Another one of Tom Holt's omnibus's...or should that be ominbae?
This one has Overtime and Grailblazers in it, [omnibus number n4]
Two crazy tales of knights in in modern times, but not....if you have read any of Tom Holt's work you will realise that he likes to play around with the idea of "time"
As usual the history side of the book is well researched, and Holt seems to relish putting people in situations "out of their time".
In Overtime a WWII pilot is persuaded to help John de Nesle in his quest, namely to find Richard Coeur de Lion, the mayhem a regular reader is used to ensues.
In Grailblazers a knight who has been "asleep" for 1500 years is awoken in order to gather up the remaining grail knights in order to find the Holy Grail. The knights have given up their quest in favour of pizza delivery and insurance sales, to name two of their new occupations.
Whenever I read one of Holt's books I am always appreciative of how much research has gone into the fine details.
Since I last posted I have read four real, by that I mean physical books, and two ....sorry....three more on Kindle.
The books I have read on my Kindle are
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens, Expecting someone taller by Tom Holt and A dog's tale by Mark Twain. These three have been kept within my parameters I said I would try to stick to when getting books on Kindle.
- These are, classic books, as they are relatively cheap, or even free.
- Books that are too huge to hold comfortably
- and books that I would really like to read, but have difficulty finding as they are not currently "in print", yes....you can find second hand copies, but they sometimes leave me feeling cold when I handle them, don't know why the just do.
The Shakespeare Secret by J.L.Carrell, Theft by Peter Carey, The first hour I believed by Wally Lamb and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.
The Shakespeare Secret was a thriller/mystery based around The Globe Theatre, places of importance in Shakespeare's life and literary institutions, (mostly in USA.) It twisted and turned a fair bit and kept me interested right up to the end.
Theft is about love/fraud in the art world, betrayal and family loyalty. Peter Carey is not an author you can second guess. A really good read.
The First Hour I believed is a touching story of how one man deals with the consequences that occur after his wife is caught up in the Columbine high school massacre. (The book is fiction, but bases some of the story in "real" facts, Caelum, the main character also finds out more about his forebears during the mammoth story, over 620 pages long in a smallish typeface. Saying that like his previous book I have read, [I know this much is true] a very good engrossing read.
Birdsong is again about someone looking for their forebears, but it is also a love story based around the first world war. If you watched the BBC dramatisation of this that was recently on TV you would only recognise part of the book, as the dramatisation centred on the love story and ignored the part about the young woman looking for "lost" relatives from the first world war. The book was great, the BBC dramatisation , a little disappointing, for me, as it missed out some of the story.