Monday, 27 February 2017

Joint Discussion: The lady and the unicorn



Happy February everyone! This month we read "The Lady and the Unicorn". Carole is in purple and Blodeuedd is in green. 
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Title: The Lady and the Unicorn
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 250
First Published: 2003
Where I Got It: On my Shelf (Used Book Store)


The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown—until now.


Paris, 1490.  A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look.




Well...this was an interesting choice of mine. LOL

I have a feeling you liked it less than I did?

I’m not sure...I’m still mixed on my feelings. It was interesting.

I get that. I enjoyed it, it was an interesting setting, but I did have issues with almost everyone.

Yes, that is prolly where my issue lies. Even the ONE character I liked turned out to be, well, not...likable anymore. Super shame. Alinor, the blind girl, did something and made me dislike her. I did end up liking poor Phillipe...I just felt bad for him and I applaud what he did (good intentions and all), but poor guy.

Told ya! ;) Phillipe, yes he was a good guy, but not memorable. If I have to pick someone it would be Marie-Celeste, sure she was a silly thing, but I liked how she turned the table later on. She at least felt human, the rest felt like idiots.

She wasn’t bad. But everyone was an idiot in their own right. It annoyed me. LOL

Mostly I hated that stupid stupid stupid man. Arghhh Nicholas. Grrrrr

Gah! He needed a good kick in the arse or the other thing. He was like a poison. Every time he showed up there was something bad happening. King of the idiots.

I also did not get how all women were so stupid to fall for his BS. I mean honestly! It was like they all were horny and had not seen a man for years.

Hahaha well...I mean it was the 1400s and so everyone was super horny. So not entirely their fault. Especially the women...the only men they see are family members and stinky ones like that Jacques guy (or whatever his name was).

True and I can forgive Marie for it, but the girls, they should have known better. They would not get married like that. Stay in a convent for the rest of your life then. That stupid chit Claude I did not get at all. Also that scene when they looked at drawings, I am sure I have read that somewhere else too. It just did not feel like something she would do. It was like she had gone insane.

Maybe she was insane. I batted that idea from the beginning. She was something else. Speaking of that...what did you think of the ending? It felt so flat to me...the “big” reveal of the tapestry was lacking. I think the author got sucked up in the dramas of her characters and kinda forgot about what the tapestry that was supposed the be the centralized point of the whole story. Maybe it’s just me, but yeah….

Let’s go with insane. That fits. The rest were normal, but what she did, eh, she was in LUST. And yes I get what you mean. It was all, look we have a tapestry, whatever. It did feel like she forgot about her tapestry, and that was the whole thread throughout the book. If I am not wrong and the thread was how many women Nicholas could do.

Crazy Claude is her new name. But yes, thank goodness I am not Crazy Carole, but I felt the ending lacking. Even the epilogue didn’t mention it. Haha. But I do love drama, so it was entertaining to watch everyone messing around and ruining their lives because they are too stupid to realize what they are doing is a BAD thing. Like Alinor...exhibit A.

It was good for the drama for sure. And did you not have the notes at the back? Where it said that Claude got it and then they found it in the 19th century or something?

No I didn’t! I just got the “So and so had 500 babies”, “So and so died alone”, and etc. D:

Huh, weird. Yes Claude got it, then her husband’s family. Then they found it in a castle later on and it was cut up by peasants ;) But they fixed it

*flips through pages in book* OOOH okay, I guess I missed that!!!! Weird...I think it was because it was on the back page of the epilogue page. Hahaha. I retract my statement then!

Always check the end fellow readers ;)

I think I was over it and didn’t even care at that point. For some reason I stayed up SUPER late finishing it because I HAD TO know what was going to happen next with our little cast of morons.

Oh, I was not THAT into it. I was more or less reading it in peace and quiet, taking a nap, reading on. It was good, never amazing. But something saved it and made it good even if everyone deserved to get a slap in the face.

I really didn’t get into it until the thing with my previous favorite character happened. I was all, “NOOOOOO!” And I had to read on.

I never did get if that character really wanted it, or if it was a way out of another mess.

Honestly, I think she was convinced that was the only way to get out of that stinky mess. I mean….it worked in the long run in her favor….but yeah.

I should have been clearer, it was like she suddenly lost her mind, Instead we should have seen her thoughts when she was all, yup, gonna do this cos I wont be stinky.

She did go insane, because of Doom-bringing Nicholas. Every time he showed his face something bad happened and people just lost their sanity. I blame him for everything. Heck, I bet he lied about the tapestry’s due date being changed.

Such an ass. Slimey and creepy.

He was. But it was entertaining watch him ruin everything he touched. I bet his painting SUCKED!

Ha, I am sure they did. So, any last thoughts?

Mmmmm. I’m still on the fence with my feelings. It had good things, bad things, and things I’m not even sure about. Sanity was certainly questionable.

It was good, but I wish everyone had not been insane ;)

LOL but I think it would’ve been boring ;) I’m excited for next month’s read!!! *fingers crossed*

True, but he should have been more careful where he wanted to stick his junk. You are getting no new paintings that way mister!
Omg next month!!! I hope it will be good

Agreed, agreed. Until next month?

Until next month


Friday, 24 February 2017

#FitReaders: Weekly Check-in Feb 24 2017

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My week:
And winter finally came yesterday, took it long enough! Of course it will surely melt away like every other time this winter.

Sat 50 min walk
Sun 30 min walk. 2 km bike
Mon 45 min water aerobics. 6 km bike, 30 min walk
Tue  30 min walk. 4 km bike
Wed  30 min walk. 7 km bike
Thu  4 km bike
Fri 4 km bike, 30 min walk



Luci is not amused


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Incendium - A.D.Swanston

Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To the young lawyer Christopher Radcliff and his patron and employer, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the prospects for peace are grave - and as Leicester's chief intelligencer, he is charged with investigating both the rumours of rebellion at home and invasion from abroad.

But Radcliff's own life is far from orderly. His relationship with the widow Katherine Allingham is somewhat turbulent and the cut-throat world of court politics leaves no room for indiscretions. 
That the queen's own cousin, the Duke of Norfolk, is found guilty of treason, it is a sign of just how deep the dissent goes. Jesuit priests have been sent to England in order to foment revolt but the threat of a Catholic uprising comes not just from within. Across the channel, France is caught up in a frenzy of brutal religious persecution and England's other enemy of old, Spain, is making preparations to invade. England is a powder-keg, just waiting for a spark to ignite it - and then Christopher Radcliff hears word of a plot that could provide that spark. The word is 'incendium' - but what does it mean and who lies behind it? Suddenly Christopher Radcliff is caught up in a race against time... 

My thoughts:
I have said it before, but historical mysteries really fit me. They have to work so hard to find anything, in a good way.

In this one Radcliffe, a lawyer works for the Earl of Leicester. And there is a plot afoot. Does someone want to kill the queen? Who can be trusted? Tensions between Catholics and the rest are rising. France is making moves, Spain is making moves. And Radcliffe is meant to try to figure out what is going on, and then there is the word, Incendium. 

Who was behind it. Oh I could not guess hidden players. But I enjoyed reading about it and him finding out more. His hidden agents, the help he got from the woman he loved. It does take more than just one man looking through London so solve this mystery,

The book felt light too and I read it fast, I wanted to know what would happen. Well obviously I knew what would happen, but you know, what would happen to all who I had started to like too.

Conclusion:
A good mystery, a nice little thriller. Great historical setting too.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Bantam Press
Christopher Radcliff #1
Historical mystery
For review


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Carole's Wednesday Review: Daughter of a Thousand Years

Author: Amalia Carosella
Title: Daughter of a Thousand Years
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, & Romance
Pages: ebook
Expected publication: February 21st 2017
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Given to me by the publisher/author for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Greenland, AD 1000


More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband.



New Hampshire, 2016



Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon.



In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.




Holy drama! This was steeped in drama. Also, this also showed how times have not changed from 1000 AD to today. Religion is a huge issue that society is still dealing with. Which it really shouldn't an issue in my opinion. 



The story follows Emma is a modern girl who was raised Catholic, but it has never felt right. Things happen and her secret of being a "pagan"/"heathen" because she worships Thor and the other Norse gods is brought out to light at the worse time. She has to deal if she wants to continue living a lie or not. At the same time, in 1000 AD Freydis is hanging onto the old ways while Christianity is spreading like wildfire throughout her world. 



Honestly? I really liked Emma's story better. Strange, right!? But yes, modern Emma and her modern issues. I felt so bad for her because her ex was a jerk, her family is super Catholic, the whole community is super Catholic, she has to deal with a bitchy student, and trying to balance what she wants and what would be easy. Poor Emma. But yes, I really liked her and her story. 



Freydis was annoying. I get her issues too, but she was overly hot-headed for my liking. There times it was not really necessary. BUT it was really not her fault...her dad was bad too, plus everything is changing and she felt betrayed. Still...there were some times and situations that did not warrant her to explode. Okay...I did like her love story better than Emma's. I just might be biased because Freydis' lover is a hot Viking while Emma's lover is a PR guy....so yeah Freydis' lover is way better. ;D 



All-in-all, I really liked this book. I could hardly put it down. The two stories were really different, but very similar and it has the same morals. The two stories mixed well together. The writing was done well and I was sucked into both stories. I finished the book in a couple of sittings. 



In the end, I highly recommend this. This shall be stamped with 5 stars.






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