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The House of Doctor Dee - Peter Ackroyd

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Author: Peter Ackroyd / Genre: Fiction / Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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      17.02.2008 12:41
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      A book full of promise that just didn't deliver.

      Parallel tale set in one house, told in alternate chapters of seventeenth century black magic exponent Dr Dee, and Matthew, who has just inherited the house from his father and finds out more about his father than he previously realised.

      I am sorry to say that this book was dull. Dull, dull, dull. I love history and am fiendishly interested particularly in this period of British history, but this book left me very cold. The chapters had oodles of paragraphs of pointless descriptions and I found that I actually wasn't that bothered about what happened to either of the two main characters. I carried on reading so that I could add it to the pile of books read, but other than that there is not much I can really say about it...

      I don't think I've ever read any Peter Ackroyd before, and I don't want to do him a disservice by never reading any again, but I think I may have a bit of a break first and read something else.

      Amazon price: £6.99
      Paperback: 276 pages
      Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New Ed edition (28 Jul 1994)
      Language English
      ISBN-10: 0140171177
      ISBN-13: 978-0140171174


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    • Product Details

      This novel centres on the famous 16th-century alchemist and astrologer John Dee. Reputedly a black magician, he was imprisoned by Queen Mary for allegedly attempting to kill her through sorcery. When Matthew Palmer inherits an old house in Clerkenwell, he feels that he has become part of its past.