The Voynich Hotel Vol. 3


All Taizou wanted was to leave behind his past as a yakuza, but now his enemies have tracked him down and are out for blood. As things come to a head, Taizou risks becoming a permanent guest of the Voynich Hotel.

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  • I loved this book to pieces and it’s characters grew to me slowly, like those wondrous cakes in the oven. The historical side of the novel, is thoroughly researched and amazingly blended throughout the book.
    First of All, there is the New York mafia where it all began, the young Nobody who will flee to her rediscovery of self, while in Portland, Oregon. Secondly, with a big wow, there is Portland and its racism, with amazing snippets from publications about race and segregation, MMM and its horrid actions. Last but not least, the oasis for colored people – the lovely Paragon Hotel, where everyone of color is welcome and feels like royalty at home somehow, yet everyone is certainly spied on at the same time.
    Amazing plot with delightful complexity. Nobody’s character going through great development. While together with Blossom they embody the strong American women ready to take life in her own hands, unlike previous generations. Hence touching the rise of feminism in a delicate, yet decisive way.
    Thank you, Lyndsay Faye, for writing this beauty: it soothes the soul and strengthens the spirit, teaches us all so much about the 1920s and the strong characters who fought for their rights above all. The love stories hidden between the lines were also spot on. Everyone should read this book.
  • Lyndsay Faye creates a fascinating and often gripping tale of Harlem and Portland back in the early 1920s with great characters and a plot that twists and turns magically. The main character, Alice James, a white mob girl, fleeing a serious dust-up in Harlem, finds herself recuperating from wounds in an all black hotel on the other side of the country — the Paragon in the title — and before long she is swept up in a series of events that pit her and her new friends against the KKK which is emerging in Portland and Oregon with terrifying force. I was struck by the careful research provided at the beginning of each chapter in snippets from actual documents from those times showing how deeply racism had been institutionalized in Oregon. I was moved by the heroism of the women characters as well as that of some men. Faye is great at characterization and skilled at creating vivid scenes. She also does an impressive job of rendering dialogue in historically accurate ways. While a page turner in some ways, The Paragon Hotel is also a book to be savored, so sometimes I laid it aside for a day in order to taste and enjoy without rushing prematurely to the end. There are some surprises as the story comes to its end which are moving and quite stunning. I will now want to read her other novels.
  • I am an avid reader. Far too many books I’ve bought are collecting dust. Why you ask. Not because I’ve read them and are waiting to lend them to friends. The books are dusty because I put them down, barely read. THE PARAGON HOTEL is a book I couldn’t put down! Faye is an exceptional writer and she got it all in this book. She is a craft writer. She knows how to write. She puts the clues in and it’s up to the reader to collect them. The characters are fabulous. I wanted to be there and to meet them and to have drinks with them. I can’t remember having read something that turned me on as much as this book has. It’s incredible! Enjoy yourself! You will stay up nights reading!
  • I’m the sort of smug, Sherlockian mystery-reader who — by the time the bodies are cooling into the third act — is certain he’s got it All Figured Out. I’ll dismiss the red herrings out of hand and chortle with great condescension at the author’s efforts to sneak a subtle clue under my nose that the story’s detective will only grasp at the 11th hour. So it was a delight to be constantly surprised by the twists and turns this story takes in both of its dual narratives — the Now of Klan-haunted Portland and the Then of Mafia-ruled Harlem — without sacrificing credulity or straining belief. As a product of Jazz Age Harlem the narrator, Alice “Nobody” James, is as singular and authentic voice as I’ve ever read, a real dame with moxie, she’s the elephant’s eyebrows, see. So don’t be a flat tire; grab yourself a sidecar, put up uour dogs, amd do yourself the enormous favor of ripping through this tasty tale.
  • This is a very enlightening and engaging book. I was aware of the basic histories involved, but the historical fiction created to deliver to the reader the seriousness of the history/currency of racism in OR and mafia in NYC is beautifully crafted. The cast of characters draws you in, I couldn’t put this down.
  • Very disappointed.I was half way through chapter 6, at what should have been page 87 but it was page 119.So I looked ahead and found another page119.My copy is missing 33 pages.I want another copy.I do not have any of the shipping package any more.Please tell me what to do.
  • Some writers do their best work in their first novel and are never the same after, but not Lyndsay Faye. While her earlier work is good, she seems to challenge herself with new characters and historical periods, and the results are wonderful!

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