I love the cover for A Partisan’s Daughter, the new Louis de Bernières novel – and it has birds on it! The design doesn’t compare to some really amazing covers like the newie for Michael Chabon (more on this very soon) but for a mass-market big-publisher cover, I’m excited.
I’m less excited by the story – the writing is great, the characters are credible and even likeable despite (or because of) their flaws, but it’s a quiet book that hasn’t quite swept me up in its thrall as I hoped it would. (I like a good sweeping-up every now and again.) To be fair, reading it in public-transport-sized chunks while pressed between a businessman’s shoulder and a train window, with a briefcase wedged in my back and a freak heavy-breathing on me probably didn’t enhance the reading experience.
:: Arwen ::