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Vanessa
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Post by Vanessa » Sun April 1st, 2012, 10:28 am

I got that out the library a while ago and was told it wasn't very good. I believe that the rest of the Helen Dunmore's books are very good, so perhaps this is her dud!
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Post by Madeleine » Sun April 1st, 2012, 10:57 am

yes I've heard this one isn't very good. Her new one, The Greatcoat, sounds promising - a ghost story.
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Post by bevgray » Mon April 2nd, 2012, 12:25 pm

Interesting how likes and dislikes change from reader to reader. I loved Michener's HAWAII and thought it the most lyrical of his books with regard to prose. CHESAPEAKE was a huge disappointment though and I was really looking forward to that one.

While I enjoyed Ken Follett's PILLARS OF THE EARTH, WOLRD WITHOUT END missed entirely for me.

Elswyth Thane is one of my favorites but I found that her books written in the late 40s and 50s lacked some of her early charm with regard to characters. Even with the Williamsburg novels, you can see a real shift in characterization starting with the fifth book, KISSING KIN. Still great to read but just not as enjoyable as her earlier work.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon April 2nd, 2012, 2:22 pm

[quote=""bevgray""]Interesting how likes and dislikes change from reader to reader. I loved Michener's HAWAII and thought it the most lyrical of his books with regard to prose. CHESAPEAKE was a huge disappointment though and I was really looking forward to that one.[/quote]

Interesting. "Chesapeake" was the first Michener I read. In fact, my Dad actually read it first and passed it on to me, and we were both hooked on Michener after that. So we both loved it. Perhaps if we'd read it after some of his others, we might have thought less of it; perhaps.

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Clifton Chronicles

Post by arvind » Fri June 29th, 2012, 8:41 pm

I don't know if Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles comes under the historical fiction umbrella, but the second book in the series, "Sins of the Father" seems to have been written in a terrible hurry.

It wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to say that this book could easily be fit into a bulleted timeline!

I used to be a huge fan of Archer, until this book! Does anyone else feel that way about this book?

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