A seven-way New York auction for this first novel by the author of Falling Through the Earth , a memoir of being the child of a Vietnam veteran, suggests a strong belief that Angelology might be the holy sales grail. And Danielle Trussoni's book, it turns out, usefully echoes two fictional super-brands. The central premise is pure Dan Brown: wartime correspondence between the philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller and the abbess of a New York convent hints that the women conspired to hide an item of great value and supernatural significance in a location connected with the Rockefeller family. Inevitably, the path to this artefact lies hidden behind fiendish codes that old moneybags and the nun knocked up between them. It's one of those books in which the cast spend almost as much time staring at text as the reader does.
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Jun 16, Ellen rated it did not like it. Over the years, I've received student papers so awful, I'm tempted to just write, "Nice font choice" and move on. For Trussoni's sad book, my comment is "Nice cover. However, what a surprise. Not one of my GR friends has any mention of this book - not a review, not a to-be-read, and definitely not a wishlist pick. I wonder why. Several reasons come to mind. Overall, the book is a half-witted concoction clearly written in the hopes that it would become a movie, or rather t Over the years, I've received student papers so awful, I'm tempted to just write, "Nice font choice" and move on.
Overall, the book is a half-witted concoction clearly written in the hopes that it would become a movie, or rather the first in a series of movies, given that the book's end signals a sequel. The Nephilim or fallen angels, who live in the midst of a somewhat Victorian-feeling society, apparently elude the notice of most mortals, despite their immense power and influence.
Just how this is possible is not explained nor is angelology, which could have been somewhat fascinating, if pursued in any depth.
And, just as Maureen Dowd coined the term baldenfreude for men losing their locks, we could probably use the term wingenfreude to describe the loss of wing breadth, luster, and thickness that some of the angels are experiencing.
And if the dilemma of Percival, the key male angel, sounds a bit phallic, it should. The description of Percival's former wings in contrast to his mother's flawless appendages is rife with envy and Freudian implications: His mother's wings were gorgeous, shimmering, healthy, full-plumed.
A gradation of soft color radiated from the tips, where the feathers were tiny and roseate, and moved to the center of her back, where the feathers grew large and glittering. Percival's wings, when he'd had them, had been even larger than his mother's, sharp and dramatic, the feathers precisely shaped daggers of brilliant, powdery gold.
That spot is reserved for Sister Evangeline, a remarkably flat and undeveloped character, whose destiny is evident by perhaps page 10 or so of this page book. The only remotely compelling sections were those in Bulgaria, particularly concerning Celestine and Gabrielle. Just why in the hell I read this whole godawful mess can only be explained by major funkdom, when I read continuously including some awful literature and eat a lot of bubba-mycin chicken soup.
Please view this review as a public service message. Save yourself from this book and its likely incarnation as a movie imdb. View all 44 comments. Mar 08, unknown rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People I don't like. Shelves: library-books , sci-fi-fantasy , , in , zzzz , worst-reads , wwii. This one kept losing stars as it went.
The broad concept was really interesting, excerpting one of those weird bits of the bible and making it the basis for an otherworldly, fantastical story. But the characters are flat and the writing is dull -- most of the first half of the book is scenes of people doing research, and we get to read right along with them as they examine ancient historical texts and first-hand accounts of angelic encounters. This is about as exciting as reading a musty old his This one kept losing stars as it went.
This is about as exciting as reading a musty old history textbook can be, but leaves you ready for some action. Sadly, when the action finally does start up, the book quickly falls apart.
Danielle Trussoni clearly has zero skill in writing a thriller, and the frantic final third grows increasingly ludicrous and difficult to follow, with several poorly-staged battles between demonic creatures and old nuns and an anticlimactic The Da Vinci Code search for a hidden historical object that is simply there to pad out the story needlessly. The writing is very sloppy and many confrontations don't make much sense at one point the villain has a gun trained on the heroes but neglects to use it for no discernible reason, even as one of them slowly assembles a mysterious object that might spell the villain's defeat.
The ending springs a Star Wars-esque moral choice on the lead character pretty much out of nowhere and the book ends on a very sour note, clearly setting things up for a sequel that I would guess perhaps 10 percent of those who slog all the way through Angelology will actually bother to read. Oh, and it's going to be made into a doubtlessly terrible movie. View all 7 comments. Mar 15, Kevin rated it really liked it. Honestly, if I could give it 3. Since I can't, I'm rounding up, as a gesture towards giving the author the benefit of the doubt, expecting that the next book will be better.
Angelology is a mixed bag. Personally, I find angel lore, and other mythologies, fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of Judeo-Christian and Greek myth, Talmudic scholarship and discussion of the Book of Enoch a personal favorite. I understand this is the Ms. Trussoni's first novel, her first book being a solidly non-fiction memoir. I believe that this is apparent in her writing style. Frankly, I found the narrative voice to be rather dry for a work of fiction, especially one of the fantastic variety, but perfectly in keeping, however, with the expected tone of a diarist.
It is also quite telling that the most compelling part of the book was the section detailing the personal memories of a young woman's life and education in WWII-era France. It was written in the first person, and the character, Celestine, was by far the most well-developed, and most distinctive voice in the entire novel. Clearly Ms. Trussoni is more comfortable, at least at the moment, with this style of narration. The other characters in the book suffered somewhat from a lack of differentiation of voice; they all ran together and "read" quite similarly, from evil Nephilim to nuns, to aged angelologists.
This was something of an unfortunate impediment when trying to identify with the various characters, and I hope that further work in fiction will help Ms. Trussoni better develop individual character voice. The author is, however, quite skilled in description and her world was very easy to visualize, often vividly so.
Unfortunately, her adeptness in this area overbalanced her lesser abilities in characterization and resulted in large sections of the book feeling overly expository, which was surprising, because the book had some truly exciting action bits. Despite the book's flaws, however, Ms. Trussoni really did succeed in drawing me in, particularly after the aforementioned very engaging second section of the book, and left me looking forward to the next novel in the series.
She is clearly a skilled and talented author, and I expect that she will quickly develop better fictional narrative skills. While I don't believe the book is quite worth the hype, it is still well worth reading.
Shelves: metafiction , ww2 , nun-monk-minister , audiobook , really-good-villain , multiple-narrators , nerd-prof-scientist-genius-geek , the-lost-heir , the-chosen-one , french-heroine. I am so glad I found this on audiobook at the library. It turned out to be a very good medium for this story. I have to say that for a slow starter, I really got drawn into this book, and when it ended, I had separation anxiety! Two things kept me from giving this a five star rating: 1.
The slow, meandering start. I was initially thinking, uh-oh, this might turn out to be a real snoozer.
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Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
She created the Writerly podcast, a weekly podcast about the art and business of writing. Her novels have been translated into 33 languages. She has lived for extended periods in Japan, Bulgaria, England and France. Trussoni currently lives in New York. She lived in France from and her memoir, The Fortress , focuses on this period in her life.