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The Red Queen by PG

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Divia
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Postby Divia » Tue August 3rd, 2010, 8:30 pm

I got my copy today. I should start it tomorrow.
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Divia
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Postby Divia » Wed August 4th, 2010, 4:28 pm

I'm 100 pages in and I'm tired of being beat over the head that Joan heard voices, that she was holy that she lead an army that she raised the seige of Orleans and they burnt here.

I'm pretty sure I got all that and I dont need it explained every other page.

I also understand that the MC wants to be in a convent. OK, check. Does it need to be mentioned every `10th page.

:rolleyes:

Seriously PG. Your readers are not dumb.
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boswellbaxter
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Postby boswellbaxter » Wed August 4th, 2010, 4:59 pm

I'm finding Margaret quite droll.

I do wonder, though, if I wouldn't be thoroughly confused if I didn't know the period well. And the Battle of Edgecote seems somehow to have been moved from 1469 to 1470.
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Divia
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Postby Divia » Wed August 4th, 2010, 5:06 pm

hmm. I dont know the period well, so if there are a lot of battles I may get confused.
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Susan
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Postby Susan » Wed August 4th, 2010, 5:15 pm

I just downloaded my copy, so I should start this a bit later.
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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Wed August 4th, 2010, 5:57 pm

"Divia" wrote:I'm 100 pages in and I'm tired of being beat over the head that Joan heard voices, that she was holy that she lead an army that she raised the seige of Orleans and they burnt here.

I'm pretty sure I got all that and I dont need it explained every other page.

I also understand that the MC wants to be in a convent. OK, check. Does it need to be mentioned every `10th page.

:rolleyes:

Seriously PG. Your readers are not dumb.


That was one of my biggest issues with this and the last one. We readers are not stupid. Of couse, if all the repetitive stuff was edited out, there wouldn't be much book left would there?
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Miss Moppet
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Postby Miss Moppet » Wed August 4th, 2010, 8:53 pm

"Misfit" wrote:That was one of my biggest issues with this and the last one. We readers are not stupid. Of couse, if all the repetitive stuff was edited out, there wouldn't be much book left would there?


Good point. It's padding. A longer book like TOBG hardly needed it, but it seems the books are getting shorter and the balance of story to stuff-we've-been-told-a-million-times is getting more uneven as the PG production line speeds up. This really irritated me with TWQ and is a major factor in my not feeling much of an incentive to go out and find this one. Enjoying the discussion though!

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Susan
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Postby Susan » Wed August 4th, 2010, 9:25 pm

"Misfit" wrote:That was one of my biggest issues with this and the last one. We readers are not stupid. Of couse, if all the repetitive stuff was edited out, there wouldn't be much book left would there?


I agree with you, but it could it be that we are not the actual target readers of Gregory's books? I started the book this afternoon and boy, it sure took long to get that Joan of Arc story out.
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robinbird79
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Postby robinbird79 » Wed August 4th, 2010, 9:35 pm

I agree. The constant repetition gets old really fast. TOBG didn't have all that and I enjoyed it (for entertainment sake).
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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Wed August 4th, 2010, 9:54 pm

"Susan" wrote:I agree with you, but it could it be that we are not the actual target readers of Gregory's books? I started the book this afternoon and boy, it sure took long to get that Joan of Arc story out.


No, we are most definitely not the targeted readers of PG's books. She does have an audience and they all seem to love her no matter what. It has been a few years since I've read her older books and maybe I've changed as a reader but I don't recall this repetitiveness.
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