Miranda in Milan
With Miranda in Milan, debut author Katharine Duckett reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, casting Miranda into a Milanese pit of vipers and building a queer love story that lifts off the page in whirlwinds of feeling.
After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples await...more
This is supposed to be a version of what ...more
“Dorothea was sand and sea, Miranda thought dizzily. She was wind and water and heat all at once, a tempest of her own making.”
💉 This book did exactly deliver what it promised, a sapphic retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest! I am not fan of classics and I did not read the tempest but I looked up a couple of summaries online to see what it was online and this stayed close to the original story with the addition ...more
Couldn't put it down. It was the perfect length and pace for my grasping the Miranda reality and "eyes" for her own situation and the inheritances from her parents.
The writing was excel ...more
Miranda in Milan, Katharine Duckett’s Shakespearean fantasy novella debut was a great discovery. Don’t worry if you haven’t read The Tempest. Duckett explains some of it in flashbacks through Miranda’s point of view, so you won’t feel completely lost.
Poor Miranda. I really felt for her. Plucked ...more
Miranda in Milan isn’t so much a retelling than a sequel, reimagining of the events after The Tempest by William Shakespeare, picking up the tale at the play’s end where everyone including the magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda are getting ready to head back to Naples. But instead, they end up in Milan. Miranda and Ferdinand are to be married in celebration of their triumphant return, and Prospero himself is to rec ...more
> 3.8 stars
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I adore the romance happening. It was flowing out ...more
Decent enough brain candy but not really recommended.
I received an ARC from Tor in exchange for an honest review!
CW: parental death and emotional abuse/neglect
While I love Shakespeare, The Tempest is a play that I’ve enjoyed but never able to get into. I think it was because I wasn’t into the plot (although the writing is gorgeous) and I never liked Prospero. I thought he was, to put it bluntly, a bit of a dick. He wasn’t a likable character. I could never sympathize or empathize with him.
Enter Chantel ...more
It's a semi-retelling, semi-sequel to The Tempest; a retelli ...more
I was especially intrigued by Beatrice's back story and felt the creepiness of what happened to her was effectively portrayed. I also liked how Antonio and Agata were more complex than they first seemed. Miranda and Dorothea's relationship developed nicely, (if a little too quickl ...more
What happened to Miranda after the end of Shakespeare's The Tempest, one of the bards stranger plays? This book deals with the uncultured Miranda being ostracized and imprisoned after her return to Milan, with her only friend and later on lover Dorothea/Duriya being her only contact. The evil sorcerer Prospero lied about discarding his powers and is terrorizing Italy, can Miranda find peace somewhere?
An entertaining read and a good first novel. For those unfami ...more
Aside from King Lear, which I loathe, I probably dislike The Tempest more than any other Shakespeare play. I don't know why; there's nothing particular I can pinpoint. But I really, really dislike it.
It turns out, though, that stories of Miranda after the play are stories I can really get behind. So maybe this is part of the problem: in the play, I think Miranda is just a bit n ...more