“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” just a little bit of my favourite miss Jane Austen. I guess i wrote it down to give you a sense that i can sometimes be a snob but will realise my faults eventually “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” from the wise mind of a childhood idol of mine - Lemony Snicket - not exactly a hard and fast rule for me, but i do abide by it in the sense that i alone always carry a book.
Seriously, I know that for some, the feel, smell and tactile joy of paper is hard to give up, but if you're on the road, it's awfully nice to be able to load up an ereader with all the books you think you may need. (This is always more than I can possibly read in the time allotted, but hope springs eternal.)
I was really looking forward to this book when i first bought it , despite me being a bit of religious thriller virgin, and not really knowing what to expect i was still disappointed by the writers style , characterization , and most of the content (emphasis on most remember). If i recall correctly there was quite a large segment of news coverage and hype on it when it was released in Scotland when i was growing up in 2003. Why was i not intrigued then to read then you may ask? I was six, and was nowhere near quite as ardent of a reader (i know it sounds narcissistic) as i am today. Following that , it did in fact make me increasingly more inquisitive about my own religion, it's origins, etc. Which i guess, was good. It showed me the tributary which leads to the vast sea of historical fiction so for that (which i guess was all because i picked it first before any other religious and/or historical novel) it gets three stars when originally started out with a meager two.