Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Oracle of Stamboul - Michael David Lukas

This is one of the last of the Borders Last Day Sales books, and after reading I kind of see why it has been gathering dust on the TBR pile. I really wanted to love this book - the premise and setting seemed so interesting, but....

You know the expression, "there's no 'there' there?"Apparently it was originally a Gertrude Stein quotation, that has, over the years, taken on the meaning of "something that has nothing at its core." This book has no "there" there. The book has a cool cover, the jacket copy sounds interesting, the main character(s) seem interesting, the setting is interesting, but ultimately, nothing comes of any of it. Things are made a big deal of and then dropped. Characters disappear when it's convenient, and for no good reason. And to top it all off, the ending is ambiguous. Sigh.

Unfortunately I can't recommend this one.

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