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Subject: Helen Hollick's books with numerous chapters
Date Posted: 6/6/2011 6:22 AM ET
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**Discussion of The Forever Queen ahead**


Does this issue bother anyone else?

I just finished The Forever Queen.  I really, really was excited to finally read a Helen Hollick book and I wanted to like it.  But it seemed to be a really loooong book that dragged on and on.  I finally figured it out.  It's the fact that the book has probably 100+ (I didn't actually count) chapters and they all have the date and city on them (May 1002, Sandwich).

The chapters are at most a few pages long and some are even one single page.   The chapters are in chronological order.   My issue is I am constantly being told the date---every other page or so.   This makes the books seem longer IMO.  And the tiny chapters annoy me as well.  All we really get are little snippets constantly.   I felt like I was constantly interrupted to start a new thought with a new chapter with a date attached to it.  It made it seems like the book was crawling to me.  

I already have the Kingmaking trilogy and I grabbed the books to look at them.  They all do the same thing!   Countless teeny tiny chapters!  This must be her writing style.  I was very dismayed to see that those three books are the same style.  At least she doesn't put the date on all of the chapters in those books though.


Has anyone read any of her Sea Witch books?  I cannot even get these at the library in my area.   Are they written the same way too?

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 7:12 AM ET
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Gosh Mindy,  I have read the Sea Witch books, but I have passed them on.   Honestly I don't recall.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 8:06 AM ET
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I don't recall the short chapters jumping out at me either, but I read the original versions of the Saxon books. I did read an ARC of I am the Chosen King, but there was so much editing needed that I would have blown past that. I have Harold buried somewhere and will try to look it up.

I read the Arthur books, but again they were the original versions - but I'm not aware those were edited down like the Saxon books were for the new releases.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 9:31 AM ET
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I recall some short chapters in the Arthur books, where it was like "what is this?"  But not so many or so short that it was an overall problem.

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