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The Professor's Assassin (Short Story) (The Technologists 0.5)The Professor's Assassin (Short Story) by Matthew Pearl

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked up this this novella (it's really longer than a short story) to see if I liked Pearl's writing style before I committed to something longer (like The Dante Club or The Technologists).

I'm still not sure.

The author failed to really make me "feel" the period (important in historical fiction), and the characters were a bit superficial. That may be a feature of it being a novella, not a novel, but I fear not. The story line itself wasn't really engaging enough to make me care--I suspect if I didn't have a "completer obsession" I wouldn't have finished it. And I'm not sure I'll give one of the full-length novels a look, either.

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May. 28th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I really, really like The Technologists, but then I listened to the audiobook (did not read the actual print version).
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