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The Tsarina's Daughter

Post by Misfit » Thu November 6th, 2008, 1:30 am

I've just called uncle at 50 pages. I don't mind suspending belief at times - since this was promoted as "historical entertainment" (WTF is that???) - but the writing was just so flat and mediocre that I wasn't pulled in to the story or characters at all. When Tatiana befriended the kitchen worker's child and dressed as a peasant and went out somewhere with baskets of left over food to feed god knows who I bailed.

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Post by nona » Thu November 6th, 2008, 3:41 am

lol, that bad eh?

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Post by Divia » Thu November 6th, 2008, 4:04 am

The ending is pretty standard too. I mean you knew where it was going. Since I am so hungry for anything with Russia in it I read it anyway.
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Post by Misfit » Thu November 6th, 2008, 12:55 pm

[quote=""nona""]lol, that bad eh?[/quote]

For me it was, but unlike Divia I'm not hungry for anything set in Russia.

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Post by Laura » Thu November 6th, 2008, 1:33 pm

Misfit, not even Anna Karenina and War and Peace? Those books are unforgettable.

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Post by Laura » Thu November 6th, 2008, 1:36 pm

Recently, I read The Bronze Horseman and I liked it even if the end was very predicable. Doctor Zhivago is another great Russian book.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu November 6th, 2008, 2:17 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I've just called uncle at 50 pages. [/quote]

I had never heard this expression. I understood the meaning from the context - but had to look it to be sure!

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Post by nona » Thu November 6th, 2008, 2:31 pm

[quote=""Laura""]Misfit, not even Anna Karenina and War and Peace? Those books are unforgettable.[/quote]


I heard AK was an incredible book.

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Post by Misfit » Thu November 6th, 2008, 2:32 pm

[quote=""Laura""]Recently, I read The Bronze Horseman and I liked it even if the end was very predicable. Doctor Zhivago is another great Russian book.[/quote]

I'm pretty sure I read AK and DZ when I was much younger. The Bronze Horseman has been on my mental TBR pile. Just haven't gotten around to it. Other than that the only one in Russia I've read is The Snow Mountain and that was a bit slow.

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Post by Misfit » Thu November 6th, 2008, 2:32 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]I had never heard this expression. I understood the meaning from the context - but had to look it to be sure![/quote]

:D :D :D Guess that's not a common phrase for you Brits??

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