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Subject: Susan Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter Series?
Date Posted: 8/26/2007 6:57 AM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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Has anyone read this and enjoyed it?

I like England and I liked Beatrix Potter's cameo appearance in one of her other series, but I'm having trouble starting "The Tale of Holly How."

I didn't get very far - the cast of characters was overwhelming and then the dialect was really irritating.  I guess it's a "Beatrix Potter thing" but the cutesy cat names weren't cutting it for me (my cat didn't seem impressed either). 

I'm wondering if I should give up on this one.  I realize I'm not very far into the book but maybe I'm not cut out for adult Beatrix Potter?

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 12:47 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2006
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My wife and I both enjoy the China Bayles series, although less so the last 3 or 4 books, and the Robin Paige series  - again, not the last few books, but the earlier ones were pretty good - so we enjoy Wittig's writing in general, but we just could not get into the Beatrix Potter series at all. We couldn't put our fingers on it, really, but the first book - the name of which I can't even remember - was ... silly. We both enjoy cozies and we don't especially mind talking animals but this was just too ...silly. The dialect is part of it, but also the mystery was so lame.

We gave up. I think if a person had been a Potter fan from childhood, maybe they would appeal more, but we just couldn't see spending time on them.

To everyone his own, I guess.

Les

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 2:32 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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Thank you, Les.  That's what I was beginning to wonder although I had read so very little of the book.  Sometimes the English setting will help me (just as other locales don't especially appeal) so I thought these might be all right.

Potter wasn't part of my childhood and when my kids were young, I liked the pictures better than the stories.  Okay, I have to take that back.  I guess Peter Rabbit was part of it :)  I liked many of the China Bayles books too although I haven't read any recent ones and I read a few of the Robin Paige ones and they were okay.  I've been known to cope with some dialect that others have complained about (on Amazon, etc.) so I don't know why this bugs so.

I've coped with Sneaky Pie Brown (though I've quit) and various other improbable animals too :)

I have a lot of books to read and this is a rental so I can send it on its way back.  Thanks again - I thought maybe it was just my mood and I wasn't giving it a chance.