The Lady Astronomer
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Whimsical and enjoyable steampunk read, April 1, 2014
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This review is from: The Lady Astronomer (Kindle Edition)
The Lady Astronomer is a fairytale for parents and children alike. You will find yourself transported into the strange life of Lucretia who is an astronomer with a crazy family consisting of a lemur, an owl and her two brothers Al and Freddie who are called to the city of Bath by Royal appointment to construct the largest telescope in the land. Lucretia finds herself held hostage and man mishaps delay construction, some funny and some not. Lucretia learns who her real friends are, finds a bit of love, overcomes tragedy and braves it all.
The dialogue the dialogue is fast paced and there is plenty of action. It is a cute Pipi Longstocking type of read that I as an adult enjoyed immensely. There is a good sense of humor, especially in the letter to the king where he was referred to as ‘Your Maj’.
Ms. O'Dowd based the story on some actual events but an explanation follows. There are references to fairy tale characters and bad guys are done well as is the steampunk machinery throughout the short fast read. I think any age group who likes fantasy will enjoy this book.
I would have given the book 5 stars except for a few mild distractions: grammar such as lie/lay where used incorrectly enough to catch my attention and the cast of characters was very large with initials for some of the names. Overall the book is enjoyable and a suggested read.