Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth TaleThe Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
Evan’s ESS = 10 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 10 out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Concepts, Mild Language, Home Disrepair, Ghostly Spookiness)

"What better way to get to know someone than through her choice and treatment of books?"

Why:  Before we delve into the actual review of The Thirteenth Tale, please allow us some leniency to address an important issue blackening the world of literature.  We’ve found that while you can’t judge a book by the cover, a picture IS worth a thousand words.  Enter one Diane Setterfield….      

We truly hate to make an example of Ms. Setterfield when she has written such a gem, but was it absolutely necessary to press your face and hair against the wall for your back of the book portrait? And what’s with the ring, and the crazy transparent brown getup?  Far too many authors loose all good judgment when it comes time for the photo op.  This must stop!  Whether it’s an expression of deep thought or unnecessary seriousness, you’re hurting more than just yourself.      

Okay, back to the review….  The Thirteenth Tale is another shining example of a story written specifically for those marvelous and enlightened people who love books.  It’s beautifully written and wildly suspenseful.  Even we didn’t foresee the end turning out like it did – so much so that one of us had to read it all over again.  (This may not say a whole lot though, as we’re still left open mouthed every time Darth Vader reveals that he is, in fact, Luke’s father).

The Thirteenth Tale is the debut novel for Diane Setterfield and took only one week to reach number 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.  It certainly has a Goth feel as it slowly exposes the deep, dark family secrets of a famous novelist.  You won’t be able to connect all the dots until the very last chapter and when you do you’ll be rewarded with one of those rare “good” endings.  Not good in the sense that everything turns out all rosy (not that we’re not saying that things turn out all rosy), but good in the sense that all the pieces come together and fit nicely.  This novel is written so well, that we believe it takes the award for “instant classic”.  If only we could get our hands on tales 1 through 12.       

Editor’s Note:  Please publish a second novel, Diane… please.

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