134. Kings and Queens: A Very Peculiar History (Antony Mason)

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Antony Mason's Kings and Queens: A Very Peculiar History was the very first eBook I read.  Its a good thing I'm not going to base my future Kobo reading on this one book;  if I did, I'd quit using Hrothgar right now.  The book itself isn't necessarily bad per se, but its clearly designed for readers with little or no knowledge of British royal history or, more likely, aimed at a MUCH younger audience.  Simply written with only the barest of details (dates ruled, who they married, and a paragraph or two on some minor event during their reign), this is hardly a book worth reading if your over the age of 10.

When I ordered the book, I didn't bother checking it out on any other websites other than KoboBoooks.  Heck, this was right up my alley - bizarre (sorry, "peculiar) stories about medieval rulers?  Sign me up!  However, the title and the info provided by Kobo doesn't indicate that it is just about British monarchs.  Not that that would have necessarily stopped me; British royal history is quite quirky at times.  What I wasn't prepared for?  The actual lack of any really bizarre or peculiar tidbits to keep me interested. 

Amazon's description wouldn't have helped much either:
Which king's guards massacred a group of his supporters by mistake? Who had an oversized tongue and had to slobber when they ate food? Who was so large when they died that they had to be buried in a square coffin? Who survived seven assassination attempts? As you can tell from the bizarre questions above, it wasn't all thrones and sceptres for British kings and queens. Some of them were completely batty, and others were downright vicious. On the other hand, some monarchs were an icon to the people and represented the power and importance of Britain and England. 'Kings & Queens, A Very Peculiar History' explores some of the most marvellous monarchs to have ruled Britain and ekes out their bizarre habits and idiosyncracies, featuring quirky stories and fascinating facts and lists.

It too wouldn't have dissuaded me - it sounds fascinating - although the Amazon cover and the number of pages may have.  Sheesh.  I wouldn't be quite so annoyed if I hadn't paid for the book but I did and now I feel as though I've been swindled out of $7.44.  To top it off, Kobo sent me a 20% off coupon after I'd already bought it.  Grrrrrr.  Well, at least now I'll do more research before I buy my next eBook. 

What was the first eBook you read?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have actually never read an ebook, and I am not in a particular hurry to do so. Especially after coming home from last weekend's book sale with a massive stack of real books.

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