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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars MP3 CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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All of this leaves only one word to describe Jepp, Who Defied the Stars.
Now because you probably want more from a review than just one word I'll say a bit more about the book. Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is one of the best written books I've read in a long while. It is full of beautiful written scenery and descriptions, yet gripping. It is filled with three dimensional characters that you see the faults in, yet still understand there decisions, as they've been built as humans not stick figured characters. And it moves at a startlingly quick pace for a book that spends so much time describing the surrounding world and characters in such in-depth detail.
Jepp is a fantastic character. He is smart, likable, and fallible. Of course this ability to make mistakes and be swayed by emotion is one of the reasons readers will love Jepp, as they will commiserate with his journey and growth, getting chocked up at the low points and feeling elated at the high. He is a well crafted character who is just a kid learning as he's forced into impossible situations away from home.
Of course, besides making Jepp a wonderful character, Marsh also does a fantastic job recreating the world and situations of the 15 and 1600s. My personal favorite fact based location/character was Tycho and Uraniborg, which I found fascinating, reading as Tycho mapped the stars with nothing more than math they discovered and rudimentary materials. Absolutely fascinating.
As you can probably tell I very much Enjoyed Jepp, Who Defied the Stars.Read more ›
I really loved Jepp and his optimism towards everything and that he tried his hardest to protect Lia. I loved how the story was also told as Jepp looked back on his decisions. We saw both where he was and how he got there at the same time. When the story he was telling finally caught up with the timeline, you were feeling everything that Jepp was and you wanted nothing more than to ease the pain that he was feeling.
Another great thing about this book is the setting. I loved that it was a historical fiction, but was centered around Jepp, instead of a figure that we know or being a paranormal sort of story. I loved the following Jepp's trail through Europe from Spain to his final destination.
This book really came out of left field and wowed me. Not only that, but I think it is one of the most under appreciated books of 2012. I even wish that it hadn't taken that long for me to read because otherwise I would have spent all the time recommending it to people. It was refreshing and different and I loved every heartbreaking word. If this isn't on your To Be Read Shelf, maybe it should be.
Jepp is a dwarf living happily in his mother's inn, when a nobleman comes through and entices him to go and become a court dwarf for the Infanta. (Yes, I did have The Decemberists' "The Infanta" stuck in my head for the entire first half of the book.) At first I had trouble getting into the court scenes - they seemed like something from a bawdy farce without any bawdiness. Then I realized there was plenty of sex going on but it wasn't outright stated because the book is in young and sheltered Jepp's point of view. The second half of the book brings in the astrology (and astronomy) mentioned in the title as Jepp moves on to the court of Tycho Brahe. In this half of the novel Jepp is more worldly, but still not the best at reading people.
The historical detail of JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS is fascinating. The novel moves from late-sixteenth century Holland to Spain to Denmark and features a wide range of real people. As the historical note at the end reveals, even Jepp was a real person. (Although very little is known about the real Jepp and Marsh's novel is obviously entirely fictional.) It's definitely a setting less explored than Elizabethan England or the Wild West.
The novel rests on Jepp's shoulders and they are able to handle the burden. He suffers various indignities - less than many dwarves of the time - but he always knows that he deserves to be treated as an equal.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intriguing hero kept me reading this magical exploration of court life and 16th century Europe. Jepp is a dwarf and experiences the prejudices and daily injustice that his physical... Read morePublished 6 months ago by truthseeker
I teach astronomy and this book was a fun take on one of the most eccentric astronomers of all times!Published 21 months ago by hkaiter
Jepp’s story, set over four hundred years ago, is a coming-of-age tale of finding one’s way in an uncertain world. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Sue Heraper
Let me just start off by saying I LOVED the blue print and illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. I really love unique touches like that. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Camille
My eleven-year-old daughter and I took turns reading this aloud to each other. She was reluctant at first, especially because the language is, at times, deliberately flowery and... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Valvool
Easy to read. Insightful to the living conditions of court dwarfs. Well written. I was sorry when the book ended.Published on July 25, 2013 by Christine Obers
I wanted to like this book. The reviews overall seemed encouraging.
I don't need to reiterate the plot. You'll find that in other reviews. Read more
A beautiful tale of how one young 'outsider', through love, loss and healing, and determining to remain open-hearted in living out values of kindness, forgiveness and being true... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Helene
I'm fascinated by the character of Tyrion Lannister, the cunning dwarf in Game of Thrones. You don't find a lot of literature with a dwarf as one of the heroes (or perhaps in... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by M. Tanenbaum