Second-Hand Princess

Rated 2.00/5 based on 2 reviews
All a princess wants is to be rescued by her prince -- isn't it? Perhaps staying with her dragon wasn't such a bad idea after all...
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About Lorraine J. Anderson

I have had one story published in the Pocket Books anthology "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 8", available from Simon & Schuster or I am presently writing original fiction.

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Review by: Diane DesAutels on May 29, 2014 : (no rating)
Sorry -- my tablet is having no luck selecting a star rating. I was trying to give it a 3 (average of 4 for the premise / general plot, 3 for writing mechanics, and 2 for the aforementioned lack of depth). I recommend Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles for a richer riff on an unconventional princess.
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Review by: Diane DesAutels on May 29, 2014 : (no rating)
The bones are here of a rather entertaining satire, but it reads a little too flat/superficial. I don't mean how the princess begins with unquestioned assumptions and propriety -- that's part of the premise -- but rather how we're never given the chance to see real emotions and three-dimensionality from the cardboard cast, except a bit from the little ghost girl and the princess herself. There are also a lot of never-answered questions, such as the reason for all the ghosts in the one kingdom (something to do with the briefly-mentioned wizard??) or their variable physicality. Also, and possibly answered in the sequel[s], what was the actual fate of "her" dragon, not to mention her parents? It's actually not that bad, though, and I personally liked the ending "punchline"-type twist. An unsatisfying ending can spoil even an excellent story, but this seemed very appropriate, even if open-ended.
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Review by: Stacey Jaine McIntosh on Jan. 2, 2012 :
I actually found myself being hooked from the start. The author should look at editing and proofreading though.
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Review by: Caite on May 4, 2011 :
A very muddled story, with a Princess who never acquires a name, a Prince with an unpronounceable one, and entirely too many typographical and grammatical errors to be readable. Lovely premise, poor execution.
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