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Subject: A Discovery of Witches
Date Posted: 3/19/2011 11:48 AM ET
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I an reading "A Discovery of Witches" right now.

I am on page 110 or something.

Has anybody else read this and what do  or did you think?

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 12:47 PM ET
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I just finished it. It's not one of my favorite books. I liked the world she created but I needed more story. The book could have been half as long if you took out the author’s description of everything in every room. I will probably read the second book just to see where the story goes but I’ll wait this time to get it on PBS instead of buying it.  

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Subject: http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Witches-Novel-Deborah-Harkness/dp/067002241
Date Posted: 3/19/2011 2:27 PM ET
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 Is this the book that you meant?

This one by Deborah Harkness?

Her "A Discovery of Witches"???????????

 

can you believe, 146 gave the book the maximum Star-review of 5.

YET, 44 gave it a one star.

Talk about either love a book.....OR NOT !  Wow!

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 9:45 PM ET
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Yeah, I am at almost 200 pages and although I will definately keep reading, I'm not "in love" with the book.

The one thing I noticed was that it seemed totally void of emotion or feelings!

It was very descriptive but no real feelings.

I'm not sure if I will read the second one or not, I guess I wil have to make that call when I finish this one.

 

And yes it is the one by Deborah Harkness, it definately seems like the kind of book you will either love or hate.

I could see where some people would love this book.

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 12:55 AM ET
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I read it.  I liked it.  Did not love it.  There was so much library and so little action.  Can see why folks love it or hate it.

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Date Posted: 3/20/2011 8:16 AM ET
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I have an email from a friend on Friday telling me about this new book she just read., Discovery of Witches. She stayed up all night reading it. I have it, haven't read it yet. So it depends on what you like I think. It is not your typical paranormal book I gather.

Alice

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 1:44 PM ET
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No.  Not typical.  This is a book that feels like a historian wrote it.  Wait!  One did!

Great world building.  Not much action.

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 3:16 PM ET
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Maybe it depends on your background.  I loved the book!  It conjured up the feeling of the staid and peaceful university setting with a really believeable sequence of events that involved paranormal beings.  I thought it was a bit too forced at the end but thought that she created the aura of libraries (I used to work in a university library setting) with a very nice twist.  My husband told me that nobody would appreciate it because of the lack of sex which has become such a big part of the paranormal genre.  I definitely will be reading the next in the series.

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 6:38 PM ET
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I am on page 340 now and I am liking it better than I was in the beginning.

I am glad there is no explicit sex! I don't really care for that in my books.

I do like the little love story though smiley, it makes them more human, LOL... well not really.

 

I am not a vampire book fan (but I do like Mathew in this book).

I prefer books about witches. I love books about the Salem Witch Trials because they are history, But I have read most of them!

I prefer witch books that are quirky and fun. I loved the series "Casting Spells", "Laced with Magic" and "Spun with Sorcery" they are my favorites!!!

 

If you have any reccommendations let me know! Oh I also like Alice Hoffman.



Last Edited on: 3/21/11 6:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:32 AM ET
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Have you read Tanya Huff's The Enchantment Emporium or Summon the Keeper?  Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles (pretty tongue in cheek), Madeline Alt.  All pretty fluffy but good light reads.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 12:38 PM ET
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ELF -  I have never heard of - Tanya Huff's The Enchantment Emporium or Summon the Keeper

or - Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles

 

I have  heard of Madeline Alt but haven't read her yet! Someone else recommended her to me, so now I'll have to read her.

 

Thanks for the ideas! I love fluffy light witch books!! LOL

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:23 PM ET
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If you like light witchy books, try Kimberly Frosts's Southern Witch series, Would-Be Witch, Barely Bewitched, and Halfway Hexed.  I thought each book was better than the one before, not an easy thing to do when the first book is often the strongest.

Also Juliet Blackwell Vintage Magic series set in San Francisco.  I'm not huge fan of 'witchy cozies', but this one is pretty good

I have A Discovery of Witches but haven't started it yet.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:19 PM ET
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I didn't like Kimberly Frost. 

I did like Rosemary Edghill's Bast mysteries.  But not light.   Bell, Book, and Murder.

Or C E Murphy's Walker Papers series, starting with Urban Shaman.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:35 PM ET
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Wow! This is great guys! Thanks so much!

I should have come here long ago!

I have a nice list now to start working on. Now just to find them all.

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Subject: Madelaine Alt
Date Posted: 3/23/2011 9:19 AM ET
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 Thank you!  Have had her (M.Alt)work suggested b4, E.L.F !  I've read other work by Tanya Huff (hers is the Vampire Files, or some such, on television, that series?).  I'd not heard of that title by Huff, but have liked her other work.  Don't watch much t.v.  ty again, for the new additions to my list !  sigh!

 

Date Posted: 3/23/2011 2:38 PM ET
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Just finished "A Discovery of Witches" and I have to admit, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would!

The second half was soooo much better than the first (I thought).

So... I guess i am gonna have to read the rest of the series!

 

Date Posted: 3/23/2011 2:45 PM ET
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I felt the ending rushed a bit.  After a stroll, it suddenly became a gallop.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 2:30 PM ET
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I was pretty leary of reading it. I actually got it to review thru my blog and when I started reading it I didn't  think I'd like it at all.   By halfway thru I was more than hooked and now I"m looking forward to reading the rest of the series as they come out :)

 

Not sure if I can share, but here's a link to my review if you are interested.  If not allowed, Mods please feel free to remove it :)

 

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 11:48 AM ET
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I liked Discovery overall, but like others have noted, the ending feels rushed--and frankly the situation between the two principals feels a little too conciously"adult Twilight" to me--It also seemed as if the rushed ending actually highlighted some pretty big plot holes.  I will be really annoyed if the plot issues are resolved by the author saying that everyone was wrong all along about " the rules" .

Date Posted: 6/9/2011 5:46 PM ET
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I thought this book was absolutely terrific; one of the best I've read in this genre in ages. I stayed up till 2 a,.m, and could not put it down! DH was seriously irritated at the lack of atention he got.

But this IS more of a "literary" novel---it's not chatty and frothy like most seem to be in this genre. There is a relationship, but it's definitely not a romance, which is why I liked it. And yes, there's some history. I thought it was first-rate---and it stayed on the NYT best-seller list for several weeks.. But it's sure not cutesy.

I'd compare the style to "Angelology".....why o why do so many writers think that just because it's fantasy or paranormal, it can't be intelligent?



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Date Posted: 7/10/2011 8:58 PM ET
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I'm ashamed to admit I couldn't bring myself to start it:lol:   No particular reason, I just couldn't seem to muster up the interest.  I purchased it new after reading a review in a magazine:lol:

I did post it to a member here though and she really wanted it so I feel great it went to a potential fan:)   I will try it again when the mmpb is released.

Date Posted: 7/10/2011 9:11 PM ET
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I'm waiting on the paperback too. Ive got it on my WL.