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The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley
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Feb 10, 09

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Read in February, 2009

Even though this book took me a long time to get through, I really liked it. The latter half was a bit better than the beginning. But I really enjoyed Merkle Riley's take on, well, basically feminism in 18th century Paris. The book doesn't idealize 18th century life for women. It was no doubt every bit as harsh, even for the women of court standing, as the book portrays.

I especially loved the fact that the main character was extremely smart and depended on that ability to stay alive and prosper. I also enjoyed the love interest (its not really a secret, you can see it a from the beginning) being in love with her mind, and she his. So I thought it was a nice change in pace from the - she's so strong then a man enters and now she's a silly swooning female lead - books so popular now.

I'm very interested in reading other books by Merkle Riley. And would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially those who liked Libba Bray's trilogy.
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