Shelf Control

Shelf Control is a feature I picked up from Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies and is all about celebrating the books already on your TBR. Each week, on Wednesday, one picks one book and writes a post about it, usually what the book is all about, when and where you got it, what made you want to read it, and so on.

This is my third week participating in this feature, and for this week I picked one of the doorstoppers on my shelf–Birds of Prey by Wilbur Smith.

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While this is the ninth book in the Courtney series as Goodreads tells me, according to the wikipedia page, this one actually comes first chronologically (the year in which it is set), though published later.

What it’s all about: This one follows Sir Francis Courtney, Master Navigator of the Order of St George and the Holly Grail, and his son Hal, who are on patrol off the coast of South Africa, awaiting a galleon of the Dutch East India Company carrying precious cargo–spices, timber, and gold. It is the year 1667, and there’s a war still raging between the English and the Dutch. While Sir Francis and his son take the ship over, they are betrayed and the consequences are very heavy….

My Edition: 1998 Pan Books.

When and where I got it: Oh dear, this time I really don’t remember the where (except that it was an actual shop and not online) but I got it over two years ago, and the reason I haven’t picked it up, though it is historical fiction, one of my favourite genres, is the size, 763 pages. It isn’t that I don’t read ‘big’ books but I need a bit of motivation getting started.

Why I want to read it: Its historical fiction, set in a part of the world that I don’t know all that much about; the story sound quite interesting and exciting (pirates and such), and I love the maps on the inner cover.

Have you read this one? What did you make of it?


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