one of the characters was ever so delightful. He was, of course, Finnish LapphundHadrian. They're just gorgeous and so nice.
At the end of the day, I am glad I read this book. Thank you, sakirmo! In the picture you can see my bookmark, diving sperm whale postcard you sent me with this book.
I offered The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps in greenbadger's One book a month thread in September. So, this book is now reserved.

Journal Entry 19 by wingTarnawing at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, October 06, 2018

Released 5 mos ago (10/6/2018 UTC) at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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Alexiapapa is the winner, and the book was mailed this afternoon.
Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 20 by alexiapapa at Larissa / Λάρισα, Larisa Greece on Monday, October 15, 2018
Thank you very much for sending me this book!

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