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Shallow and poorly researched.,
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This review is from: In the Land of the Long White Cloud (In the Land of the Long White Cloud saga Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
As a New Zealander living in Christchurch I was looking forward to reading a good historical novel about New Zealand. What I got was a novel very loosely based upon the settlement of the Canterbury Province in New Zealand but so full of errors that it made me cringe - incorrect spelling of Maori names, american spelling and terminology and really basic errors such as the currency used at the time (pounds, shillings and pence NOT the dollars and cents used in the book). The storyline was predictable and slow and the characterisation quite shallow. Not a book I would recommend.
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Initial post: Sep 5, 2013, 3:02:47 AM PDT
You are a brilliant reporter Maggie. As New Zealander born and bred, I too deplore these inaccuracies.
Posted on Jun 4, 2014, 11:22:02 AM PDT
Thanks, I'm starting this book, and I don't know if I will keep on reading it. Normally I don't read this kind of books, I rather prfer to watch a 2 hour film adaptation instead of losing days of my reading time in something that is shallow and inaccurate.... I would like to read a good book about New Zealand, you know, the kind of Paul Theroux style... (do you have any suggestion?).
Thanks Maggie your review was very helpful to me.
Posted on Jul 2, 2014, 8:02:06 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
This book is on the daily deal so thanks! I hate mistakes like this! I mean, I'm American and I'd probably throw a book that used dollars and cents in place of another country's currency. If she can't be bothered to research the least of things, then everything else is suspect! So, that saved me a couple dollars. LOL.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2014, 5:24:21 PM PDT
Look at the comments under the review of this book by Alan A Elsner. There are some very good recommendations listed. No point in repeating them here.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2014, 10:56:39 PM PDT
David Guise says:
For a good historical novel about New Zealand with a good story line try Crucible: The Driven Trilogy (lThe Driven Trilogy Book 1)
Posted on Mar 13, 2015, 10:02:02 PM PDT
Posted on Jul 9, 2016, 2:28:35 PM PDT
What I can't understand is why they apparently hired an American to translate a novel about New Zealand from the author's native German. Hiring a New Zealander to avoid these type of mistakes seems easy and logical!
Posted on Dec 20, 2016, 1:13:59 AM PST
As an NZer living in Christchurch I am very grateful for your review. I did download a sample and even in that short excerpt I wondered where the author had acquired her knowledge - or rather, lack thereof. The Maori were peaceful, had no skills to make weapons, were paid a fair price for their land; and this is supposedly in 1852??? NOT the New Zealand history as I know it.
Very disappointing as I was looking forward to a good read.
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