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Other Queen

Carla
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Postby Carla » Tue September 23rd, 2008, 5:19 pm

"boswellbaxter" wrote:Alianore from blogdom was kind enough to send me this link to a digested read of Gregory's latest. (May contain spoilers of a fashion.)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/aug/19/fiction


Glad to see John Crace is on his usual form! Thanks for the link - I can't imagine how I missed that one as I usually read his column every week.
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
Now available as e-book on Amazon Kindleand in Kindle, Epub (Nook, Sony Reader), Palm and other formats on Smashwords
Website: http://www.carlanayland.org
Blog: http://carlanayland.blogspot.com

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cw gortner
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Postby cw gortner » Tue September 23rd, 2008, 6:34 pm

"Carla" wrote:Glad to see John Crace is on his usual form! Thanks for the link - I can't imagine how I missed that one as I usually read his column every week.


Remind me of this review the next time I complain that historical fiction writers don't get enough coverage in print media!

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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Tue September 23rd, 2008, 7:24 pm

"cw gortner" wrote:Okay, long post but please bear with me:

I'm scheduled to be part of a "hosting" party that will be greeting Ms Gregory when she comes to the San Francisco Bay Area on tour to promote THE OTHER QUEEN.
Having read several of her novels, I was hoping this one would be great, because of course I'll have to buy it and have her sign it. Sigh......
Still, I buy everything she publishes (well, I buy everything everyone who writes anything historical ever publishes, so that's a moot point) and now I'm going to be her host. I sure hope she has a rocking sense of humor or it could turn out to be one of the most uncomfortable author evenings I've ever spent :)


I'll PM you C.W. To say that your experience more or less reflects mine except substitute a couple of different novels. I had the same reaction to Wideacre as you did to The Wise Woman - which I really enjoyed. I loved A Respectable trade. The Tudor stuff - not my cup of tea as far as I've read. I've met Philippa on a few occasions at various functions, but that was when she was only moderately famous - around the time she won the prize for Best Romantic Novel of the year Award for The Other Boleyn Girl.
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

www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall & The Corset by Laura Purcell (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Tue September 23rd, 2008, 9:32 pm

I enjoyed the Wideacre trilogy and the Wise Woman (although I suppose it is a little pornographic in places!!!! :eek: I think Wideacre is quite saucy, too, if I remember - it's some time since I read them - but not quite as graphic.). I really enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl, but, although I have PG's other Tudor books and The Respectable Trade on my TBR pile, I haven't read them yet so can't comment.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Dani
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Postby Dani » Fri September 26th, 2008, 12:59 pm

I am currently reading this book I must say it is taking me alot longer to get through this one than it did the others I have read by her.So far Mary and Bess seem to be the most interesting parts of the story George is getting on my last nerve.
I think she could have written the book with out having him had his say in the whole thing.
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nona
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Postby nona » Fri September 26th, 2008, 2:13 pm

what is the Wise Woman about ? I thik I have it on my amazon wish list, I'll have ro check

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Survivors by Kate Furnivall & The Corset by Laura Purcell (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » Fri September 26th, 2008, 2:59 pm

Here's the blurb from Amazon:

This(The Wisewoman) is a haunting story of a woman's desire in a time of turbulence. Alys joins the nunnery to escape hardship and poverty but finds herself thrown back into the outside world when Henry VIII's wreckers destroy her sanctuary. With nothing to support her but her looks, her magic and her own instinctive cunning, Alys has to tread a perilous path between the faith of her childhood and her own female power. When she falls in love with Hugo, the feudal lord and another woman's husband, she dips into witchcraft to defeat her rival and to win her lover, but finds - as her cynical old foster-mother had advised - that magic makes a poor servant but a dominant master. Since heresy against the new church means the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys's danger is mortal. A woman's powers are no longer safe to use!
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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princess garnet
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Postby princess garnet » Sat September 27th, 2008, 1:53 pm

Not to give anything away...George is a secondary character in Plaidy's Captive Queen of Scots. He has several scenes in the book; one of them involves his romantic interest in one of his household maids.

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Tanzanite
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Postby Tanzanite » Sun September 28th, 2008, 4:58 pm

Since I'm leaving on Tuesday to go back to Indiana for several weeks, I returned the book to the library having only read about 75 pages. I did however win a copy on a website giveaway so once it arrives, I may try to finish it.

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princess garnet
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Review by Diana Gabaldon

Postby princess garnet » Wed October 8th, 2008, 9:23 pm

Came across this review of Other Queen by Diana Gabaldon earlier.
Also, Philippa will be doing an online chat at 11 am (Eastern time) on Oct. 9th. If you've got questions for her, here's your chance!
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