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His read vividly and deliciously like a great movie So much fun I think I loved very page If Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown had a baby that baby would have grown up into Thomas Wheeler and it would have written this book The writing is clunky and in places it s absolutely nonsensical The plot is difficult to follow which is a shame because I think it could have been fantastic The whole time I was reading it I just kept thinking it was so close yet so unbelievably far away My chief issue with the novel was the treatment of the female characters Each time a woman is introduced to the novel or Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life even to a scene her breasts are mentioned I m not kidding it s got to be 99% of the time Instead of using her legendary skills to distract hospital guards Marie uses her body and pretends to be a prostitute Naturally Marie was the love interest of than one member of the Arcanum Not one female characterscaped being sexualized not Crazy Love even Houdini s wife who was probably my favorite Every time Marie was sassy or took initiative it felt completely pasted on It was pretty damn disgustingThat on top of flat characters and ridiculous circumstances seriously Houdini and Lovecraftscape by tightrope walking across the power lines what the hell I was totally disappointed I got this cheap at the bookstore at the airport Not a lot of choice And it waasn t that good First of all the depicitions of Laveau Houdini Lovecraft and Doyle seemed wrong Tim Powers has a uote somewhere that when writing historical fantasy its important to fill in the gaps This one just uses names and doesn t care about the characters It read like a poor screenplay turned into a book Blah The plot is ssentially League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with real historical figures instead of literary ones I would watch the TV show in a heartbeat but getting through the book itself was a bit of a drag There are odd moments were you look at this detail or were you look at this detail or and go oh well the author did some research The next page however will have some random bit of anachronism that leaves you confused Read it if you like comics and don t xpect much Tries to be the Last Templar meets Rule of Four meets Da Vinci Code meets League of Extraordinary Gentlemen And it just fails miserably. S of deceptively disparate but decidedly connected murders And as he calls upon the scattered members of the Arcanum for aid he also finds himself mbroiled in a story of war as old as time itself Not of a struggle between countries but between darkness and lightPeopled with the twentieth century’s most famous and infamous figures here is an xtraordinary tale in which the stakes go beyond the realm of humankind into the divine From the Hardcover diti. ,

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I actually bought this book a couple of years ago on the recommedation of a co worker back when I worked for a book store I m sorry it took me so long to read it It was surprisingly good After Dante Club by Matthew Pearl I honestly didn t think I d find any author able to fuse well known historical literary figures into a story and not have it come across as cheesey or cheap Thomas Wheeler did a great job Not only did I believe that I was reading the interactions of Sir Arthur I believe that I was reading the "interactions of Sir Arthur Doyle HP Lovecraft and Harry Houdini but "of Sir Arthur Doyle HP Lovecraft and Harry Houdini but pursuit of the mystery and personal limits and demons felt right on The basis of the story was xciting and the strings of the mystery were satisfactorily tied I Black Heart, Red Ruby even loved thendingredemption comes in so many forms and this story we have ach character finding their own redemptionIt s a great mystery and historical account of attitudes and feelings from turn of the century New York and one that I highly recommend to any mysteryliterary fan The book begins with a silly but fairly ntertaining premise Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Harry Houdini HP Lovecraft and voodoo priestess Marie Laveau form a group of sleuths tracking down supernatural New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood events Turning historical personages into 21st century styled action heroes is hardly necessary but is harmlessnough At first Unfortunately somewhere near the middle of the story the plot moves rapidly from silly to preposterous to ridiculous Anytime Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini reuire assistance from levitating magicians or trained mice who carry messages on their collar through downtown Manhattan you know your gimmick has gone out of control Where is an Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey editor when you need one OK This one was a guilty pleasure An occult thriller in which a team consists of Harry Houdini Marie Laveau HP Lovecraft and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It s like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but with real people yetually far fetched How Do You Mess Up A Story About you mess up a story about Conan Doyle HP Lovecraft and Houdini attempting to avert the nd of the world by recovering a lost volume of arcane lore and dubious provenance Just ask Thomas Wheeler Start by failing to do any kind of historical or biographical research whatsoever Lovecraft was social guy with a wide corr. It is 1919 and the Great War has come to a close But in the shadows of the world’s major cities the killing has just begun In this perilous time as the division between order and chaos grows increasingly slim a select group of visionaries have taken it upon themselves to nsure the safety of humanity They are known as the ArcanumIn London’s stormy Hyde Park Konstantin Duvall the Arcanum’s founder has been killed in a suspicious accident Dismayed th. Espondence and a fairly ЯED excellent sense of humor which makes him a far complex personality than the Reclusive Necromancer Wheeler paint by numbers here Doyle based his most famous character on Dr Joseph Bell not himself and wroteerie tales of supernatural horror which seems like the kind of thing that would have merited a little attention here I ll admit I don t know much about Houdini but I m fairly certain he and the other gentlemen of his ra didn t speak in anachronistic metaphors the way Wheeler has them doingOnce you ve completely sucked the joy out of your novel by inaccurately depicting the main characters try to recoup your losses by stacking set piece upon set piece with little regard to sense or plot progression Got Houdini Let s put in an scape with a high wire act Got Doyle Let s make him randomly deduce things in some situations BUT NOT OTHERS GOT LOVECRAFT LET S THROW IN not others Got Lovecraft Let s throw in little shittily written steampunk confrontation with a demon or something Not done yet Let s insert Marie Laveau into the narrative despite her having been dead for a few decades by this time and then HAVE HER RAISE SOME DAMN ZOMBIES Because well why not rightThis should have been precisely the kind of thing I adore a brilliant mash up of history and literature tinged with supernatural horror Instead it s nothing but a rather painfully The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs epic disappointment with cardboard cut outs standing in for beloved characters and randompisodes standing in for plot and a completely inaccurate rendering of HPL s Cthulhu Mythos added on top just as a final kick in the teeth I suppose I can say that at least it was good for a laugh though I highly doubt that s what the author intended this book was AWESOME it had Moreno everything Lost tribes of Angels gonstic gospel knowledge historical fiction HP Lovecraft as a character in the book a twisted plot I didn t see all the way through until it came about at thend Uber rich Satanists you name it WOWI mean sure not high brow fiction but one HELL of a joyride through the occult and arly American Delightful A perfectly wonderful
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to spend afternoon if you love Sherlock Holme Houdini and Doyle supernatural mysteries and turn of the century settings The author is obviously a great scriptwriter E group’s longest lived member Sir Arthur Conan Doyle determines to avenge Duvall’s death and uncover the secret left in his wake For the dead man possessed the world’s most powerful now missing artifact the Book of Enoch the chronicle of God’s mistakes within whose pages lie the seeds for the nd of A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author everything From the scene of the crime Conan Doylembarks on a path that leads him to the sleazy underworld of New York City’s Bowery and a serie.
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