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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang
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Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
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The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss
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Country Road ABC by Arthur Geisert
A Dance for Emilia by Peter S. Beagle
Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden
Flight by Sherman Alexie
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer by James Endredy
Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth by Jon Chad
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie
Maggie and the Pirate by Ezra Jack Keats
Natural History by Justina Robson
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Rust: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp
The Sacramento, River of Gold by Julian Dana
Tatty Ratty by Helen Cooper
Tiger Trek by Ted Lewin
A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer
A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for A Wounded Name

A Wounded Name: 02/10/14

cover artA Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson is a retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet. It's set in an exclusive boarding school and is told from Ophelia's point of view. It's a stretch but I have enjoyed many other Hamlet inspired novels and thought this one had potential.

The copy I read was an audio provided by Recorded Books via LibraryThing. I think most of my negative reaction stems from the performance. The narrator uses an overly earnest, semi-British accent that my husband calls a "Blue Peter voice." It's an exaggerated performance with overdone enunciation.

But it's not just the performance. Some of the responsibility rides on the text itself. First and foremost, the pacing is SLOW. Yes, Shakespeare leaves enough plot holes to drive a truck through, but A Wounded Name in its attempt to fill them up, manages to make every single scene drag (even with hitting fast forward). The opening funeral of Hamlet Sr., for example, takes the entire first disc (roughly 75 agonizing minutes).

1 star

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