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Subject: The Red Scarf - Kate Furnivall
Date Posted: 9/17/2008 5:47 PM ET
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I picked this up a few weeks ago at Border's becuase it looked interesting.  I started it last night and I'm really enjoying it so far... But I read some Amazon reviews today and I'm a bit apprehensive about the rest of hte book now.  Silly me, shouldn't have read those reviews until AFTER I finished the book.  I learnt my lesson - but I'm gonna keep reading. :)

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 7:59 PM ET
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I know what you mean, Marci. Sometimes I read the review and go, huh? Enjoy the book!

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 11:44 PM ET
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What I hate is when I read the review and a reviewer gives away the ending.

 

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 10:08 AM ET
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Yep, I usually skip the reviews once I've made a decision to read something---my own opinion is good enough for me at that point!

The Red Scarf has been on my WL for some time and on several occasions, I've had it in my hand to buy but have put it off in favor of something else---let us know how you like it, w/o any spoilers!

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 5:35 PM ET
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I'm curious too, I have the author's The Russian Concubine in my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 8:43 AM ET
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I'm interested to hear what you think of it as well. I have too many books to leave one that is just okay on my wishlist. The reviews at Amazon are pretty favorable on both of her books, but I saw where one person called Red Scarf silly.  Is that the review that alarmed you? 

I enjoyed The Russian Concubine and was kind of hoping her next book would be a sequel to it. Maybe she'll do a sequel next...

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 7:40 AM ET
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I liked it quite a bit.  I think that  it's set in Stalinist Russia (err, Soviet  Union) and I haven't found many HF books, if any, set in that period, made it pleasurable for me to read.  If this is even one iota of what like was like under Stalin, I'm grateful for living here and now.   Keep it on your wishlist.  I picked up The Russian Concubine from the library yesterday, but have to read The Other Queen first since it's a 14-day book.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 4:00 PM ET
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Well, I'm glad to hear that it's a good one, simply because there is so very little H/F set in that time period. I'll admit though, I was kind of hoping you'd say it was terrible becuase I need some room on my wishlist to add some new stuff that's coming out next year. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 6:06 PM ET
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Ooooh, another one to put on my WL.

Have you read "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons? It is set during the Siege of Leningrad, and was amazing.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Mimi - never heard of that title by Simons.  I'm off to see if it's available at my library.

You might laugh, but my introduction to Russia in historical fiction, was Danielle Steele's Zoya.  I was fascinated by the history (and knew the story of Nicolas and Alexandra) but I've been curious to read more about Russia/Soviet Union ever since.  There's so little.  This one was a nice diversion from the usual periods/locations I read about.  I think that's why I liked Sherwood's The Book of Splendor set in 16th C. Prague.  A different place and time that I was used to reading about.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:24 AM ET
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I remember reading Zoya in high school - sigh. Since I later studied Russian and Eastern European history and literature, and converted to Orthodoxy, I suspect I'd find it lacking now, so I've never gone back to re-read it, just leaving it as a good story in my head.

I've not heard of that book, Marci, but it sounds good. Off to check it out.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 8:28 AM ET
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I don't mean to go off topic, but I wanted to second The Book of Splendor. Great book with a very unusual subject. Most books kind of blend together in my mind after a while, but this one still stands out, even though it's been a couple of years since I read it.

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 4:56 AM ET
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The odd thing about The Book of Splendor is that there was another release around the same time dealing with the exact same subject by Lisa Goldstein.  I read them one after the other and they kind of ran together.

Shomeret

 

Date Posted: 4/27/2009 1:14 PM ET
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I have just picked up The Red Scarf this morning, so I'll start it at baseball tonight.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 5:06 PM ET
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I am finished (and really enjoyed it!) Is anyone wanting me to post it to their WL? If so, PM me by Friday night!



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