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The List of 7 by Mark Frost

The List of 7 by Mark Frost: a mix of adventure and occultism with a tiny bit of romance thrown in for good measure in Victorian England makes for quite an interesting book.

Arthur Conan Doyle is a physician of modest stature in the late 1880s in England. He has a few patients and submit manuscripts to local publishing houses. He also has a keen interest in the occult and spends a fair amount of time investigating spiritualists and mediums trying to find the real thing.

All this is abruptly thrown into disarray when he finds himself the target of a group of seven people that wish him dead before he can disrupt their plot - one he has unwittingly stumbled into.

At first, while I liked the book, I found it really hard to get into. It wasn't until page 60 or so that I really started to enjoy the book and the direction it was taking. I was eager to see what would happen next and what the fates of various players in the book would be.

My only real complaint with the book is that at times it the prose was a bit windy. Also, while the book was set in Victorian England, I myself don't know all their terms and slang. It would have been nice to have had some translations. The only reason that I knew that an alienist is, basically, a psychiatrist, is because of the excellent book by Caleb Carr The Alienist.

All in all, the novel contained quite the adventure and I look forward to reading the next book in the series The 6 Messiahs.

(Finished on November 11, 2003 for Zuly’s Reading Room.)

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Comments

I recently read a book that I think you might rather enjoy.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson

I searched your Biblioblog and did not see it mentioned.

.: ginadapooh said on November 11, 2003 12:59 PM :: link it :.

Funny. I just got email telling me you were reading something new. I got a bit of what you just said about this book, but All Consuming said you were talking about The Alienist. I think it's being wonky. I've been trying to login there for a bit and it isn't playing well with others. Think I might remove it from my blog and keep a list by hand instead. Oh, and the book sounds interesting, too. ;)

.: Crankydragon said on November 12, 2003 09:56 AM :: link it :.

You're too early! Come back at November 11, 2003 12:11 PM to see this post.

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