I struggled to write my mid-October review this month, though I will try again and maybe put it up middle of next month. But for now, have another post from my new series, Books on my Bookshelf 😀
(Books on my Bookshelf is not a review, just my personal memories and feelings on the books I own).
The book this time is Odalisque by Fiona McIntosh.
I wasn’t given this book and I didn’t buy it, it was a book that was in one of the bookcases in the house and I was looking for something different so picked it up, now it sits in my bookcase 😀
I have to be honest and say it’s not a book I remember fondly. I didn’t really enjoy it and what I most definitely remember is that it was a slog to get through!
It’s a book I read a few years ago, when I was trying to better my reading habits. Mostly I think I lay in bed, glancing at the clock and hoping my one hour reading slot was nearly over as I read it. I did finish it, but only because I forced myself to.
There is one scene particularly that I remember from the book, and is the main memory I have of it (SPOILERS for those who plan to read it or are reading it).
It was a scene where the mother of the new king (emperor, tsar? I can’t remember), takes the sons of the other women in the harem and lures them outside saying they are going to play. She makes them all crawl into red velvet bags and then has elephants trample all over them.
Now, I’m sure this wasn’t all that uncommon in reality in ancient times (killing of rivals, etc), but still, it’s a scene that stuck out to me and not for good reasons.
There was also another very detailed, gruesome scene about a man becoming a eunuch. Not so nice.
Though I have to say, I didn’t realise there were different types of eunuchs, so it taught me something! 😀
Overall, it’s not a book that has me remembering much, I actually don’t even remember what the story was about.
This is just my opinion! I’m sure there are loads of people who loved it and that’s great too!
Random quote: ‘Seeing his friend so broken had sickened him sufficiently that when he had strode from the balcony he had actually lost his morning’s meal into the bushes not far from his chambers.’ (Hm, lovely!)
Favourite thing about the book: The setting. I did love the setting, the deserts and the kind of Persian/Arabian feel it had to it.
Least favourite thing: Unnecessary detail. Felt like a lot of it was in there just to gross people out.
Something I took away from the book: Not every story suits everyone, even if you enjoy the genre!
So there you have it, another book from my bookshelf!
Do you have a book that you don’t remember fondly? Have you ever forced yourself to finish a book you weren’t enjoying?
Status of sixth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Word count: 2503 (Total word count: 26,006).
Books read: 2/4.
End of October Indie Review: Reading.