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by Carla
Sat March 28th, 2015, 4:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New format for Amazon reviews?
Replies: 15
Views: 1705

That's a good way of putting it, and that's what I'm trying to glean from the author's note (also the author's website, if they have one). It's not by any means perfect, but so far it's the most effective way I've found. I haven't read CW Gortner's book on Juana of Castile yet (though I intend to at...
by Carla
Sat March 28th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New format for Amazon reviews?
Replies: 15
Views: 1705

There's something of a conflict between having ratings on lots of dimensions to accommodate aspects that are important to different readers, and having so many that it becomes too complex to use. From my side I would prefer just to read several reviews; I agree with Divia that across several reviews...
by Carla
Sat March 28th, 2015, 3:39 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: The Forever Queen / A Hollow Crown, by Helen Hollick
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

The Forever Queen / A Hollow Crown, by Helen Hollick

First published under the title A Hollow Crown , Arrow, 2005. Shortened and revised edition published under the title The Forever Queen by Sourcebooks, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4022-4068-3, 614 pages. Set in England, Normandy and Denmark in 1002-1042, The Forever Queen tells most of the life story of Emma o...
by Carla
Thu February 12th, 2015, 11:44 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Life during WWII
Replies: 11
Views: 1316

Hello and welcome!
I recently read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It's not strictly a WWII novel as such but a lot of the novel is set during the war and the sections in London during the Blitz and in Berlin towards the end of the war are very good.
by Carla
Thu February 12th, 2015, 11:39 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: I Am The Chosen King / Harold the King, by Helen Hollick
Replies: 2
Views: 3225

Hope the review was useful, Ash! I'll be interested in your thoughts on Harold/The Chosen King when you've read it.
by Carla
Wed February 4th, 2015, 6:49 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: I Am The Chosen King / Harold the King, by Helen Hollick
Replies: 2
Views: 3225

I Am The Chosen King / Harold the King, by Helen Hollick

First published under the title Harold the King , 2000. Edition reviewed: Sourcebooks 2011, ISBN 978-1-4022-4066-9. 672 pages. Uncorrected advance review copy supplied by publisher. Set in England and Normandy in 1043-1066, I Am the Chosen King tells the story of Harold Godwinesson and his handfast ...
by Carla
Wed February 4th, 2015, 6:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genre definition help
Replies: 38
Views: 3572

Thanks - these sound like books to look out for!

If you like the writing more than the idea of 'being published', I'd say that bodes well for your eventual readers :-)
by Carla
Wed February 4th, 2015, 12:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genre definition help
Replies: 38
Views: 3572

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]I've read the Crown and liked it. But Nancy's characters are all searching for a 'grail-like object' -- mine just want to stay alive. Now three books down, in the Inca's Ransom, everybody is actually searching for (drumroll of surprise) the Inca's ransom. But the main c...
by Carla
Wed February 4th, 2015, 12:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genre definition help
Replies: 38
Views: 3572

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]That's the joy of a series. There's always time to get to the next historical bombshell. :D The fun thing about renaissance Spain is that, while the period is getting more familiar to readers and viewers via show/books on the Tudors and the Borgias (who were Spanish, BT...
by Carla
Tue February 3rd, 2015, 6:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Genre definition help
Replies: 38
Views: 3572

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]Can't see any reason for suspense on that account, Carla--History calls her Maria Pacheco, though correctly it would be Maria (Blanca) Mendoza y Pacheco, wife of Juan Padilla. Much excoriated throught Spanish history as a woman who converted her perfectly proper hidalgo...

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