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Gent and beautiful has been raised in near isolation by her father John Selden a student of Isaac Newton aims to turn Emilie into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist And now he is embarking on his most daring experiment yet to breathe life into dead matter However the experiment is interrupted by t I have read a LOT of negative reviews about this book and I really don t get it I must have horrible taste then because I absolutely LOVED it Written on Feb 24 2009 at 0929PM Read the Dutch translation

Read É eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Î Katharine McMahon

The Alchemist's Daughter

He arrival of two strangers Emilie now eighteen is completely unprepared for the new emotions aroused in her and her brilliant mind and passion for the natural world do nothing to prepare her for what comes next With no one to guide her she makes her choice with conseuences that are far reaching and tumultuo I read halfway through this book one evening but then it didn t seem worth finishing The plot description made it sound like an intelligent book about an intelligent woman livinglearning at the time of Isaac Newton But the book wasn t smart and neither was the main character The author latched onto one concept in alchemy and just repeats it so the character can impress everyone she meets rather than giving any additional insight into the philosophies and views of the time In fact the book seemed to be some genre I might describe as woman recovers from youthful bodice ripping incident to become independent modern woman Is that a real genre If so I m not interested

Katharine McMahon Î 7 Summary

From the author of Richard and Judy Book Club choice THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL When two strangers enters the manor of a brilliant alchemist and his talented young daughter nothing will remain the same Dark secrets haunt the manor house at Selden in Buckinghamshire where Emilie Selden motherless fiercely intelli Those of you who are Old School know about the original Legend of Zelda The first game in the Zelda franchise was epic It was badass In my personal opinion few games have been as awesome since This book is a lot like the original Legend of Zelda Unfortunately it is like all the crappy and stupid aspects of that game and none of the cool ones Witness as I extrapolate The main character in this book lacks personality All of the things that sound kind of cool about her like she knows about alchemy in the end amount to practically footnotes as she wanders her way through a storyline always doing the most obvious thing at the moment At first she takes the tools thrust upon her by her father and lets him mold her personality entirely Like the little old man in the cave who gives Link his first sword thereby bringing slaughter upon the legions of weird animals wandering Hyrule Protagonist s father gives her the tools of alchemy and the knowledge of a very limited set of topics sciences and alchemy are about it She takes these tools and does the obvious thing with them seemingly content being her dad s cloneuntil a MAN walks in And then it doesn t matter who he is she is all hot and bothered and blushing and virginal unable to focus on her alchemy or science But she remains true to her father not going after any of these guys until one of them rapes her After he rapes her she marries himyou know because that makes sense But because Link is only capable of following instructions and killing like some little puppet serving the war pigs let me try that again Because Protagonist is only capable of doing what she s told she marries the young and handsome rapist even though she witnesses signs that he s only out for her money before they even get married This is the pattern that she follows through the rest of the book following the clearest instruction provided for her slowly gaining cooler clothes and items But unlike Link these items don t give her greater hit points or make it so she can do cooler things She just continues being a uni dimensional tool ignoring the ways those around her are using her or manipulating her The plot also shares some common elements with Zelda because everything is foreshadowed way ahead of time Every plot point is predictable almost from the point the involved characters enter the storyline Let me just throw some archetypes at you Feel free to guess at the ENTIRE PLOTLINE in the comments and you ll probably be right Overly Protective FatherFlat ProtagonistKind Sweet Widowed ReverendHandsome Money Hungry Rapist HusbandSneaky Distrustful MaidMother who is Entirely Unknown by Protagonist and is Never Talked About By AnyoneThe climax wasn t ENTIRELY clear until about two thirds of the way through the book so that s a mildly good thing But by the time you get there end is entirely abrupt and exactly what you d expect And after reading the other Goodreads reviews of this I was expecting some serious alchemy porn I was excited about pages talking about strange experiments and perhaps digging up bodies orwell SOMETHING cool Alchemy was the big draw for me here but there actually wasn t enough focus on that for me Mary Shelly can write some passages about science that add texture This book didn t have texture and the texture it didn t have wasn t improved by the small amount of alchemy included Unlike some of my reviews I m not being harsh just because I m grumpy I m actually in a pretty friggin good mood It has been a long time since I ve read anything by Ann Coulter I just got a job I m totally excited about and I m buying a beautiful house in a little over a month So coming from that frame of mind let me reiterate this book sucks Skip it But you should totally play The Legend of Zelda Link is a flat character but he s a flat character who ll put his foot up a moblin s ass I mean that as a good thing


10 thoughts on “The Alchemist's Daughter

  1. says:

    Those of you who are Old School know about the original Legend of Zelda The first game in the Zelda franchise was epic It was badass In my personal opinion few games have been as awesome since This book is a lot like the original Legend of Zelda Unfortunately it is like all the crappy and stupid aspects of that game and none of th

  2. says:

    This book was a cross between literary fiction and bodice ripper romance Katharine McMahon seems to be sitting over the fence not uite sure what kind of book she wanted to write She put her heroine in a similar position Emilie is not uite sure if she prefers to sit in the lab and peform physical and chemical experiments or if she would rather have that dashing young man grab her and take her take her like there is no to

  3. says:

    Katharine McMahon is an excellent example of the problem I have with modern writers In reading or listening to in this case her book I found I was transported through the ailes of a book store One moment I was reading something out of histor

  4. says:

    I just didn't really get into this book but trudged my way through hoping it would get interesting It sounded interesting beautiful intelligent Emilie raised in seclusion by her father to be an alchemist and natural philosopher is

  5. says:

    I have read a LOT of negative reviews about this book and I really don't get it I must have horrible taste then be

  6. says:

    It is rare for me to say this about a book but I did not like this book It was disappointing and not at all satisfying I'm not sure what I expected perhaps for it to be a bit like the conservative 19th century England of Austen novels which it wasn't It was well written and seemingly well researched but the characters were dull a

  7. says:

    I read halfway through this book one evening but then it didn't seem worth finishing The plot description made it sound like an intelligent book about an intelligent woman livinglearning at the time of Isaac Newton But the book wasn't smart

  8. says:

    A good read nice gothic feel to it though I felt that it built to something that never really arrived

  9. says:

    It's strange the way some stories don't get to you This one had everything I should love in a novel an evocative setting a smart heroine an exploration of a father daughter relationship a touch of mystery and of course some romance But there's something that didn't click Maybe the lack of elegance in the prose maybe the intented to be well researched long descriptions of scientific experiments; but I found I

  10. says:

    Another really good book I love historical fiction The main character Emilie drove me crazy at some points because she made such bad crazy de

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