Sunday, May 20, 2007

Crazy Random Meme

I've set a new personal record when it comes to memes. After being tagged for the first time ever just a few days ago, I find myself being tagged again this afternoon (by Matt). So I've gone from tagless to double-tagged in the blink of an eye.

The rules, as posted by Matt, are: “You simply have to grab the book nearest to you (no cheating here), turn to page 161, and post the text of the fifth full sentence on the page along with the body of the instruction on your blog.

The book nearest at hand is one I started reading in the hospital waiting room on Friday, Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. It's a historical novel set in 12th century Cambridge and the designated sentence is:
"For the tenth time, she went over the reasoning that had brought them all to this place."
This historical novel is actually a very gruesome and exciting murder mystery. I'll be talking about it more in the next few days.


  1. Mistress of the Art of Death is my next book! I am very much looking forward to it!

  2. Until the past few years, I've never read any Historical Fiction! But then I read The Other Boleyn Girl and quickly followed it up with Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman, and now I'm hooked!! I have this book on my TBR pile. It looks great!

    I'm anxiously awaiting your review!

  3. Marg, I think that you'll really like it. The characters so real that I can easily place myself into their world. I'm over half way through the book and still wondering about the murders...

  4. Stephanie, I think that the best historical fiction is really worth reading. I enjoy time traveling that way (I wish I could do the real thing, but historical fiction is the next best thing) but I don't find myself reading as much historical fiction as I should.

    My particular favorites are either set in historical England or during the American Civil War, it seems. Those are still the ones that get my attention on the shelves of bookstores. It really is easy to get hooked on historical fiction, I agree.

    Have you tried "alternate history" as a genre? If you are familiar with a particular period, it can be great fun to read about what might have happened with just a historical tweak or two. I suppose it's more a sub-genre of fantasy than of historical fiction, but I enjoy it for many of the same reasons.

  5. Oops! I should have caught up on your blog before tagging you. Heh heh.

  6. Not a problem, Dewey...It gave me a great excuse to talk about another book. That's always a good thing. :-)

  7. Mistress of the Art of Death keeps calling out to me whenever I am in a bookstore. Looks like I need to bring it home! I will look forward to your comments on it.

  8. I'm still a couple of days from finishing the book (I'm juggling about 6 other books at the same time) but I can say that I've enjoyed it. It's interesting...not perfect for a few obvious reasons, but still a nice read.