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I've read that this story of a child prodigy is a true, or true-ish, story, which may explain why, as beautifully written as it is, it never actually goes anywhere. The prodigy appears, and then she disappears. Since the author has invented an entire variant of a hoopoe, he could have gone a little further and invented some plot resolution. As it is, our heroine appears to be in some danger, or in the power of a potentially dangerous person, but then she isn't after all, and then she decides to take herself out of the story. It was a little like eating cotton candy: sweet and irresistable and utterly ephemeral.
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Would you try another book from Michael David Lukas and/or Mozhan Marno?
I probably would not try another book by this author. I read it because it was a book club pick, but did not enjoy it really. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either; her voice was a little sharp.
Would you recommend The Oracle of Stamboul to your friends? Why or why not?
No, would not. It was fairly well written, but I was bored by it. It should have been much more interesting, given the subject matter.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
That would depend on who the director and actors were.
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