Boris Akunin î 7 CHARACTERSThis is the first book of a very opular Russian series which brought fame to its author Boris Akunin real name Grigory Chkhartishvili Boris Akunin considers mystery genre to consist of several sub genres his own classification he wrote each book of the series in each sub genre conspiracy spy The ABC of Communism political Agatha Christie type etc In the first book we areresented with a conspiracy mysteryThe main hero of the series is Erast Fandorin a young man in 19th century Russian Empire the first book takes lace in 1876 A talented student from a wealthy family shot himself in a broad daylight which seems to be the obvious case of a suicide resulting from trivial reasons but our hero is not satisfied with this conclusion He starts digging deeper and eventually stumbles upon a vast conspiracyThe book gives a depiction of Russian Empire at the turn of 19th century I found the historical background to be excellent and Moscow feels really alive As a mystery novel is fails on several accounts A hero of a detective series can make it or break it Consider the most famous detectives Sherlock Holmes Hercule Poirot Nero Wolfe and others
All of them have very interesting and bright ersonalities Erast Fandorin falls flatof them have very interesting and bright ersonalities Erast Fandorin falls flat meHe is not that smart to begin with and he usually solves the mystery right after the solution ractically jumps into his face but I really need to cut him some slack here as this is his first case So what does he have going for him He is incredibly lucky uite often an assassin sent to dispatch him stumbles in the very last moment something falls on hisher head and so on His luck extends to gambling he never loses a game of cards or dice To me this looks like a cheap
trick to make up for his deficiency in grey cells areaConclusion 2 stars for mystery 4 stars for historical background whichto make up for his deficiency in grey cells areaConclusion 2 stars for mystery 4 stars for historical background which up for 3 stars overall This review is a copypaste on my BookLikes one Boris Akunin is actually a When The Light Went Out pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili bless you according to the About the Author section in the back Akunin is Japanese for villain a rather fittingen surname for someone who is apparently legendary in Russia for his crime novels The Winter ueen is one of three mysteries featuring the detective Erast Fandorin I understand all three of them were made into big Russian blockbuster movies I think I might like the better movie I m just sayin This Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates particular story is being remade into an English film coming out next year Thank god for Wikipedia for those of us who live under rocksAkunin has the opportunity to create a really awesome detective a Russian James Bond if you will yet I found Fandorin to be rather a wiener He s a 20 year old detective still wet around the ears who uncovers alot for world domination In Moscow 1876 The concept seems retty awesome but my literary lanets were clearly not aligned and I found myself mentally snoozing most of the way through this Which is sort of a hard feat if it s meant to be a conspiracy novel I expect these sorts of books to grab me from the beginning shake me like a dog toy and not
let go until the end when my roverbial neck is brokenI mightgo until the end when my roverbial neck is brokenI might out the other two Fandorin novels I want to like this guy because he s Russian but I m wondering if maybe I have a roblem with contemporary Russian authors ugh Victor Pelevin and may just need to stick to the classic Russian writers who had to write to save their livesI wouldn t tell others to not read this book I think a lot of eople robably like it Hell all of Russia can not be wrong They love this guy there so I figure the fault is on my own side So knock yourself out and I romise to someday no rush check out another book by him In the meantime someone needs to recommend a contemporary Russian author who isn t crap A to Z Baby Girl (Erik Ead Trilogy, project book 6What a delightful mysteryadventure Set in 1876 in Russia and otherarts of Europe it follows an energetic but naive young man who has just begun a career as a minor functionary in the Moscow 待つ [Matsu] police Erast Fandorin is something new orerhaps something old made new again a character who succeeds not through his abilities although he is not without talents but because fate seems to be on his side Akunin catches the tone of Victorian adventure very well Plotwise this reminded me of one of Sherlock Holmes s escapades a small local crime that expands into a big and admittedly rather silly international conspiracyThere s a dark twist at th. Moscow May 1876 What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a romenading ublic in the Alexander Gardens Decadence and boredom most likely is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks but still he finds it curious enough to send the newest member of the division Erast Fandorin a young ma. .
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this series On to The Turkish Gambit The Publisher Says Moscow May 1876 What would cause a talented youngseries On to The Turkish Gambit The Publisher Says Moscow May 1876 What would cause a talented young from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a romenading Vögeln ist schön: Die Sexrevolte von 1968 und was von ihr bleibt public in the Alexander Gardens Decadence and boredom most likely is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks but still he finds it curious enough to send the newest member of the division Erast Fandorin a young man of irresistible charm to the Alexander Gardensrecinct for informationFandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open and shut case nor with the reliminary detective work the recinct has done and for good reason The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder witnessed firsthand by Fandorin There are many unresolved uestions Why for instance have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair And who is the beautiful AB whose signed Social Media and Social Movements: The Transformation of Communication Patterns photograph is found in the apparent suicide s apartment Relying on his keen intuition the eager sleuthlunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide roportionsMy Review Young orphaned Erast Fandorin has landed a comparatively cushy job for one whose comfortable future in czarist Russia was snatched away by the machinations of capitalists beggaring and causing the suicide of his father Erast is a fourteenth class state functionary serving a olice official as amanuensis and errand boy It leads him into some odd alleyways serving his about to retire master his wit his roficiency with language his unuenchable curiosity lead his boss to allow amused and indulgent of his junior s silly fascination with nothing criminal Erast to investigate some #odd goings on among moscow s bright young # goings on among Moscow s Bright Young including the suicide of a youth whose estate over a million rubles is left to elderly English hilanthropist Baroness AdairThat one fact that odd itchy ill fitting wool sock of a fact unravels an international conspiracy touching every government in the world though it is unclear that this conspiracy has any evil intent at least to me Erast extremely young and naive at the outset of the book ends it extremely young concussed and in no Hollendartida i Norge: 1550–1750 possible sense naive and inexperienced any How that comes about is aage turning leasure to readFor once I am glad I read the second book in the series before the first I felt much like I was investing my time wisely after reading Turkish Gambit than I might have had I read this book first It s good don t mistake me but it s not as good as Gambit and it s not as clear and succinct eitherBut good golly Miss Molly it s a ripping good read full of explosions betrayals and general all around wickedness and sneakiness It s got young love it s got hopeless infatuation it s got comradeship and affection and even a very memorable wedding scene I am completely entranced with its icture of czarist Russia I am excited to discover the roots of some of Erast s oddities and I hanker to see these books turned into movies or TV shows like Montalbano has been I really feel I can SEE the action as I m reading and that s usually so much less of an issue for me but this series is supremely visualRead and enjoy and don t fear the commitment of time a new series reuires because like Rutledge like Montalbano there are a lot of em and they get better as time goes by Absolutely and totally fun novel reminiscent of those old cliffhanger series things I would recommend this book to readers who like what I would call literary mysteries rather than the fast food type of reads although I must say some of the ffrs fast food reads are retty good so I m not slamming them I have read hundreds in my time Anyway this one demands a little of your atience time but you will be rewarded in the long run brief lot review wo spoilersSet in Moscow in the czarist Russia of 1876 the novel opens with a young man a student named Kokorin standing in front of a bench in a suare full of eople The man takes out a revolver Bauern In Mexiko: Zwischen Subsistenz Und Warenproduktion puts it up to his head and informs a young girl sitting there with her governess that unless she kisses him he s going to blow his brains out She doesn t and he does Of course theolice are called in and it turns out that on that same day there were other ublic suicide attempts all us. N of irresistible charm to the Alexander Gardens recinct for informationFandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open and shut case nor with the Punainen metsä preliminary detective work therecinct has done and for good reason The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder witnessed firsthand by Fandorin There are many unresolved uestions Why. ,
Ing the same method all over town The olice are left baffled but one enterprising young man Erast Fandorin sees that there must be under the surface Erast is just a newbie in the Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Timeouts, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work police department but he is sharp What follows keeps Erast on the edge of danger and leads to a crime so vast it spills out of Russia s bordersI could say but I d wreck the story and I HATE wheneople do thatConsidering that this is the first in a series
main character off very strong enough to where I found myself rooting for him the entire way You might agree with some reviewers that it s a stretch to believe that a relative newbie to the olice department would be the one to be ut on this case and that a joe nobody would rise up so uickly but heyit s fiction No one says this must be believable And it s a fun story Oh wow I did not expect this book to be so good And so funny Earlier I heard a lot of good things about this series But now I ve found out what a good story it is myselfThis book has everything A great and interesting A Spectre Is Haunting Texas plot a fantastic main character and lots of humor Let s start with thelot because ultimately this is the reason why you read a detective novel right I really like when the book starts with a strong blow when we find the corpse on the first few Tilak Kathalu pages And I love when immediately afterwards without undue delay we start looking for a villain Irefer to get to know my heroes through subseuent events in t I don t know if the charm of this novel translates well into English but in its original Russian language this short historical mystery is deliciousThe Winter ueen or as it was originally titled Azazel is the first book in a series of detective stories whose main character is Erast Fandorin In this novel set in 1870s Russia Erast is a 20 year old wide eyed youth who accidentally comes to investigate a strange case of ublic suicide In spite of his naivete and innocence Erast roves himself an astute detective and manages to untangle a world wide conspiracyThe best thing about this novel is that while it manages to give a taste of Russian history culture and mentality it never stops being a first class entertainment dynamic andthe main character
fun I would recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in 19thI would recommend this book to anyone remotely interested in 19th Russia but who is intimidated by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky This is a brilliant book The lot is clever and full of those no way moments that I love in mysteries I laughed out loud than once Fandorin is such a silly and unassuming hero and his use of the male corset was absolutely divine I did see a few things coming but the writing was such fun to read that it didn t spoil the book for meI appreciate it as a work of Russian literature excellently translated of course the ending was incredibly Russian we can t have things be TOO happy can we as well as the banter between characters about famous Russian novelists and oets even reciting some Russian The Why Cafe poetry I liked getting a feel for Russia and Europe during the late 19th century and how different detective work stretching across nations must ve been before the telephone and internet This book was aleasure on many different levels I d read Akunin again For the first half of this book I was of the opinion that this was an ok crime thriller but one like a few others I have read which felt a bit thin Some historical crime thrillers feel to me a bit like once the well researched chosen cultural and chronological aspects are stripped away you re not left with much except a simple story dressed up in unusual words This had some strange names and social ranks and the story set up in a fairly likeable way the first half was fairly enjoyableBut the second half especially the final twists was just silly The repetitive superhuman and seemingly sychic ualities of the central character just got unbelievable yet his blundering stupidity to get into the scrapes he then extracted himself from in amazing manner this was ridiculous too There wasn t much wrong with the writing and much of the characterisation but the lot was just daft Meh I read the last hundred Satisfying Mommy’s Pregnant Needs (A Psuedo-Incest, Mother-Son, Sleep Sex, Pregnancy, BDSM, Erotic Romance) pages uickly rolling my eyes at the multiple sillinesses I discovered Boris Akunin last year and immediately fell into hisrosaic style His novels are full of humor and suspense and there are arts that made me laugh aloud These books are a fun riotous read that you don t want to ut down until you ve completed each and every one of them. For instance have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair And who is the beautiful AB whose signed Soul of Dust photograph is found in the apparent suicide's apartment Relying on his keen intuition the eager sleuthlunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide roportio. .