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Subject: Paullina Simons trilogy
Date Posted: 12/3/2010 5:30 PM ET
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Howdy!

I'm fairly new to Historical Fiction and looking for opinions on The Bronze Horseman series.  Thanks in advance!

Date Posted: 12/3/2010 5:45 PM ET
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I did enjoy it, except the last of it fell off into the sunset. Be warned, Simmons has a serious problem with repetition and while I was able to get past it and continue reading I've seen others that have had to stop. A good editor could probably whittle off half of each book and the story would be much improved.

Date Posted: 12/3/2010 7:59 PM ET
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I loved The Bronze Horseman and have the next two in the TBR. I LOVED The Bronze Horseman and have lent it to many people.

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 1:27 AM ET
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I always say the first two are about 80% good historical fiction and 20% smut.  Very interesting and good storyline. The third one is about 20% good historical fiction and 80% smut - it could have easily been about 200 pages.

I highly recommend the first two, and know that you'll get sucked into the third like we all do :) 

Enjoy.

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 4:56 PM ET
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Thanks so much.  I guess I'll start with book #1 and see how it goes.  smiley

Happy reading!

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 6:32 PM ET
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I'm probably the minority opinion here. But I couldn't get through the first 100 pages of The Bronze Horseman. I generally dislike stories that start out with the main character's childhood. Seriously, who cares? I think she's long-winded.

Date Posted: 12/7/2010 7:55 PM ET
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I loved the first two but not the third one so much - that one was definately way too long.

Genie - normally I would probably agree with you but even though I don't remember a lot of the details about the beginning of the book now, I think understanding her childhood and how the family lived makes more sense as the story progresses to the horrors of the siege of Leningrad.   The first half or so of The Bronze Horseman is probably worth reading for that alone - I can not even imagine having to live through that or what it must have been like.

Date Posted: 12/7/2010 8:21 PM ET
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I enjoyed The Bronze Horseman, and like Daphne, felt like it was worthwhile reading it for the description of the horrors of the Siege of Leningrad - the first novel I'd read with that setting.  I was a bit disappointed in the second book of the trilogy, and opted not to even try book three.

Linda

Date Posted: 12/7/2010 9:01 PM ET
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Linda and Daphne are right, it is worth it for the siege of Leningrad no matter what. That said, I did roll my eyes at Tatiana's remarkable recovery from her broken limb. I read that maybe 2-3 months after recovery from breaking my knee. You just don't get about and around like you used to just like that and I promise you, you don't go walking around on streets and stairs covered with snow and ice without freaking out worrying about falling again.

Or maybe teenagers recover from traumatic injuries quicker than us old adults do wink