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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

The Boleyn King

The Boleyn King - Laura Andersen

It was ... OK.  (And it should have been subtitled "Everyone Loves Minuette.")


I was interested in this one because of the "alternate history" angle ("Anne Boleyn bears a son, and lives.  Henry had only two wives.") - what is there is interesting, but I was disappointed Andersen did not do more with it.  Anne Boleyn as dowager queen, moody and still the brightest woman in the room, but going blind - yes, I can believe that.  Elizabeth seems herself.  William feels like a healthy Edward, more or less.  Lord Rochford (Anne's brother, George, the Lord Protector) - is there mostly as a plot device, as we get pretty much no characterization of him except "eminence grise of William's court."  How'd he get to be Lord Protector,  rather than have Anne serve as Regent?  We're not told.  Why?  We're not told.  What are his motives for anything?  We're not told.


And more of the book is taken up by love triangle, than by alternate history.  I am not a fan of love triangles, either here or generally, especially with a side order of "I can't talk to him/her because the plot says I can't of reasons.  Yeah, reasons."


I'm somewhat curious as to the plots of the other two novels in the series, but probably not curious enough to read them.