Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday Memes and 'Landfalls' by Naomi J. Williams

Today I'm sharing an amazing novel with you guys that I reviewed yesterday: Landfalls by Naomi J. Williams. I gave it four out of five Universes and absolutely loved it. There's nothing like a good sea voyage/exploration novel to get your escapism fix. Do check out my review if it sounds like something for you!

An epic voyage, undertaken with the grandest of ambitions. 
When Lapérouse leaves France in the Spring of 1785 with two ships under his command, he knows that he sails with the full backing of the French government. This is to be a voyage of scientific and geographical discovery - but every person on board has their own hopes, ambitions and dreams. 
As the ships move across vast distances in their journey of nearly four years, the different characters step forward and invite us into their world. From the remote Alaskan bay where a dreadful tragedy unfolds, to the wild journey Barthélemy de Lessups undertakes from the far east of Russia to St Petersburg, the reader sees the emotional, physical and mental toll exacted by such an endeavour. 
Landfalls marks the launch of a brilliant new writer, who creates an unforgettable world through a web of voices and narratives.
Doesn't it sound exciting? Book Beginnings and Friday 56 are hosted by Gilian over at Rose City Reader and Freda over at Freda's Voice.

Book Beginnings:
'No one knew what to make of the new galley stoves when they arrived. There were two - one for each ship - and they came by boat, first for the Boussole and then for the Astrolabe, disassembled into their cumbersome components and accompanied by a foul-mouthed shipyard locksmith charged with installing them.' 1%
This paragraph is from the prologue, which gives the reader a first glimpse into the atmosphere aboard these two ships, the Boussole and the Astrolabe. The beginning isn't the most gripping ever, but I liked the description of a 'foul-mouthed shipyard locksmith' so chose this one.

Friday 56:
'Since that night, Lamartiniere had caught only fleeting glimpses of the woman when she served them tea in the drawing room, but the awareness of her presence in the house tantalized him in private and buzzed like an unacknowledged background hum between the men whenever they were in the house.' 56%
Since Landfalls switches a lot between narrators it can be a bit of a surprise to see who gets to narrate what, but Lamartiniere is quite a fun one since he's always worrying about a lot of things. In this case I thought his description of the tension in the house due to the presence of a woman, shock horror GASP!


Does Landfalls sound like the book for you? And what are you featuring today?

23 comments:

  1. The beginning had me conjuring up images of pirates and the like. Sounds like a great read, indeed!
    I added you to the Linky! Happy weekend!

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    1. I wish there were more pirates in 'Landfalls' now! Thanks for adding me and have a great weekend! :)

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  2. A story about sea voyages during this era has got to be an exciting one, even though the opening sentence isn't that riveting. I enjoyed reading your review of this book.
    My Friday post features The Paragraph Ranch.

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    1. It definitely is exciting despite the first few lines! And thanks for reading the review, I'm really happy you enjoyed it! :)

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  3. This book sounds like it's full of adventure. Happy Friday!

    My Friday:Marie @ Pages to Explore

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    1. There was definitely a lot of adventure but also some heart-breaking sequences! Thanks for commenting :)

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  4. Your review intrigued me far more than the quotes!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review but yeah, the opening lines aren't the most fascinating one! Thanks for commenting :)

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  5. This sounds like an interesting book. :-)

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    1. It really is,there's so much going on in it! Thanks for commenting :)

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  6. I haven't heard of this book but it sounds interesting. I'm intrigued. :-) Thanks for sharing!
    Amanda

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    1. It came out yesterday, definitely check it out if you have the time! Thanks for commenting :)

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  7. This sounds interesting. I'm curious to see how the beginning and the 56 are connected as they sound so very different.

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    1. That's the great thing with different narrators, the tone of the book keeps changing :D Thanks for commenting! :)

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  8. I loved the 56....I had to smile at the descriptions of the narrator, ("tantalized in private,") who sounds like fun.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  9. Love your Book Beginnings blurb. The cover is absolutely gorgeous too.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  10. How interesting and the cover is simply breathtaking. Happy Friday!

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  11. This does sound very interesting and different. Thanks for visiting my Book Beginnings & 56

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  12. This book makes you want to travel. Like it.

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  13. What a beautiful cover! But reading through the rest of your post, I'm positive that this is a good historical fiction piece -- fascinating!

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  14. I'm captured by the exquisite cover art and the journey sounds fascinating.

    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/10/23/the-friday-56-83-guarded-a-silverton-chronicles-novel/

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  15. Sounds like a fun read full of adventure! Happy Weekend!

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