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World Without End - THE REVIEW

I don't know how many weeks I have been reading it for, but I have finally completed World Without End! I have read books of such a length before, but this one was quite a mammoth effort. So much could happen in the space of 20 pages that you would have to stop reading - not because you're ready to stop at that point, but because your brain is about to over-heat and it needs an hour or two to process the crazy amount of info it has just been bombarded with!

That's not to say the book is unstructured. It's very cleverly plotted considering the amount of time the book covers. There are just so many characters, and so many plots, all intertwining and converging. It's a little bit manic! But it kept the book exciting throughout it's length. Sometimes picking up a book of this size, you worry that there are pages upon pages of description. This isn't the case for World Without End. It's very simply written and the language is quick and easy. I liked that. If I had to read 1500 pages of latinate prose I would have given up long before the half way mark.

Much like it's predecessor, The Pillars of the Earth, the book is grounded in the construction of a building, the priory of Kingsbridge, and the ambitions of the town's residents. In some respects, its a rehash of the first book in that the characters are simply replicated under different names. There's the power hungry monk, the unassuming level-headed monk, the downtrodden builder, the enterprising feminist, the lecherous kings-man, the witch-like wise woman. But I found I wasn't tired of them.

I enjoyed reading World Without End, but I do feel it could have been better. The denoument was something of a flickering candle than a firework. Having been built up in the early chapters, the plot surrounding it was barely referenced throughout the novel, and when it resurfaced at the end, you found you didn't care. It's a book about people more than it is about secrets - unlike POTE which centred heavily around them. To this end the great secret played no part in what you had just read. It seemed out of place.

As for the Plague: It came, it killed, it went. Where's the emotion? The horror? The total devastating destruction of the disease? And it seemed all too convenient that none of the main characters died of it...Especially as there are so many.

All in all I thought this was a good book. Not as good as its prequel, but a worthy sequel. And hey, my arms are more toned for reading it!
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Fashion for your Kindle

Now you can match your Kindle to your outfit and look stylish on the tube and train.



These new Gelaskins (available for Kindle, iPad, Macbook and iPhone) are beautiful, and best of all, interchangeable.

Lets make reading pretty :)

I think my favourite is this one:



(this post can also be found at Lunchtime Shopaholic)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I have to get this book. I'm very intrigued.

It looks creepy, it has photos and it's (apparently tenously) YA.

Just a bit disappointed it's better in physical form due to the images and handwritten letters, so I can't download it to Kindle and start reading right away.

Oh, in other news I have almost finished World Without End. Woohoo! Review coming soon.
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World Without End II

This book is taking me forever!
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