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Southern Cross by Terry Coleman
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Nov 02, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: australian-history, fiction, historical-fiction

An incredibly boring novel billed as a saga equivalent to The Thorn Birds. Not so much. The plot, such as it is, revolves around the daughter of the first governor of New South Wales (Australia). She falls in love with a French explorer (actual historic person), has his child out of wedlock and the rest of the story follows her life along with the development of Australia as a country.

Amazingly, there is very little dialogue in this novel....far more telling going on than showing. As a result, if you're suffering from insomnia this book might help bring sleep back into your vocabulary. Despite the high potential for the subject matter and some great historical characters making an appearance, the author managed to dull them all down.

I can't in good conscious recommend this one.....if you're interested in the history of Australia, even Aaron Fletcher's Outback Series is better than this.
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Reading Progress

November 2, 2010 – Shelved
January 1, 2011 –
page 25
January 1, 2011 –
page 56
January 1, 2011 –
page 67
13.96% "Hoping for some actual dialogue to make an appearance at some point."
January 1, 2011 –
page 127
26.46% "Captain Bligh arrives on the scene...."
January 1, 2011 –
page 167
34.79% "So ends Part I."
January 4, 2011 –
page 183
Started Reading
January 5, 2011 –
page 236
49.17% "I'm starting to like our character Sue. A lot."
January 5, 2011 –
page 290
60.42% "Starting in on Part III"
January 5, 2011 –
page 310
64.58% "The lack of dialogue in places is driving me nutso."
January 5, 2011 – Shelved as: australian-history
January 5, 2011 – Shelved as: fiction
January 5, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
January 5, 2011 – Finished Reading

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