Thursday, February 21, 2019

DNF: Angels of Music by Kim Newman


TITLE: Angels of Music

AUTHOR: Kim Newman

GENRE: mystery

SUMMARY: Beneath the opera house in Paris, a mysterious masked man known only as the "opera ghost" has three women under his tutelage. These women are Christine Daae, Irene Adler, and Trilby O'Ferrall. Together, they are the Angels of Music, detectives who investigate crimes their clients would prefer to keep out of the news.

HOW FAR I GOT: 90 / 416 pages

WHY I DIDN'T FINISH: Okay, so as you can probably tell from the summary, I did not go in expecting this to be great literature. I'm a huge fan of the "Phantom" musical, but I know that it's a very melodramatic, very flawed spectacle. Unfortunately, this book didn't have the qualities that made the musical work (sometimes in spite of itself). I think part of it was, I didn't know who a lot of the characters were. Most (if not all) of them come from classic literature, and I had difficulty keeping track of all of them. Not helping matters was the fact that the lineup of Angels changes with every section, and Irene -- who was my favorite in the first section -- was the first one out. That, combined with the writing style not really grabbing me, made it difficult for me to find the motivation to continue reading. I don't think it's a bad book, but it's definitely not for me.

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