20 January 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrences; M.J. Rose

The Book of Lost FragrancesThe Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This had such promise - but too much going on for that promise to really be fulfilled.  There's the concept of Jungian archetypes, past-life regression, scent as aide memoire, Tibetan freedom, Chinese triads, former loves, Cleopatra's perfume factory, Napoleon in Egypt... and I'm sure I've left stuff out.

If the author had simply concentrated on Jac and Robbie's world, perhaps with more about the history of perfumes, it would have been interesting.  Even the addition of Malachai Samuel's search (and possible theft) of the memory objects would have been great.  But as it was, with three major strands trying to come together?  Too much.  Which is really too bad because I was trying so hard to really like this book (part of it is set in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, and most is in Paris; plus the Jungian connection).

ARC provided by publisher.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a reviewer too and felt exactly the opposite and gave it 5 stars - that's what makes horse races:)