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  • By AnakaliaKlemm on January 20, 2014

    I’ve wanted to read this book since the second I saw its cover. Mainly because John Oehler wrote it and I really enjoy his writing. I read and reviewed Aphrodesia awhile back and I swear I blushed for a month, so I knew Oehler’s writing was phenomenal. Add my obsession for all things Egyptian, and I was completely sold.Many times this level of anticipation won’t work out well for a reader. There’s too much pressure on the book. How could it possibly live up?Papyrus took my expectations in stride and out did itself.Historical fiction all the way, there are still two different timelines – the ancient past (the 18th Dynasty of Egypt) and the not so ancient past (1977, during the war between Eritrea and Ethiopa). I enjoyed the banter and flirtation between these timelines and the story. It was woven together well and never missed a beat or left the reader feeling out of sorts with the rhythm of the tale.In 1977, Oehler’s Rika Teferi is both a scholar and a warrior of Eritrea. This was an attribute so enticing for my black belt and book nerdy self that I spent two hours in a local Starbucks devouring this book instead of watching the Broncos beat the Patriots on Sunday. I loved her for her strength, her beauty, and ultimately for her intelligence.Dive into ancient Egypt and Queen Tiye is completely riveting, especially since most my academic studies have focused on Hatshepsut and Nefertiti. It was refreshing to have Akhenaten’s mother be the focus, as I don’t think she is as common a fictional pursuit as other Eqyptian Queens. (The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Pauline Gedge’s The Twelfth Transforming – also stellar writing, but I was apparently so disappointed with the story it seems I have given that title away.) I do not own any nonfiction work devoted primarily to Tiye either, but Oehler’s version of her offered a pretty tempting reason to go find some.As always Oehler handles the story arch with such grace and ease – I am jealous. He writes stories where things happen. Not just anything, but powerful and exciting things. Foreign countries, different times, bombs, planes, diplomats, ancient manuscripts, tombs, revolutionaries, romance…! His books are award winners with good reason and he is one of Houston’s best kept secrets. It is amazing to me that this was Oehler’s first novel.

  • By Pat Savu on November 9, 2015

    With all the great previous reviews, I had high hopes for this book. I quit reading it part way through because I jsut couldn't get so I cared what happened to any of the characters. Then there is the part about the numerous inaccuracies on the Egypt's 18th Dynasty and how the individuals in Tiye's and Tuthankamun's family were related to each other . Proven with certainty using DNA.The Elder Lady is Tiye and she is the grandmother of Tutankamun (not his mother) on both side since Tutankamum parents were full siblings whose parents were Tiye and Amenphis III.All this emphasis on Tiye and Tuthankamum being Nubian (black) is overdone.Amenophis III married Tiye and made her the Great Royal Wife becuase there was no royal heiress for him to marry and give that title to. It is possible that it was a love match except for the fact that they married at a very young age. Amenophis III became pharaoph at about 12 and married Tiey in the seond year of his reign

  • By Pepe on November 4, 2013

    WOW! Where to begin? Papyrus is one of those books I would love to see turned into a movie. It is an amazing work of art which perfectly blends ancient history, modern technology, political instability, romance, friendship and trust. For me, this mix made it extremely real and interesting on all levels. I loved it!It is exceptionally readable, really easy to follow and hard to put down. The author took what I would have taken a long time to discover through history books and made it available in a fictitious yet very well researched story.It was easy for the author to switch between two different periods (present and ancient Egypt) but with such graceful continuity that readers drifted easily between the two eras without getting lost or confused.Characters were almost real and the author describes each one in such a way that made me relate to them and understand their emotions.There was plenty of heroism at different levels demonstrated by different people but the one person that stood out most was the main lady Rika. The whole story seemed to link with Rika. I loved and admired her for she was an African woman who was very patriotic. Rika was held back by nothing and no one. She was passionate and empowered herself in so many ways. So much I could relate to her on. Needless to say she was my favorite character.The action was consistent throughout the book from start to finish but never did it feel overwhelming. It was just the right amount scattered strategically through the book and all totally unexpected.Papyrus is not one of those ordinary predictable books. The writing touched me so much that I read parts of it to my boyfriend. I highly recommend it.


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