Book #33 for 2006

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Rated 8/10
Started May 17, 2006
Finished May 21, 2006
Pub. by Putnam Adult
515 Pages
Library

This weekend was all about reading. Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse, was the book, which was due on Thursday, May 18, but I was barely 150 pages in. I couldn’t bear to take it back and wind up 100th in line again, so I kept it. At 50 cents a day, it was expensive ($2.00!), but worth it! Saturday morning dawned and I decided I was going to finish the 300+ pages I had left by Sunday. And I did it. I hunkered down with the book while Ellie had her naps, in the car on the way to town to shop, on my MIL’s couch while everyone was outside playing with the kids, and even in the bathtub (which is no surprise, it’s the best place to read in my house).

What a rollercoaster this book was. I don’t know if it is because I read it so fast, or if it really IS that fast, but this sure was some kind of page turner. Labyrinth is being called a “woman’s adventure story” which I totally agree with. The main two female leads are exceptionally well written. Mosse calls it “commercial fiction” and it is definitely that too. Many are saying it’s like The DaVinci Code. I do not totally agree with that comparison, as I found it to be much better written and has a completely different twist on the grail legend, while every bit as enjoyable. The historical elements were wonderful; doesn’t hurt that I’m somewhat of a history buff; geez I minored in it in college.

Sure, it had it’s problems…I’m still not totally 100% sure what exactly happened during some parts…but that could be because I read it so fast. I can see me doing a reread sometime soon just to understand it. There are a few cliches, the use of the femme fatale being one that comes to mind.

I can totally see this being a movie. This could totally be a beach book. It’s great fun! And I think I’ve managed to learn how to spell Labyrinth! Yay!

7 thoughts on “Book #33 for 2006

  1. I'm intrigued! I can feel the itch for a grail legend creeping up on me!

    And there's one other itch…HOUSE SEASON FINALE tomorrow night! *shriek*

  2. Okay..I keep on hearing such good things about this book. I've requested it from my library so should have it in a few weeks.

  3. I finished it this weekend too. I completely agree with you. It was better than The Da Vinci Code but not a literary great. Just good escapist fun.

  4. I've been tempted by this, but I'm resisting all new books until I've worked through my tbr a little. Apart from that one I picked up on the spur of the moments yesterday, but lets ignore that shall we 🙂

  5. I have a library copy I have been dragging around with me, too. Mine is due on Tuesday, so I have one week left (I am about halfway through). I agree with you–it is definitely good summer/beach reading. It may not win the Pulitzer, but entertaining is good, too. I am also a bit confused about a few things, but I am hoping all will be made clear as I get further into the book.

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