The Lady Astronomer by Katy O'Dowd- GIVEAWAY, INTERVIEW & REVIEW

Author: Katy O'Dowd
Publisher: Untold Press
Publishing Date: September 26th 2012
Blurb Description: Lucretia's quiet life as an astronomer and hat-maker is quickly turned on its head by her brother. He is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Unfortunately for Lucretia, she is introduced to his majesty as her brother's assistant. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure and danger. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time for the king, her misfortunes take their toll. When Lucretia finds herself held hostage at the Clockwork Court, the innocent country girl doesn't know who to trust. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Even if her brothers manage to build the telescope on time, she might not live to earn her freedom.

With the help of her brothers, Freddie and Al, and her constant companions Leibniz the Lemur and Orion the Eagle Owl, Lucretia embarks on a journey that could change her life forever. Can she find the strength inside to balance her new life and overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.


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**This is a character interview with the extremely erratic King that you will grow to love in The Lady Astronomer** 
Warning: Read in a funny voice, with an edge madness!

1. A forty foot (telescope) would indeed be a marvel to witness the world above us with... Any other reasons as to why you would like to build one, Your Majesty?
That's obvious my dear child, what what? To build a forty foot would be to proclaim one's greatness not only on the earth but extending to the stars so that they too might bow down. It would also make a rather marvellous setting for a picnic or somesuch, to which one could bring one's favoured subjects to see the might of their Majesty, don't you know.

2. Two brothers, a sister with a fake eye, an owl/ eagle and a lemur- your thoughts on this rather strange family:
Nincompoops! However, well placed to build one's telescope.

3. What would be your royal opinion on feminism? And books?
Feminism? What's that? Some newfangled concept? *royal letter writer explains the concept* *King blusters* Well, Mrs. King would have something to say about that one is sure, but as the Monarch one's aim is to treat one's royal subjects the same be they man or woman. Books? Yes, one is thinking of writing a book, about, perhaps, a forty foot telescope which soars to the skies above.

4. Your Majesty, do tell us a hilarious tale from your childhood:
Hilarity? I think not. One is not to be made fun of young lady.

5. Your most unique of Royal Servants: 

One is taken to understand that there is a monkey who knits. Frightfully handy, don't you know, to knit some socks for the regal tootsies - the castle does get devilish cold during the winter time.


This book is a BRILLIANT, one of a kind read for all feminists!

So, The Lady Astronomer. I got a copy from the author a while ago but for some reason, didn’t pick it up until fairly recently. And right now, I’m smacking myself on the head wondering why I didn’t!
This book is unusual, to say the least. Whatever I expected from it, it certainly wasn’t what I got! Read the synopsis, I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about.

Set in Europe in what is possibly the 1800’s, inspired by real people, The Lady Astronomer is a fun book- with so many quips, quirks and random instances, that you will find a smile playing at your lips all through the two hundred or so pages! J    

Lucretia is the sister. The responsible, kind, hardworking, erratic one! She has a monoscope for an eye that was hurt years ago, a pet owl/ eagle and a lemur (who, by the way, are HILARIOUS- O’Dowd portrays them as humans, and their mood swings are a stroke of genius.) Her brothers get even stranger. Freddie is the childish one, who puts everybody in the king’s line of sight. Al, the other brother is a genius inventor, with a whole clockwork orchestra!          

The synopsis pretty much gives you a basic outline of what happens- so no more- let me tell you though:

The silly sibling banter, the animals, the strange half names, a very erratic king and a bit of court backstabbing- The Lady Astronomer is a perfectly written book, in the most unusual of ways!

My Verdict:

What are you waiting for? READ IT!                                                                             

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