One of the reasons I don't tend to read mysteries is that I like to talk about plot, and it's difficult to do so when one-third of a book is about "Lo, a mystery!" and the other two-thirds are about "Let's solve this (preferably with witty banter and possible sexytimes, a la Castle and Bones)!" And then one has to dance around the plot, not Giving It All Away, much like a great aunt warning you against sexytimes of your own while "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" plays sadly in the background.
And while this book is not a mystery, it presents many of the same discussion difficulties that a mystery might.
I know that complaining about all-caps usage by an author makes me a huge hypocrite. Trust me, I'm aware.
But it bugged me.
Especially because I tend to read sentences in all caps in a very specific type of shouty style - probably due to the book blogging friends I hang out with - which looks very much like this:
|"...SO EMBARRASSING..." (p.1)|
BUT aside from that, this is a Very Good Book and you should all read it and if I go on much longer I will Give It All Away, which as we've all learned will lead only to singing sad doo-wop tunes in the shower.
The best accolade for this book I can give is this: I think Connie Willis, High Dame of Alternative WWII History, would like it.
9 of 11 Muppet Flails, Aviatrixes!