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3.5 out of 5 stars
Fools and Mortals
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on 6 December 2017
The world of Elizabethan theatre is bought to life with all its ribaldry, humour, vulnerability and roughness. Gives a real sense of what life was like as a player, while keeping a certain distance from the great man, Will, himself. Unusually for Cornwell, the passion is mainly in the subject matter rather than the characters. His depiction of Richard Shakespeare and the other main characters has a curious lightness compared to any of his more robust and character-driven much-loved historical action novels.
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on 23 January 2018
An excellent read. Bernard Cornwell transports you into Shakespear's era and pulls it off with the pure ease of one who has observed the behaviour of the people in Old London as though he lived there himself. He then inter mingles the characters in his novel and their lives to reflect the challenges of the characters' lives in the plays .
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on 13 January 2018
Having been an avid consumer of Cornwell's previous work I was keen to read this book. Unfortunately I found the plot too simple, the characters undeveloped, and the writing repetitious. Phrases like 'boots crunching in the snow', and 'ceruse mixed with pearl to mske the skin glisten' are used over and over again. In addition, there are pages and pages of description of the plot of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which are completely superfluous.

Fans of Uhtred will be disappointed.
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on 22 March 2018
Not the standard Bernard Cornwell novel, not much to grab your attention in this novel.
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on 13 February 2018
This is a different type of story and took me a little while to adjust, but a great read like all his other work.
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on 14 February 2018
The book was slow to start and at times a bit repirive but it stayed on course and in the end was a pleasant read. Not my favourite from this author but he does set the bar high.
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