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Sustenance: A Saint-Germain novel (St. Germain, 27) Hardcover – December 2, 2014
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“The detailed historical knowledge characteristic of the series is evident, complemented by highly literate eroticism.” ―Publishers Weekly on Commedia della Morte
“Rich descriptions and impeccable attention to historical detail.” ―Historical Novel Society on Commedia della Morte
“A meticulous novel, An Embarrassment of Riches brought to mind an elaborate version of The Historian, told from the vampire's perspective. Despite the many books that have come before, Saint-Germain's perspective is easily accessible to a new reader. I had no difficulty feeling involved.” ―All Things Urban Fantasy
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“Yarbro's compelling prose and meticulously researched setting combine effectively for a vivid historical tale.” ―Publishers Weekly on An Embarrassment of Riches
“The characters are richly described and brought to life. The book's attention to details and development of characters make it a must-read.” ―Booklist on An Embarrassment of Riches
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About the Author
- Publisher : Tor Books; First edition (December 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765334011
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765334015
- Item Weight : 1.08 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.61 x 1.56 x 8.47 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I read the first cycle of St Germain books when they were published many years ago and they remain some of my favorite books ever.
The second cycle that came out were pretty good, but somewhere along the way they have become like a formula - too much like a history lesson and less like a story (and I LOVE history).
I was looking forward to Sustenance since it was set in relatively modern times and the books with Rowena were among my favorites of the newer series, but so far (half-way through) it feels like more of the same formula.
If you are a fan, make sure to read the 2 books of short stories, they are both great -- maybe it's time for another book of short stories/novellas? Or another Madelaine book?
I love Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and I will continue to look for her books in hopeful anticipation of another "Blood Games" or "Palace"
I enjoyed the richness of details and lush descriptions of settings, food and clothing. I come to expect such attention to the mundane things that color our perceptions of our surroundings and that did not disappoint. I had a good time guessing which waiters/secretaries/servants were spies, which is a departure from the usually telegraphed minor characters contributing to St. Germain's having to pull up stakes in each book.
I had a really tough time putting all the threads of the various plots (literally, "plots") together this time. I felt as if I was missing something in how events in D.C. were affecting the events in Paris and other points in Europe. The resolution was too ambiguous for me - what was the fate of the main schemer? How did the machinations of his boss (and their shared secretary) really fit in to the resolution of the book? How did the main schemer manage to shake loose that much money from his boss to hire a hitman when in other situations money was doled out to him rather parsimoniously? The book lost its sense of carefully crafted realism in the last 75 pages or so.
I am looking forward to the return of this character, in any era, but would hope that the editor of these books do a better job tightening up loose or incredible plot threads and of course, those horrible misspellings (break for brake, it's for its, etc.) and omitted or transposed words.