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The Astrologer pdf The Astrologer , ebook The Astrologer , epub The Astrologer , doc The Astrologer , e-pub The Astrologer , The Astrologer 4192aa00184 As Long As Denmark Looks Backward, There Will Be Bloodshed It Is December OfSoren Andersmann, The Danish Royal Astrologer, Has Smuggled A Trunk Full Of Poisons, Daggers, And A Venomous Snake Into The Royal Castle At Elsinore Though Soren Knows Nothing Of The Assassin S Trade, He Has Sworn To Be The Instrument Of Justice King Christian IV Has Murdered Soren S Mentor And Spiritual Father, Tycho Brahe, The Most Famous Astronomer The World Has Seen Soren Will Have His RevengeThe Astrologer Takes Us Into The World Of Europe On The Edge Of The Renaissance It Is A World Ruled By The Sword, Where Civilization Is Held In Place By Violence And Blind Loyalty The Birth Of Science Is Still Overshadowed By Medieval Religion, But Men Are Learning To Think For Themselves In , A Man Who Thinks For Himself Is A Dangerous Man Soren Andersmann, The Astrologer, Is Becoming A Dangerous Man

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    Book Info Genre Historical Alternative History fictionReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of historically based fiction, alternate history fiction, DenmarkBook Available March 1, 2013 in paperback link to where formatting allowed Trigger Warnings Violence, fighting, murderDisclosure I received an ARC in e book format from Rhemalda Publishing in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own.Synopsis As long as Denmark looks backward, there will be bloodshed It is December of 1601 Soren Andersmann, the Danish royal astrologer, has smuggled a trunk full of poisons, daggers, and a venomous snake into the royal castle at Elsinore Though Soren knows nothing of the assassin s trade, he has sworn to be the instrument of justice King Christian IV has murdered Soren s mentor and spiritual father, Tycho Brahe, the most famous astronomer the world has seen Soren will have his revenge The Astrologer takes us into the world of Europe on the edge of the Renaissance It is a world ruled by the sword, where civilization is held in place by violence and blind loyalty The birth of science is still overshadowed by medieval religion, but men are learning to think for themselves In 1601, a man who thinks for himself is a dangerous man Soren Andersmann, the astrologer, is becoming a dangerous man My Thoughts The story opens with a bang and a clang smack dab in the middle of a sword fight While the entire story is not action, there is definitely enough to fulfill the wishes of any adrenaline junkie, and the story is amusing and delightful Yes, delightful.I have recently been heard complaining about the lack of grace and beauty in much of modern language You will not hear such complaints from me about this book, whose language even the narrative maintains a lovely authenticity, staying true to the loveliness of the language of the era during which the story is set It was beautiful to read There was also a good bit of humor in it For example Perverting science for political reasons galled me This made me laugh out loud, because the narrator is here referring to the science of astrology reading the signs in the heavens above Science I also quite enjoyed Soren s attempts at assassination, and some of the unlikely assistance he received along the way The ending of chapter 9 had me hooting out loud and applauding My husband came in to find out what it was all about, but I refused to tell him so I did not spoil the surprise, because I ordered a paperback copy of this book for my husband, whose birthday is just a couple weeks after our anniversary, and a couple days after Valentine s day I know he will love it If you like historically based fiction, if you like the legends and history of Denmark, if you enjoy a really well done story, then you absolutely will not want to miss this new book being put out by Rhemalda It is currently available for pre ordering on , and I ve linked to its page in this sentence, and at the end of the synopsis where the title is mentioned where formatting is allowed Very much recommended

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    I received a copy of this book through a Firstreads giveaway The review below reflects solely my opinion and was not influenced in any way by the author or the publisher I really enjoyed this book a lot Of its main characters, I only knew a little about Tycho Brahe, who is dead before the book even starts Yet his death is the impetus for Soren, the main character, to assassinate King Christian of Denmark The author weaves an engaging story about a subject matter I think few modern Americans know anything about There are twists and turns, and I actually said to myself in the middle of this book, Am I rooting for a murderer Yet the main character, Soren, is sympathetic You realize his world view, and his near worship of Tycho Brahe, undergoes severe challenges, and yet, Soren muddles his way through it all It was unfortunately too short, but it was masterfully written I felt the last two chapters were rushed, with Soren narrating some rather significant events But, still, I look forward to seeing from this author.

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    I m going to state the patently obvious as a disclaimer This is a subjective review.If this is the sort of book you like, you will really like this book Unfortunately, I didn t like it I REALLY wanted to like it The book was given to me by a very dear friend who was very hopeful that I would like it The author is a good friend of my good friend I felt just a little that if I didn t like the book, I would hurt my friend s feelings, and I really didn t want to do that.There were so many things I should have liked about the book The prose is polished and perfect The author clearly labored for months, probably years over the text It is far polished than most debut novels I have read I m quite a Shakespeare fan, so this re imagining of Hamlet piqued my interest The Shakespearean allusions salted through the text were delightful and satisfying I like historical fiction that is faithful to history Bailey provides impeccable historical detail and the characters are true to their context This book is very well done, and that s why I gave it four stars.But I still didn t enjoy it Aye, there s the rub I pondered long trying to understand why I didn t like it This is what I came up with There is a school of writers some of great fame and stature and a host of readers including most English teachers and professors who adhere to the idea expressed by William Faulkner in his Nobel acceptance speech that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about I don t entirely agree with that idea I think it makes for miserable reading But some people really enjoy it.But this explanation seemed too simplistic to me The original Hamlet had an awful lot of anguish and inner conflict, and the body count at the end of the play and this book were about the same, so what was the difference Why did The Astrologer give me anguish without catharsis In the Allegory of the Chariot from his Phaedrus, Plato describes a tripartite human soul as comprised of a rational charioteer driving a mismatched pair of horses The dark horse represents all the base instincts and appetites The white horse, called thumos, represents the noble traits of honor, courage, charity, etc I came to realize that not a single character in The Astrologer displayed an ounce of thumos They were all equally pathetic and unlikable I never came to care what happened to any of them There is thumos in Shakespeare s Hamlet, but none in The Astrologer.One other thing bothered me The menacing Swiss mercenaries acted as a sort of diabolus ex machina that aided and abetted the hapless assassin to his inevitable end but their motive was never clear to me It just didn t make sense.

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    Truth, perception, imagination and deception combine in Scott G F Bailey s historical novel, The Astrologer Soon after the death of the famous Tycho Brahe, and shortly before the availability of telescopes to aid astronomical observations, Tycho s former student is still filled with plans for revenge Living and working in the court of the Danish king Christian, he longs to resurrect his master s work, rescue his scientific machines from the island of Hven, and groom the king s son to become a open minded successor But the keen observer of the heavens, and careful author of a treatise on the importance of science, proves to have a very blinkered view of events and a cloudy grasp of the truth.The writing is a smooth blend of old fashioned description and quick dialog, with some lovely phrases that stick in the reader s mind Servants and sycophants go about their business in court while the inept narrator plots and falls ever short of his goals The history and manners of Europe are convincingly portrayed, and the curious mix of faith and science is enthralling, with early attempts to understand gravity bending to the whim of religious interpretation, just as early attempts to understand astronomy bend to the perceived control of astrology.In all, The Astrologer is a fascinating read, and an enjoyable and frequently humorous look at a slightly twisted history, with a plot that blends Shakespearean comedy with the philosophical musings of a classically flawed narrator.Disclosure I was given a free ecopy by the publisher and I m offering my honest review.

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    This book defies glib descriptions there s just so darned much packed intoits pages I usually say that I read for plot and The Astrologer has thatin spades political intrigue and betrayal on many levels, rebelliouschildren, hysterically funny assassination attempts gone wrong But I thinkit s really the characters, and their relationships to one another, thatshine most brightly or at least that stick with me best and mostheartbreakingly after reading the book.Soren was Christian s tutor and also pretty much his friend inthe past but at the time the book opens Christian has become aware of theirseriously different places in society Christian is the crown prince whileSoren is the son of a builder Watching that dynamic unfold on the page isalmost as moving as the disintegration of the mind of the young loveinterest Vibeke She is such a charming character that I just wanted tosave her but, of course, I couldn t I guess that s it the charactersare so real and so movingly portrayed that I found myself wanting to protectthem There are also a few villains that you just want to see get theircomeuppance, too They re real people for all it s Denmark in 1601 andBailey makes you care for them.The setting and general feel is somewhat reminiscent of HilaryMantel s Wolf Hall books but, for me at least, The Astrologer is a muchricher story It came alive for me in a way that Thomas Cromwell and hiscrowd never quite did.

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    This book was clearly written for a modern audience I mean that the language is vigorous and not the least languorous, and that the plot moves briskly for folks who, like all your 21st century readers, require a briskly moving plot And yet, behind all this movement and vigor, is the languorous movement of the snow falling, buildings crumbling, events and Fate building up and getting ready to overwhelm everything, like fire, like deep snow, which provides a very nice objective correlative I learned that phrase when I was an English major to the movement of the plot So that all the hasty thrust and shove can happen all it wants one can bring poisonous snakes, and construct great machines, and go into battle and then run away from battle Behind it all the inevitable is getting ready to occur And some of the characters know this, and some don t, and some know it clearly, and some know it in their madness, and some are learning it and we get to listen in while they do, and some will never learn it I Loved It It s good I loved being there, in that place and time, with those people, and that is my primary criteria for a novel.

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    It s not often that I read books set in this specific period in history, nowadays people seem enad of the Plantagenets Tudor times or the Hanoverians and onward Yes, these names are English and this is Denmark we re talking about, but you get my drift I also read a lot of novels set in England, soI found the story to be pretty well paced, and it was nice to learn some Danish history I did reading on my own after I finished this book to learn about the King of Denmark and the perspectives I found the setting to be refreshing, given what I normally read.

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    Light hearted action comedies and non fiction are usually my cup of tea, but this swash buckling historical thriller, kept me utterly engaged And, unlike lots of page turners, it didn t leave me feeling like I d just binged on junk food The language is beautiful, the world evocative, the characters complex, the story multi leveled, and here and there, you are left asking yourself deep philosophical questions All this, and it s riveting too This book will not disappoint.Bailey s book takes place at the beginning of the Renaissance when scientific thought is just beginning to but up against Church and State This book brings home just how tumultuous, thought provoking, and exciting those times must have been It also deals with how people scientists, the clergy, and politicians alike, react when the facts before them that don t fit their world view.

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    What was most interesting about this book was the use of a flawed narrator His faults are revealed against his will and most naturally without him seeming to know he is revealing himself in this way I found that true to real life than the near perfect, save that he works too hard, is too committed, insert fake fault that is obviously a virtue here kind of character found in many other books.

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    Taken from my review Full disclosure I was sent a presskit containing a free copy of the book by Rhemalda Publishing to be considered for review.I am often wary of free books, warier still when they are brand new, have few reviews, and arrive in my inbox confessedly unsolicited For mostly that reason, it remained unexamined on my hard drive for several days, as I reviewed other works However, when I finally opened The Astrologer, I found I had made a serious mistake I couldn t bring myself to close it again.I don t usually like to say things like this, since they don t really tell the customer much, but The Astrologer is one of the finest pieces of fiction I ve read in some time Those that are familiar with my reviews know that such gushing praise is unusual for me, and I hope that in of itself says something of the book s worthiness But, on with the review, to the technical and informative.I can and will pay due compliments to The Astrologer s plot and characters, but what truly drew me in was Mr Bailey s language It is certainly like nothing I have heard before, present day readability combined with the wrought, flowing language of the novel s setting Because the novel is narrated in the first person, both dialogue and action consist of this highly emotive, descriptive, and affluent language, making the text an absolute pleasure to read.Of course, the best written language cannot cover a poorly conceived story, but fortunately The Astrologer succeeds on every front The world is carefully constructed and described, I could see and feel the settings, and the moods were palpable Additionally, though I profess no knowledge of Denmark, the surrounding area, or indeed of the 17th century, I can say that I got the impression of a very thoroughly researched work There was, however, one flaw An allusion was made to one of Shakespeare s sonnets, which were not published until eight years after the setting of the story I am no Shakespeare scholar either, however, and invite any commenter to set me right The plot was easy to follow and yet sufficiently twisting and turning to keep me deeply involved, as subplots grew and resolved and contributed and to the story Though I will not go into detail to keep this review spoiler free, it can be said that every detail was vitally important to the overall experience of the story, but it moved at such a pace that it was no trouble at all to soak up every bit.The characters were strong, the main character and Prince Christian most of all detailed, layered, and intriguing, they occasionally hovered on the edge of traditional archetypes, but often than not felt quite real The supporting cast was strong as well, and their influence on the main characters and the direction of the story was well considered by the author, something that this reviewer considers to be a distinction between a good novel and a great one.I laughed, I didn t quite cry, but I was certainly drawn in One particularly poignant scene between Soren and Christian on a beach will stay with me for some time, such was its power and depth After reading the astrologer, I made sure I stayed on Rhemalda Publishing s mailing list this is an author to watch and follow for years to come.Bottom line The Astrologer is an outstandingly strong work High reading level and non traditional but beautiful language, as well as some mature themes, leads me to recommend this for adults, as well as fans of historical fiction, especially in the 16th 17th century conflict between the Catholic church and the philosophy of rationalism This review may not be seen as trustworthy , since it s yet another five star review, and I got the book for free I want it known, however, that I stand by every word here Except for the bit about Shakespeare, I m never sure with him As usual, if you ve any questions or need anything clarified, feel free to contact me via the comment section below.

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