All the Time in the World

My taste in reading material is wide and varied: SF/fantasy/"speculative fiction", mysteries (police procedurals, mostly), history, fanfic, straight fiction, smutty vampire books, biographies, poetry, cereal boxes, assembly instructions, the fine print, and your mind.

The Darwin Conspiracy

The Darwin Conspiracy - John Darnton Another instance where I wish I could give half-star ratings. This read like one of those books that seem to have been written by someone who, having completed their post-graduate English degree research, figures they can put all that information to good use. Not the case here, as Mr. Darnton is older and has written a number of other things first, but the whole thing smacked of what I call "James Michener syndrome", AKA "Look at all the research I did!!"

That said - parts were very interesting, and as long as I didn't get too hung up on the hideous coincidences (like, while trying to find uncharted research territory in the thoroughly explored life story of the famous naturalist, a struggling perennial student serendipitously discovers the hidden diary of Charles Darwin's daughter Elizabeth, amid a box of household accounts paperwork) I found the historical setting intriguing.