2 journalers for this copy...
I read about half of this book before giving up. I like the premise, but the author's writing style is not working for me right now. I kept getting distracted by her elaborate, unusual sentence construction and spending my time debating which words should be weighted or whether different comma placement would work better. Characters and plot lines got dropped for atmosphere and wordiness in a "can't see the forest for the trees" kind of problem. It gave me the feeling that the author was trying to hard to be literary and write something that was more grand than a mere novel. To an extent, it works well with Violet's personality, but I didn't have the patience to keep wading.
Hopefully the next reader will be more in the mood, and maybe I'll try this story again some day.
Journal Entry 2
Cortland, New York USA on Friday, July 26, 2019
Released 4 mos ago (7/26/2019 UTC) at Cortland, New York USA
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Sent to the winner of the Lesbian Sweeps
Journal Entry 3
Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, July 29, 2019
The INTL Lesbian-themed fiction sweepstakes
books keep coming! The books arrived safely on this warm day; many thanks!
Later: I was intrigued to learn that Vernon Lee/Violet Paget was an actual person, famed for her supernatural fiction (and sometimes compared to M. R. James, whose style I adore). Given how much supernatural fiction I've read, I'm sure I must have encountered her work, perhaps in an anthology - but I can't bring any to mind... Anyway, the setup for the novel was interesting, and I generally like alternating-character/different-time-stream stories, but this one just didn't grab me. But now I do want to hunt up some of the works of the real Violet Paget!
Journal Entry 4
Little Free Library, 205 Hartwell Ave. in Littleton, Massachusetts USA on Friday, August 02, 2019
Released 4 mos ago (8/2/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library, 205 Hartwell Ave. in Littleton, Massachusetts USA
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