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The Woman Who Would Be Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

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The Woman Who Would Be Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

Post by burlgirl » Fri February 26th, 2010, 7:22 pm

I just posted this review on Amazon. If you had considered reading this book, I advise against it!

I am someone who really, really loves the Amarna time period, so I can say I have a fairly good knowledge of the time, although I'm not an Egyptologist.

Let me list the things I liked about this book:
- Great cover
- Very readable print

Things I didn't like:
-Ankhesenpaatan. While I truly believe you can detest a main character but still like a book, it just didn't work out that way for this book. She was just so unbelievable. Not only was she an unlikeable character, but she acted far too out of character for the time period and for who she was.
-To many things that didn't make sense. As far as I know, there weren't "candles" and "wall sconces" in ancient Egypt. Also, as soon as one pharaoh dies, another becomes pharaoh. There is no regency period without a pharaoh, as there was for 2 years while Prince Tut waited to crowned and Aye ran the kingdom. Granted, Aye probably _did_ run the kingdom, but Tut was the pharaoh. (I won’t get into what happened between the time Tut died and Aye became pharaoh in history, this isn’t the place for it.)
- I hated all the gratuitous sex. Had I known that the book would be like that, I wouldn't have bought it. I regret that I had it in my to be read pile for almost year, during which most of the reviews on Amazon were posted. I wonder if I can still return it. I sure feel cheated!

I know that I tend to leave negative reviews when I do leave a review - usually I just give a book a star(s). Books that are great tend to stand on their own, and usually it's my intense disappointment that causes me to leave a negative review. I'm very disappointed in this one. I couldn't finish it. I hung in there through about page 70, or whenever the dwarf sex scene happened. That's when the book hit the wall - a wall banger.

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Post by Misfit » Fri February 26th, 2010, 7:30 pm

I hung in there through about page 70, or whenever the dwarf sex scene happened
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Ditto, that's about when mine flew as well. A dreadful dreadful book.
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Post by parthianbow » Fri February 26th, 2010, 8:21 pm

[quote=""burlgirl""] or whenever the dwarf sex scene happened. [/quote]
Yikes! That sounds stomach-churning! :eek: :eek: :eek:
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Post by Misfit » Fri February 26th, 2010, 9:15 pm

So, if I copied off of my review you guys want the Amazon one or from The Shelf of Shame with the quotes? :D :rolleyes:
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Post by Divia » Fri February 26th, 2010, 9:27 pm

Dwarf sex. Well now, thats something you don't read alot of in HF.
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Post by Misfit » Fri February 26th, 2010, 9:36 pm

[quote=""Divia""]Dwarf sex. Well now, thats something you don't read alot of in HF.[/quote]

Yeah, well there's also the bit where what's her name and her maids fondle young Tut. It is not pretty. This is not self-published either.
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Post by Divia » Fri February 26th, 2010, 9:47 pm

The dwarf sex talk made me pass on this book.
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Post by Helen_Davis » Sat February 27th, 2010, 12:20 pm

[quote=""Misfit""] This is not self-published either.[/quote]

How did it get past a publisher then? :eek: I've seen some good self-published stuff, like BB's The Traitor's Wife, but most of it is awful. How in God's name...

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Post by Divia » Sat February 27th, 2010, 5:02 pm

THese things happen. I remember the Phantom of Manhattan whichi s about the Phantom of the OPera it was the worst thing I have read. Then there was Wind Done Gone. Both were published because I swear people know people.
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Post by michellemoran » Thu March 4th, 2010, 11:50 pm

Both were published because I swear people know people.
HA!

I haven't read the book. Too many terrible reviews, the most illustrious one being from Misfit.
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