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  • Title: Nobody's Princess
  • Author: Esther M. Friesner
  • ISBN: 9780375849848
  • Page: 324
  • Format: ebook

  • She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for out of life Not one to count on the gods or her looks to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies such as the self proclaimed son of ZeuShe is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for out of life Not one to count on the gods or her looks to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies such as the self proclaimed son of Zeus Theseus but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.In Nobody s Princess, author Esther Friesner deftly weaves together history and myth as she takes a new look at the girl who will become Helen of Troy The resulting story offers up adventure, humor, and a fresh and engaging heroine you cannot help but root for.From the Hardcover edition.
    Esther M. Friesner
    Esther M Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A s in both Spanish and Drama She went to on to Yale University within five years she was awarded an M.A and Ph.D in Spanish She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full time author of fantasy and science fiction She has published twenty seven novels so far her most recent titles include Temping Fate from Penguin Puffin and Nobody s Princess from Random House.Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Asimov s, Fantasy Science Fiction, Aboriginal SF, Pulphouse Magazine, Amazing, and Fantasy Book, as well as in numerous anthologies Her story, Love s Eldritch Ichor, was featured in the 1990 World Fantasy Convention book.Her first stint as an anthology editor was Alien Pregnant By Elvis, a collection of truly gonzo original tabloid SF for DAW books Wisely, she undertook this project with the able collaboration of Martin H Greenberg Not having learned their lesson, they have also co edited the Chicks In Chainmail comedy anthology series for Baen Books, as well as Blood Muse, an anthology of vampire stories for Donald I Fine, Inc Ask Auntie Esther was her regular etiquette and advice column to the SFlorn in Pulphouse Magazine Being paid for telling other people how to run their lives sounds like a pretty good deal to her.Ms Friesner won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story of 1995 for her work, Death and the Librarian, and the Nebula for Best Short Story of 1996 for A Birth Day A Birth Day was also a 1996 Hugo Award finalist Her novelette, Jesus at the Bat was on the final Nebula ballot in the same year that Death and the Librarian won the award In addition, she has won the Romantic Times award for Best New Fantasy Writer in 1986 and the Skylark Award in 1994 Her short story, All Vows, took second place in the Asimov s SF Magazine Readers Poll for 1993 and was a finalist for the Nebula in 1994 Her Star Trek Deep Space Nine novel, Warchild, made the USA TODAY bestseller list.She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, two rambunctious cats, and a fluctuating population of hamsters.


    Commentaires:

    Rachel
    I have to say, this book did not work for me at all. It's a retelling of the story of Helen of ancient Greece. Somehow the modern voice applied to her narration just made the story feel totally shallow. "Like, oh my heck, it's the Oracle of Apollo!" Okay, it wasn't that bad, but the modern language took away the credibility of the story for me. Another problem was that the character's "voice" didn't change to adjust for her age at all. She spoke the same way at 6, at 10 and at 14. Again, hard to [...]

    Slumbering Rose
    The description says you'll find yourself rooting for Helen. I beg to disagree. I felt just the opposite. Helen is a spoiled, stubborn, selfish, impulsive, immature, bratty child. She is inconform with everything. She gets her way with everything. She is smarter, slyer, and altogether better than everyone else at everything by the ripe old age of fourteen (she is actually much younger throughout the first half of the book, yet that doesn't impair her knowledge or skills at all). The other charac [...]

    Kit
    eh, more crappy ya novels. seriously, what is up with that? ya novels tend to be better than just slapping random words together, right? there is a most definite lack of direction in this, and the characters lack depth, but fine, again, ya novel. is it possible to stop introducing such immature characters and trying to make them pass for mature? just a thought. that doesn't sound unreasonable, right?another point is, of course, that nothing really happens throughout the course of this book. and [...]

    Elizabeth
    Do you like heroines who are strong, independent, and self-sufficient? You may want to meet Helen. She's not your average princess. Sure, her mother and father are king and queen of Sparta. And sure, she may grow up to be "Helen of Troy." But Helen is a young firecracker of a character. She is not going to stand around learning how to do needlework while her two brothers, Castor and Polydeuces, get to have all the fun of learning to ride and hunt. She's not going to miss out on all the fun of le [...]

    Lesley
    I don't know what's wrong with me. I want to like the books I read and yet I'm constantly disappointed. Then I read the reviews and other people did like them. So I think the problem is me. I can definitely see recommending this book to fans of re-told Greek myths, especially ones featuring strong heroines. But here's what I wanted: If it's supposed to be historical fiction, I wanted to know more about what it would have been like to be Helen of Sparta (before she became Helen of Troy) if she we [...]

    Sella Malin
    This book was pretty goodSome parts were exciting, while others were kind of boring. I thought the idea was pretty interesting, since I love Greek mythology, and I'm fascinated with the legend of Helen and TroyIt was cool to see this author's view on Helen's childhood, though it wasn't written that well. There were only a few things that bothered me. The author italicizes words way too often, about ten times every page, and so that was quite frustrating. Also, the author had a tendency to go off [...]

    Jessica
    A fascinating look at not just the childhood of Helen of Troy, but of the era in which she lived. The historical notes at the back of the book talk about how Helen would have lived not in Greece's Golden Age, when Homer was writing the Iliad, but centuries before in the Bronze Age. It put a whole new spin on the story: reading and writing were nonexistent, as was money, and the women of Sparta really would have been huntresses in their own right. Very intriguing! My only complaint is that there [...]

    JoselynMoreno Burke
    I loved it so much, to tell a story like that was so cool and I found myself devouring the book in a couple of days.The fact that I love greece and sparta to begin with was a plus to this book, I was rapidly immerse on all the mythology and names and cities.I can't wait enough for the second book to see how this all will end or start and I thinks this series is one I would grow to love.One of the things I really liked was that Helen was no damsel in distress, she is a strong female that wants ev [...]

    Althea Ann
    An historical novel about Helen of Sparta (before she grew up and became Helen of Troy)? Sounded compelling to me! Especially because Sparta is such a fascinating, complex and often-problematic culture.Unfortunately, I got the impression from this book that it was written as a generic Western-princess-fairytale, the publisher thought it was too bland, and encouraged the author to put a Grecian gloss over the thing. It's still generic and bland - and at no point does it feel like it takes place i [...]

    Merphy Napier
    I don't have a lot of thoughts on this one. I really like Hellen a lot and enjoyed following her throughout the story. I also loved a lot of the side characters and the characters were really what kept me going. But the plot was kind of a mess. It felt like we were jumping from one thing to another and they were barely connected. I mean, she was needing to escape a neighboring Kingdom because she thought she was going to be forced into a marriage, then there was a wild boar hunt, then another th [...]

    Asghar Abbas
    Don't judge me. I can still feel you judging me with your judgy little eyes, hehe. After seeing Manu Bennett in the ill fitting Shannara Chronicles, I was missing the sublime Spartacus. I noticed that this book was published in 2007 and that reminded me of 300 a silly but fun movie. So I succumbed and picked this novel up. Nostalgia would kill you, so put down that pipe. While not quite the adventurous fun ride it was pretending to be, I did enjoy and even liked some aspects of it. Plus MC train [...]

    Cecilia
    What a lovely retelling, and this is just the beginning of Helen's story! In the original myth, you do not hear a lot about Helen - only that she is the most beautiful woman in the world. Indeed, she is forever remembered as Helen of Troy. Even I did not remember that she came from Sparta. The most beautiful woman came from Sparta? How interesting! I am glad Esther Friesner decided to investigate further into Helen before she became "of Troy."What I really enjoyed about Nobody's Princess is the [...]

    Gracie Twidale
    Okay, so this book At first I can't really say I hated it But then I read on. The style of writing was very childish and annoying. I don't know what I expected really, the blurb on the back wasn't amazing either. What really drew me in was the fact that it was about the Greek gods and the was set in the time of Helen of Troy (or Sparta). The story line was very bland and had no high-point or plot twists. She had no love interest and it started off from too young of age. Overall, I might read the [...]

    Rachel
    This book is crap. It's about a little girl who crossdresses and goes on adventures!!! I mean, what the heck was the author thinking when she wrote this?!?! And even if ur into little crossdressing female adventurers, this book is a waste of life. It has no substance and is more work to read than it's worth. Dear Author, please stop causing innocent readers to waste money and time!Warning: DON'T READ!! Even if someone has a gun to your head ordering you to read it, it's better to die than waste [...]

    Kristi
    I enjoyed Friesner’s rendition on the story of Helen’s youth. I really liked getting to know more about the ancient Greeks and their customs. The plot flows well and is interesting throughout the entire story. I can’t wait to read more about Helen’s character and her adventures in Nobody’s Prize. If you enjoy historical fiction or mythology, I think you would enjoy this book!

    Victoria Kennedy
    Originally published on My Books Are MeI stumbled upon this book by chance, and I'm so glad I did! As someone who has been studying history for several years, and currently majoring in history at University, this book appealed to me a lot, especially since I already had some idea of what ancient Sparta was like. Granted, I haven't studied Helen of Troy or much of the mythology in the book that closely, but it was easy to pick up on the story and imagine the place and time which Helen was living. [...]

    TL
    This was a light, enjoyable read it was fun to read about Helen as a child and her determination to choose her own path. I loved seeing her stand up for her brothers, herself, and her friends.Atalanta I adored, wish she had had a bigger part in the novel,She was very interesting. She would make a fine queen if she chose to marry someone (I can see her rolling her eyes and glaring at me for that hehe). Love seeing a warrior woman in this, though I wanted to smack certain men's faces sometimes for [...]

    Penwiper
    At first, this book was fairly promising. The prose was adequate, and the idea was good. Okay, girls who show their spunky grrrl-itude by learning "manly" arts and rejecting "womanly" ones make me twitch, but in this case it was at least done well enough that I could tolerate it and go on with the story. Unfortunately, the story just simply didn't go anywhere. It was odd, because there were a lot of potential places where the plot could have taken off, but as soon as anything started building up [...]

    Julia
    Nobody's Princess. The title says it all-- what it's supposed to be. A girl who kicks some Ancient Greece butt, right?? WRONG! I came into this book thinking that it was about a girl warrior who prefers being a warrior to a princess. Hmm kind of a false guess, I suppose. The author could've AT LEAST had Helen be the best fighter ever, kicking the butts of all those tough Spartan warriors. NO!! Helen seemed to be a character who just kind of wanted to become a warrior and trained with her brother [...]

    Paradoxical
    Nobody's Princess is a cute story. Shallow, a wandering plot, meh-ish characterization it's still cute. That's pretty much all you can say about it. Helen is an interesting character as she grows up, but she comes off rather selfish (which isn't all that bad), and she always gets her way. All of the female characters are rather strong, which isn't a bad thing to see, but it was rather hm. Like instead of being equal with men, they're written as better, only with added bonus of the men beating th [...]

    Lucille
    This is the story of Helen of Sparta before she became Helen of Troy. It had potential to be really interesting, to imagine what the woman with a face that launched a thousand ships was like when she was a girl. But it all just fell flat for me- the characters, the plot, the writing, everything. I think that one problem was that things were too rushed. It was a fairly short book and I don't think that enough time and attention were spent on the various places that Helen travelled, the things she [...]

    Nina ✿ Looseleaf Reviews ✿
    This review also appears on:It's books like this that I can never believe are actually published. The premise is a retelling of the story of Helen of Troy as a young teen. I understand, Helen of Troy was gorgeous and everyone loved her, but this was played up to a sickening degree in the book. Everything went right for her and there was hardly any conflict. It felt as if whenever she was in trouble, she just had to show her pretty face and everyone would dive to her aid.The narration was also ve [...]

    Amy
    i actually give it 1.5 stars. it was just kinda boring & there wasn't really a point. or i missed it. the only thing i can think ofd i'm reaching that the journey is more important than the goal and her character is what will bring her to her ultimate place in life. but it's a book and a book requires a plot not just a character. so this book is kinda junk. and what is more annoying is that there is a book 2 and i probably have to read it b/c i want to know what happens even though in the en [...]

    Kristy
    3 stars might be generous on this one. I'm thinking that the books will get progressively better each time (next book is "Nobody's Prize). This one started off slow and slightly boringbut as the end approached it got more and more exciting.I'm on the fence for this one, I don't know if I liked it or not.However, I liked it enough to read the next book, take it how you will.

    Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    I thought it was pretty good; not amazing, but good. I thought it had a cool plot, how all the greek history and legends were tied in. I luv greek mythology, so I liked that! One thing that annoyed me though was that the author has this annoying habit of writing every other word in italics!!! That kind of got on my nerves but other than that, a good book over all.

    Elizabeth Tammi
    Long before the infamous Trojan War, there was a young girl named Helen. Before she tore the Greek world in half, before she reigned as Sparta’s queen, she was a small child who loved her family and hated the loom. Nobody’s Princess explores the life and times of one of mythology’s most famous women– and one who never got to tell her side of the story. Beginning in Helen’s youth, the events that lead up to the war unfold.Ever since I studied abroad in Athens, Greece this summer, I’ve [...]

    Nelly Alikyan
    There was no plot to this, literally just different interactions amongst different days of her life.

    Sam :)
    Rating: 3 starsFull review to come!

    Karissa
    The premise of this story sounded wonderful. A strong Spartan princess who wants more than just to be a princess, she wants adventure and will buck traditions to get it. I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately the book wasn't as astounding as I had hoped; the writing is simplistic, the characters two-dimensional and it just wasn't the exciting book I had hoped for.Helen is the beautiful and oldest daughter of the Spartan king. She will be Queen when her father passes away. Helen begins to [...]

    Janice Liu
    CHARACTERS:FATHER-king of SpartaMOTHER-queen of Sparta.(for some reason queens are better than kings in this book)CLYTEMNESTRA-her twin, is younger.Is very different from her sister because she is more girl like. Clytemnestra likes to weave and do girl stuffSTOR and POLYDEUCES-twin brothersIONE-babysitterGLAUCUS-teacher of Helen and her brothersMILO-slave but was freed by HelenEUNIKE-can have visions from ApolloATALANTA-boyish like Helen. Teaches her how to ride a horse.Setting:Something like Od [...]

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