Nefertiti

UGH PFFT HEAD SHAKE and a wind rustling SIGH about sums up my feelings for this MEHstorical bore festival For this level of detail on life in ancient Egypt I could have stuck with By the wa

UGH...PFFT...HEAD SHAKE and a wind-rustling SIGH about sums up my feelings for this MEHstorical bore festival. For this level of detail on life in ancient Egypt, I could have stuck with: *** By the way, for those taking a trip down Nostalgia Boulevard right now seeing Steve Martin’s SNL masterpiece, I have added the lyrics in a spoiler so that those who don’t care can skip over it…otherwise…enjoy… (view spoiler)[ King TutKing Tut (King Tut)Now when he was a young man, He never thought he'd see (King Tut)People stand in line, To see the boy king (King Tut)How'd you get so funky (Funky Tut), Did you do the monkey(Born in Arizona, Moved to Babylonia, King Tut)(King Tut) Now, if I'd known, They'd line up just to see him (Funky Tut)I'd trade in all my money, and bought me a museum (King Tut)Buried with a donkey (Funky Tut), He's my favorite honky(Born in Arizona, Moved to Babylonia, King Tut)Dancin' by the Nile (disco Tut), The ladies love his style (boss Tut)Rockin' for a mile (rockin' Tut), He ate a crocodileHe gave his life for tourism (King Tut), (Tut, tut, tut, tut)Golden idol, (Tut, tut, tut, tut)He's an Egyptian, (Tut, tut, tut, tut)They're sellin' you (King Tut)Now, when I die, Now don't think I'm a nutDon't want no fancy funeral, Just one like ole King Tut (King Tut)He coulda won a Grammy (King Tut), Buried in his Jammies(Born in Arizona, Moved to Babylonia)(He was born in Arizona), Got a condo made of stone-aKing Tut (hide spoiler)]…a Condo made of stone-a …Classic!! Anyway, I was very disappointed in this one, especially after seeing all kinds of rave poured on it from a gaggle of readers. Now, in Ms. Moran’s defense, the book is well written and I wouldn’t call it a hack job or an insult to people. There just wasn’t much “history” in this historical fiction. When I read historical fiction, I generally want a good story set amidst a nice history lesson of the period. I was really looking forward to this book because I don't have a ton of knowledge on ancient Egypt (more like a few pounds of knowledge at best). I love really good stories that immerse you into a different historical period. Examples across several genre's that I thought did a great job of this are The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (true crime) John Adams (historical biography)Dissolution(Historical Mystery) and The Alienist (detective/thriller). I was hoping for something like that...Alas, not to be found here. I did learn that Nefertiti’s sister (who narrates the story) was named Mutnodjmet so a big yippie there. However... that...is...about...it!!! So rather than a fascinating trip to ancient Egypt and the time of the pharaohs, the story was more of a YA romantical drama that felt like a LONG episode of “The Real Housewives of Thebes”...but without the really cool, spicy catfights and dirt tossing. I suppose if you go into the story looking for that, you may not be disappointed. However, I found that even on the level of a YA romance, there wasn’t a whole lot compelling about the narrative. The characters were pretty non-dimensioned and I never really cared about anyone. So even as the dramatic events begin to unfold there was almost no tension in the read. Overall, my CARE-O-METER was very low and it was a tough slog through 480 pages of "I really don't care and its taking too long." Therefore, while not horrible, I give this a rousing rating of 2.0 stars, a shrug and a MEH.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>Good Nefertiti By Michelle Moran are Books A National Bestseller Meticulously researched and richly detailed an engrossing tribute to one of the most powerful and alluring women in history Boston GlobeNefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destinedA National Bestseller Meticulously researched and richly detailed an engrossing tribute to one of the most powerful and alluring women in history Boston GlobeNefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler s heretical desire to forsake Egypt s ancient gods.From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people but fails to see that powerful priests are plotting against her husband s rule The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, yet remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game one that could cost her everything she holds dear.. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including Madame Tussaud, which was optioned for a mini series in 2011 Her books have been translated into than twenty languages.A native of southern California, Michelle attended Pomona College, then earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University During her six years as a public high school teacher, she used her summers to travel around the world, and it was her experiences as a volunteer on archaeological digs that inspired her to write historical fiction In 2012 Michelle was married in India, inspiring her seventh book, Rebel Queen, which is set in the East Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and archaeology She is also fascinated by archaeogenetics, particularly since her children s heritages are so mixed But above all these things, Michelle is passionate about reading, and can often be found with her nose in a good book A frequent traveler, she currently resides with her husband, son, and daughter in the US.. Popular Book Nefertiti Why is this book so popular? I'm quivering with rage. Nefertiti. One of Egypt's greatest queens. She must have been an extraordinary woman. Right?Well, not according to the author. In Michelle Moran's novel, Nefertiti is basically the ancient equivalent of Kim Kardashian. She was beautiful, so she must have been very shallow. According to the author, Nefertiti was a very ruthless woman who was power hungry and cared far too much about her outward appearance. It must be true! If there's one thing we know about Nefertiti- it's that she had a shitty personality. She died 3000 years ago, her tomb has never been found, nothing is recorded about her early years - so obviously we know everything there is to know about her personality. *tries to remain calm* History/movies/books don't always portray historical female leaders in a good light. They are often portrayed as one-dimensional harpies who have nothing better to do than plot the ruin of their rivals. I hate these kind of novels. Hate with a capital H. The book is written from the point of view of her boring judgmental half-sister. Of course, that ticked me off to no end. I was like 'Wait, why is it called Nefertiti?' This book has slut shaming, sister shaming, body shaming, religion shaming, pharaoh shaming (you can't shame the pharaoh, he's the pharaoh!) and every other incarnation of shaming. P.S. Many people think that Kiya was the mother of Tutankhamun. I disagree. There's some strong evidence that suggests otherwise. (just wanted to put this out there). All I wanted to do was read a good book on Ancient Egypt. *cries* I shall continue my search.

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  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including Madame Tussaud, which was optioned for a mini series in 2011 Her books have been translated into than twenty languages.A native of southern California, Michelle attended Pomona College, then earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University During her six years as a public high school teacher, she used her summers to travel around the world, and it was her experiences as a volunteer on archaeological digs that inspired her to write historical fiction In 2012 Michelle was married in India, inspiring her seventh book, Rebel Queen, which is set in the East Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and archaeology She is also fascinated by archaeogenetics, particularly since her children s heritages are so mixed But above all these things, Michelle is passionate about reading, and can often be found with her nose in a good book A frequent traveler, she currently resides with her husband, son, and daughter in the US.

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  1. Why is this book so popular I m quivering with rage Nefertiti One of Egypt s greatest queens She must have been an extraordinary woman Right Well, not according to the author In Michelle Moran s novel, Nefertiti is basically the ancient equivalent of Kim Kardashian She was beautiful, so she must have been very shallow According to the author, Nefertiti was a very ruthless woman who was power hungry and cared far too much about her outward appearance It must be true If there s one thing we know a [...]


  2. UGHPFFTHEAD SHAKE and a wind rustling SIGH about sums up my feelings for this MEHstorical bore festival For this level of detail on life in ancient Egypt, I could have stuck with By the way, for those taking a trip down Nostalgia Boulevard right now seeing Steve Martin s SNL masterpiece, I have added the lyrics in a spoiler so that those who don t care can skip over it otherwise enjoy view spoiler King TutKing Tut King Tut Now when he was a young man, He never thought he d see King Tut People st [...]


  3. Nefertiti, Michelle MoranWhen the Crown Prince of Egypt needs a wife, the beautiful, charismatic, ambitious and connected Nefertiti is his mother s first choice She quickly becomes accustomed to the opulence of her new life As Queen of the world s first great empire at the height of its power, all her dreams are realised Beguiling and wilful, Nefertiti is soon as powerful as the Pharaoh himself But when her husband breaks with a thousand years of tradition, defying the priests and the military, [...]


  4. Diana Gabaldon tagged this debut novel Compulsively readable and she s not far off the mark I m sure I won t be the first blogger to draw this comparison but this book was like The Other Boleyn Girl Egyptian style and for three main reasons Firstly, thematically For as much as this was a novel of sisters, it was a novel of rivals Moran demonstrated unflinchingly the horrible acts women are capable of commiting to gain power over one another through Nefertiti and her dealings with Kiya the Second [...]


  5. Ovako kvalitetna knjiga rijetko se nalazi Mo da je to moje mi ljenje jer sam oduvijek pokazivala zanimanje za drevnim Egiptom, a ova mi je knjiga upravo dala ono to sam i eljela Ne znam, ali sa sigurno u mogu re i da je knjiga isto savr enstvo, po meni nema praznog hoda, svaki doga aj je na svom mjestu i svaki je lik savr eno okarakteriziran.Zanimljivo je itati o stvarnim osobama koje su postojale gotovo 3000 godina unazad.Nisam imala pojma da je Nefertiti bila toliko jaka ena sve dok nisam pro [...]


  6. Remind me next time I m looking for a new book NOT to buy one that is advertised on perezhilton I should have known what I d be getting myself into This was totally a summer beach read although next time, I will wait for paperback too heavy I felt like it was just ALL dialogue ALL the time the author never went into too much detail in her description of places, people, etc this reminds me of my high school English teachers constantly telling us to show, not tell in our writing Overall, my opinio [...]


  7. This book was rather disappointing.The story of Nefertiti and Akhenaton, two of Ancient Egypt s most emblematic leaders was always one of my favorites Perhaps because of this, I had very high expectations for this book and in the end, they weren t met.According to several summaries I ve read about this book, Nefertiti tells the story of the Royal or First Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton and it s also somewhat biographic I was always a little dubius about the biographic nature of the book, as I don t s [...]


  8. I am a great fan of well done historical fiction Gabaldon, Gulland and Koen all come instantly to mind but this certainly doesn t come close to any of them In fact, I never got beyond the first 50 or 60 pages I ve had a lifelong love affair with ancient Egypt, especially the Armana period, and I ve never seen it depicted quite like this Amunhotep Ahknaten was depicted as a headstrong, foolish kid,bad enough, but where oh where did she come up with her idea of Nefertiti s character Vain, venal, p [...]


  9. This particular historical fiction book reminded me a lot of what occurred in the lives of sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn in Philippa Gregory s book, The Other Boleyn Girl, except with an Egyptian twist It s easy to picture 1351 BC from Moran s vivid descriptions and use of various Egyptian words This is Moran s version of Nefertiti s tale, told through the eyes of her younger sister, Mutnodjmet For the most part, everything that occurs regarding Nefertiti is assumed She may have been crowned Phar [...]


  10. What I found to be fascinating about this book is that compared to other periods in history i.e Tudor England, very little is known about it Michelle Moran has woven an interesting and credible tale What an amazing imagination she has This story is told in first person by Mutny, Nefertiti s younger sister As a character Nefertiti has been portrayed as a beautiful and passionate woman, who will go to any lengths to get what she wants There are many characters in this novel and I must confess I ha [...]



  11. An enjoyable historical fiction about the ambitious Nefertiti, who married the heir and future pharaoh Akhenaton Much is obscure about that period of Egypt s history, so Michelle Moran s creativity comes forth in Nefertiti as she pictures a time of political intrigue, the building of a new city, art flourishing to all end up with a spectacular downfall An interesting and absorbing historical fiction that provides a window into the sophisticated lifestyle back in 1300 B.C.


  12. 4.5Se sabe muy poco sobre la verdadera historia de Nefertiti y su familia, hay mucha especulaci n y muchas versiones diferentes, por eso el trabajo de la autora rellenando los huecos vac os me pareci muy bueno Todo lo que es parte de la ficci n tiene sentido y est enlazado de forma coherente y razonable Hace sentir que los agregados importantes perfectamente podr an haber sido as como se cuentan.El libro est narrado en primera persona pero no tiene como protagonista a Nefertiti, como esperaba qu [...]


  13. It s 1351 BCE Tuthmosis, the older brother of Amunhotep is dead and the wise men of Egypt have concluded that Amunhotep has killed his brother for power, to become the pharaoh.And as the author Michelle Moran puts itWhatever the truth, that night the crown prince, Tuthmosis, dies, and a new crown prince rose to take his place.Thus begins the story of greed, unlimited power, dirty politics and one family s journey into royalty.Nefertiti is chosen by Amunhotep s mother and her aunt as his wife and [...]


  14. The cover art lied to me The beautiful portrait on the front suggested to me that someone took a look at the real life bust of the queen revered for her beauty and finally decided to write a story about black Egyptian royalty If we re not talking about the Helenistic dynasty the line of Cleopatras and Ptolenmys I don t want to hear about them being white And even then, because of Alexander the Great s conquest of Egypt, Cleopatra came from a long line of inbred Greeks and Macedonians Yet, Moran [...]


  15. Bingo y reto de lectura Amor y Letras 2017 25 Historia mitolog a egipciaEs un libro muy adictivo, lo disfrut bastante Me agrad conocer un poco m s acerca de la cultura egipcia y m s que nada sobre Nefertiti Aunque indudablemente me conect m s con Mut Najmat Le grit al libro en incontables ocasiones tambi n me sorprendi en muchas otras.En alg n momento me sent un poco en shock por todo lo descrito, pero entiendo que el libro es inspirado en la historia, todo lo sucedido de una manera u otra sigue [...]


  16. Wow Wow Wow Why have I waited so long to read this book No need for a lengthy review I don t have anything to say that isn t already said in the thousands of reviews this book has I devoured this book in about 24 hours It was addicting.


  17. Egypt, 1351 BCE Fifteen year old Nefertiti and her thirteen year old sister, Mutnodjmet, are the daughters and only children of the Vizier Ay, brother to the Queen of Egypt, Tiye The prince of Egypt and Pharaoh s heir, Tuthmosis, is dead possibly murdered by his younger and much less liked brother, Amunhotep With no other heir, Amunhotep is made Crown Prince and Tiye goes to her brother s family for a Chief Wife for him Nefertiti Both Ay and Tiye need Nefertiti to control Amunhotep, who talks wi [...]


  18. Contrary to what some other reviewers have said, I found this to be a very poorly researched book While there is, of course, very little information available about the personalities of people who lived so long ago, there is certainly a good deal of information about this period and these people, from which one can draw some intelligent inferences about what they were like, as people And these characters simply do not fit the available historical data Nefertiti, for example, is portrayed by Mora [...]


  19. 29 A book set somewhere you ve always wanted to visit.This Was Amazing.Nunca, nunca pens que esta historia me iba a gustar TANTO Siempre me ha encantado la historia del Antiguo Egipto, y si bien este no es un libro de historia, sino un ficci n hist rica, me encant de principio a fin.Debo decir que este libro no fue lo que me esperaba, empezando porque est narrado desde el punto de vista de la hermana de Nefertiti, no de Nefertiti misma Cuenta la historia a partir de que Nefertiti se casa con el [...]



  20. I am still reeling from this delicious book Power, royalty, wealth and a sweet love story all rolled into one, this book swept me up and did not put me down until the last page of the preview to the sequel Told through the eyes of Nefertiti s younger sister, Mutnodjmet, who was the exact opposite of her but both were compelling and strong characters I couldn t help but liken Nefertiti to Anne Boleyn both driven by their families and their own ambitions for power, both used religion to seal the f [...]


  21. At first the back cover had me ready to read when I saw meticulously researched stated by the Boston Globe s review on the back I tore through it in 9 hours because it was such an easy read While the story was decent, I was rather disappointed Although her character portrayal was good, she never really made me SEE Egypt It also lacked the one thing every other meticulously researched book on ancient Egypt lacks No one ever uses the actual Kemetic names of cities or gods If it was so well researc [...]


  22. I think a better title for this novel might have been, Mutnodjmet, The Chief Wife s Sister If your able to endure the entire story, you will become well acquainted with that phrase You never get to really know Nefertiti, or what she is thinking, but you do get to witness one whiny temper tantrum after another I lost count how many times Mutnodjmet had to break down and cry.Strangely Pharaoh s court seems to lack physicians until 13 year old Mutnodjmet arrives with her knowledge of healing herbs [...]


  23. While I love anything about ancient Egypt, this book was quite a disappointment to me I have read a number of books about ancient Egypt that seemed to have been a little researched and that were better written It seemed that this story was set in the modern day, rather than in the past.While the plot of the story was interesting, a lot of the characters became annoying than anything as the story went on I became less and less interested in Nefertiti s struggle to cope with her eccentric husban [...]


  24. Borrowed this from my lovely friend Pam So this story follows Nefretiti and her family as she is wed to the Pharoah With the looming threat of war just beyond the boarders and a leader who is going against everything the people of Egypt believe in makes it difficult to keep your family safe Incredibly descriptive and beautifully laced with accurate historic facts This book stands out in a crowd for sure The only issue I had was getting use to the slow pacing of this book It s historical fiction, [...]


  25. Yuck yuck yuck Sorry, I must not be in line with the New York best seller s list s standards This was poorly written, the characters weren t believable, and the main character was especially catty and 13 year oldish Disney showish What a very tedious book to get through I kept reading, hoping it would redeem itself I d never read an Egyptian novel and really wanted to enjoy it , but boy oh boy did it ever flop I m definitely avoiding Moran s writing from hear on out There are just too many other [...]




  26. Michelle Moran is no Philippa Gregory Her book seems to reach for it, bringing the idea of a historical and controversial queen to the readers intimacy with the relationship she has with her sister I will give her credit for the research involved which was probably a lot harder to procure than Tudor knowledge but then again, it warrants that half of what I am reading might be made up In fact, reading through a historical account of Nefertiti after completion of the book has left me wondering whe [...]


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