I came across this website for fledgling authors and on this website was somebody's else's take on Harkey's book...
http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Magdalene-L ... en-McGowan
now, for the sake of comparison, which person, The Dutchman or M T Graves gets to the heart of the matter as to how to navigate one's way thru Harkey's book?
Here are 2 responses to the hubpages article...
M T Graves says:
20 hours ago
I am experiencing extreme difficulty plowing thru her book. The abrupt scene changes, the not so well thought out logic transitions one expects to find in a plotline. The dialog comes across more appropriate for politicians used to quoting 'sound bites'. The steady stream of happenstances is tiresome after the first 50 pages and I still have 400 pages to go.
The lack of appropriate descriptive phrasing to set a scene is readily apparent. After these 1st 50 pages I get the feeling of reading some giddy teeny-bop instead of a supposedly mature, experienced author. The lack of atmosphere to convey what ever message Ms Harkey-Smith intended a reader to get is another disappointment after one gets past the pre-publication hype.
The promotional folks at Simon + Schuster are definitely more adept at getting folks' attention than Ms Harkey-Smith is able to deliver. I find the use-abuse of such a so-so theme of ... I am the Czars lost daughter kind of thing getting recycled to be I am the 92nd generational descendant, I think, 'cuz I can't prove it, even tho' Ancestry.com says on their website anybody can buy this pedigree, kind of thing of being a descendant of Jesus + Magdalene.
This would have made all of those preceding 91 generations, if one goes by the way logic works, they are 'demi god-lets' 'cuz they have this inherited DNA of some sort to lay claim to. The problem is, Brian Sykes, the leading DNA researcher in the world has never detected this unique, 1 of a kind separate DNA. He found 7 Daughters of Eve and her 35 related sub-groupings, but he has yet to announce he isolated this unique Magdalen-Jesus bloodline DNA.
I wonder when or how Ms Harkey-Smith is going to be able to demonstrate to the world that her DNA and nobody else on the planet has this unique DNA, otherwise she just wrote another copycat-like book Dan Brown did of some themes in HBHG.
Its this ho-hum, I wonder what kind of slick wrinkle separates Ms Harkey-Smith's book from all of the other books of this genre. To quote a line from a Shania Twain song...'that don't impress me much'...
Or, to put an Irish flair to it, this quote from a U2 song... 'I still haven't found what I am looking for'...
The Lost Dutchman says:
4 hours ago
Dear Mr M T Graves or whatever your name is,
I first wanted to deny your comment above, but - as you can see and although I don't agree with it - I have approved it. The reason why I didn't delete it, is that you make my point far better than I could do if I didn't publish your comment.
You expect to find "not so well thought out logic transitions" in a plotline, so don't complain when you find what you were looking for. (I didn't find them, but hey, I didn't expect to find them either.)- If you want to criticize a book, Mr M T Graves or whatever your name is, then don't make this sort of mistakes. They make you look silly. Don't forget to say which book you want to criticize, for instance. It doesn't make you sound convincing.
"The lack of appropriate descriptive phrasing to set a scene" sure sounds great and even very serious, as if you were some kind of a literary reviewer... but atmosphere or the lack of it has nothing to do with getting a message through to the reader. And above all, Mr M T Graves or whatever your name is, don't reveal your hidden agenda that openly. There definitely was a "pre-publication hype" with "The Expected One", but not with the recently published "The Book of Love" - was that the reason why you forgot to mention which book you were experiencing extreme difficulties with?
If an author presents herself to the people as Kathleen McGowan, don't call her Ms Harkey-Smith, unless you have a good reason for it. And if you do, then say what this good reason is. I don't call you Mr M T Space, do I? (http://myweb.wvnet.edu/e-gor/mtgraves/mtfanmail.ht
- So, don't try to suggest something about the credibility of an artist by saying Bono is, in fact, Paul David Hewson. This, really, is a stupid thing to do.
If you want to sound like a literary reviewer, Mr M T Something, saying things about abrupt scene changes, logic transitions or appropriate descriptive phrasing, then don't write sentences like this one:
"I find the use-abuse of such a so-so theme of ... I am the Czars lost daughter kind of thing getting recycled to be I am the 92nd generational descendant, I think, 'cuz I can't prove it, even tho' Ancestry.com says on their website anybody can buy this pedigree, kind of thing of being a descendant of Jesus + Magdalene."
I have read it over and over again, and I guess you have a problem with conveying whatever message you intended a reader to get, because I'm still not sure what you are trying to say here.
I honestly don't see any logic transitions in your following plotline too, Mr M T Graves or whatever your real name is: "This would have made all of those preceding 91 generations, if one goes by the way logic works, they are 'demi god-lets' 'cuz they have this inherited DNA of some sort to lay claim to. The problem is, Brian Sykes, the leading DNA researcher in the world has never detected this unique, 1 of a kind separate DNA. He found 7 Daughters of Eve and her 35 related sub-groupings, but he has yet to announce he isolated this unique Magdalen-Jesus bloodline DNA." - What the hell are you talking about?
You wonder when or how "Ms Harkey-Smith is going to be able to demonstrate to the world that her DNA and nobody else on the planet has this unique DNA"... Now, you don't say what she exactly has to demonstrate, but you do say that "otherwise she just wrote another copycat-like book Dan Brown did of some themes in HBHG".
Suppose you are saying here that if she is not able to demonstrate she has the DNA of Jesus and/or Magdalene, she just wrote another copy-cat book of Holy Blood, Holy Grail - as Dan Brown did. Now, you really have to explain to me - 'cause I don't get it - what's the logic transition in this plotline of yours. Or maybe you are just talking nonsense? (If she is able to demonstrate, for instance, then she did not write the copy-cat stuff?)
You wonder what kind of slick wrinkle separates "Ms Harkey-Smith's book" (which one?) "from all of the other books of this genre?" - Well, you have read only the first 50 pages of one of the two books, so just try the other 400 and then tell me if Dan Brown or Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln have written extensively about, let's say, Matilda of Tuscany, as Kathleen McGowan did in "The Book of Love". Or were you talking about "The Expected One", Mr M T Whateveryournicknameis?
Really, M T, this comment of yours is telling more about you - or the enemies of Ms Mc Gowan - than it says about Ms McGowan. And that's the reason why I approved it.
now here comes the kicker...The Dutchman considers anybody who critiques Harkey's book on its own merits as being her enemy...NOW THAT REALLY SEZ SOMETHING, yes?
Why did she release a book and not expect it to be critiqued. Obviously if it don't come with lavishly slathered on praise, it must be a hateful person not to be positive about it. Well, I am of the opinion that the reason there is such things called critiques is for the simple reason somebody has to be able to tell the Emperor he has no clothes on.
I deliberately put in the convoluted bit about resurrecting dormant DNA that has not been isolated for simply that reason. How can a person today claim this 92nd generational DNA and there is no intervening trace of it?
I will give The Dutchman the benefit of a thoughtful ole bubba reply since he did not catch the ole jake response the first time around. Since I didn't lavish praise on The Expectant book The Dutchman was ready to delete it but reconsidered in the points he brings out, which was very thoughtful of him, yes?
I see her book lying on a special shelf in a place euphemistically called the 2nd office, the other reading room. I use that room daily but that uncomfortable 'ring around the rosies' is something I am not looking forward to. Getting thru her book is my version of climbing Mt Everest with hip waders on. I have a real challenge on my hands here.