would i like kate mosse?

(29 Posts)
AtYourCervix Tue 09-Jul-13 19:26:09

And which order is the languedoc trilogy?

AnotherWorld Tue 09-Jul-13 19:53:47

Maybe. I enjoyed them. A little difficult to get into but worth it IMO.

Labyrinth is first. See www.katemosse.co.uk

GetStuffezd Tue 09-Jul-13 19:55:15

I've never tried because for me it's telling that every single charity shop, without exception, in my town has at least one copy of Labyrinth. grin

carlajean Tue 09-Jul-13 20:33:26

I don't know. I had to read Laberynth for a book group and thought it was utter tosh, but utter tosh might be your thing..

AtYourCervix Tue 09-Jul-13 20:35:18

Hmmmm.

Rethink. Maybe. Thanks.

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 20:37:00

It's tosh but could be great holiday reading. Like Girl with a Pearl, sort of well researched but.

JakeBullet Tue 09-Jul-13 20:38:05

Depends, I heard folk rave about Labyrinth but I just couldn't get into it at all, gave it to charity in the end.

Crap. Tosh is too kind a word for them. Over-written nonsense, masquerading as literature. Trust me - they are awful.

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 20:43:13

At least she wrote a lot of long books. She's a jolly hard worker!

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 20:44:04

Like Sarah Waters, I read a Sarah Waters book once by accident. The blurb said she was a modern female Dickens.

Reader, she isn't.

I loathe Sarah Waters - nearly everybody on here loves her, so I now feel as if I've found a kindred spirit! I detest Dickens too though - I was hoping she'd be a female Wilkie Collins (dear Wilkie runs rings round Charlie imho).

ChocChaffinch Tue 09-Jul-13 20:47:52

I got bored with the 3rd. labyrinth is ok. missed the middle one. meh.

motherinferior Tue 09-Jul-13 20:48:58

Sarah Waters is magnificent. A proper novelist. The Night Watch is one of the best books around.

Kate Mosse did an interesting couple of early ones - Eskimo Kisses and Crucifix Lane - and Labyrinth is readable if you haven't got anything better to hand. Sepulchre is an attempt at cashing in with a very slightly differentiated rewrite, not worth the journey.

motherinferior Tue 09-Jul-13 20:50:15

Fingersmith is very Collinsesque. Also that woman who wrote Room whose name escapes me did at least one in that vein. Emma Donahue. The Sealed Letter. I think.

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 20:52:12

I read Fingersmith, that's the one. I would disagree with you about the Collinsesque, I was most disappointed. I thought I had wasted my money to be honest. I thought the book got some fake credibility and cachet by being about lesbians.

motherinferior Tue 09-Jul-13 20:53:53

OK - I loved it. I think she's magnificent. Try The Night Watch. Even better. And more lesbians.

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 20:55:11

Remus: my big hate fake literature is Girl With a Pearl.

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 20:57:10

Meh I found it a bit lesbian-porny-extended-MillsandBoony-gothy-melodramatic-ultimately-tiresome. Isn't it funny how people are different. Mind you I can't bear Martin Amis either.

Totally disagree re Collins-esque. I think she wanted to be Collins-esque and couldn't manage it, so she threw in sex etc for shock factor to try to hide the fact that her ideas, characters and plot lacked substance and that she was going to lay on her twists with trowels.

I gave up three quarters of the way into Night Watch, after deciding I would rather read a Famous Five book instead. It was beyond boring.

Hated Girl With A Pearl Earring too, but nowhere near as much as I detested Sarah Waters (and I've read at least three of hers, to make sure!).

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 21:17:04

Better person then me. One then done. Same with Kate Mosse though I did read another book by thingy of Girl with a Pearl. I wouldn't say drivel but I would say the research doesn't really make up for the lack of substance.

alemci Tue 09-Jul-13 21:37:19

I love kate mosse. have read 3 of hers. give it a go

AtYourCervix Tue 09-Jul-13 21:38:44

What about Game of thrones?

highlandcoo Tue 09-Jul-13 22:39:09

I thought Labyrinth was really over-rated. I don't like time-shift novels anyway and seem to recall Labyrinth was one?

I do like Kate Mosse as a person though. Any time I've seen her on TV she seems intelligent and funny. But will never read another of her books.

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 22:43:16

Ps Remus I just read Inferno to see what it was like! Before I say what I think - have you managed to scrape through it read?

Crumbledwalnuts Tue 09-Jul-13 22:45:19

Also Remus do you have a Collins you recommend? I've read a Woman in White and Moonstone. I think I might have read No Name but that would have been a long time ago.

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