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  • Title: The Alchemist's Daughter
  • Author: Katharine McMahon
  • ISBN: 9780753821312
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dark secrets haunt the manor house at Selden in Buckinghamshire, where Emilie Selden, motherless, fiercely intelligent and beautiful, has been raised in near isolation by her father John Selden, student of Isaac Newton, is conducting a secret experiment He aims to turn Emilie into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist and fills her with knowledge while recordingDark secrets haunt the manor house at Selden in Buckinghamshire, where Emilie Selden, motherless, fiercely intelligent and beautiful, has been raised in near isolation by her father John Selden, student of Isaac Newton, is conducting a secret experiment He aims to turn Emilie into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist and fills her with knowledge while recording every step she takes.In the spring of 1725, when Emilie is eighteen, father and daughter begin their most daring adventure an attempt to breathe life into dead matter But they are interrupted by the arrival of two strangers During the course of a sultry August, Emilie is caught up in the passion of first love and, listening for the first time to her heart rather than her head, she makes her choice with consequences that are far reaching and tumultuous.
    The Alchemist s Daughter Dark secrets haunt the manor house at Selden in Buckinghamshire where Emilie Selden motherless fiercely intelligent and beautiful has been raised in near isolation by her father John Selden stude

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    1. Those of you who are Old School know about the original Legend of Zelda The first game in the Zelda franchise was epic It was badass In my personal opinion, few games have been as awesome since This book is a lot like the original Legend of Zelda Unfortunately, it is like all the crappy and stupid aspects of that game, and none of the cool ones Witness as I extrapolate The main character in this book lacks personality All of the things that sound kind of cool about her like she knows about alche [...]

    2. Katharine McMahon is an excellent example of the problem I have with modern writers In reading or listening to, in this case her book I found I was transported through the ailes of a book store One moment I was reading something out of historical fiction, then scientific theory, and then a trashy romance novel.d there lies my problem I wish modern authors had enough imagination as to address sex scenes as they did, in this case, the 1700 s I don t mind sex in a book when I can see the necessity [...]

    3. I just didn t really get into this book but trudged my way through hoping it would get interesting It sounded interesting beautiful, intelligent Emilie, raised in seclusion by her father to be an alchemist and natural philosopher is swept off her feet by the first handsome man she sees and exiled to London where she begins her shocking journey to enlightenment However, it did not live up to the blurb Emilie s character was flat and boring and she seemed to spend most of the novel wandering aroun [...]

    4. I have read a LOT of negative reviews about this book and I really don t get it I must have horrible taste then, because I absolutely LOVED it Written on Feb 24, 2009 at 09 29PM Read the Dutch translation.

    5. It is rare for me to say this about a book, but I did not like this book It was disappointing and not at all satisfying I m not sure what I expected, perhaps for it to be a bit like the conservative, 19th century England of Austen novels, which it wasn t It was well written and seemingly well researched, but the characters were dull and the plot was dumb I didn t like the storyline at all I really thought it would grow on me or even get better as it progressed, but it never did The scientific d [...]

    6. This book was a cross between literary fiction and bodice ripper romance Katharine McMahon seems to be sitting over the fence, not quite sure what kind of book she wanted to write She put her heroine in a similar position Emilie is not quite sure if she prefers to sit in the lab and peform physical and chemical experiments or if she would rather have that dashing young man grab her and take her, take her like there is no tomorrow This weird combination worked surprisingly well but must have give [...]

    7. I read halfway through this book one evening, but then it didn t seem worth finishing The plot description made it sound like an intelligent book about an intelligent woman living learning at the time of Isaac Newton But the book wasn t smart and neither was the main character The author latched onto one concept in alchemy and just repeats it so the character can impress everyone she meets rather than giving any additional insight into the philosophies and views of the time In fact, the book see [...]

    8. Another really good book I love historical fiction The main character, Emilie, drove me crazy at some points because she made such bad, crazy decisions But I had to remind myself that it was the time period she was growing up in and also that she had lived a very sheltered life, which could definitely happen in that time period I did enjoy the story though and it was based on real situations, Sir Issac Newton was in the book a lot as well as others that I probably had not heard of So, it was a g [...]

    9. It s strange the way some stories don t get to you This one had everything I should love in a novel an evocative setting, a smart heroine, an exploration of a father daughter relationship, a touch of mystery, and of course, some romance But there s something that didn t click Maybe the lack of elegance in the prose, maybe the intented to be well researched long descriptions of scientific experiments but I found I didn t care a bit about Emily s fate or about the outcome of the story The characte [...]

    10. I liked this story, it was a fast read, but somehow it missed being something special It s the story of Emilie Seldon, who was raised during the time of Isaac Newton in the spirit of scientific inquiry, and, despite her sex, to be a natural philosopher a scientist But her father forgot to include the social and hormonal in his calculations Motherless, home schooled, without other family or friends beyond the housekeeper and never allowed beyond the bounds of the estate, Emilie is so isolated she [...]

    11. I know I m not doing this book justice with this review Sometimes it s difficult to say exactly what you liked about a book without talking about the specific events within the story itself Not wanting to spoil the story for potential readers I m going to stick to a rather vague review, my apologies.I liked the protagonist Emilie Selden I was curious about her relationship with her father and was eager to follow along as she recounted the events of her life and how she learned about her family h [...]

    12. I was entranced by this book s early chapters it s one of those stories that really draws you in.I would recommend to any readers who enjoy fiction based in the eighteenth century or who simply love a good plot driven romance The writing style is vivid and filmic and Katherine McMahon has clearly done an enormous amount of research into the scientific methods described the materials, the tools, the experiments.There are many twists and turns of plot which revolves around a passionate love triang [...]

    13. 4 for 3 uddevalleThere is an animated discussion somewhere here on outlining the fact that familial titles lead to bad star ratings and a whole lot of zzzzzzz se somebody s wife the third cousin twice removed of xxx Let s see how this will pan out.In one of my earliest memories I walk behind my father to the furnace shed.Page 10 I am searching for a day to illustrate our life before 1725, the year when everything changed.From The Concise Encyclopaedia of World History, 1725 Ottoman Army takes Ta [...]

    14. This book was sitting out in the library s display area, so I though ooh great, they ve recommended some historical fiction for me It looked promising a girl is raised as a scientist alchemist in her father s laboratory with the expectation that she will follow his footsteps in the field And at first, the descriptions of their experiments and of the period were quite good But then, this seemingly intelligent girl falls for whatever adult male falls into her path She spends the rest of the book j [...]

    15. Zanimljivo, ali radnja je spora, stil pisanja pomalo izve ta en i sve zajedno nije dovoljno da me zainteresuje Svakako u probati opet, mo da na raspustu, kada budem imao vi e vremena i manje obaveza.

    16. Just finished The Alchemist s Daughter large print version this evening and I really enjoyed it Katharine McMahon is a fine author her prose zips along and I thought the story was interesting and thought provoking Set in Buckinghamshire and London about 1725, McMahon uses her novel to explore the limitations on women s lives during the 18th century Emilie Selden is unique she s nineteen years old and has been educated solely by her scientifically minded father since the moment she was born her m [...]

    17. I initially feared that this novel would turn out to be a vehicle for an over abundance of gratuitous sex, but as I progressed, I found that the explicitly erotic scenes at the start contributed to the understanding of Emily Seldon, a 19 year old raised by her alchemist father as both a bit of an experiment and as his apprentice Having been raised in almost complete isolation in rural 1700s England, it is no surprise that her accomplishments in alchemy and natural philosophy, and her meticulousl [...]

    18. An interesting read, but not really what I expected I was thinking this would be of a coming of age and empowerment type story, but it kind of breezes through the growing up part and settles itself in a rather depressing part of this girl s life It pretty much bummed me out through most of it.

    19. I think I enjoyed the audio narration better than the story There were parts of it that had real potential and did not go anywhere and others that just fell flat I could not really drag up any real feeling for the girl that was the main character, hated her husband, disliked her father and his servants, and could not figure out the rector at all, until the ending I actually liked the beginning and ending of the story the best.

    20. I didn t like this book much at first, but it grew on me as I kept reading, which I always hope for but hardly ever happens By the end I loved the main character despite her flaws and failings because she had the courage to face herself and overcome them I also liked that she was a whiny self absorbed bitch that took a long time to wake up But she did

    21. Rating 3 5Alchemy to transform what is known, to turn lead into gold, to bottle fire and distill change This is all that Emilie Selden has ever known, for she has lived on the grounds of Selden Manor since she was born, apprentice to her alchemist father It is the age of the Enlightenment, when Sir Isaac Newton first orders the world within the constraints of his scientific method, when exploration and experimentation can be tasted on the air itself Emilie and her father operate like clockwork, [...]

    22. I really liked this Ok, it had its faults The bits about the alchemy process and scientific research were boring and way too detailed and I had to skim through them a bit No I do not care how many times the dittany and saltpeter had to be ground with an infusion of yeah whatever Emilie really annoyed me at times, the way she was so clueless about the obvious wastrel Aislabie and powerless to resist to his wiles, and generally unable to read people It frustrated me that she couldn t tell immediat [...]

    23. Well I loved McMahon s The Crimson Rooms, and I was delighted to find this one on audio so I could start right in And it s well written, as CR is, and provides an incredibly detailed historical context, as CR does, but the main character is much less likable, and I d say that the plot, lacking the mystery aspect of CR, drags a bit I do find that pacing is tricky in audiobooks, because we don t have the heft of the remaining pages to give us a sense of where we are, but I still think the final 1 [...]

    24. At the beginning of the eighteenth century, Emilie Selden, the alchemist s daughter, is raised in isolation on a remote manor, to be a sort of scientific amanuensis to her father, as well as an experiment in and of herself Over the course of Katharine McMahon s The Alchemist s Daughter, we learn that her father, though well meaning, has deprived Emilie of some essential tools of survival such as any insight into actual people as well as having hidden the deepest secrets of her past Emilie falls [...]

    25. McMahon has the ability to take a traditional genre and turn it into something subversive while it doesn t work quite as successfully here as in The Rose of Sebastopol there is still the same literary sleight of hand She has the ability to disorientate you beautifully so that you think you re reading one kind of novel story and then find yourself reading something quite different.Set in the C18th Enlightenment, she really captures the language of natural philosophy in Emilie s thoughts, so that [...]

    26. Parts were really very good But it was a bit too romancy for my taste The main character is an sheltered young woman who gets seduced That part I ll buy But when he constantly does things she doesn t like, she confronts him, he laughs at her and starts kissing her and she she forgets her legitimate concerns because she is overcome with passion, my disbelief becomes unsuspended If someone wants to tear down my home, destroy all the things that connect me with my family and turn everyone in my vil [...]

    27. This is the first time that I have read a book and hated it the entire time, but couldn t put it down The book is set around the time of Isaac Newton s death and the main character prides herself on being forward and thinking in a new, unbinding direction yet she lives and breathes completely in the past Besides having problems with the main character, the storyline takes somewhat predictable turns yet I still found it entertaining to read My suggestion to you has very adult undertones and is on [...]

    28. It was an easy read, and I did enjoy the language I m tired of finding heroins with the same problems I feel as though authors think women only find resolution in the following three categories love, sex, or children I want to see a woman empowered in circumstance who commands a certain amount of respect from the beginning I digress Its really a good story, I just am taking my reading angst out on this particular novel.

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