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Product Details

  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440174032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440174032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,596,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan J. Shannon has written for many publications, including Viva Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times' Elite Magazine, and Local Palate. He currently blogs for Low Impact Living. Shannon lives in Chicago's historic East Ukrainian Village with his partner, Scott, cat, Theo, and two fish.

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I love to read stories set in Venice, histories of Venice, and I lust over guidebooks on Venice: anything to prolong the "high" of having been blessed enough to visit her regularly. I eagerly looked forward to receiving a copy of Mr. Shannon's book after ordering it pre-publication. What a letdown!

Sections written in the narrative are not too bad, although an editor with a history background should have caught some obvious errors (Roman ruins under Venetian Palazzos; the stone foundations of houses sitting on top of mud; the two ingredients of glass are sand and seaweed...) It's the dialogue components of this novel that really make me not want to finish it: they are painfully redundant. Mr. Shannon will share the same though of his character at least three times in the course of one page. The novel could have been 25% shorter if these repetitions were eliminated. I didn't mind the time/setting jumps-they help develop the plot in an interesting manner.

I hope the author tries again. There are passages which are lyrical and enjoyable. There's just too much that's not in between.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.JS on December 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Alan Shannon does a great job of making the reader feel as though he/she is not just reading a book but is part of the story. "The Gods of Venice", like the baker in the story, masterfully combines the ordinary ingredients of suspense, emotion, and history to produce a savory result. Mr. Shannon is positive proof that the art of storytelling is alive and well
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Pemberton on March 1, 2010
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The Gods of Venice has all the things I look for in a novel--credible characters, an interesting and fascinating story-line, great descriptions and believable conversations. The descriptions of the many places in Venice, from the restored palazzo to the opera house to the coffee shop are so vivid, you can see the scenery in your mind's eye--and then you just want to go to Venice. The conversations between the characters have the ring of truth and one particular conversation between Louis and his mother is so true, so touching, it brought tears to my eyes. The plot is intriguing and captured my interest from the first page. The Gods of Venice is a great read.
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