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Roman Blood
Steven Saylor
Progress: 171/401 pages
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Bob Spitz
Progress: 208/557 pages
Avant-gardes du XXe siècle: arts & littérature, 1905-1930
Serge Fauchereau
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War
Julius Caesar
Les bûchers de Bocanegra
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Songs of the Kings
Barry Unsworth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

The Janissary Tree: A Novel

The Janissary Tree - Jason Goodwin The first offering in this detective series set in Istambul in the 1830's. Yashim is on the trail of a conspirary of former soldiers "The Janissaries" while trying to solve the murder of a woman in the Sultan's harem and the theft of the Sultan's mother precious jewels given to her by Napoleon's wife Josephine. The setting is exotic, the plot is intriguing. Yashim is endearing. Those are the pluses. But... this book suffers from what I've nicknamed the "Dan Brown syndrome" 132 chapters for 300 pages amounts to 2 and 1/4 pages by chapters. It's annoying, it's very, very annoying. I don't have the attention span of a gerbil thank you very much. The pace of the action, the way the plot is managed suffer greatly from this choice. Luckyly, the short span chapter temper off in the last third of the book saving it for me. The details on the way people live, the city, the seraglios, Yashim's particular situation (he's an eunuch) the "war" the Europeans are waging in the area with the "Great Game" between Russia, the Germans, the British and the French in the background make the plot and action interesting and keep your reading.