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'The Best of Anya'

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LoobyG
Compulsive Reader
Location: Derbyshire, UK

Postby LoobyG » Wed December 15th, 2010, 3:16 pm

Katherine is a must, must read - one of the books I've loved in HF. I also enjoyed My Theodosia but not as much. I've got quite a few of Seton's on Mt.TBR :)

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Michy
Bibliophile
Location: California

Postby Michy » Wed December 15th, 2010, 4:03 pm

Last year I went on a "mission," and read every one of Seton's books. Some were re-reads, some were first-timers. And all but two were keepers! :) I'm really glad Chicago Review Press re-released her works, made them easy to get and nice covers.

BrianPK
Reader
Location: Ireland

Postby BrianPK » Thu March 10th, 2011, 12:17 am

I've read most of her books and enjoyed them all but I was really affected by "Avalon" which I've read about 3 times.I thought it outstanding, but then again I've always been a sucker for a good bittersweet romance. :)

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Thu March 10th, 2011, 12:24 am

"BrianPK" wrote:I've read most of her books and enjoyed them all but I was really affected by "Avalon" which I've read about 3 times.I thought it outstanding, but then again I've always been a sucker for a good bittersweet romance. :)


Hi Brian and welcome aboard BTW. I loved Avalon as well, although the ending is a bit of a sad one.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

BrianPK
Reader
Location: Ireland

Postby BrianPK » Thu March 10th, 2011, 12:35 am

"Misfit" wrote:Hi Brian and welcome aboard BTW. I loved Avalon as well, although the ending is a bit of a sad one.


Thanks Misfit :) ...but that's why I found it so affecting. Why couldn't they just get together at the end?... as I said,that's me ...an unrepentant romantic. :D

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Michy
Bibliophile
Location: California

Postby Michy » Thu March 10th, 2011, 1:10 am

I was satisfied with the ending of Avalon; but then, I prefer books with bittersweet endings. It's not that I didn't want Rumon and Merewyn to be together -- I really did. But books that leave an ache in my heart are stronger and more memorable than those that tie up the ends all nice and neat, with everyone riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after. But that's just me. :)

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EC2
Bibliomaniac
Location: Nottingham UK
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Postby EC2 » Thu March 10th, 2011, 11:04 am

"BrianPK" wrote:I've read most of her books and enjoyed them all but I was really affected by "Avalon" which I've read about 3 times.I thought it outstanding, but then again I've always been a sucker for a good bittersweet romance. :)


Welcome to the boards Brian. I think Avalon is my favourite Anya Seton. I loved the unfamiliar settings and the way she brought the harsh life in the Viking settlements to life.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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BrianPK
Reader
Location: Ireland

Postby BrianPK » Fri March 11th, 2011, 1:01 am

Thanks EC2 :) While a good book is a friend in itself, It's always nice to talk to others who have also derived pleasure and entertainment from the same source.
As regards "Avalon" , I thought that Anya Seton was inspired the way she changed the story and galvanised our interest by adding anxiety and foreboding just as we thought the relationship between Rumon and Merewyn was about to end in a happy reconciliation. Even though the Viking raid delayed that reconciliation,we still believed and hoped that the outcome would end favourably.But then the storm struck off the coast of Ireland and who would have thought that the direction of their lives would change so dramatically as Rumon's pursuing ship was swept helplessly westward and...
What a marvellous story teller Anya Seton was.

SCW
Avid Reader
Preferred HF: Lately World Two or the time immediately before and after this period
Location: Australia

Postby SCW » Wed March 23rd, 2011, 12:56 am

I've just ordered Avalon by Anya Seton for my birthday. But when I went back to check it said it was authored by Anya Seton and Philippa Gregory. Is Philippa Gregory re-writing these books?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed March 23rd, 2011, 1:02 am

Nah, Philippa Gregory just wrote forewords for them, and rather condescending ones at that. But putting her name on them means that they show up in more reader's searches, and for that I thank her. She's pretty much single-handedly brought Anya Seton's works back from the Out-of-Print graveyard of forgotten books.


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