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Ted by the 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 tumultuou. 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

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The Alchemist's Daughter

Fiercely intelligent 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 interrup. 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

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From the author of Richard and Judy Book Club choice THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL When two strangers The Alchemist's MOBI #224 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. 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 tomorrow This weird combination worked surprisingly well but must have given McMahon s publisher a bit of a headacheIt s not clean cut enough for the publishing world maybe but isn t it true We can all be very smart and sophisticated and suddenly unexplicably we fall for a guy who has a peanut for brain and we don t seem to care Im our heads we go from literary fiction to bodice rippers in no timeI was a little put off by the title because it reminded me of that wretched The Alche


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 u

  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 historical fiction then scientific theory and then a trashy romance noveland there lies my problem I wish modern authors had enough imagination as to address sex scenes as they

  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

  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 b

  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 wer

  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 b

  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 expl

  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 decisions But I had to remind myself that it was the time period she was growing up

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