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 Magic Circle

The Magic Circle - Katherine Neville Suffers from what I call "James Michener syndrome", AKA, "look how much research I did for this book!" The historic interludes and pieces of the backstory were interesting, and reminded me how little I actually know about much of world history, but after a while they just got to be tedious, and ultimately I found myself thinking (as I finished the book), "what the hell did *that* have to do with anything?" Plus, the endless convolutions of the various relationships got to be too much to keep track of. I know I read Neville's "The Eight", but while I don't remember much (or anything) about it, I have a sneaking suspicion that it had much of the same style and many of the same faults.