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Sunday, July 29, 2012

review: ring of flowers by Brian Andrews

"...and then I told her I feared of the plague, for that the house is shut up." - The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 10 September 1665

Ring of Flowers
Brian Andrews's companion novella to his full-length novel The Calypso Directive is about the events that transpired in the English countryside during the mid-17th century.
George Vicars, a tailor, ordered a cloth from London and once he unwrapped it, he accidentally released into his surroundings the infested fleas it harbored within its folds. the deadly Bubonic Plague has spread into the quiet village of Eyam in Derbyshire and the unfortunate George Vicars becomes its first victim. against this factual scenario, the author weaves a fictional story of love and tragedy.
the only concern i had was that the author used certain words that were not in use during the period referred to in the narrative which was from August 1665 to August 1672.
i noticed the words "okay" and "hello." according to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, okay's first known use was in 1839 while hello's first known use was in 1877. the writer also used "kids" to refer to children but this was all right. upon checking, i learned that "kid" was already used in the 13th century.
still, i enjoyed the book. the story was interesting and a quick read. in fact, my curiosity was piqued enough that i look forward to reading The Calypso Directive which features one of George Vicars's descendants.
*Ring of Flowers is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. for more information about Brian Andrews and his work, please visit www.novel.calypsodirective.com

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