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Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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Far to Go by Alison Pick

Far to Go - Alison Pick

I wanted to like this book more than I did, because of the premise of it. Unfortunately, all the flashes between past and present wore away at my interest, and I just wanted it to stay in the past. The past story was a little weak, but I felt like the present-day part of the story really didn't add anything, and was a bit too overdone. Of course, once I got to the end, and realized why these flashes happened, it felt like I could have tossed away the whole book and been better for it. Greatly disappointing. I hope this seeming trend of historical fiction that places more emphasis on modern-day characters looking back on history, as with books like "Sarah's Key" (which was really poor), will go away soon.