The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett has so many five star reviews that I am wondering what I am missing. I gave it almost 80 pages and I can’t get into it at all. The plot doesn’t seem to have any direction, I can’t keep the characters straight, and I couldn’t care less about the characters or what is happening to them. The distant and erudite tone of the book is strange and off-putting to me. It does not draw me in but instead makes me feel as is everything is happening far away in place and time. Each chapter jumps to a completely different scene so there has been little continuity in the storyline so far. In addition, the dialogue is full of literary and classical allusions, none of which I get, and which therefore do not draw or hold any interest for me. The positive reviews promise that in the end it is an unforgettable book, but I’m not seeing that so far and life is too short to push on reading something I’m not enjoying.