Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bored Now: The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber

Bored Now

Bored Now will be my new quickie posts about which books I just couldn't finish. I get a ton of books from the library and half of them I don't make it through. So, in case you're wondering "What ever happened to the review for ...?" after seeing my Library Loot posts, this might help. :)

And, in case you didn't already know, "Bored now." is a quote from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Doppelgangland, spoken by the Vampire Willow from an alternate universe. Hence, the picture above.

From the library.

I managed to make it only halfway through the first disc before I abandoned this. The reader, Eric Conger, was quite good, but the material was just so, so bad. I just could not get into the story. I didn't care enough about the characters to either like or dislike them. I had really high hopes for this since the book description was so fascinating, but it was just so darn slow moving I couldn't get into it at all. I tried it while driving, cleaning, and just sitting, thinking that maybe I wasn't getting it because I was distracted, but nope, it just sucked.

An artist born outside his time, Chaz Wilmot can paint like Leonardo, Goya, Gainsborough—and he refuses to shape his talent to fit the fashion of the day. His unique abilities attract the attention of Werner Krebs, an art dealer with a dark past and shadier present, and soon Wilmot is working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years. But his creative burst is accompanied by strange interludes—memories that are not memories . . . and he begins to wonder if he is really the person he believes he is. When a previously unknown masterpiece by the Spanish painter Velázquez is discovered, the artist suddenly finds himself lost in a mirrored house of illusions—and propelled into a secret world of greed, lies . . . and murder.


bookmagic said...

Good idea! I was debating about whether to review a book I discarded after 30 pages.
I had this on my list for the library but wasn't blown away by Amazon reviews. Now I'll just forget it altogether

Esme said...

please stop by-I have an award for you

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