7. What was the last bad book you read?
8. What made you dislike it?
In short: The Last Days of the Romanovs. I brushed on it when I discussed the books read for my alphabetical challenge last year, but I neglected to do a full review, which I shall commence here.
Please use the following pictures for reference, as they will have significance:
In 1914 (one hundred years ago exactly!) Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov, Emperor of Russia, was 46. His wife, Alexandra Fyodorovna (formerly Alix of Hesse) was 42. Their children were the Grand Duchesses Olga Nikolaevna (19), Tatiana Nikolaevna (17), Maria Nikolaevna (15), and Anastasia Nikolaevna (13), and Alexei Nikolaevich (10). Nicholas II had been tsar for 20 years; finally, if you enjoy depression, they had four years left to live at the time this picture was taken, less than a lustra.
Second. This is the Rothschild Fabergé egg, courtesy of Mieks. This egg is an Imperial-quality example of the genius and skill of Carl Fabergé and his crew, but it was completely unknown until 2007. (The book I’m about to lambaste came out in 2008.) The egg was commissioned by a woman who had nothing to do with the royal family as a gift for her future sister-in-law, on the event of her engagement to her brother. None of these people had anything to do with the royal family or the Russian court. This egg does closely resemble the Imperial Cockerel egg of 1900 and the 1904 Kelch Chanticleer egg, but, and I cannot stress this enough, had nothing to do with the Romanovs.
Why am I harping so much on an egg clock that has nothing to do with the Romanovs? Especially when I’m supposed to be writing a review of the last bad book that I read? Well, my dear, it’s all part of answering the question “what made you dislike it” — though frankly I think it’d be better to ask me “why was the book so bad.” I’ll answer that now.