[Review] The Treachery of Beautiful Things

The Treachery of Beautiful Things_I have owned a copy of The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long for a while, however it has lanquished on my To be read pile since i got it at the Book Launch. When i managed to get a bit of momentum into reading recently, I took this off of my To be read pile and dived right in.

The story opens with the disappearance of our heroines brother. He is kidnapped by the trees, she is the only witness to this crime..

Then years later, after years of wondering where he was, and therapy for what she had seen, she hears a pipe player, who sounds so much like her brother, that she must investigate. So begins a fun adventure in a land of fairytale.

The land the other side of the edge seems like our own, but in truth is a place filled with magic, where you cannot trust anyone to be what you see. It is a place where the politics of who you follow and who you can trust are not at all obvious.

The story is steeped in English fairytale legends, however I don’t think you need to be familiar with the source material. The characters are all introduced, and no real reference is made to their legend, except that which is explained in the story. While knowledge of Oberon, Titania, or Puck might add depth to the story it is not necessary in order to enjoy it.

I really suggest you go out and read this book. It is unlikely to disappoint you.

Though you may never look at the trees around you the same ever again!



So a busy few weeks in work, however its looking like we are reaching the end of most of it. Various projects will be completed and placed live over the next few weeks, and then i can get back to the more relaxed development fun.

In other news, we recently got some additional chairs in the sittingroom, one of which is just perfect to curl up and read on. So i have found myself starting to scratch the very top of my To be Read pile. hopefully i ccan get rid of the backlog by the end of the year. of course by that stage a lot of new books will be added to it. However some of these books have been in the pile since October 2010,  I think!

I remember the days when i would get and read a new book in a day, maybe two if it was particularly long. of course that was in the days when i would spend twelve hours doing security work, which invloved sitting at a desk, and doing the occasional patrol around the site.

i got through many books during that time, and it was the proximaty to the local library that saved me from spending all the money i earned working on buying books. A good fantasy triology would last maybe four days, so i would have had to buy a lot of books otherwise.

i think i shoul probably chuck up a review or two of the books i have read.