Monday, December 7, 2009

Book Review: The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

New Mystery Reader has posted my review of Matthew Pearl's The Last Dickens. This marks the second novel of the year in which The Mystery of Edwin Drood has been featured, the other being Dan Simmons' Drood (my review). Here's the funny thing: I haven't read The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Yet. I plan to rectify that deficiency early next year.

In the meantime, have a read at my review and let me know if you agree or not. Thanks.

4 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Link is off. Just give me a thumbs up or down. I almost picked this up yesterday.

Scott Parker said...

Patti - A qualified thumbs up. Two of the three threads of the story are good, especially the one that follows Dickens on his American speaking tour in 1867. The third, the one following his son in 1870 India, went nowhere for me. Historical details are wonderful and you will be immersed in the time period.

Charles Gramlich said...

I read Pearl's first book and have never tried another. I'm sure he's gotten better as a writer, but his first work was very very slow.

Scott Parker said...

Charles - I think, with audiobooks available, I'll give the first two books a try.