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Mary Gentle

Author of Grunts!

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Includes the names: Mary Gentle, Mary Gentel, Roxanne Morgan

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Works by Mary Gentle

Grunts! (1992) 802 copies
Golden Witchbreed (1983) 756 copies
Ash: A Secret History (1999) 699 copies
1610: A Sundial In A Grave (2003) — Author — 588 copies
Rats and Gargoyles (1990) 551 copies
Ancient Light (1987) 394 copies
Worlds That Weren't (2002) — Contributor — 306 copies
The Architecture of Desire (1991) 249 copies
White Crow (2003) 169 copies
A Hawk in Silver (1977) 162 copies
The Black Opera (2012) 157 copies
Cartomancy (2004) 154 copies
The Lion's Eye (2006) 132 copies
Scholars and Soldiers (1989) 111 copies
The Stone Golem (2006) 81 copies
Villains!: Book 1 (1992) — Editor — 62 copies
The Weerde Book 1: A Shared World Anthology (1992) — Editor — 51 copies
The Weerde Book 2: The Book of the Ancients (1993) — Editor — 31 copies
Under the Penitence (2004) 20 copies
Human Waste 5 copies
Who Dares Sins (X Libris) (1995) 5 copies
1610: Söhne der Zeit (2006) 4 copies
Degrees of Desire (2001) 3 copies
Black Motley (1990) 3 copies
Game of Masks (1999) 2 copies
Dares (X Libris) (1995) 2 copies
The Knot Garden (1989) 2 copies
Erotica Omnibus Four (1998) — Author — 2 copies
Orc's Drift 1 copy
Kitsune 1 copy
Moon at Midday (1989) 1 copy

Associated Works

Steampunk (2008) — Contributor — 826 copies
The 1984 Annual World's Best SF (1984) — Author — 231 copies
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Contributor — 166 copies
The Best of Interzone (1997) — Contributor — 99 copies
Temps (1991) — Contributor — 98 copies
Warrior Women (2015) — Contributor — 91 copies
More Tales from the "Forbidden Planet" (1990) — Contributor — 49 copies
Peter Davison's Book of Alien Planets (1983) — Contributor — 31 copies
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contributor — 25 copies
Tales from the Vatican Vaults: 28 Extraordinary Stories (2015) — Contributor — 15 copies
Isaac Asimov's tomorrow's voices (1984) — Contributor — 14 copies
Infinity Plus One (2001) — Contributor — 11 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Gentle, Mary Rosalyn
Other names
Morgan, Roxanne (pseudonym)
Birthdate
1956-03-29
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Eastbourne, Sussex, England, UK
Places of residence
Sussex, England, UK
Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Education
University of Bournemouth (BA ∙ Combined Studies: Politics/English/Geography)
Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA ∙ Seventeenth Century Studies)
King's College, London (1995)
Awards and honors
Guest of Honour, Eastercon, UK (2003)
Short biography
From SFSite.com: Mary Gentle left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs such as a cinema projectionist, a warehouse clerk at a wholesale booksellers, a cook in an old folk's home, a valuation officer for the Inland Revenue, and a voluntary Meals-on-Wheels driver before finally becoming a self-employed writer in 1979.

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These stories yank you into the dark alleys of unsavory cities, mug you and only occasionally leave you fit to walk away. There are a couple which should be labeled "Dead dove don't eat!"
 
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quondame | 5 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
I liked it enough to finish it, but it was a bit laborious to read. I liked the world and the discoveries, but it was too descriptive for me. Ok, we´re on an alien world, so I´m ok with some descriptions of what is different, but I don´t want to know what every single plant and animal looks like, most certainly not if you´re then going to move to a different part of the world where everything looks different again. I felt a bit the same about the storyline; did she really have to be accused of murder and hunted across country twice?
I did like the relationships, the way the natives were different and the history of the world.
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zjakkelien | 12 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
This is quite a blend of historical fiction with touches of fantasy and eroticism with some scenes that may shock some readers; a love story with duels and plenty of political intrigue and conspiracies. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re reading a gay romance to begin with, but then the book takes a turn. That’s not to say it’s an easy read. Often I get through 100 pages a day, even when it’s a complex plot, but found I needed to take my time with this. This mostly gripped me, but there was a sense of wondering whether I’d ever finish, although it’s hard to say why. I’ve read books more involved than this, but some scenes felt needlessly long. I can’t help feeling I’m doing the book a disservice by saying some pages flashed by, others were a slow amble, and the tone of the book changed throughout, which also threw me. The author is meticulous, maybe overly so, but I found sticking with this worthwhile. A story that begins in France with the arrangement of an assassination moves on across the world.… (more)
 
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SharonMariaBidwell | 21 other reviews | Dec 5, 2023 |
This is a difficult book to review. It is an alternative history in which, among other things, a coup is staged against James I/VI by a Doctor Robert Fludd, an astrologer who can predict the future using a complex mathematical theory. The said Doctor has calculated that a comet is due to destroy Earth in the 22nd century, but if he can pull off the assassination of James I/VI, a society will arise capable of producing technology to avert the comet. Hmm.... didn't find that at all believable.

The story is told from the viewpoint of a character who apparently did exist though was undoubtedly nothing like the way he is portrayed here. Valentin de Rochefort as I'll call him for short (his actual name is much longer) is a duellist, spy and sometime assassin working for the Duc de Sully, a chief minister of King Henri of France. Rochefort is blackmailed into helping to assassinate the king, as the party concerned has arranged to kill his master if he doesn't comply. He tries to bungle it, but the attempt succeeds in spite of him, and he has to flee France, forced to accept the company of a young duellist, Dariole, who has a thing about humiliating Rochefort which soon turns sexual. On the coast they rescue a shipwrecked Japanese military man who was part of an ambassador's entourage to James I/VI. He is the sole survivor and feels duty-bound to continue the mission. So all three go to England and try to arrange to see King James. Before long, Fludd forces them into trying to bring about his design and some very unlikely happenings occur involving actors, cross dressing, a masque staged in a cave, a nun who turns out to be a colleague of Fludd's, and other peculiar people and events.

I note the synopsis on Goodreads for this particular edition has two major spoilers: annoyingly, I couldn't help seeing them when adding the book to my shelf. Funnily enough, the second one, concerning Rochefort's sister, isn't true at all. Anyway, the first is a true spoiler but is revealed after about 100 pages so it wasn't a major issue when reading the rest of this long book. What was a major issue, however, was the character of Dariole who I found a right royal pain. I didn't appreciate the whole sado-masochistic nature of her relationship with Rochefort. Although it eventually is supposed to be a 'game' for them, at one point she savagely beats him. In fact, there is a lot of violence in this book, graphically described, but that's partly due to the subject matter - sword fights etc. It is well written but the main premise lacks conviction for me and I didn't like Dariole so I can only rate it 2 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 21 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |

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