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Mary Gentle

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57+ obres 7,172 Membres 149 Ressenyes 21 preferits

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Inclou aquests noms: Mary Gentle, Mary Gentel, Roxanne Morgan

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Obres de Mary Gentle

Grunts! (1992) 806 exemplars
Golden Witchbreed (1983) 757 exemplars
Ash: A Secret History (1999) 701 exemplars
1610: A Sundial In A Grave (2003) — Autor — 591 exemplars
Rats and Gargoyles (1990) 552 exemplars
Ancient Light (1987) 396 exemplars
Worlds That Weren't (2002) — Col·laborador — 306 exemplars
The Architecture of Desire (1991) 249 exemplars
White Crow (2003) 169 exemplars
A Hawk in Silver (1977) 162 exemplars
The Black Opera (2012) 157 exemplars
Cartomancy (2004) 154 exemplars
The Lion's Eye (2006) 132 exemplars
Orthe: Chronicles of Carrick V (2002) 118 exemplars
Scholars and Soldiers (1989) 111 exemplars
The Stone Golem (2006) 81 exemplars
Villains!: Book 1 (1992) — Editor — 62 exemplars
The Weerde Book 1: A Shared World Anthology (1992) — Editor — 51 exemplars
The Weerde Book 2: The Book of the Ancients (1993) — Editor — 31 exemplars
Under the Penitence (2004) 20 exemplars
Human Waste 5 exemplars
Who Dares Sins (X Libris) (1995) 5 exemplars
1610: Söhne der Zeit (2006) 4 exemplars
Maximum Exposure (X-rated) (2004) 4 exemplars
Anukazi's Daughter 3 exemplars
Degrees of Desire (2001) 3 exemplars
Black Motley (1990) 3 exemplars
Sinner Takes All (X Libris) (2000) 2 exemplars
Game of Masks (1999) 2 exemplars
Dares (X Libris) (1995) 2 exemplars
The Knot Garden (1989) 2 exemplars
Beggars in Satin [novelette] (1989) 2 exemplars
What God Abandoned 2 exemplars
Erotica Omnibus Four (1998) — Autor — 2 exemplars
Cast A Long Shadow 1 exemplars
The Tarot Dice 1 exemplars
Orc's Drift 1 exemplars
Kitsune 1 exemplars
Moon at Midday (1989) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Steampunk (2008) — Col·laborador — 826 exemplars
The 1984 Annual World's Best SF (1984) — Autor — 231 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Col·laborador — 166 exemplars
The Best of Interzone (1997) — Col·laborador — 99 exemplars
Temps (1991) — Col·laborador — 98 exemplars
Warrior Women (2015) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
More Tales from the "Forbidden Planet" (1990) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
Peter Davison's Book of Alien Planets (1983) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
Tales from the Vatican Vaults: 28 Extraordinary Stories (2015) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Isaac Asimov's tomorrow's voices (1984) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Infinity Plus One (2001) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Gentle, Mary Rosalyn
Altres noms
Morgan, Roxanne (pseudonym)
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Sussex, England, UK
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK
University of Bournemouth (BA ∙ Combined Studies: Politics/English/Geography)
Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA ∙ Seventeenth Century Studies)
King's College, London (1995)
Premis i honors
Guest of Honour, Eastercon, UK (2003)
Biografia breu
From Mary Gentle left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs such as a cinema projectionist, a warehouse clerk at a wholesale booksellers, a cook in an old folk's home, a valuation officer for the Inland Revenue, and a voluntary Meals-on-Wheels driver before finally becoming a self-employed writer in 1979.




These stories yank you into the dark alleys of unsavory cities, mug you and only occasionally leave you fit to walk away. There are a couple which should be labeled "Dead dove don't eat!"
quondame | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Jan 24, 2024 |
I liked it enough to finish it, but it was a bit laborious to read. I liked the world and the discoveries, but it was too descriptive for me. Ok, we´re on an alien world, so I´m ok with some descriptions of what is different, but I don´t want to know what every single plant and animal looks like, most certainly not if you´re then going to move to a different part of the world where everything looks different again. I felt a bit the same about the storyline; did she really have to be accused of murder and hunted across country twice?
I did like the relationships, the way the natives were different and the history of the world.
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zjakkelien | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | Jan 2, 2024 |
This is quite a blend of historical fiction with touches of fantasy and eroticism with some scenes that may shock some readers; a love story with duels and plenty of political intrigue and conspiracies. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re reading a gay romance to begin with, but then the book takes a turn. That’s not to say it’s an easy read. Often I get through 100 pages a day, even when it’s a complex plot, but found I needed to take my time with this. This mostly gripped me, but there was a sense of wondering whether I’d ever finish, although it’s hard to say why. I’ve read books more involved than this, but some scenes felt needlessly long. I can’t help feeling I’m doing the book a disservice by saying some pages flashed by, others were a slow amble, and the tone of the book changed throughout, which also threw me. The author is meticulous, maybe overly so, but I found sticking with this worthwhile. A story that begins in France with the arrangement of an assassination moves on across the world.… (més)
SharonMariaBidwell | Hi ha 21 ressenyes més | Dec 5, 2023 |
This is a difficult book to review. It is an alternative history in which, among other things, a coup is staged against James I/VI by a Doctor Robert Fludd, an astrologer who can predict the future using a complex mathematical theory. The said Doctor has calculated that a comet is due to destroy Earth in the 22nd century, but if he can pull off the assassination of James I/VI, a society will arise capable of producing technology to avert the comet. Hmm.... didn't find that at all believable.

The story is told from the viewpoint of a character who apparently did exist though was undoubtedly nothing like the way he is portrayed here. Valentin de Rochefort as I'll call him for short (his actual name is much longer) is a duellist, spy and sometime assassin working for the Duc de Sully, a chief minister of King Henri of France. Rochefort is blackmailed into helping to assassinate the king, as the party concerned has arranged to kill his master if he doesn't comply. He tries to bungle it, but the attempt succeeds in spite of him, and he has to flee France, forced to accept the company of a young duellist, Dariole, who has a thing about humiliating Rochefort which soon turns sexual. On the coast they rescue a shipwrecked Japanese military man who was part of an ambassador's entourage to James I/VI. He is the sole survivor and feels duty-bound to continue the mission. So all three go to England and try to arrange to see King James. Before long, Fludd forces them into trying to bring about his design and some very unlikely happenings occur involving actors, cross dressing, a masque staged in a cave, a nun who turns out to be a colleague of Fludd's, and other peculiar people and events.

I note the synopsis on Goodreads for this particular edition has two major spoilers: annoyingly, I couldn't help seeing them when adding the book to my shelf. Funnily enough, the second one, concerning Rochefort's sister, isn't true at all. Anyway, the first is a true spoiler but is revealed after about 100 pages so it wasn't a major issue when reading the rest of this long book. What was a major issue, however, was the character of Dariole who I found a right royal pain. I didn't appreciate the whole sado-masochistic nature of her relationship with Rochefort. Although it eventually is supposed to be a 'game' for them, at one point she savagely beats him. In fact, there is a lot of violence in this book, graphically described, but that's partly due to the subject matter - sword fights etc. It is well written but the main premise lacks conviction for me and I didn't like Dariole so I can only rate it 2 stars.
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kitsune_reader | Hi ha 21 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2023 |



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