One book with an unlikely title has consistently shown up on the bestsellers lists. People called it a horror novel, which put me off, but I finally took home the audio book of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It comprises 22 discs, which was attractive, given my long commutes. Still wary, I began listening and found myself drawn in by the book's intricate weaving of three fascinating stories. At first.
Somewhere towards the 15th or 16th disc, I began to lose interest. Even the charms of an evil librarian vampire began to pall. I kept expecting something to happen. Not much ever did. The explanations of the centuries-old mysteries, which I will hold back to avoid spoiling the book for anyone else, seemed laughable and the monster himself less than intimidating. All the running back and forth across the European continent in the end came to be just that--endless researches and journeyings to little point. Oh, well, at least you get a somewhat happy ending, if a bit ambiguous. Most of the book is well-written, only the major action scenes are disappointing. That's all.