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The Tin Princess

By Philip Pullman

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| Mass Market Paperback | 9780679876151

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Days after she witnesses a mysterious explosion in 19th-century London, 16-year-old Becky Winter is on her way to a small country In Central Europe, as a companion to Adelaide, a Cockney commoner who'd rather play board games than be a princess. But Continue

Days after she witnesses a mysterious explosion in 19th-century London, 16-year-old Becky Winter is on her way to a small country In Central Europe, as a companion to Adelaide, a Cockney commoner who'd rather play board games than be a princess. But after an assassination makes Adelaide ruler of Razkavia, she rises to the occasion and her new station, gleefully playing international politics with the help of Becky and Jim Taylor, a dashing young detective.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Avvincente, perfettamente strutturato e ambientato, scritto benissimo, ma... ho sentito troppo la mancanza di Sally!

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    Tess the vampire said on Jul 17, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    想不到作者居然用卡門的結局做為本書的結局...

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    Irene Fischer said on Dec 30, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    呵呵,突然在草稿堆找到,原來這本書我心得一直沒寫完阿!

    首先真要佩服一下,原先我一直覺得既然這是四部曲,那們不是有同一批主角的連貫故事,就是有某種主軸。

    結果都不是,前三部還可以勉強說是莉莎的故事,但到了第三不,主角跟本就換人啦!

    故事描述一個歐洲小國(虛構的),在列強環肆之下如何掙扎生存的故事。

    其實以前的歐洲到真的是一堆小國,隨便一個小山谷,有座小城堡,然後裡面就有王子與公主了,不過漸漸的,我們叫得出名字的也就只剩那幾個大的,但就算如此,現在歐洲也還是有像盧森堡這樣的迷你國家啊! ...(continue)

    呵呵,突然在草稿堆找到,原來這本書我心得一直沒寫完阿!

    首先真要佩服一下,原先我一直覺得既然這是四部曲,那們不是有同一批主角的連貫故事,就是有某種主軸。

    結果都不是,前三部還可以勉強說是莉莎的故事,但到了第三不,主角跟本就換人啦!

    故事描述一個歐洲小國(虛構的),在列強環肆之下如何掙扎生存的故事。

    其實以前的歐洲到真的是一堆小國,隨便一個小山谷,有座小城堡,然後裡面就有王子與公主了,不過漸漸的,我們叫得出名字的也就只剩那幾個大的,但就算如此,現在歐洲也還是有像盧森堡這樣的迷你國家啊!

    但這些國家當年是如何稱過歷次歐戰與世界大戰的呢?

    當然,這並非本書主軸,而是本書背景,但也同時牽連了書中人物的一切。

    不想當國王的王儲住在英國,卻被告知國王駕崩,而他的繼承順位居然又是第一個,只好硬著頭皮回去,而且還帶著未公開的王妃。

    這下麻煩大了,王室婚姻大多是政治婚姻,結果新王妃的背景連中產階級都稱不上,甚至根本不識字,該如何是好?

    於是,家教被找來,要實施密集教育,所以王妃有著天生的高貴情操,所以很快進入狀況。

    不過,依照慣例,當然有陰謀產生,而且還是兩個大國在競爭,目的是支配該國以及其礦產。

    最簡單的當然是讓國王,甚至整個王室消失,然後名正言順接收。再不然至少也要弄個傀儡政權,比方說中國操控馬英九這樣。

    於是換保鏢登場。

    本書故事節奏依然保持了前三部的明快基調,而且陰謀牽連極廣,看了很擔心啊!尤其這群臨時湊起來的家教與保鏢集團,有沒有內賊?又為何如此忠心耿耿?人能為了從沒過的祖國奮鬥到哪種地步?為了愛,哪怕會死也要成為一個稱職的王妃(不會榮華富貴啊!)。

    總之情緒張力是很夠的,尤其到了最後,熟悉的莉莎終於出現,新時代的象徵來了,正想歡呼而已,仔細想想,小國後來命運如何?又能慶祝多久?

    說真的,故事並沒給人「完結」的感受,但也許正因如此,反而讓人忍不住要多設想一下結局會如何啊!不過,歷史哪有結局可言呢?

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    momoge said on Sep 3, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Azione ed intrigo mescolati ad un pizzico di mistero... Sono quei romanzi dal fascino un po' retrò in cui l'A. dà il meglio di sé. Carino.

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    Paolo Gibellini said on Aug 13, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Niente di speciale... Sally Lockhart non la batte nessuno!!!

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    Miss Giles said on Apr 16, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    could have done ok without...

    I haven't enjoyed this book as much as the third chapter of the saga, "The tiger in the well".
    This one, which is a sort of spin off of the other three books, is a bit more rushed, the story doesn't seem to develop well. The middle part is a bit bori ...(continue)

    I haven't enjoyed this book as much as the third chapter of the saga, "The tiger in the well".
    This one, which is a sort of spin off of the other three books, is a bit more rushed, the story doesn't seem to develop well. The middle part is a bit boring as well, but the ending is page turning, breath gripping. Overall, three stars are earned.

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    Viollka said on Feb 6, 2012 | Add your feedback

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