The Expressive Creatrix (and Hobbyist)

An epic book by Ms. McCullough, but unfortunately for me, not a very interesting one.  The book follows Richard Morgan, a common, working man in late 18th century England who winds up unfairly imprisoned and finds himself a part of the English “transport” program to colonize Australia.  The first 2/3 of the book took place in England, and the remainder took place on the seas (detailing the almost year-long voyage to sail from England to Australia) and then on Australia and Norfolk Island.

I’m not sure what the problem was other than there just wasn’t a lot of interesting things happening.  Certainly the situations Richard found himself in were interesting, but within those situations, there didn’t seem to be a lot of action, and I don’t necessarily mean thriller, suspense-type action.  I don’t know. It just seemed well, kind of dull.  I initially liked Richard, but to me, he got a little strange, and I didn’t like him as well toward the end.

I didn’t hate the book, nor did I love it.  It was just okay.  Unfortunately it took me about a month to read an “okay” book, but at least I have one book for one of the Historical Fiction Challenges down.


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