Friday, 19 December 2008

Review - Bernard Cornwell – Sharpe’s Christmas

Publ: 1995
Pensby Library
ISBN: 0 9722220 1 4
Genre: Historical Fiction; Short stories
Pages: 97
Rating: ***** **

What led you to pick up this book?
I’m working my way through the Sharpe series and the first story was listed as falling on Fantastic Fiction as coming after Sharpe’s Eagle. In fact in didn’t so I therefore ended up reading two short stories out of sequence.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
Sharpe's Christmas contains two short stories, Sharpe's Christmas and Sharpe's Ransom. Sharpe's Christmas is set in 1813, towards the end of the Peninsular War and falls after Sharpe's Regiment. Sharpe's Ransom comes after Sharpe's Waterloo, is set in peacetime and provides of glimpse of Sharpe's life in Normandy with Lucille.

What did you think of the characters?
Sharpe, as always, in character and on form.

What did you think about the style?
It demonstrated that Cornwell is just as much the master of the short story as he is of the novel.

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
Untypical and out of keeping with the other Sharpe jackets.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, to any Sharpe fan and also as short stories in their own right.

BERNARD CORNWELL – see Sharpe’s Havoc

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