Book Review: The Far Pavilions

Hello Everyone,

Not the best cover but not the worst!

Book Title: The Far Pavilions

Author: MM Kaye

Series: Book One of Two

Genre: Adult Fiction, Historical, Adventure, Romance

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Page Count: 1000

Goodreads Summary:

A magnificent romantic/historical/adventure novel set in India at the time of mutiny. The Far Pavilions is a story of 19th Century India, when the thin patina of English rule held down dangerously turbulent undercurrents. It is a story about and English man – Ashton Pelham-Martyn – brought up as a Hindu and his passionate, but dangerous love for an Indian princess. It’s a story of divided loyalties, of tender camaraderie, of greedy imperialism and of the clash between east and west. To the burning plains and snow-capped mountains of this great, humming continent, M.M. Kaye brings her quite exceptional gift of immediacy and meticulous historical accuracy, plus her insight into the human heart.

My Thoughts:

This book took me a solid week to read! Long winded, lots going on, a bit sexist here and there but those were the times, and I felt as though I would never finish reading this book. I learned there’s a part two. I’m not sure I’m going to read that, lol.

My Review:

This book was a struggle for me right from the start. While I was liking the adventure and the characters, it felt as though it went on and on and on. A 1000 pages of epic adventure, romance, and historical fiction at its best. While people adored Gone With The Wind this was the epic I wanted! The writing was lush, beautiful, and detailed.

I know a lot of newer book reviewers might not be enthusiastic about reading this 1000+ page time, but I’m insisting that it’s worth it! The ending is bittersweet, and the characters and setting will sweep you away. From India to England there’s something new to devour from each page.

The story starts with a premature baby being born in winter and the mother dying due to her not used to the fiercely cold winds. The story expands. It touches to n war. Cholera takes the baby-main character-father and uncle’s lives. More are lost. Travels are had.

This book does have it’s horribly sexist moments. While it’s a relic of the time it’s set in, there are certain things that are hugely sexist in the book. There’s dry spells here and there when it feels like nothing happened. And the ending was a slow burn that felt bittersweet; exactly as those on Google and Goodreads both have stated.

I feel as though this, while a hefty tome, is well worth the effort in reading. Especially if you’re a fan of Gone With The Wind and Outlander. This is equally as huge and well written as the pair.

My Rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

What Can Go Wrong#3: I’m still at a Reading Slump

Welcome all,

This is another episode of “What can go wrong, even as I’m still struggling with that reading slump-lets not talk about reviewing shall we?

Let’s start by “What can go wrong” by counting wrong shall we? Because what is math? 🙄

I’m actually not upset at this pick. The first book The Ruby in the Smoke was good but not my favorite Philip Pullman. I can also add this to making my way in finishing a series and young adult fiction tends to read fast. I’m hopeful that this is good, and pleased I didn’t pick another chunkier like the Pickwick Papers that I ended up dnf’ing at 350 pages. 😔

Wait a minute…

I’ve already read this!

Oops!!!!

Okay. So apparently I don’t have any of the rest of the series so let’s do this again! Isn’t this fun?

Well, apparently I’m reading another classic.

This is a classic called The Treasure of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizza. It’s thankfully much shorter than the Pickwick Papers, at 200 pages. I’ve been sure that I won’t like this at all but am still curious enough to try it. Here’s to fingers crossed!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

New Release Review: Pride and Prometheus

 

PrideandPrometheus

A fascinating blending of two favorite classic novels!

New Release Review: Pride and Prometheus

Title: Pride and Prometheus
Author: John Kessel
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 400
Publisher: Baen Books
Type of Book: Hardback, library loan, New Release
Review Word Count:
Rated: 3.9/5 stars
Notes: huh?

This was a strange book. On the one hand, I really liked it’s originality and I loved Mary’s character. But on the other hand, it definitely isn’t going to be one of my favorites. I liked the pride and prejudice combination with the Frankenstein monster romance. It was certainly a unique twisted idea, and I think it’s the twisted part that I didn’t care for. It was a bit…dark…for my tastes, I think. I also don’t like that time period, with how women are treated as a whole. As if women don’t matter except to further the family line.

I had to do a re-read of the book to see where I stand on this book, and I think it’s safe to say it deserves a bit more than three stars, but not by much. The hype of the book is definitely deserved, but…well, all I can say is that this book just wasn’t for me.

I will recommend it to those who want something outside of the box, and give this book 3.9/5 stars!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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