A rare review: Gentlemen & Players, Joanne Harris

Guys, I actually wrote a book review. This is scary.

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Book: Gentlemen and Players (Goodreads) by Joanne Harris.

gentlemen-players-cover
image from Goodreads

most of publisher blurb:

For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. But this year the wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork, and information technology are beginning to overshadow St. Oswald’s tradition, and Straitley is finally, and reluctantly, contemplating retirement. He is joined this term by five new faculty members, including one who — unbeknownst to Straitley and everyone else — holds intimate and dangerous knowledge of St. Oswald’s ways and secrets. Harboring dark ties to the school’s past, this young teacher has arrived with one terrible goal: to destroy St. Oswald’s.

As the new term gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike. Beginning as small annoyances — a lost pen, a misplaced coffee mug — they are initially overlooked. But as the incidents escalate in both number and consequence, it soon becomes apparent that a darker undercurrent is stirring within the school. With St. Oswald’s unraveling, only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. The veteran teacher faces a formidable opponent, however — a master player with a bitter grudge and a strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final move, a secret game with very real, very deadly consequences.

I read this in preparation for Different Class* and GODS this was amazing. Intensely complicated and weird and murderous and twisty. From the perspective of a teacher, which was nice since I’m doing research for one of my characters.

SO MANY CHESS REFERENCES AND TITLE REFERENCES AND DECEEEIIIIT
AND FIRE AND BURNING THINGS AND MURDEEEER

It’s all very interconnected with references and deeper hidden meanings and lines to be crossed and MURDER. It’s excellent for those of you who like complicated things and mystery and figuring things out. Also good for those with large vocabularies.

Also, the section titles are lovely *beams*

I’m a bit annoyed because there were random Latin and French phrases sprinkled in. The French was fine. I don’t know anything about Latin. And that’s the only thing.

So very. Very. Good.

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* comes out in April. The blurb is extraordinarily creepy and it’s set in the same world / school. *shudders in anticipation*

I first discovered Joanne Harris because of the MCU Loki fandom, where some person recommended The Gospel of Loki (which I call Lokabrenna, which is Loki’s name for it, which is essentially Loki’s name [Lokabrenna = Sirius = Dogstar = in the Rune books, Loki]). I read it. I vaguely enjoyed it.

Then I read Chocolat, and I loved it. This led me on a mission to read EVERYTHING BY JOANNE HARRIS. Currently on my read list: TGOL, Chocolat, Wildfire in Manhattan*, Runemarks, Runelight, and this.

* I believe it’s in A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String but it was published in a different book of stories and I read it there.

NONE OF MY LOCAL LIBRARIES HAVE ENOUGH OF HER STUFF AND THEY’RE ALL LIKE 500 PAGES LONG I CAN’T LUG ALL OF THEM HOME

<originally there was an emoticon here but Cynthia couldn’t figure out how to make it look like her current expression so she deleted it>

<why am I writing about myself in third person>

*dies*

(please read Joanne Harris’s stuff)

(TELL ME ALL THE AUTHORS YOU LOVEEEE)

(Also, should I write more book reviews occasionally because I don’t particularly want this blog to become a book blog but if you guys like them?)

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I am not quite sure
how I feel about reviews,
which I rarely write.

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