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Subject: Great Maria, by Cecelia Holland
Date Posted: 12/21/2010 9:05 AM ET
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Has anyone read this one yet?  The Kindle version is only $2.03 right now, and I jumped in and bought it.  I might change up my reading list to include it. 

Did anyone love it? Hate it? Have I wasted two bucks??

Date Posted: 12/21/2010 9:53 AM ET
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I am reading it right now, about half way through, and I REALLY like it.  Holland's writing style is sparce and it may take a bit to get into it.  It did for me, anyway, the first book I read, The Kings in Winter.  But I've really liked her ever since.  And Great Maria is looking to be my favorite at this point.  I'm loving this female MC.

Date Posted: 12/21/2010 10:15 AM ET
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I've just started it.  The first few pages hooked me at this point anyway!

Date Posted: 12/21/2010 1:25 PM ET
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This one and "Until the Sun Falls" are my favorites of her books. I really like her Soul Thief series, too, but I just about always love stories about the Vikings, especially when they have a touch of magic like this series. There's 4 books in the series so far with a new one being released in 2011. I'm looking forward to it!

Her books set in America don't seem to be as popular, but they are really good reads. I especially like "Railroad Schemes", but thought its sequel "Lily Nevada" was just an okay read. I also really enjoyed her novel about California, "The Bear Flag". All of the main players in the history of California are here and it's a very exciting story.

I've always wondered why Cecelia Holland isn't more well-known and popular. I suspect it is because of her sparce writing style. She definitely isn't another Gregory!

Date Posted: 12/21/2010 3:17 PM ET
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Vicky, Do you just stumble upon these great Kindle deals, or do you have a method for finding them? Sorry if I'm hijacking your post. Do you want me to start a new thread?

Date Posted: 12/21/2010 6:51 PM ET
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Genie...hijack away!

I stumbled on this one. I just periodically check authors that I like, and Holland is one of them since I read "Until the Sun Falls." I go to the Kindle Store, and just search authors. I noticed that Connie Willis's books were even cheaper, and that made me wonder if more books were being discounted due to the holidays.  

My favorite sites are Inkmesh and Daily Cheap Reads.  

 



Last Edited on: 12/21/10 6:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/21/2010 7:08 PM ET
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Thanks, Vicky. I'll check those sites out.

I noticed that you can drill down via the Kindle home page. Fiction > Historical Fiction. And then sort by Low to High. But there are pages and pages of .99 deals - mostly the classics, which are historical, but not the HF I have in mind.

Date Posted: 12/21/2010 7:47 PM ET
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I read it and thought it was OK.  The writing style definately took some getting used to and there didn't really seem to be much of a plot.