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Marjorie Madonne has commented on (11) products.

The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (Penguin Classics) by Charles Kingsley
The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (Penguin Classics)

Marjorie Madonne, September 21, 2010

I read "Water Babies" as a child and adored the book. The review definitely makes me want to revisit it.
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City of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense by Ariana Franklin
City of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense

Marjorie Madonne, May 17, 2009

Ariana Franklin is known primarily for series of historical mysteries set in medieval England. "City of Shadows", however, is a novel of suspense set in 1920s-1930s Berlin. The novel is centered around the story of a real life historical character, Anna Anderson, who turned up in a German mental asylum in the 1920s claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, a survivor of the massacre of the Imperial family at Ekaterinberg. Ms Franklin is very good at evoking the louche and threatening atmosphere of Berlin in this period -- the dire poverty and chaos of the 1920s followed by the rise of Naziism. The characters (among them a fake Russian nobleman; a Russian Jewish refugee who has survived her own share of horror; a German cop who views the looming menace of Naziism with distaste and fear) are interesting and the plotting is ingenious.
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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed

Marjorie Madonne, May 19, 2008

I've always loved Le Guin. The Dispossessed is a true classic of the genre -- beautifully written and very moving. I recently reread it after many years, along with The Left Hand of Darkness, another Le Guin classic. Both are as good as ever, not dated at all.
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Christine Falls: A Novel by Benjamin Black
Christine Falls: A Novel

Marjorie Madonne, April 8, 2008

I've always admired John Banville & was pleased to discover he has a mystery series under the name Benjamin Black. He's a remarkable writer and Christine Falls is a remarkable book. Great noir atmosphere (it's mostly set in one of my favorite cities, Dublin) and vivid characters. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
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Murder in the Rue de Paradis (Aimee Leduc Investigation) by Cara Black
Murder in the Rue de Paradis (Aimee Leduc Investigation)

Marjorie Madonne, April 8, 2008

I've enjoyed Cara Black's Aimée Leduc series for several years and I'm currently reading Murder in the Rue de Paradis. Good Paris atmosphere, interesting characters.
I do wish the publisher would get the French accents right, though. The accent aigu (´) is not the only accent that exists in French. In this edition, all the words that should have the accent grave (`) are printed with an accent aigu. For instance: Giséle, when it should be Gisèle. It is irritating.
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