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Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007, 04:24 pm
ytak: The Lady (a non-science fiction book!) comments

Just a few days ago, I picked up a copy of The Lady at a used book store.  In terms of books, it was an okay read but I felt that parts of it could have been fleshed out better.  I also felt the ending wrapped up a little too neatly.  In addition, there were a few questions I would have liked answered even though they were not really important to the story.  One of the more interesting parts of the book was the time period it was set in, 1970's Ireland.

I think I might be a little disappointed because it was not what I thought it was.  I knew it was not science ficiton but somehow it just did not measure up to what I was hoping it would be.  

Has anyone else read the book?

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)

I was not impressed by The Lady. It seemed very formulaic, written strictly for the bucks. Now there's nothing wrong with writing solely for the income but at least make it something original. Two of McCaffrey's better non-SF books are, in my opinion, A Stitch in Snow and The Year of the Lucy.

Stitch in Snow
Dana Jane Lovell, a successful author and lecturer, is traveling on a lecture stint in the States. Things look bad when she is snowbound in Denver, but then she meets a traveling gentleman, Dan Lowell, who charms her. For three days they share time, fun, and love. Dana continues her tour only to learn later that her chance companion has been charged with manslaughter of his former wife - while she and he were together. Now someone from Denver is looking for her.


The Year of the Lucy
Lucy Farnoll had died seven years ago and with the loss of her close friend's support, Mirelle's life was stuck in a rut. Her marriage is in trouble from internal conflicts as well as troublesome relatives. Long-suppressed memories of her childhood and parents, and her too long restrained talent as an artist of sculpture collide together in 1961. Two chance meetings with James Howell lead to a close friendship that helps her face the past, strengthen the present, and set a course for the future.

I have reread both of these books many times. In fact, Stitch in Snow is one of those books I take with me on a trip because I know it will entertain me just in case whatever the new book I have doesn't live up to my expectations.

Both books are out of print but can be found at used book stores and through www.amazon.com

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)

Stitch in Snow sounds like something I would like. Sounds a bit like a mystery. Thanks for the rec.

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)

I second what was said above. I've read and enjoyed the McCaffrey romances and The Lady was my least favorite of them.

It's been awhile since I've read them, but if my memory serves me correctly I think The Mark of Merlin and The Kilternan Legacy were my two favorite (of the romances).

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)

I've been eyeing The Mark of Merlin but it is nice to hear what others say about it.

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)

It's more of a whodunnit than a romance (although that, too). I liked all her non-sf books, I think my favourite was The Lady which was published with another title over here. Which, needless to say, I can't remember off-hand. Partly because it was about horses, and she writes horses with every bit as much love as she writes dragons! As, indeed, she does dogs (the eponymous Merlin).

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)

The library here has a lot of her books but they are almost all SF. It was pure luck I found this book.

I noticed her love of horses. I can tell she really does know a lot about thenm.

Fri, Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)

The Carradyne Touch was its name over here. I loved it

Sat, Feb. 24th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)

So it was! A rather better title, I thought.


Tue, May. 4th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)

It has been an age since I read it (and almost that long since you first posted this entry, I see!). It's the one about the girl whose father runs a stable and "the lady" is a woman who stables her horse with them and rides, right?

Sometimes when an author's work takes off - like the Pern books did - some of their older work gets picked up. I think I remember wondering if this might have been the case with this book. I already read a few of her other non-scifi/fantasy books and thinking they, too, just weren't as good a read. But she is so good at the fantasy, that maybe it's just odd to think of her not writing fantasy.

Mon, May. 17th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that's the book.

That's true. But I don't think she's quite as good at non-fantasy. My impressions of the book, now, is that it was standard fare. Nothing special. It had a few good things but I didn't really enjoy it all that much.