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Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Sat May 11, 2013 7:38 pm

Late to the party, I know, but I finally got hold of Frances Hardinge's "Fly By Night" (2005) and am now in search of "Fly Trap" (UK title Twilight Robbery). I had already read "Well Witched" (UK title Verdigris Deep) and enjoyed it.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:32 am

Yay! finally got "Fly Trap".
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:42 am

=Tamar wrote:Yay! finally got "Fly Trap".

Read it. Another good one, albeit a bit grimmer than the first book. The situation develops; I haven't really reread with an eye to whether the main characters develop much, or just continue as they are, slightly older and very slightly wiser. So far it doesn't seem important. If they don't develop a little more in the next book or so (and it seems clear that more books are intended), then I may become more critical.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:14 pm

To give a bit more detail: the main characters in the Fly By Night/Fly Trap series are a young girl named Mosca, her fearsome pet goose, and an interesting older man whose stock in trade is a fund of good stories and well-told lies. The serious difficulty in the culture is that nobody would ever use a false name, and your real name tells people which god you were born under according to your birth time, which slants what they think of you. A bad birth time dooms you in the eyes of others. There are plots and adventures aplenty. I particularly like the floating coffee-houses on the river. These middle grade books are entertaining for adults as well. I think Mosca would be a fit companion for the young Tiffany of TWFM, and she would get along quite well with Maurice.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Wed May 06, 2015 9:49 pm

Just got, and read, The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge (2009), UK title "Gullstruck Island".
Fuller review under "non-Discworld books". A lot grimmer than the Fly Trap books. Not related at all to Nation, though it does have a catastrophe involving an island. Strongly recommended.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Fri May 22, 2015 4:35 am

I have now read _Cuckoo Song_. Creepy, fascinating, better for YA I think. Could cause a few nightmares. Like The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents in that adults reading it might be astounded at the thought that this is considered a children's book just because the protagonist is under 18.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Tue May 26, 2015 2:33 am

I was given a copy of Frances Hardinge's _A Face Like Glass_ (2012) for my birthday. Yay! It's less grim than Cuckoo Song, more like The Lost Conspiracy in tone. Some people have astonishing talents, and there are True Wines that can take away specific memories or restore them, and other odd things. There's a lot about various kinds of cheese, including True Cheeses that also do things. (Horace would fit right in.) There is intrigue and oddness of personalities, and as usual, independence of thought is celebrated. There's plenty of action to go along with the politics. I'd call this semi-grim.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:37 am

Just out: Frances Hardinge's _The Lie Tree_ (2015). I'm not sure but the print form seems to be only available in large paperback, not hardcover. Oh well, it was a gift and I'm not complaining. Avoiding spoilers: it's set in the early Victorian era, and it is good solid YA. It doesn't seem as complex as her earlier books, being possibly more akin to Dodger than to Discworld. Even the paranormal aspect could theoretically have been written out, though I'm not sure what could have been substituted for it. The complex culture is that of the Victorian era with its layers of unspoken expectations according to rank, class, clothing, age, perceived wealth or poverty, manners, etc. I am extremely glad I don't have to live in that culture.

Now to wait until she gets another one to the publishers.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:44 pm

The publishers won't do a print run in hardback if they think they won't sell enough to justify the cost, so they issue a trade paperback or as some call it a B2 size, as a B3 is a normal UK paperbook size.
He willnae tak' a drink! I think he's deid! , on the other hand though A Midgie in yir hand is worth twa up yir kilt.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby =Tamar » Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:44 am

All her previous books are in hardback, and as near as I can tell, her readership is growing rapidly. I think this one may have been judged as "more YA" and therefore was put directly into paper covers. Thinking about it, I have decided that the society described is actually just as complex as some of her invented ones; it's just that I'm used to pre-20th century novels and the expectations of those times, so at first I didn't notice how absurdly complex it was.
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Re: Frances Hardinge books

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:42 am

The same happened to one of my favourite well established authors "Tom Holt" always was published in hardback, now only published in trade paperback. :roll:
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