black_queen (black_queen) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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#19-20 Jasper Fforde & Philippa Gregory

Jasper Fforde "First Among Sequels" 3/5

Another book in the Thursday Next series. I am sorry to say, I have found it rather bland. Not bad, but not exciting either. Although the idea of a reality show based on "Pride and Prejudice" was rather funny. In a sad way, because I am quite ready to believe that such a thing is possible on the modern TV.

Philippa Gregory "The Kingmaker's Daughter" 3/5

I am a big fan of Philippa Gregory, and I was very excited when she decided to move from the Tudors to the Plantagenets. Her latest book, however, was somewhat disappointing. I know, that Elisabeth Woodville is her favourite, and that is absolutely apparent. Anne Neville - the narrator and the main protagonist remains a bit of a cardboard. I could not get a feel for her likes and dislikes, passions and hobbies, anything really, beyond her love to her son and sister and her desire to become the queen.

Also, this is a historical novel, and the atmosphere is very important. So, when Richard compares his brothers to (and I quote) "Cain, who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage"... I am not overly versed in the Bible stories, but even I know, that Cain killed his brother Abel, and that it was, in fact, Esau, who sold his birthright. I am sure, that in the Middle Ages, even a peasant would know all this stories, not to mention a very well educated royal Duke.

Sure, it is a minor detail, but it spoiled the book somewhat.

I will probably read the next book anyway. It is supposed to be about the princess Elisabeth (the one who went on to marry Henry VII), and therefore might be better.
Tags: fantasy, historical fiction, humor

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