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review 2017-07-01 23:28
A light, fun, and dynamic story set in the 1920s, particularly recommended to those with an adventurous and playful spirit.
Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story - Teagan Riordain Geneviene

I was the lucky winner of this book as part of a promotion the author run on her blog, Teagan’s Books and I freely chose to review it.

I have been a follower of the author’s blog for several years, although I was not following her when she wrote this serial. Teagan Geneviene is a fascinating and versatile writer. I have read her novel Atonement, Tennessee (check my review here) that is a magical experience, full of finesse, beauty, and attention to detail, evidently the fruit of a lot of thought, careful planning, research, and revision. On the other hand, she is also able to produce her legendary serials. She starts with an idea, or an image, and asks the readers of her blog to contribute certain elements. These might be things (objects, words, concepts), foods, words related to a certain era… She links each one of the posts to the blog of the contributor, and progressively builds up her story, going wherever the three things (foods, objects, or whatevers) and her imagination take her. Although, as I’ve said before, I wasn’t following the author’s blog when she wrote this serial, I have met the main character, Pip in a later serial and I have followed several others, some with familiar characters and a recent one with different characters, and more in the steampunk style. Unsurprisingly, they have a big following and the authors keeps her followers (and I suspect, herself) guessing where the story is going to go next.

Many of the readers of her blog had asked her to publish the serials in book format and finally, she obliged.

Anybody reading the description of this volume will get a sense of how it came into being. The story has a wonderful sense of time (the jazzy 1920s, brilliant, young, full of flappers, parties, movies, and excitement) and it is told in the first person by Pip, a young woman transplanted from the South to the big city, with a huge imagination and an endless curiosity that gets her involved in all kinds of adventures, including but not limited to: kidnappings, rides in fire trucks, romances, secret coded messages, international intrigues, hidden treasures… Pip also has a wonderful turn of phrase (she never swears, at least not as we understand it, and there is no bad language in the book, although she uses her own expressions that colour her language and readers will come to love) and believes she is a very modern woman, although she is less savvy and cool than she would like to believe.

This is a short novel, quick, fast and full of adventures that will delight readers of all ages and will not offend those worried about bad language, erotica or graphic violence. Although in this format readers do not have access to the wonderful images, fruit of the author’s research, which illustrate her blog posts, it does offer continuity and an easier to follow story that will keep readers on their toes. It has elements of historical fiction, of mystery (although not by design, it could fit into the cozy mystery category), and a few touches of romance (or rather, romantic interest).

Although this work is too short to fully demonstrate the author’s abilities, it does give the readers a taste of her sense of fun and adventure, and it introduces a character that will become a close friend in series to come. As an exercise, I would suggest you try and put yourselves in the author’s shoes and every time you start to read a new chapter, headed by the three things, try and imagine how you would use those three words to continue the tale. I am sure you’ll be even more amazed at the story.

The author is working on turning some of her other serials into books, so if you enjoy this one, there are more delights to come your way. And, do not forget to check Atonement, Tennesse.

Recommended to anybody looking for a light, fun, and dynamic story set in the 1920s, particularly those with an adventurous and playful spirit.

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text 2016-06-03 14:07
The Forgotten Flapper: A Novel of Olive Thomas - Laini Giles
The Boston Girl: A Novel - Anita Diamant
Rare Objects: A Novel - Kathleen Tessaro

Are the 1910s–1930s making a comeback? See this week's post, “The Fog of War.”

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text 2016-04-22 15:01
The Forgotten Flapper: A Novel of Olive Thomas - Laini Giles
This week's post highlights Laini Giles and her interview with New Books in Historical Fiction.Don't miss her Forgotten Flapper: it's a charmer!
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review 2015-01-15 00:51
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern - Joshua Zeitz

I really liked the title of this book and it was enjoyable, but not as scholarly as I had hoped. Knowing a lot about this era, I was intrigued to learn something new, but unfortunately, I knew most of the stories already. However, I would recommend this book as a fun introduction, for those who might not know the history and people behind these strange and wonderful times, that mirror our own in a lot of ways.

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text 2014-11-17 17:23
A Book That I'm Ooggling and a Sale Ebook at Amazon (US). Also, Lois Long.
Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine - Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern - Joshua Zeitz

Not the first time I've seen Dr Mutter's Marvels but yet another person referenced it - on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast devoted to fall books and detectives (a re-listen because I didn't make any notes on books to look up later). Of course I could have just looked at that page, where there's a list of the books discussed, but that's not nearly as fun.

 

All I have to do is hear the mention of the Mutter Museum and I'm immediately alert. I've never visited, but I've read/watched every interview that former curator/director Gretchen Worden gave and have wanted her book for eons. (The link on her name goes to the section about her on the wikipedia page.) Because yes, I am the type of person who fangirls over museum curators/researchers. (And I say that as someone who knows how much non exciting work they do behind the scenes.) (Of course that implies that I think that there is exciting work going on in a medical museum, which tells you way too much about me.)

 

So of course I'm going to be all over a new book about the Mutter, especially since it's easily snagged in ebook form. (It is still not the norm for the weird or macabre nonfiction sort of book to be found in ebook form. Paper book, yes. But I have soooo many paper books of that sort already that the Addams Family would feel quite at home with some sections of my shelves.) (Er, my theoretical in-storage-at-the-moment shelves, that is.)

 

I note that there's also an audio/video edition - will have to ponder that, since I don't read on a tablet (I'm a devoted fan of e ink because of battery life) - but I'm sooo interested in what the video would contain.

 

Have I snagged this already? Er, not yet. Mainly because I am still sitting on a huge virtual pile of ebooks I'm happily reading now. Also because I'm that person that loves sales. As soon as this book's price goes down a bit I'm all over it. Not to mention that we're about to come upon the Big Sales Season, and that means my email sale alerts are about to go insane with the price drops.

 

Which reminds me - in Amazon US, the following book is momentarily at $1.99:

 

Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern

 

Which of course I had to snag. And now I have to remember which American writer intrigued me so that I had to put this on the want list, dangit. I think she went to Vassar and that no one's put together a book of her New Yorker columns yet, which irritated me at the time.

 

Seconds later: Because I HAD to know - her name is Lois Long, and she wrote under the nickname Lipstick. I need to start writing a series of posts called Women That Need More Books About Them.

 

Oh and I heard about Lois Long via the Ken Burns series Prohibition. I have the book, but I confess I've only just read the (tiny) part on Lois Long so far. (She was just a passing reference, but what I heard made me want to know more. I buy so many books from references like that!)

 

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