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Subject: The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
Date Posted: 7/25/2007 12:42 PM ET
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I just finished The Kitchen Boy this morning and loved it.  As soon as I put it down I started Rasputin's Daughter.  Can anyone recommend some other historical fiction about Russia or the Romanovs?  Or even some history as long as it doesn't read too dry...There are so many to choose from!  Most of the ones I found seem to be about Nicolas and Alexandra, but any recommendations for ones about Peter the Great or Catherine the Great would be wonderful too.

Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 4:27 PM ET
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The Bronze Horseman-Paulina Simons-a good story set in WWII Russia.

 

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 5:08 PM ET
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Kathy, I forgot to mention that one.  I have read it, and loved it.  I have also read, the second one(can't remember it's name right now) and have The Summer Garden on my massive TBR pile.  :-)

Date Posted: 7/25/2007 11:33 PM ET
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I think she has a new one-or fairly new, not sure if it's about Russia.  I'll keep thinking- BTW-I loved The Crimson Petal and the White!

Date Posted: 7/26/2007 12:24 PM ET
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I am having a really hard time with the Crimson Petal.  I'm about halfway through and have set it aside.  After 400 pages, not much has happened...I will probably finish it as some point.  I have so many others to read that I have a hard time with one that is so slow.

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 11:01 PM ET
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I didn't finish Crimson Petal. It just bogged down after hundreds of pages and I lost interest. That rarely happens where I just won't finish a book. This one just didn't do it for me.

Date Posted: 8/1/2007 11:23 PM ET
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I loved, loved, loved The Kitchen Boy.  Rasputin's Daughter was ok but not even on the same level as TKB.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 8:21 AM ET
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Yep, RD was a good read, but not nearly as good as TKB. I've been meaning to re-read TKB, but I keep putting it off and reading the new, shiny books that come in the mail every day.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 8:41 AM ET
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The Kitchen Boy Arrived yesterday! Hooray!

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 10:57 AM ET
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Rasputin's Daughter was good, but Kitchen Boy was wonderful.  It is going to be a Keeper, which reminds me I need to repost Rasputin's Daughter.  It is a smaller hardback in great shape if any of you want it...I also have Alexandra by Carolly Erickson.  Have any of you read that one?  I gave up on Crimson Petal...made it through 400 pages, but just couldn't get any farther!

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 5:04 PM ET
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I have Alexandra on my wishlist.  I really regret not keeping The Kitchen Boy...it was so good.  Have Crimson Petal but haven't gotten to it yet.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 5:37 PM ET
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I have Alexandra on my Wish List.

I agree, Kitchen Boy was really good.  A good non-fiction but reads quickly book is Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie.

Date Posted: 8/9/2007 7:25 PM ET
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Marci G., please let me know what you think of The Kitchen Boy, especially of the ending. I'm still not sure what I thought of it and would love to hear your opinion.



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Date Posted: 8/10/2007 11:20 AM ET
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Mimi, I just ordered Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanov book also by him.  I am looking forward to getting both of them!

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 12:34 PM ET
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Ooooh, enjoy. I was a Russian and Eastern European History major in college.  I've not read his Romanov book.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 1:43 PM ET
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I've got Nicholas and Alexandra in my pile....found it at the FOL sale in May, can't wait to get to it!

Date Posted: 8/14/2007 12:59 PM ET
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I actually just got offered Rasputin's Daughter, I can't waiti to read it, even if the general consensus is that it isn't as good.

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 9:11 PM ET
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Wasn't sure to post this but found it interesting....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070823/ap_on_re_eu/russia_czar_s_son

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 9:36 PM ET
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Thanks Michelle It is interesting.

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 9:42 PM ET
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Wow. If these are the right skeletons, Alexi and Maria could be laid to rest at last.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 12:05 AM ET
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Wow that was interesting. Thank you for the link.

Date Posted: 8/24/2007 11:01 AM ET
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Thanks so much for the link.  Very interesting!

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 5:08 PM ET
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I finished The Kitchen Boy today. While I enjoyed the book, I thought the first half went a bit slower than I would have liked. Maybe because I knew what was going to happen (the real story, that is). The ending was great - a real thriller!

Genie

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 5:39 PM ET
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I loved the Kitchen Boy too!  I usually see ending like that coming a mile away but that one totally surprised me :)

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Date Posted: 5/25/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I loved The Kitchen Boy too!!  I agree with you Genie I felt the first part of the book moved slowly but the ending was very captivating and exciting.  Oh and I just have to brag my daughter graduated from HS today!!  I am SO glad everything is over with.  I'm wiped out!!  I may even be too tired oh no I don't even think I can say it....  READ!!!!  Now that's tired!!

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