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Other Queen

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Fri October 17th, 2008, 6:15 pm

Maybe she's gotten too complaisant with her popularity and is not turning out good material as she might have otherwise?

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nona
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Postby nona » Fri October 17th, 2008, 6:20 pm

They say authors, painters (everyone really) goes through 'funks' maybe this might be one of PG's funks. We know she can write a good book, look at TBI and the story was a little risky but I enjoyed the Widacre triology.

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Fri October 17th, 2008, 6:20 pm

Probably thinks the masses will buy anything just 'cause its got her name on it?

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Judith
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Postby Judith » Fri October 17th, 2008, 6:31 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Probably thinks the masses will buy anything just 'cause its got her name on it?


Could backfire, too. After awhile you get tired of spending good money on an author if they keep putting out boring books. I know I'm not buying this book in hard cover, but will take a look at it when it comes out in paperback.

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Postby Misfit » Fri October 17th, 2008, 6:36 pm

"Judith" wrote:Could backfire, too. After awhile you get tired of spending good money on an author if they keep putting out boring books. I know I'm not buying this book in hard cover, but will take a look at it when it comes out in paperback.


The only author I'll buy in hardback is EC, but then I've got a well funded county library system. Despite the not so positive reviews people still must want to read it, here's the wait at my library,

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Gregory, Philippa.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
438 p. ; 25 cm.
Call number: FIC GREGORY
229 holds on first copy returned of 51 copies


Either that or they're playing it safe and not buying until they decide if its worth it :)

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Judith
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Postby Judith » Fri October 17th, 2008, 6:41 pm

:D I'd say they're waiting!

One thing I hate to do is spend good money on a book and have it not be any good. :mad: I really should check my local library and see if they have the book! :)

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Fri October 17th, 2008, 6:48 pm

"Judith" wrote: :D I'd say they're waiting!

One thing I hate to do is spend good money on a book and have it not be any good. :mad: I really should check my local library and see if they have the book! :)


Using the library is saving me a fortune. I only buy the books that 1) I know I'll want to read over and over or 2) I can't get through the library. BTW I really recommend trying Interlibrary loans and purchase requests, I've been quite lucky. I've had ILL's come from Omaha, New Hampshire and Anchorage! Never been charged for shipping either. I just recently tried for an old out of print romance that was highly priced by the used sellers and believe it or not it's showing up as coming in as an ILL. That's another $15+ saved :)

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nona
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Postby nona » Fri October 17th, 2008, 7:43 pm

my only problem is 98% of the books I read are ones I want to buy, like Chadwick I'm buying all her books new one at a time though I've read most of them already or Plaidy, I want them all and if I don't buy them as I read them they end up beig passed for a new read till later. So many books so little time.

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Postby cw gortner » Fri October 17th, 2008, 8:32 pm

"Misfit" wrote:I'm not an author and I can't look at this from an author's viewpoint but I'd be way too embarrassed to make such a blatant plea for positive reviews. I have to say that the comments for The Other Queen on her own boards aren't so hot either.


I don't think it's very good form. I've had negative reviews on amazon for both my books, and while it does hurt, it's the way of the world. You roll with it; not everyone is going to love your work.
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Postby diamondlil » Fri October 17th, 2008, 8:33 pm

"Misfit" wrote: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?



Well, I finished the book last night and I would have to say that this is a pretty fair assessment of the book!
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