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Book Title: Sphinx's Princess|
The author of the book: Esther M. Friesner
Date of issue: September 22nd 2009
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.93 MB
Edition: Random House Books for Young Readers
Read full description of the books Sphinx's Princess:Hmm.... not completely sure what to think. On one hand, it's an easy read and alot of fun... I loved the character development Nefertiti went through, Nava and Bit-Bit were adorable and her scribe friend was fun.
But I had issues with it as well, I never really felt anything for most of the other characters... It just felt like I was an observer watching them all instead of walking alongside them. The ones I was probably meant to hate I only felt annoyed by and I felt nothing when Nefertiti was in peril (apart from bring mildly curious).
The ending was a nicely done cliffhanger and a good set-up for the next one I suppose but it felt 'too abrupt' after the pacing of the majority of the novel. (view spoiler)[Her escape plan was a good idea and clever but again I didn't feel anything really (not to keep repeating myself)... it lacked that tension in the air. It felt too easy, with all of the planning that went into it... (hide spoiler)]
Sometimes the dialogue felt weird but it didn't bother me much really *shrugs* Despite this being Egypt, never got the 'feel' of the it. Almost felt like it could have been anywhere in a sense. The chariot rides through the city and where they practiced were the exception.
The 'villainy' in this didn't feel menacing or set my teeth on edge, more reminded me of spoiled children who wanted it to be 'my way or the highway' Was this how they were in real life? I have no idea but in this instance I just wanted to smack them both.
Thutmose's brother was a good soul but bland overall for me... I got the sense early on he was (view spoiler)[supposed to be a love interest (hide spoiler)] ... never bought into it. I'm guessing most of that set-up would come in the next book maybe?
All in all: half fun, half blah ... I would recommend if your looking for a quick semi-light read but for me, it was in the middle of the road.
Not interested enough to read the second book but I'll pass this on to a friend who is in love with anything ancient egypt and see what she thinks:) (Either way, it'll be a fun discussion).
Happy reading! This was rambling a bit but this is how my thoughts came out :-P
2.5 stars, rounded up. I have one more of hers on deck so I will give it a try at some point.
Read information about the authorEsther M. Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A's in both Spanish and Drama. She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy and science fiction. She has published twenty-seven novels so far; her most recent titles include Temping Fate from Penguin-Puffin and Nobody's Princess from Random House.
Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Aboriginal SF, Pulphouse Magazine, Amazing, and Fantasy Book, as well as in numerous anthologies. Her story, "Love's Eldritch Ichor," was featured in the 1990 World Fantasy Convention book.
Her first stint as an anthology editor was Alien Pregnant By Elvis, a collection of truly gonzo original tabloid SF for DAW books. Wisely, she undertook this project with the able collaboration of Martin H. Greenberg. Not having learned their lesson, they have also co-edited the Chicks In Chainmail Amazon comedy anthology series for Baen Books, as well as Blood Muse, an anthology of vampire stories for Donald I Fine, Inc.
"Ask Auntie Esther" was her regular etiquette and advice column to the SFlorn in Pulphouse Magazine. Being paid for telling other people how to run their lives sounds like a pretty good deal to her.
Ms. Friesner won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story of 1995 for her work, "Death and the Librarian," and the Nebula for Best Short Story of 1996 for "A Birth Day." (A Birth Day" was also a 1996 Hugo Award finalist.) Her novelette, "Jesus at the Bat" was on the final Nebula ballot in the same year that "Death and the Librarian" won the award. In addition, she has won the Romantic Times award for Best New Fantasy Writer in 1986 and the Skylark Award in 1994. Her short story, "All Vows," took second place in the Asimov's SF Magazine Readers' Poll for 1993 and was a finalist for the Nebula in 1994. Her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, Warchild, made the USA TODAY bestseller list.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious cats, and a fluctuating population of hamsters.
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