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  •  LOVE this series (3+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, Susan from 29, Aunt Pat

    The writing is fantastic, the descriptions are lavish without being  overwrought, the plot is enthralling, and the scenes are set so incredibly well.  Plus, Akunin manages to work a lot of actual tension about of Fandorin being a total badass and a bit of a 'loose cannon', in a society where neither is particularly valued, even by him.  

    Akunin has also stated in interviews that in Russia there was a lot of detective fiction but it was not only of low quality but rather trashy.  He wanted to write something that people could read on the subway without covering in brown paper.

    The wikipedia site for Akunin lists the genres of the previously published novels, if you want to read them.  

    And I must also recommend the other mini-series Akunin's written, with Sister Pelagia solving mysteries tinged with religion and mysticism, out in more rural locales.  A whole other side to Tsarist Russia, but just as well-written

    "You're not stuck in traffic, you are traffic."

    by nominalize on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 06:23:27 AM PST

    •  I loved it too. It will be hard to return to some (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      of the darker Nordic Noir after reading this.  Sister Pelagia is already on my list.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 01:38:19 PM PST

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