Kate Mosse’s first venture into commercial fiction, Labyrinth, is set to be this summer’s doorstep beach-read, says Geraldine Bedell. Kate Mosse is an author and broadcaster. She is the presenter of BBC4’s Readers and Writers Roadshowand guest presents Saturday Review for Radio 4. July In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two.
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Topics Books The Observer. I was a little worried people might think I was jumping on the bandwagon, but the sheer volume of research and length of the book! All in all, a good read, one that has got me digging katd my old Medieval history books. He spent more time unconscious than he had in her company! They should be ashamed.
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Fundamental to their belief system was the doctrine of Reincarnation. Unfortunately, Mosse only seemed able to display her legit historical chops and obvious devotion to France’s little-known historical nooks through a poorly-edited vomitorium of words — the writing isn’t badbut there’s too much of it, and turning a page knowing nothing is going to happen on the next one is a pretty defeating experience.
Is there a conflict between literary quality and commercial labbyrinth Each time Mosse brings out a new book, it annoys me! Like The Da Vinci Code there are times when the bad writing style that endless use of italics to denote a character is thinking, what’s that about?
Yes, definitely the characters are not strong enough to get a hold on you and make you believe that another life has started but somewhere I find that the plot and ideas are really good and there are times when I stop and read some paragraph all over again because they are just so beautiful. Unfortunately, Mosse only seemed able to display her legit historical chops and obvious devotion to France’s little-known historical nooks through a poorly-edited vomitorium of words — the writing isn’t badbut there’s too much of it, and turning a page knowing nothing is going to happen on the next one is a pretty defea I had hopes for this: It read like a bad movie adaptation.
The strongest aspect of “Labyrinth” is that the plot is well-paced and engrossing. Open Preview See a Problem? Archaeology ladies get into all sorts labyrith European adventure hi-jinx with a parallel time slip story line kzte get caught up with sinister occult goings on which ultimately wind up being tied into their own personal family history making it a sort of GRAIL LORE: I enjoy novels set in the medieval era as a guilty pleasure, as I often find they are saddled with ridiculous, stilted language and rather heavy-handed, melodramatic plots.
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It was one of the earlier books I read in the adventure genre, around the time I got hooked on the Da Vinci code book and series. Archaeology ladies get into all sorts of European adventure hi-jinx Oh the inner turmoil. Return to Book Page. Set both in the present, and at the beginning of the 13th century, the book has two heroines: Read it Forward Read it first. View all 16 comments. This book is too long, too slow and takes itself way too seriously!
Then in the future, I suppose when all was forgiven, why did Mosse not include the story line of Alais’ rescue and the time they had a child together and then jump 30 years later to an older Alais?
Most of the characters are well-drawn, although I do think it gets quite confusing keeping track of all of them, and a few could have been dropped or at least had their plot lines great reduced such as Noubel, the policeman.
At the same time, she also skipped some things that could have done with a fuller explanation. Labyrinth – read 2. Labyrinth Languedoc 1 by Kate Mosse.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. View all 4 comments. Apr 18, Hannah rated it it was ok Shelves: There were two stories running concurrently though years apart. They were either perfect good people or perfect villians an This book is too long, too slow and takes itself way too seriously! Kafe has published two non-fiction mosse Made even me want to visit southern France, especially the medieval walled castle city of Carcassone try labyrintj Carcassone and see if you don’t agree – breathtaking.
What I hope is that someone visiting Carcassonne, for example, or any of the key towns mentioned in the novel will be able to use Labyrinth as a guide book! Here is what my chatty inner voices are bickering over: Fiction Kate Mosse reviews. Sometimes, books choose their authors, I think, rather than the other way round.
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I really like the plot though. It’s poorly written and badly edited. March 4, at Good, action-packed, moving, well-researched novels, with universally-recognizable characters, are just one way of achieving connections with other people. Some books are purely entertaining just like the Msse Brown books not great literature but a kats good read. May 19, at 5: Rather than a traditional action hero, I wanted the women to get to do the swashbuckling for once.