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2013 2013 2013 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1366276944l/17572625.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1366276944l/17572625.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><h3 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #660000;">A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon</span></h3><br /><i>Egalley thanks to Premier Digital Publishing</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Synopsis from Goodreads</i><br /><i><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">In this epic new work, the award-winning Kenyon creates an alternate 19th century with two warring continents on an alternate earth: the scientific Anglica (England) and magical Bharata (India). Emboldened by her grandfather's final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with its magics, intrigues and ghosts, to claim her fate. There she will face a choice between two suitors and two irreconcilable realms.<br /><br /> In a magic-infused world of silver tigers, demon birds and enduring gods, as a great native mutiny sweeps up the continent, Tori will find the thing she most desires, less perfect than she had hoped and stranger than she could have dreamed.</span></i><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Amazon&nbsp; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1624670962?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=1624670962&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=noctbookrevi-20">US</a>/<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1624670962?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1634&amp;creativeASIN=1624670962&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=httpkarakarin-21">UK</a> | Amazon kindle <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DEO0UG8?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B00DEO0UG8&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=noctbookrevi-20">US</a>($3.99)/<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DEO0UG8?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1634&amp;creativeASIN=B00DEO0UG8&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=httpkarakarin-21">UK</a>(£2.65) | The Book Depository <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Thousand-Perfect-Things-Kay-Kenyon/9781624670961?a_aid=28080410354260">US</a>/<a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Thousand-Perfect-Things-Kay-Kenyon/9781624670961?a_aid=kara-karina">UK</a> | <a href="http://www.fishpond.co.uk/product_info.php?ref=30&amp;id=9781624670961affiliate_banner_id=1">Fishpond</a></span><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #660000;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">8.5/10</span></span></h3><div style="text-align: center;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">* * *</span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><span style="color: #660000;"><span style="font-size: large;">I </span></span>couldn't help it, guys, I loved this book! It was a little bit strange, atmospheric and at times really beautiful. A bit like <i>The Moonstone</i> by Wilkie Collins?&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><i>A Thousand Perfect Things</i> was a curious mix of genres, a little bit of neo-Victorian alternative historical fiction with a dash of fantasy, maybe? Whatever it was, if you enjoyed <a href="http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/02/release-day-historical-fantasy-review.html"><i>A Natural History of Dragons</i></a> by Marie Brennan and <a href="http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/01/fantasy-ya-early-review-pantomime-by.html"><i>Pantomime</i></a> by Laura Lam, this has a slightly similar feel to it.</span><br /><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">What really charmed me is this lush, exotic, full of spice and rich with history and tradition Bharata. Bharata is of course just another name for India, which sluggishly confronts a more upbeat, morally rigid and technologically advanced Anglica (England) with the help of its mysterious powerful magic and religious superstition.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Tori Harding is a young naturalist and adventurous explorer, who is dying to make a name for herself to be admitted in the elite and purely male circle of scientists of Anglica. For this she would have to find a legendary Golden Lotus, which is supposed to gift knowledge to anyone who would touch it.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">The gist of this rich and wonderful book is Tori's transformation. Bharata changes her among constant political intrigues, riots, spiritual journeys, sorcery and a lot of violence. Tori starts by selfishly looking for something that belongs to Bharati, and while she is thrown into a deep end of the pond and forced to sink or swim, she frees herself from physical and mental boundaries, and this is why I truly liked this book.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">There are secondary stories of Captain Muir-Smith, his sister Elizabeth and of course an ill but mysterious Bharati prince Jai, but all of them mostly guide and support Tori's personal growth. Even her feelings for Muir-Smith and her entanglement with Jai leads to it.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">I just... *sigh* ...don't want to get into details, but let's just say, this book charmed me in a sly, eccentric and quiet way, and that's why I wholly recommend it to you.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">* * *</span></div><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><span style="color: #660000;"><span style="font-size: large;">К</span></span>акая всё-таки милая и очаровательная книженция, наподобие <i>Лунного Камня</i> Уилки Коллинз!</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Мне сложно объяснить почему мне так понравились <i>Тысяча Прекрасных Вещей</i>. Во-первых, я очень люблю читать об Индии, которую здесь представляет собой загадочная и волшебная страна за океаном, Бхарата. Эта книга насыщена духом Индии, её спиритуализмом, культурой и волшебством, которые противопоставляются Англике (Англии) в альтернативной истории колониализма 19в.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Во-вторых, <i>Тысячу Прекрасных Вещей</i> нельзя поставить на полочку какой-то одной категории, так как она не подчиняется законам жанров исторического романа или фэнтэзи.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Само путешествие Тори, которая пытается отыскать легендарный Золотой Лотос, трансформируется в освобождение её духа и тела от оков жестких викторианских норм с глубокими философскими последствиями. Добавьте к этому второстепенных персонажей, которые ей в этом помогают - капитана Муир-Смита, его сестру Элизабет, анемичного и загадочного бхаратского принца Джая и священного старца волшебника Махиндру... и получается очаровательная смесь событий на фоне бхаратских бунтов и восстаний против культурного воздействия Англики на эту древнюю страну.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">В общем, как видите, по самому сюжету объяснять не буду, но читать очень рекомендую. По моему, нашим русским душам, такая литература очень придётся по вкусу.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span></div></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">If you found this content anywhere else apart from http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/ it's being used by a content scraper. Please consider using the link above and subscribing to my blog Nocturnal Book Reviews directly. Thank you!</div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1366276944l/17572625.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1366276944l/17572625.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><h3 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #660000;">A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon</span></h3><br /><i>Egalley thanks to Premier Digital Publishing</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Synopsis from Goodreads</i><br /><i><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">In this epic new work, the award-winning Kenyon creates an alternate 19th century with two warring continents on an alternate earth: the scientific Anglica (England) and magical Bharata (India). Emboldened by her grandfather's final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with its magics, intrigues and ghosts, to claim her fate. There she will face a choice between two suitors and two irreconcilable realms.<br /><br /> In a magic-infused world of silver tigers, demon birds and enduring gods, as a great native mutiny sweeps up the continent, Tori will find the thing she most desires, less perfect than she had hoped and stranger than she could have dreamed.</span></i><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Amazon&nbsp; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1624670962?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=1624670962&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=noctbookrevi-20">US</a>/<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1624670962?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1634&amp;creativeASIN=1624670962&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=httpkarakarin-21">UK</a> | Amazon kindle <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DEO0UG8?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B00DEO0UG8&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=noctbookrevi-20">US</a>($3.99)/<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DEO0UG8?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1634&amp;creativeASIN=B00DEO0UG8&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;tag=httpkarakarin-21">UK</a>(£2.65) | The Book Depository <a href="http://www.bookdepository.com/Thousand-Perfect-Things-Kay-Kenyon/9781624670961?a_aid=28080410354260">US</a>/<a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Thousand-Perfect-Things-Kay-Kenyon/9781624670961?a_aid=kara-karina">UK</a> | <a href="http://www.fishpond.co.uk/product_info.php?ref=30&amp;id=9781624670961affiliate_banner_id=1">Fishpond</a></span><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #660000;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">8.5/10</span></span></h3><div style="text-align: center;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">* * *</span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><span style="color: #660000;"><span style="font-size: large;">I </span></span>couldn't help it, guys, I loved this book! It was a little bit strange, atmospheric and at times really beautiful. A bit like <i>The Moonstone</i> by Wilkie Collins?&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><i>A Thousand Perfect Things</i> was a curious mix of genres, a little bit of neo-Victorian alternative historical fiction with a dash of fantasy, maybe? Whatever it was, if you enjoyed <a href="http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/02/release-day-historical-fantasy-review.html"><i>A Natural History of Dragons</i></a> by Marie Brennan and <a href="http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/01/fantasy-ya-early-review-pantomime-by.html"><i>Pantomime</i></a> by Laura Lam, this has a slightly similar feel to it.</span><br /><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">What really charmed me is this lush, exotic, full of spice and rich with history and tradition Bharata. Bharata is of course just another name for India, which sluggishly confronts a more upbeat, morally rigid and technologically advanced Anglica (England) with the help of its mysterious powerful magic and religious superstition.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Tori Harding is a young naturalist and adventurous explorer, who is dying to make a name for herself to be admitted in the elite and purely male circle of scientists of Anglica. For this she would have to find a legendary Golden Lotus, which is supposed to gift knowledge to anyone who would touch it.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">The gist of this rich and wonderful book is Tori's transformation. Bharata changes her among constant political intrigues, riots, spiritual journeys, sorcery and a lot of violence. Tori starts by selfishly looking for something that belongs to Bharati, and while she is thrown into a deep end of the pond and forced to sink or swim, she frees herself from physical and mental boundaries, and this is why I truly liked this book.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">There are secondary stories of Captain Muir-Smith, his sister Elizabeth and of course an ill but mysterious Bharati prince Jai, but all of them mostly guide and support Tori's personal growth. Even her feelings for Muir-Smith and her entanglement with Jai leads to it.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">I just... *sigh* ...don't want to get into details, but let's just say, this book charmed me in a sly, eccentric and quiet way, and that's why I wholly recommend it to you.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">* * *</span></div><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><span style="color: #660000;"><span style="font-size: large;">К</span></span>акая всё-таки милая и очаровательная книженция, наподобие <i>Лунного Камня</i> Уилки Коллинз!</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Мне сложно объяснить почему мне так понравились <i>Тысяча Прекрасных Вещей</i>. Во-первых, я очень люблю читать об Индии, которую здесь представляет собой загадочная и волшебная страна за океаном, Бхарата. Эта книга насыщена духом Индии, её спиритуализмом, культурой и волшебством, которые противопоставляются Англике (Англии) в альтернативной истории колониализма 19в.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Во-вторых, <i>Тысячу Прекрасных Вещей</i> нельзя поставить на полочку какой-то одной категории, так как она не подчиняется законам жанров исторического романа или фэнтэзи.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">Само путешествие Тори, которая пытается отыскать легендарный Золотой Лотос, трансформируется в освобождение её духа и тела от оков жестких викторианских норм с глубокими философскими последствиями. Добавьте к этому второстепенных персонажей, которые ей в этом помогают - капитана Муир-Смита, его сестру Элизабет, анемичного и загадочного бхаратского принца Джая и священного старца волшебника Махиндру... и получается очаровательная смесь событий на фоне бхаратских бунтов и восстаний против культурного воздействия Англики на эту древнюю страну.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379">В общем, как видите, по самому сюжету объяснять не буду, но читать очень рекомендую. По моему, нашим русским душам, такая литература очень придётся по вкусу.</span><br /><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span><span id="freeText10810639245140809379"><br /></span></div></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">If you found this content anywhere else apart from http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/ it's being used by a content scraper. 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