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The Serpent on the Crown (Amelia Peabody Series #17)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    Somewhat boring, but still a good read.

    I have read every one of the Amelia Peabody books and have thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one left me slightly flat and bored. Not the page-turner I found the others to be. However, I do like the way Amelia and Emerson are being allowed to age and see how they deal with, or not deal with, the changes that having grown children, with their own family, brings. David John is just too ridiculously, unbelievably mature for a four year old. The story line seemed a little thin and not developed as well as the others in the series. There are also many references to events that occurred in the earlier books that if someone has not read them, may not hold much meaning. However, overall, still a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005


    I love the Amelia Peabody series and have read them all, but found this one to be a disappointment. The books are usually steeped in the period and the place, in a way that brings you right alongside the Emersons, with witty dialogue. There is always the sense that you are Amelia's confidante and audience. This book was lacking those things. The frequent intrusions, or so they seemed to me, of manuscript H excerpts were irritating. Details seemed in short supply and the dialogue was not at all up to par. It lacked the usual wit and the period feel. The characters seemed flat and not as well developed as usual, and frankly, I missed hearing things from Amelia's point of view; it was more a transcript of events than a glimpse into Amelia's journal and personal thoughts. It didn't even seem to have as much information about archeology and history as usual. I found myself bored and just wanting to get reading the book over with, which has never happened with one of this series. Did she get a ghost writer? I did find the spin on Carter and Tut's tomb amusing; I have been wondering for a long time how that discovery would play into their lives. For the time being, I will fall back on one of the older books if I want a good read and wait for the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    Can't say it any better than A. Bourne (April 20 review) but it's worth saying again.

    This volume was not the best showing of an amazing talent. This book was more like a transcript than a final product and perhaps introduced a ghost writer into the mix (thank you A. Bourne for saying what I didn't dare say first but thought from the beginning). The dialogue was thin and lacked the really great poignant parenthetical asides from Amelia Peabody- Emerson. It also did not give life to the depth of character and relationships among the Emerson family members and relations (similarly remarked upon by the Library Journal reviewer). The storyline suffered as well, perhaps only because of the weak support of great writing that has, in past episodes, given 'verisimilitude' (as Amelia would say) to otherwise unbelievable adventures. I dearly hope that a new reader of this fantastic and outstanding series is not introduced first to 'The Serpent on the Crown' and I'm again with A. Bourne in returning to read earlier series adventures that are ever enlightening and prove the unquestionable genius of Elizabeth Peters dispite this most recent book that's just short of the mark of excellence we've come to expect.

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