I read the series years ago. I liked them then and was excited to listen to them. I always like a book where I learn something. The world of book publ..Show More »ishing was something I knew nothing about. The books are adventures wrapped around little known historical events. That made them fun to read. And, that made up for any structural or story issues.
Alex Plumtree is being warned that his publishing house should not print a book about an author named Stonecypher which will reveal printer's errors t..Show More »hat, if read in a certain way, would show the author had deliberately woven in (at the time of the great Bloomsbury group) politically treasonous messages. He is also concerned about his brother, who apparently in a former book betrayed him, and a sort of unavailable woman whom he loves. Though evidently a man smart enough to run a publishing house, he can't seem to avoid mis-interpreting or ignoring every dangerous hint/action coming his way. That becomes exasperating after a while.
I did intend to listen to it all, but confess I gave up about two thirds of the way through. Had to keep yanking my attention back to the story time and again. What did hold my attention was the information about publishing. Finally learned the origin of the "dingbats" found in our current computer font lists. But when the trivia is more interesting than the story, I think it's just time to cut my losses. Not a really bad book, but I would not put it high on my recommended book list. Tried to decide about the narrator. Was the perfect voice for a book destined to put me to sleep anyway. He was neither bad nor good. That, to me, pretty much sums up how I felt about his book. Might be someone else's cup of tea. Was not mine.