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Old Nov 8 2007, 07:19 PM   #41
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The Doona series. The characters are mopey & the plot is weak. It took three attempts before I finally suffered through Doona, and after Decision its unlikely I will read Treaty.
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Old Nov 23 2007, 11:32 AM   #42
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I cuts in my heart to name any of Anne's books the worst.

Seeing your answers made me realise how individual the choise is.

Having read most of Anne's books twice or more my worst book (as yet unfinished) is The Lady. I am no horse person.

Some of the Pern books and Acorna books are very low on my list of rereading.

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Old Nov 23 2007, 04:16 PM   #43
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*tactfully refrains from declaring war on Nina*

You're absolutely right about how individual the choice is Can I persuade you to give The Lady another attempt? In addition to the horses it's a fascinating social commentary of Ireland and its society at a particular point in its history, when women were regarded as chattels, and a woman had no recourse against a violent husband...

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Having read most of Anne's books twice or more my worst book (as yet unfinished) is The Lady. I am no horse person.
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Old Nov 23 2007, 07:30 PM   #44
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I had the same feelings of declaring war on everyone when reading this entire thread

I will promise you not to give up on The Lady - if only to keep the peace

Social realism from Ireland has been the topic of very many books and films I have read and seen. Some have even been part of an extensive curriculum during my studies with both distant and recent Irish history, and as such the topic does not largely appeal to me right now.

Apart from the above many of the women in Anne's books are trying to survive in a man's world, which make these books especially appealing and an important contribution in defence of women. Menolly was the first one I read about and could identify with. An Anne theme reoccuring here and there and everywhere

The sad thing is that very many women around the world still live that with no immediate future of escaping their fate. Even in our own countries some women are not treated any better today.

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You're absolutely right about how individual the choice is Can I persuade you to give The Lady another attempt? In addition to the horses it's a fascinating social commentary of Ireland and its society at a particular point in its history, when women were regarded as chattels, and a woman had no recourse against a violent husband...
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The Rowan is my favourite!

"The name rowan is believed to derive from the Norse runa - "a charm". It was often planted outside houses to ward off witches. On May Day a spray of rowan leaves was hung over doors to repel evil, and wells dressed with rowan to keep witches away. The rowan, or mountain ash, is found commonly in Scotland, sometimes clinging to a rock face."
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Old Nov 29 2007, 08:10 PM   #45
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Well, I'm not declaring war. I also find it interesting that the favorites of some of us are the least liked of others. We're an interesting mix of people here at MoM and that's what keeps me coming back!





But I love The Lady and not entirely because I used to be a "Horse Person")
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Old Dec 9 2007, 02:27 AM   #46
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I haven't been able to finish "The Lady" either. I also gave up on the Acorna series after the first few. The new PTB books also have suffered. They just seem very juvenile.

I love my Freedom books though. It's about time for a re-read.
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Old Dec 10 2007, 04:55 PM   #47
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*eek* someone else who doesn't like my favourite non-Pern McCaffrey

That said, I agree entirely that the Acorna series is not worth the paper they're printed on I've tried several times to read them and simply had to give up in disgust at the inanity and banality of the so-called "plot(s)" Admittedly, I haven't even tried the new PTB books, one of the (dis)advantages of living overseas is that I can't get them from the public library first to see if they're worth the investment

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Old Dec 11 2007, 05:17 AM   #48
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My favorite of her non-sci/fi books is "Black Horses for the King". That is just a gem of a book.
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Old Dec 11 2007, 12:18 PM   #49
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I love that one. It reads like a Rosemary Sutcliff book.
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Oh yes, that's a good one too

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Old Dec 11 2007, 06:17 PM   #51
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That was the first non-Pern Anne book I read, but I just wish it wasn't a young adult book.
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"No hoof, no horse"

I really loved that book, even though I know nothing about horses...I'm really fond of different takes on the legends of Arthur. ^^
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Old Dec 11 2007, 07:45 PM   #53
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Me too, Sara! We should start another thread for Arthurian tales.
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Hated hated HATED Masterharper of Pern. Why does Robinton have to be a Gary Stu all the sudden? Child prodigy, male HAD pretty much, present at EVERY important event EVAR, and too too perfect. Not to mention the book messes with the timeline worse than most and presents a Pern pretty well at odds with what's given in DF or DQ.

I liked the first freedom book well enough, but the sequels are all wall bangers for me, as is Nimisha's Ship. Let's just say the author has a rather disturbing obsession with women bearing as many children as possible in these books especially.
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For me, I couldn't get into the Acorna series, so that would be on my list - I couldn't get past the first book. MHoP wasn't too bad, although the inconsistencies tend to stand out whenever I reread it.
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Old Feb 9 2008, 04:32 PM   #56
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I have been reading some of the Acornia books & found them ok, if there is nothing else to read.
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I trudged through the first Acorna book, hoping it would get better as I read and I even tried the next one but gave up half way through ...the only time I have not enjoyed a book or series written by Anne.
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Old Feb 13 2008, 12:46 AM   #58
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I like the first one of those but quickly tired of the rest.
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I also love the special one with all the drawings and short stories.
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Old Feb 13 2008, 04:10 PM   #60
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Yeah, although I got that from the library originally instead of the actual first book, and was therefore very confused!
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Acorna series Bats just couldn't get into either just lacked
some thing it was the same with Raymond E Fiest book Murder at La Mut
it was so pastry Ann's other I just love and I try with Acorna .
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"No hoof, no horse"

I really loved that book, even though I know nothing about horses...I'm really fond of different takes on the legends of Arthur. ^^
I like it too.
Acorna and Acorna's Children I didn't get to.

Acorna Search was the one I liked the best.
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You didn't read the first one?
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Acorna yes, the second one I read as a libary book. and lost track of which book is next.
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It's funny to me that so few of you liked the Acorna books. I liked all of them--loved reading Margaret's and Anne's first two and enjoyed writing the ones I participated in. The one with time travel was one of my favorites. Can't please all of the people all of the time. . .
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I was okay with the time travel one, but the one about her daughters just did nothing for me.
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Now see, I really got into doing those too. There were actually three about her children and the other daughter didn't really get active till book 2.
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