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Lady of the Reeds by Pauline Gedge
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Nov 22, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction

After Child of the Morning and The Eagle and the Raven, I was disappointed by Lady of the Reeds.

The editing or house style (whichever it was) was terrible, and this severely interfered with my enjoyment of the novel. Actions and dialogue were attributed bizarrely, which made me have to stop and puzzle out who was saying what whenever more than one character was speaking. This eventually became so distracting that I gave up trying to finish the book. The author also gave utterly unbelievable dialogue to children, having them use words that even the smartest kid would never know. This, and the generally vague characterization caused me to lose interest early on, as I was unable to believe in the characters, and therefore unable to care about them.
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