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Book Title: Christmas Revels|
The author of the book: Mary Jo Putney
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 691 KB
Date of issue: October 25th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780515136319
Read full description of the books Christmas Revels:3.5 stars for the entire collection. As usual with anthologies, quality varies from one novella to the next, some are better written or more romantic or more appealing to particular tastes. My favourite was the closing novella, The Black Beast of Belleterre by Mary Jo Putney, an author that's completely new to me (although not unknown by name only), which was a pleasant surprise as she turned out to be a crafty storyteller. Her contribution I'd rate higher than the average for the whole book.
As a rule, I don't have a stellar track record with romances set in 1800s Britain for a host of reasons that are closer to a lack of attraction to the period first and formulaic writing after, but Putney escaped the, er, curse. I think what worked for her "Beauty and the Beast in The Shire" (heh!) retelling was the novella format, because the more retellings I read, the more convinced I am that this particular plotline doesn't flourish in standard-length novel format (the best ones I found are short-stories or novellas), and secondly that she's quite aware what the Beast figure is supposed to be metaphor-wise, so she makes Lord Falconer conform to character. There's also the profligate father, the debt, the rose, the abandonment, and the redemption. The children book illustration side plotline alluding to the actual fairy tale was a very clever and creative touch also, because the story is set in roughly the same time period when the first fairy tale books with now very sought-after illustrations were published in Britain for the first time.
Read information about the authorShe writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.
Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably ever since.
While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy, it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acquired a computer for other purposes. When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool, she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold quickly, thereby changing her life forever, in most ways for the better. (“But why didn't anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads?”) Like a lemming over a cliff, she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full-time writer as soon as possible.
Since 1987, Ms. Putney has published twenty-nine books and counting. Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism, death and dying, and domestic abuse. She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly. Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal. The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist, published by the American Library Association.
A nine-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance. Though most of her books have been historical, she has also published three contemporary romances. The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover, and Stolen Magic (written as M. J. Putney) will be released in July 2006.
Ms. Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full-time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose.
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