Clovis Roders Roders itibaren Erathna, Sri Lanka
Story of secrecy and deception regarding the lottery and its winner's!
I've just started the book, but I'm far enough along to realize that the information posted here is incorrect - unless it's actually a spoiler. The person hanging from the bridge is Simon, not Simone, and so far Simon is a he, not a she. Other than that I find it a very difficult read because the it's not very well written. The main character is chewing up the scenery, so to speak.
I loved this book, I've only read two of Tanenbaum's novels but both have been so amazing that I'm sure I'll love them all. I almost never like female characters I find them empty and often irritating (i'm female myself don't worry) but the characters in this are so real and endearing, Marlene is definitely one of my favorite literary characters. This one..got a little weird though by bringing in a satanic cult and that sort of thing. Not to suggest I don't enjoy that kind of story because I really do but satanic rituals seemed a little out of place to me. I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a fast but solidly entertaining read, not for the faint of heart though.
I love Sharan Newman's medieval series featuring Catherine LeVendeur, a Jewish merchant's daughter. I had high hope for this series as well. However, after reading about 60 pages I ended up skipping to the back of the book to see how things turned out. The pace was slow, the characters seemed to lack depth. I know this isn't the current trend in literature, but I do like an author to give me some basic physical description of the main character, and I got nothing from this book to give me a mental picture. Maybe it's partly that I enjoy medieval history more than American history. Maybe I was just wanting a faster read and didn't have the patience to wait out the plot development. But I don't think I'll read more of this particular series.