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Reviews:
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Angels of Interstate 29 by Donald James Parker
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Beyond Another Door by Sonia Levitin
The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights by Daniel Abraham
Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Feng Shui in Your Garden by Roni Jay
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Mirand and Ed Emberley
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Jellaby Volume 1 by Kean Soo
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein
The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece
Jesus Swept by James Protzman
Overexposed: The Price of Fame by Eliot Tiegel
Quickstone by Marc Laidlaw
Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards
Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
A Very Hairy Scary Story by Rick Walton
The View from on High by Steven R. Boyett

Ulysses:
Episode 6: Hades: Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
Episode 7: Aeolus: J. Jonah Jameson
Episode 8: The Laestrygonians: Earl's Court to Islington
Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis: If I Had a Hammer

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Angel of Darkness

Angel of DarknessThe Angel of Darkness: 04/07/09

The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr is the sequel to The Alienist. Both are psychological dramas wrapped in historical fiction. I have not read the first book but Carr spends a good portion of the book filling in the blanks. He probably spent too much time.

The book picks up a year after the first book ends when the wife of a Spanish diplomat begs them to help her find her kidnapped baby. This comes just as Spain and America are at the verge of going to war. Where the last book looks at the psychology of a male serial killer, this one tries to do the same with a female serial killer.

Fans of historical fiction and psychological thrillers seem to love these pair of books. What The Angel of Darkness has reaffirmed for me is that I don't especially like either genre. Put together they are a sure fire combination to have my tuning out a few chapters into the plot.

The problems I had with The Angel of Darkness have to do with the use of language and the description of the setting. All of the characters in the book speak in incredibly ornate and complex ways, even the ex-street urchin. The men and the women alike regardless of background or personal stories all speak like aristocratic book worms.

Combined with all of them speaking like Thurston Howell III or Major Charles Emerson Winchester III is the problem that all of them seemed amazed by the world in which they live. Sure, there are the new inventions like the telephone, the phonograph, the camera and the automobile but almost every generation lives with some form of technological innovation. These new things are there alongside older ways of doing things. Whenever characters stop to marvel at the world the historical fiction loses credibility.

If the dialogue and narrative descriptions were simplified for something more realistic and in keeping with a reformed street thug living in New York City in the late 1890s and most of the explanations of the modern marvels were excised too, this 700 page tome would shrink to a manageable and tightly written thriller of half its current size.

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Comment #1: Friday, April, 10, 2009 at 12:05:12

Kristi

You have me intrigued - I do like both genres so might have to check this one out!



Comment #2: Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 17:40:21

Pussreboots

Fans of the genres seem to really enjoy The Angel of Darkness. Happy reading!