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Regina's Song

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,006 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
“A STORY OF MURDER AND REVENGE . . . Outstandingly well paced and tightly plotted, the novel also stands out in its handling of various psychological themes.”
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Eerily attuned to one another, twins Regina and Renata are so identical that even their mother can’t tell them apart. Then tragedy strikes: a vicious attack leaves one twin dead and the other so traumatized t
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 2000)
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Jeremy
Aug 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
There's not much to say about this book. The characters are flat, and story is predictable, the setting is forgettable, and the writing itself is bothersome. The entire work is written in a first person slang, but before you think of Clockwork, you should know that its bad slang. Characters are constantly asking for "the scoop," "hitting the bricks," or being "cutsey-poo." Or going to see Dockie-poo (a doctor), or Markie-poo, etc. The narrator is supposed to be a grad student in ENGLISH LITERATU ...more
Leia
May 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: must-avoid, reviewed
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Jess
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow.

I've always been a fan of David Eddings' work - I love the Belgariad/Malloreon series to bits and pieces (literally - I've worn out three copies of Pawn of Prophecy) and the Elenium/Tamuli only slightly less so.

However, I never read any of his non-fantasy work, because back when I discovered Eddings, Fantasy is all I would read. My tastes have branched out a lot in the intervening 15 (or so) years, so I was kind of excited about reading Regina's Song when an online book club I participate in
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Kara Kelly
The story idea was great, but the author completely ruined his own idea! First of all, the dialogue is beyond ridiculous and unrealistic, as is the idea that a future lawyer, professor, psychologist, and philosopher all live in a house where there is no drinking, no fornicating, and basically no fun at all on a college campus. Secondly, THE DIALOGUE was beyond ridiculous! I have to say it again! Thirdly, the trial is completely unrealistic. Here's a psychotic girl on stand for MURDER and the tri ...more
Sheila
Oct 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book is just a catastrophe. There's so much wrong on so many levels that it's stunning, haha.

As others have noted, one of the worst thing about this book is the dialogue. It's atrocious, and seems to be mired in the '50s. It sounds like it's trying to be noir at times ("let's hit the streets"), but then it's overly twee at other times (Renata calls the main character "Markie-poo"). I think Mark is trying to be sarcastic most of the time? It's hard to tell from the bland tone. Characters co
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Jane Jago
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you were expecting the Belgariad or the Malloreon, forget it. This is a contemporary thriller with a chilling core. It explores the relationship between friends and the one between twins. I enjoyed it a lot as it combined Eddings' way with friendship with something a bit more disturbing than one normally associates with the brand.

See for yourself if Regina grabs you
Anniina
Simply the worst book I have ever read in my life. Total waste of time.
Simon Mcleish
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in June 2003.

Most people are fascinated by the intimate relationship which exists between identical twins, and this forms the basis of the most recent novel from David and Leigh Eddings, one which edges into the horror genre - a new departure for the pair.

Regina and Renata Greenleaf were identical twins, who continued to use a private language between themselves long after most pairs have given it up - right through high school. (I was surprised not to find a
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Michele
Oct 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Alas, everything about this book annoyed me, and I do mean everything. The dialog is flat and artificial, crammed with cliches and bad/outdated slang, despite the fact that the narrator is supposed to be a PhD in English [1]. The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting, and the male characters consistently demonstrate a condescending 1950s-era attitude towards women (and others) [2]. The plot is full of holes and irrelevancies [3], and a fairly appalling lack of any sort of moral or eth ...more
Sonja Venter
Jun 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment. They took a very interesting idea and what could have been an exciting psychological thriller and turned into a boring wishy-washy story. The narrative is so bogged down by useless details that it turns a character's stake out of a would be murderer into about as much fun as reading about paint drying. The characters' dialogue between each other is supposed to convey a fondness and a closeness but instead comes off as dumb and unrealistic and very forced. Then there's the ...more
Kat
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
So, I've had this book for about six months now but only just got around to reading it. I originally picked it up because of the author, since I've enjoyed some of his previous stuff and wanted to see how he tackled the modern world.

The result was... well, first off the bat I should say that female characters have never been Eddings's strong suit. His characters always seem to follow traditional gender roles (the only possible exception being Mary.) If that bothers you, don't read this. As it wa
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Pygmy
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Oh David Eddings....how I loved your stuff when I was wee and just learning about the wonders of fantasy. Even now I think back fondly on the Belgariad, the sequel series, and that other series with the Sparhawk dude. But it's been many years since I've read them, and now, after reading this ridiculously tepid offering, I'm afraid to ever go back for fear of destroying my happy childhood memories.

The premise itself sounded compelling, but execution was laughable. The characters all sounded the s
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Kate
Dec 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. This book is, unfortunately, a waste of a really interesting idea for a novel. The heavy handed, smugly superior male privilege exhibited by all the male characters made me want to hurl. The conversations were often stilted, and characters went on pointless rambles filled with information we didn't need. The supernatural elements were too little, too late, and felt out of place with the rest of the novel. Disappointing.
Noora
Jun 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eddingsien olisi pitänyt pysyä fantasiassa, murhamysteeri ei toimi lainkaan. kieli on omituista (voi olla myös suomentajan syytä) ja töksähtelevää, epäolennaisia asioita kerrotaan ja juoni on todella ennalta-arvattava. Loppua kohden kirja paranee, mutta jää silti kovin köyhäksi. kirja ei kerro mitään, mitä ei olisi aiemmin kerrottu.
Z
Dec 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
Not a bad foray into Stephen King territory for the fantasy tag-team of David and Leigh Eddings. I particularly liked how well Seattle and the surrounding area is drawn - it's obvious the authors have spent time here and know their way around, which makes the book all the more "real." More creepy than scary, it was a good choice at the library one rainy day.
Sarah
Jun 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, supernatural
Definitely not Eddings usual fare. Dark and disturbing, and I promise you this- reading this book alone at night on the Underground.

This is much more straightforward reality for Eddings, with only a hit of the supernatural, and it is also lacking in the humor that so defines most of his books.
Carolyn Tuttle
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story and twists and turns. It was a very exciting journey through the psyche and exploration of twins and agonizing loss.

However, the writing style was terrible. The story closely followed six people people living in a boardinghouse together; three males and three females. Two of the three males (Mark and Charlie) never called any of the three females by their names. Instead, the two used a variety of nicknames, like "babe," "Toots," and "sweet cakes" (capitalization mimic
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Nola Redd
I love David (and the ever-silent Leigh) Eddings. I enjoy every fantasy book he has written. This book, however, is outside of their general genre, and just doesn't work for me. In fact, I was several chapters in when I realized that I may have actually read the novel before, but blocked it out...call it a self-protective fugue.

The story itself has some interesting potential - one of a pair of identical twins is murdered and the other has amnesia, so no one is sure which twin survived. But, oddl
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Bradley Prior
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one. I picked it up from the library because I absolutely loved the Belgariad. David's writing is evident. There's some wittiness here and there.

Yup! That's about it.

The whole time I read this book I was expecting something more and sadly nothing delivered. I read one review of this and someone had stated that some of the characters suffer from Polgara-syndrome. Clever, and true.

There's not much to praise. Not much to review. I should give this a o
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Irene
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have long been a fan of David Eddings' fantasy novels and my husband & daughter love this book and have been urging me to read this for years.

I finished it but I was not really impressed.My library has it labelled as "horror" so I was expecting more creepiness. I recently read a book with a similar storyline"The Ice twins" by S. K. Tremayne which did a much more riveting, atmospheric version... The narrator seemed likeable ( though to me, language such as 'I was pooped' does not belong i
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Regina
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting idea and a fairly good execution. Identical twins Regina and Renata ... a terrible loss, a psychotic break ... then I enjoyed the story but was never really 'sucked in' so I couldn't put the book down. Then, there's the unexpected and unnecessary introduction of a supernatural element that was quite irritating. I presume it was to tick some boxes and have the book serve several categories in book stores. Pity really.
Jennifer
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I used to love this book. I adore David & Leigh Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean, and enjoyed this book on my first read, and even the second. I'm not sure I'm just more sensitive, or have become a better critic of what I read, but this book is just full of misogyny and slut shaming. I almost couldn't finish it this time, but powered my way through and won't be doing another re-read, methinks.
Kathy Cherney
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got off to a slow start, but I'm glad I kept going. Well written, interesting topic and follow through.
Sasush
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful read, but very early predictable with narrow-focused narrative and long in the tooth over the five-limo charade near the end.
Sarah Hodiak
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the concept of this book and its very good but some predictablity with the story. Also the end just drags.
Sue-Ellen
Could see what was happening in what was unfolding, but then found it good to follow how the characters in the book came to the same conclusion, and that it was more of a thriller than expected.
Bart Breen
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Melody
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Monique
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm am I losing my touch or am I just really hard on books nowadays, either way this book was a true dud to me and I couldn't wait to finish it, contemplated stopping the book altogether at least ten times and now can finally return it to the bowels of the library and try to forget I ever read it..why oh why,.So this story starts off okay with a guy Mark and his childhood friends he calls the Twinkie Twins as they grow up with the twins constantly changing identities and with one even their pare ...more
Jasmine Woods
The blurb on the back of this book promises, 'a tense, chilling story of a nightmare coming true...part murder mystery, ghost story and psychological thriller...elements that elicit our deepest, darkest fears.' Um, no not really...

If you go into this book expecting to be scared, you'll be disappointed. Apart from a few gross moments when the kills are described the book isn't really scary at all.

Nor does it work particularly well as a psychological thriller. It's obvious who the killer is from t
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David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achie
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