Friday, January 29, 2016

Bradstreet Gate

It is National Puzzle Day!  This day honors all types of puzzles (crossword, number, Soduku).  I have to admit that I love puzzles (the type you put together).  I even have a special table set up for me to work on them.  There are so many gorgeous and unique puzzles available (I love the type with uniquely shaped puzzle pieces).  Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven was published on this day in 1845 (great poem).  Kansas becomes the 34th state in 1861 and the first inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced in 1936. 

I just finished reading Bradstreet Gate by Robin KirmanBradstreet Gate is basically the story of three people who go to Harvard University and what happens to them after college.  We get to follow the story (or lives) of Georgia Calvin (daughter of famous photographer), Charlie Flournoy (son of a working class man), and Alice Kovac (of Serbian descent and very odd).  At Harvard Rufus Storrow is a professor of Law and the Colonial State.  He is the charismatic, dynamic man who attracts the young college students and has affairs with them.  Julie Patel, another student, is murdered and Professor Storrow is suspected of the crime.  Ten years later no one has been convicted of the crime.  The school is having a reunion and there will be a dedication to Julie.  The story goes back and forth to tell what happened while they were at Harvard and what happened to them after they left college. 

Bradstreet Gate is a strange novel.  I was extremely disappointed.  It sounded interesting, but it is definitely not (if you think there is a mystery in this novel, you are wrong)!  I did not like any of the characters (they are not the type of people you want to know).  The book came across as pretentious and the author liked to use big (my father calls them ten dollar words) words.  The book has a lot of foul language and explicit sex scenes.  I got to the end of the book and was confused.  The book felt unfinished (incomplete).  The ending is horrible and made me feel like the whole novel was just pointless (I am very sorry but I am just being truthful).  Bradstreet Gate is just a telling of these people’s uninteresting lives.  I give Bradstreet Gate 1 out of 5 stars (I really did not like it). 

You can follow Robin Kirman on Amazon to get updates on her books.  I received a complimentary copy of Bradstreet Gate from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I bet everyone is glad it is Friday!  The last weekend in January.  I am currently reading The Restoration by Wanda E. Brunstetter (it is very good).  Thank you for stopping by and reading my review.  I hope you have a great Friday!  Take care (stay warm) and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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