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Offline Ally Kumari

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #465 on: September 05, 2016, 11:15:33 AM »
I finished this book last night and tried to gather my thoughts throughout the day. First of all let me say I am not generally fond of historical fiction build around real people - especially those I know a lot about. I understand there is the "writer´s licence", but any innacuracy usually drags me the wrong way. Furthermore after reading the awful Tsarina´s Daughter by Carolly Erickson I was put off any OTMA fiction for a long long time. If I didn´t know Sarushka mastered the knowledge (meaning if the book was by some other author), I would probably never have picked it up.

When I finally opened the book, it hooked me immediatelly, from the first sentence. It felt very "young adult" at first, which makes sense given the Grand Duchesses talk about their lives and feelings, and quite a simple, light read, but as the book progressed and the inevitable conclusion came nearer and nearer I found myself putting the book down often - I became so invested in the narrative that it made me physically sick just to know what was coming. Each of the girls seemed very distinct individual, yet at the same time the author captured the close bond between the sisters.

My only criticism is not even a criticism, more like wondering. There are lot of well-known (to a Romanov enthusiast) anecdotes mentioned and woven into the story, and of course quite a few names of Imperial entourage mentioned. I felt that had I not been familiar with those before-hand, I would have been lost in them. I wonder whether that wouldn´t put any "uninitiated" read off (which would be a real pity).

All in all the book exceeded my expectations and I am going to reccomend it to others from now on. I might even give a chance to other Romanov fiction books, though I doubt they will be as carefully and truthfully executed.

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #466 on: September 07, 2016, 07:02:42 AM »
Sarah wrote a great book here, didn't she  :)
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« Reply #467 on: March 07, 2019, 05:24:41 AM »
I really enjoyed this one, I think along with Azar's book this is the best of OTMA works.
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #468 on: June 11, 2019, 07:47:49 AM »
I got hold of a copy and read it good OTMA fiction. I do have some errata:
"Pearl Handled Pistol" on pages 134 and 306 I don't think so Olga's pistol would not have had them. I would say there would be few pearl handled pistols in Europe at this time. Even in the US a pearl handled pistol would be in the hands of pimps or tin horn gamblers.

Motor in Tobolsk I don't think there were any at this time when the IF arrived page 159

Wrist watches page 370 I don't think the IF or any of the people still with them would of had one in the house of Special Purpose. Pocket Watches yes see LDR. Note wearing a wrist watch did not become popular until WW I.

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #469 on: June 11, 2019, 11:03:35 AM »
I got hold of a copy and read it good OTMA fiction. I do have some errata:
"Pearl Handled Pistol" on pages 134 and 306 I don't think so Olga's pistol would not have had them. I would say there would be few pearl handled pistols in Europe at this time. Even in the US a pearl handled pistol would be in the hands of pimps or tin horn gamblers.

Motor in Tobolsk I don't think there were any at this time when the IF arrived page 159

Wrist watches page 370 I don't think the IF or any of the people still with them would of had one in the house of Special Purpose. Pocket Watches yes see LDR. Note wearing a wrist watch did not become popular until WW I.

I hope this is of some use

Yes to the first two, but OTMA did own wrist watches. You can see them in some photos of them, so unless they were encrusted with jewels I doubt they would have been taken at the House of Special Purpose when Yurovsky went around and took any valuables they had that they didn't own. But honestly, they'll all minor mistakes. Nothing serious.
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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #470 on: June 19, 2019, 09:53:15 AM »
On wrist watches it is hard to tell if OTMA are wearing them since they wore long sleeves and wore gold bracelets. They killers would have taken their watches when they striped their bodies since watches were valuable in Russia at this time since the country had fallen into chaos.

You also mention antibiotics in the book. I don't think they were invented until after WW I see Reinhard Heydrich wiki bio which mentions anti batrical drugs that were invented post WW I

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Re: THE LOST CROWN - A New Novel by Sarah Miller.
« Reply #471 on: June 28, 2019, 08:33:46 AM »
Stealing wrist watches I understand was common by Soviet soldiers in WW II. Allied POWs liberated by them sometimes even had their wrist watches stolen by them.