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Other Queen

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Tinuviel
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Postby Tinuviel » Thu November 27th, 2008, 4:32 am

I still haven't read it (though I did buy a copy)...I've just had a ton of stuff to read and haven't really had enough time, but I'm hoping to read it over break, though now after hearing all of your reactions I'm a little bit worried (though I have loved almost all of her other books).

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Postby boswellbaxter » Thu November 27th, 2008, 4:40 am

Nice to have you here, Tinuviel! I may pick this one up at the library sometime, but I'm not in any hurry after reading the reviews of it.
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zsigandr
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Postby zsigandr » Sun April 5th, 2009, 12:07 pm

"nona" wrote:it does not spoil anything for myself this is one PG I'm skipping which is sad cause I was somewhat giddy about it coming out, she could have made it 'wow' but after all the feedbak I feel let down and I haven't even picked it up.


I waited several months for this book at my local library and I am definitely glad that I borrowed it from the library rather than to have purchased as I was first inclined to do!

I was quite disappointed and found the characters lacking in this novel! I had previously read Fatal Majesty by Reay Tannahill and found this novel gave more life to Mary. I found myself feeling sorry for Mary in this novel, while in The Other Queen, I just found her whiny and arrogant.

I would not recommend this novel unless you are a true die hard PG fan.

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Lauryn
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Postby Lauryn » Wed April 22nd, 2009, 5:50 am

I have several of PG's books, but I wore out on her after awhile. It seemed to me that either she really doesn't care for the Tudors as much as one might think, or that she really doesn't care for people all that much. It's a shame, because I thought her approach to TOBG was really interesting, and I was hoping for such creativity in the rest of what I had read.
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Divia
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Postby Divia » Wed April 22nd, 2009, 11:11 am

I know I'm burnt out on her. I'm waiting to see what the reviews are like on the White Queen.
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Chatterbox
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Postby Chatterbox » Thu April 23rd, 2009, 5:39 pm

Reay Tannahill's books about Mary & Richard III are great! Too bad they got such limited release in North America.

PG's more recent books, esp. The Boleyn Inheritance & The Other Queen, have this choppy, abrupt style, and multiple viewpoints -- I end up feeling as if she's taking a lazy approach to writing. Turning the books into rotating first-person perspectives means there is a lot of 'background writing' that she doesn't have to worry about. But it feels as if I'm not getting what I expect as a reader, much less my money's worth.

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Divia
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Postby Divia » Thu April 23rd, 2009, 8:29 pm

I did like The Boleyn Inheritance. but I think the story caused for the different POVs. To be honest I havent really enjoyed the Virigin's lover, Other Queen, Constant Princess. They were OK. and Queen's fool was downright HORRIBLE.
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Postby SCW » Tue November 16th, 2010, 10:16 am

My favourite novel about Mary Queen of Scots was the one by Margaret George.


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