The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

by Diane Setterfield | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0743298020 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Laurellane of Waco, Texas USA on 1/5/2007
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Laurellane from Waco, Texas USA on Friday, January 05, 2007
This is a tale within a tale- full of gothic strangeness, twins, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. It will "keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter, and, in the end, deposit you breathless and satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life."

Journal Entry 2 by affinity4books from Bryan, Texas USA on Tuesday, January 09, 2007
WOW! one of the best I've read in a long time.... you can tell the author is a life-long reader and loves books... mysterious, excellent plot with literary references.... for all fans of Jane Eyre and novels paying homage to classics (like Cunningham's The Hours).... don't read ahead on this one! My mother and I both loved this one. It also inspired me to read Rebecca, which I've been meaning to get to for ages!

The usual bookring rules apply. Please try to read and ship on within a month since this is a popular book. When you start reading go ahead and PM the next in line for their address. Let me know if you are having trouble getting a hold of someone and we can skip them after 3 unanswered PMs or emails. Media mail in the US is fine, and Delivery Confirmation is encouraged!

We have quite a few US participants, so it will start out here, then go to Europe and possibly beyond... I'm suprised there's no UK interest yet :) Feel free to PM me if you want your name added to the list!

Participants so far:
icanfly---asked to be moved to end of list
sistert int'l
mysticalzoe US ship Int'l
eicuthbertson Canada ship int'l
Bookworm-lady Spain, ship Europe-- asked to be skipped, already read
Quiron Portugal, ship Europe
Kiki66 Germany, ship int'l

Journal Entry 3 by affinity4books at Bookray in By Mail, BookCrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (1/17/2007 UTC) at Bookray in By Mail, BookCrosser -- Controlled Releases



Mailed out today to start its journey!

Journal Entry 4 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Re'cvd the book today!!! Can't wait to read it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Journal Entry 5 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Thursday, February 22, 2007
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!! I just loved everything about this book!!

The highest compliment I can give is that I plan to purchase a copy for my collection and I keep .5% of the books I read!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

I will get it off in the next day or two!!!

Journal Entry 6 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
After a March blizzard, a 2yr old w/ a cold which she then shared w/ her mom :) the book is now on it's way. So sorry for the delay!!! It's off to Maurean!! Safe travels!!

DC# 0306 2400 0000 5959 8061.

Journal Entry 7 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Monday, March 12, 2007
Arrived safely here in Florida. I'm right smack-dab in the middle of another ring, but will get to this in short order, and journal when I'm through. (Thanks for sharing this, affinity4books!)

Journal Entry 8 by Maurean from Atlantic Beach, Florida USA on Monday, March 19, 2007
A wonderful story, by a fabulous storyteller. I agree, Ms. Setterfield must certainly be a *true* book-lover.

Like Margaret, I was completely enthralled with Miss Winter's tale, and found myself thinking about it, even when I wasn't 'reading' it...but, isn't that usually a trait of the really good ones?!

I thank you for sharing this one, affinity4books, and I am awaiting ladilee's addy to start this back on its journey. *mailed 3/24

Journal Entry 9 by ladilee24 from Newark, Delaware USA on Thursday, March 29, 2007
This just arrived today. Looking forward to reading it, thanks.

Journal Entry 10 by ladilee24 from Newark, Delaware USA on Sunday, April 08, 2007
Really good, really enjoyable read. This novel was filled with twisting tales, the story of Miss Winter and all its complexities. I was caught up and could see how much the author loved a good story. I will recommend the good story she created to others. Thanks for sharing!

Mailing to icanfly tomorrow (4/09/07)

Journal Entry 11 by icanfly from Grand Blanc, Michigan USA on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Received yesterday (4/16). It's third in line to be read--all of the have bookrings descended at once! Shouldn't take long to get to.

Journal Entry 12 by icanfly from Grand Blanc, Michigan USA on Friday, June 15, 2007
I sent this on its way on Monday June 11, hoping it returns to me later as I didn't get a chance to read it. I thought it was only fair to not hold it up any longer. Thanks for understanding.

Journal Entry 13 by terra57 from Hopedale, Massachusetts USA on Monday, June 18, 2007
Received today and will start right away as I just finished what I was reading. Will have back out asap. Thanks for letting me join.

Journal Entry 14 by terra57 from Hopedale, Massachusetts USA on Monday, June 25, 2007
I have to say this book was not what I expected and it started out slow. It does pick up so don't give up on it.

As for the tale itself, the author does a great job at detail. I found the book to be a bit dark but quite engaging in the litery sense. Having a beginning, middle and ending is quite a piece of work and put together nicely enough to keep one engrossed to find out what happens next.

The ending is not at all what I expected and was keeping me on the edge of my seat. I especially like how the author closed off all her characters and even the inanimate objects. Very good!

Thanks for letting me enjoy this book and I will have it out to the next in line by the end of the week.

Journal Entry 15 by spoiledrotten from Waldwick, New Jersey USA on Saturday, July 21, 2007
Received in the mail as part of a book ring. There are two books in front of this one, so please be patient. All my rings seeem to be arriving at the same time and I am now reading "Ring Books" only. Thanks.

08/15/07 I agree with everything terra57 stated. This book started out a bit slow but did keep my interest. Once I reached the midway point I couldn't put the book down!!!! Loved how it ended. Will be mailed out to sistert within the next day or so. Thanks sooooo much for including me.

08/16/07 Sent out in the mail today to sistert so it may continue on its journey.

Journal Entry 16 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Received in yesterday's mail and will start reading today. =)

Journal Entry 17 by sistert from Catonsville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Yikes! I was finished with this some weeks ago. I found it an engrossing read in the beginning and then... I felt that the author hadn't really put much thought into where she wanted the story to go about 3/4s of the way in. Too many twists and turns that you'd be hard pressed to tie in to something that happened earlier. Not a horrible read, just a bit disappointing for me.

Contacting mysticalzoe now.

Journal Entry 18 by mysticalzoe from Gardiner, Maine USA on Monday, October 15, 2007
Just got this book today, i do have another book ahead of it, will get to this asap.


Wow!! I really, really, really enjoyed this book, it kept me on my toes guessing what would happen next, and what not. Wow! Anyhow, I would have to say even though some parts of the book were very disturbing to me that this has been the best book I have read in a long time! I highly reccomend this book to anyone. This was the best book I have read this year! Thank you so much for sharing and allowing me to read this!!! I am sending this book out on friday i already have the next person's address.

Released 11 yrs ago (11/5/2007 UTC) at Controlled release sent to fellow bookcrosser Book in Londonderry, New Hampshire USA



Finally sending the book out!

Journal Entry 20 by eicuthbertson from Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Just received in the mail today - thanks!

Journal Entry 21 by eicuthbertson from Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, December 08, 2007
This was indeed a good read - good characters and a thoughtful plot with some twists.

This book is now off in the mail to Quiron in Portugal.

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