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Other Queen

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Tue October 14th, 2008, 2:49 pm

LOL, see the review I just spotted on Amazonthis morning. The last sentence is my favorite :D

Repetitive, repetitive...., October 13, 2008
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Ms. Gregory again employs the technique of each chapter spoken from the point of view of one of the characters. This does not work with the material she presents in The Other Queen. Each character essentially says the same thing over and over.

Queen Mary - I am of royal blood, I can not be killed.
I should rule the world.
All men love me.

George - I am honorable.
I am a fool.
I am infatuated with Queen Mary.

Bess - I love my lands and homes.
My husband is a fool.
Did I tell you I love my lands and homes?

This reminds me of seeing a great actor in a horrible big budget movie and feeling he just acted in this one for more money.
I wonder if we are the fools and we are just helping someone who wants more land and homes?

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nona
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Postby nona » Tue October 14th, 2008, 2:54 pm

lol, thanks for confirming that I wont be reading this PG book; Though it is a shame, it could be a great story maybe by another author.

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Postby Misfit » Tue October 14th, 2008, 3:22 pm

"nona" wrote:lol, thanks for confirming that I wont be reading this PG book; Though it is a shame, it could be a great story maybe by another author.


Margaret George did a good take on Mary but even then I was losing interest by the last third of the book. The latter part of Mary's life in captivity is just not that interesting IMO, and she's not all that likeable of a character either.

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nona
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Postby nona » Tue October 14th, 2008, 3:26 pm

I felt the same way though I think it started at the half way point, if you ask me.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Tue October 14th, 2008, 6:35 pm

When I read Margaret's book on Mary it was a summer project, and I think it did take me all summer. I couldn't imagine taking that long to read a book now.

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Postby boswellbaxter » Tue October 14th, 2008, 6:43 pm

I thought Jean Plaidy did a decent job with Mary's life in captivity, though I wouldn't call the novel (The Captive Queen of Scots) a page-turner.
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nona
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Postby nona » Wed October 15th, 2008, 2:35 am

Alison Weir for exampl is a really good author and alot of people have read her books. I would read a book by her about Mary if she ever wrote one because I've always enjoyed reading her stuff, I think it's her style but M. George was too long and PG souds like a let down. I just think a different author with a different pov could have pulled it off better. only my opinion though.

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Postby Divia » Wed October 15th, 2008, 2:44 am

LOL. Love it. Now that I think about it, yeah that review is spot on.
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princess garnet
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Postby princess garnet » Wed October 15th, 2008, 5:05 pm

Nona, you may want to give Plaidy's recent reissue The Captive Queen of Scots a read. It starts with Mary's captivity in Scotland.

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Postby cw gortner » Wed October 15th, 2008, 8:39 pm

I'm meeting Madame Gregory tomorrow at 6:30 pm for our reception before her signing event. Anything anyone would like me to tell her? ;)
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
[B]THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN
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