Fitz recommends Remarkable Creatures. I love learning about remarkable women in history.
#MakeMeReadIt I'm really tired of HF novels about women involved in science at a time period that it is unheard of to be reduced to a story about a man. The first third is slow character building and some fossils. The second third of this novel is entirely about the two women being jealous about a man. The last third tries to go back to fossils but feels off after all the man obsession. Authors please stop diminishing incredible women.
After all the votes came in for #MakeMeReadIt, I decided to read the top six. I've read the first two and have begun the third. However, I finished an audiobook and decided to start the sixth selection as I don't have the others in AB form. I'll be reading the others, just obviously out of order. #sorrynotsorry 😏
Also, I hated the other book I've read of this author so that doesn't bode well. 🤷♀️
#freakyfriday What fun! This was like a Kopp sisters book (Girl Waits with Gun, etc.) but with fossils. Lots of strong, spunky, intelligent female characters. I looked up so many animals I didn't know anything about. And I learned about an awesome historical figure, Mary Anning.
This is a lovely atmospheric little novel about real people in the 19th century. Mary Anning a working class girl with an eye for finding fossils and Elizabeth Philpott a gentle lady spinster. They are true forgotten discoverers of some famous fossils in museums today. I read this a little too fast I think and some of the magic in it was lost to me. Not quite as emotionally gripping as The Girl with the Pearl Earring but still very good.
I‘ve spent a snowed-in day reading this amazing story about a woman who discovered fossils of "creatures" leading to an understanding of extinction and a questioning of religious and scientific concepts. At this time in the early 19th century, women weren‘t acknowledged as able to understand let alone significantly contribute to scientific discourse. It is also a lovely story about female friendship and how immeasurably affirming it can be?
I loved this fictionalized story of Mary Anning, a 19th century amateur palaeontologist whose discoveries of Jurassic era fossils at Lyme Regis changed our understanding of the history of the planet. She was 12 years old when she made her first discovery! Dinosaurs!
A five star read for me!
One of the many creatures uncovered by the remarkable Mary Anning which is on display at the Natural History Museum in London.
Remarkable Creatures, by the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, is a fictional account of Mary Anning's life. I read and enjoyed this book a few years ago, and was delighted to see this specimen today in London.
This fascinating story looks at the life & discoveries of Mary Anning and her friendship with fellow fossil hunter Elizabeth Philpot. Equal parts celebration of strength and determination of independent women and frustration with lack of acceptance and recognition by the scientific community. I listened to the audio book & was initially put off by Mary's voice but as I became more engaged realized it was fitting for the story.
A quick read, this was an interesting view into the early years of the discovery of dinosaurs, and the contribution of two British women. I'm not big on fossils etc. so I can't speak to the scientific accuracy, but it was a good story. Not a rave, but better than so-so. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterR
It's a leisurely read, but I appreciated the history and science. It was the perfect bath read as I got lost in the slow, quiet coastal town of Lyme. Then I found out that the novel is based on two real women who were mentioned in 19th-century geology and fossil records. It's a part of women's history we don't often get!
While visiting the Natural History Museum in London, I was pleasantly surprised to see exhibits highlighting the findings of Mary Anning. It just so happens that this is the very book I'd brought along for the train journey! Serendipity indeed.
This was a wonderful and smooth read. All in undertones and shades of grey. Two strong women trying to survive in the early 19th century. Standing tall when they had very little ground to stand on. Being an old maid doesn't make any difference if you are from the upper classes or the working classes, you have no freedom, no status. This is the story of two amazing women, Elizabeth Philpot and Mary Anning both venturing where few men even dared.
The true story of two female fossil scientists at the start of the 19th century...already hooked... another gem by Tracy Chevalier #historicalfiction #tracychevalier #remarkablecreatures #currentlyreading
I liked this book way more than I expected to! I am a biology teacher, so all of the philosophical angst from the early days of fossil studies appealed to me. The only downside, for me, was that I felt like Miss Philpot took over the story a little - it was alternating chapters, but I wanted the chapters from Mary to be longer.
I loved The Last Runaway but this was disappointing. Working class Mary and spinster Elizabeth look for fossils in Lyme. It's the story of their friendship with comment on the conventions of the day regarding the role of women and the emergence of new beliefs regarding creation. I liked the characters and insight into history, but it was really slow. I probably would've bailed if it weren't based on real events. ⭐️⭐️⭐️