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First Season/Bride to Be – Jane Ashford

I should almost hate this book. Without books like this I would have given up on romance novels ages ago. But this book – these two books, actually, since it’s an omnibus – was (were) quite good. I was shocked. The first story concerns a young widow, Anabel, who never had a Season, but decides… Continue reading First Season/Bride to Be – Jane Ashford

books · historical fiction · history

Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell – Terri Arthur

I’ve heard of Edith Cavell. I was aware of her execution just before the US entered WWI and of some of its effect on the latter. She has come up a couple of times in my reading lately. I’m not enamored of the style of the book. The writing is very earnest and straightforward, and… Continue reading Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell – Terri Arthur

books · mystery

A Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic – Julie Anne Lindsey

First of all, the cover and title confuse me. The font looks more Greek than geek, and … what is that pile of blue? And … Arsenic? I don’t think the poison is ever even mentioned in the book, much less used in a murder. That’s just bizarre. I feel, in a way, that I… Continue reading A Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic – Julie Anne Lindsey

books · non-fiction

100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le

One thought that kept recurring while reading 100 Million Years of Food was how thoroughly this all seems to put paid to the idea of “Intelligent Design”. Because my overall conclusion from all of this is, lord, these bodies are not well put together. We are, apparently, evolved to seek out food that is sweet,… Continue reading 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le

books · Collection · fantasy

A Fantasy Medley 3

I requested A Fantasy Medley from Netgalley pretty much because of Kevin Hearne. Then Laura Bickle rang a bell as the author of The Hallowed Ones, which I liked; and then Jacqueline Carey registered as the author of Kushiel’s Dart, which was not to my taste. But, all in all, I asked for it because… Continue reading A Fantasy Medley 3

books · fantasy

The Sand Prince – Kim Alexander

Okay, here’s the thing. I’m probably harder than I ought to be on the books I receive from Netgalley, wanting apostrophes to be where they’re supposed to be and the correct homophones to be used and commas to be where they’re supposed to be which is a rather hypocritical thing to say considering this sentence.… Continue reading The Sand Prince – Kim Alexander

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What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank – Krista D. Ball

Let this be proof that if a book is well-written and interesting I will persevere over deeply annoying typos, even when they’re as frequent as they are here. There are little errors like mentioning eating more berries than you pick (I think that’s impossible, unless you don’t count windfalls as having been picked), and the… Continue reading What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank – Krista D. Ball

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Under an English Heaven – Alice K. Boatwright

Which is a great title, isn’t it? Of course I bought it. Unfortunately, I hated it. No, that’s not accurate; it really wasn’t bad, in terms of writing or all the usual reasons a book is bad. I liked some of the writing – the description of the burning of the Guy was vivid, for… Continue reading Under an English Heaven – Alice K. Boatwright

books · Chick lit

Pemberley to Waterloo – Anna Elliott

Volume II of The Diary of Georgiana Darcy picks up shortly after the first book’s triumphant end, and immediately throws cold water on the main couple’s joy (of course, otherwise there wouldn’t be a book). Napoleon has escaped his exile, and Col. Fitzwilliam has decided not to leave the army after all; his services have… Continue reading Pemberley to Waterloo – Anna Elliott

books · mystery

The Late Scholar – Jill Paton Walsh

It will not be a surprise to many that – yep, this is a long one. There’s a masochistic tendency in me that I never suspected. Why else would I keep reading what basically amounts to terrible fan fiction about some of my favorite characters? What is this compulsion that makes me keep getting, and… Continue reading The Late Scholar – Jill Paton Walsh