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To you perceptive reader I beueath my historyLate one night exploring her father's library a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters The letters are all addressed to My dear and unfortunate successor and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of historyThe letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known and to a centuries long uest to find the source of that darknes January 3 2014Dear Khanh of 2006I am your older wiser self Many things will happen in the years that have elapsed before you become the me of today You will fall in love You will break hearts You will get your heart broken karma's a bitch You will change jobs You will graduate from collegeMost importantly you will become intelligent you will learn the art of advanced thinking because really all college teaches you is how to get good grades by regurgitating textbooks When you are older as you begin to read critically you will learn to appreciate a good book and you will be able to identify literary bullshit when you see itThat's all this book is Literary bullshitThis book is dramatic rubbish artistic gibberish It is nothing than a glorified travel brochureSeriously younger Khanh what the fuck were you thinking when you enjoyed this book? You thought it was sweet you thought it was romantic you thought the writing was beautiful Really? Really?Between 2006 and 2014 you will be able to identify purple prose when you see it You will realize that flowery prose is not good writing Correlation does not imply causation and good writing does not necessarily encompass a good plotYou will be able to recognize a deus ex fucking machina when you see it Oh I know that you learned about deus ex machina in AP English You learned a lot of things in English class You learned about symbolism foreshadowing all that good shit but really it does you no fucking good unless you are able to identify it when you see it And clearly you did not see the tremendous horrifying abominable that's a hyperbole overuse of deus ex fucking machina upon your first perusal of this bookYou will realize that a good epistolary book involving several different characters should have the characters be actually fucking distinct Did you seriously think this book was realistic in any way when you cannot distinguish between the narrative of an old man an older man and that of a girl as she grows from her early teens?Did you ever for a moment think upon the complete absurdity of the letters and the storytelling particularly when said letters and spoken stories were told in excruciating minutiae Is that realistic in any way? In your letters have you ever once mentioned the trivialities of your evening routine particularly when it made absolutely no relevance whatsoever to whatever point you were trying to make? While I waited I poked up the fire added another log set out two glasses and surveyed my desk My study also served me for a sitting room and I made sure it was kept as orderly and comfortable as the solidity of its nineteenth century furnishings demanded I had completed a great deal of work that afternoon supped off a plate brought up to me at six o’clock and then cleared the last of my papers When you tell a story to your friends have you ever once mentioned the drumming of your fingertips when you're trying to tell a story of supposedly the utmost importance? I drummed my fingers on the desktop The clock in my study seemed to be ticking unusually loudly tonight and the urban half darkness seemed too still behind my venetian blinds I know you are young and stupid but you are not that stupid Please don't tell me that this book fooled you in any way Did you seriously buy into the letters and the stories?Fucking letters Fucking stories Bullshit attempts at letters and storytelling and an epistolary timeline that is everything overwrought all that is overdramatic and completely devoid of sen

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The HistorianS and wipe it out It is a uest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula Generations of historians have risked their reputations their sanity and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this uest herself to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern worl This is actually the second time I've read this book For a first novel it is outstanding I was completely engrossed in the story I really love history and the whole Dracula lore I thought it was a great mix of both It added a lot of suspense that made me read it with the lights on I think I read it in about four days I just couldn't put it down I will say this though if you are not really into history or researching I would skip it If you are wanting to read it just because it has to do with Dracula I would pick a much smaller book However I just love history and research duh I work in a library so it was right up my alley Actually I'm doing a little research on it myself I did read some of the comments on com and wasn't exactly surprised by the comments It was either a love it or hate it book That is why I throw my caution out there Basically people who didn't enjoy it were out for a Dracula story and thought the history was a drag I'm really into history so I thought it was pretty damn good I will say I did discover a few historical inaccuracies but I think I'll let them fly for now ; All in all a good read especially for a rainy day

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The Historian ePub ☆ Kindle Edition Read å To you perceptive reader I beueath my historyLate one night exploring her father's library a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters The letters are all addressed to My dear and unfortunate successor and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of a labyrinth whD? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed and that he has lived on century after century pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these uestions cross time and borders as first the father and then the daughter search for clues from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul Budapest and the depths of Eastern Europe In city after city in monasteries and archives in letters and in secret conversations the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler's dark reign and about a time defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages Tentatively my hand crept towards the mouse What dark and unholy specter could be contained in other people's reviews of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian? I was filled with passive voiced dread as the link was clicked by me I was horrified to readxdragonlady's review My main problem with the book being that the author told the tale from so many different points of view but that they were each told in first person without giving the reader any notice as to who was telling the tale I don't understand why this book is on the bestseller's listI was aghast Could the novel I had just read really have been a confounding multi tiered multiple first person narrative with lack luster voices which the author clearly mistook for a clever attempt at recreating a sense of research?With much hesitation I read on I find myself thinking of my mother's comment after she read the Da Vinci Code that it was ok but she knew many other books that were written much better that should be best sellers I wish Brien had read the book at the same time as I did I would liked to have talked to him about itBlast I too wondered what xdragonladyx's mother and friend Brien would have thought If only she could have included a detailed transcription of their own reviews I may now never know if either of them viewed The Historian as an attempt to capitalize on the fad of Dan Brown style mysteries and the vampire genre Suddenly a wayward link caught my eye and I clickedSilver's review I think I read some review here on GoodReads that called this a book to be conuered You know one where after a time you feel so invested that you MUST finish it you must defeat the book you will NOT give up no matter how much you are suffering Whoever said that about Kostova's The Historian I salute youAs I read this thing about someone reading something else somewhere I was reminded of my own refusal to allow the dry 600 page tome to defeat me and that by the time I had completed the flatulent ending not only had I conuered it but impaled it still screaming onto a ten foot stake It was dead and without the risk of ever returning to life so that no one would ever have to read it againYou're welcome