books · Chick lit

Must Love Breeches – Angela Quarles – Jane Wells

I surprised myself by requesting this book from Audiobookloudnoise.com (kidding – it’s now audiobookboom.com). I mean, I’m not a big romance fan, and I generally object to the time travel romance (been there, done that, got the torn bodice), and if I am going to pick up a romance novel I am not at all… Continue reading Must Love Breeches – Angela Quarles – Jane Wells

books · fantasy · science fiction

Just One Damned Thing After Another – Jodi Taylor – Zara Ramm

I. Loved. This. So much. The early part of 2015 was just crammed with time travel audiobooks. I didn’t mean to do that; it just happened. I didn’t even know a couple of them were time travel till I started them. This? Along with Connie Willis, this is the best. Quietly, with no fuss, no… Continue reading Just One Damned Thing After Another – Jodi Taylor – Zara Ramm

books · Children's/YA

The Girl at the End of the World – Richard Levesque – LC Kane

So, this one is a zombie apocalypse novel struggling to not be a zombie apocalypse novel; instead of some horrific virus transmitted via bites or scratches, this zombie–ism comes from horrific plant–like stalks that erupt from the the eye socket of an infected person and then blow out a cloud of spores. Breathe the spores,… Continue reading The Girl at the End of the World – Richard Levesque – LC Kane

books · fantasy

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet – H.P. Wood

How utterly marvelous this book was. It all begins with a blonde girl sitting on a bench on a beach. Despite the families playing in the sand not far from her, she is as alone as anyone can be. She is picked up by a conman who introduces her to a whole new world –… Continue reading Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet – H.P. Wood

biography · books

Alfred Hitchcock – Peter Ackroyd

And yet more feet of clay appear on icons. Perversion, perverseness, promiscuity… oh well. I suppose it was naive to think, for example, Grace Kelly didn’t have that many affairs. So, when I have no more illusions left, does that mean I’m finally all grown up, or … I’m dead? Anyway. The image of Hitchcock… Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock – Peter Ackroyd

books · non-fiction

In the Shadow of the Moon – Francis French, Colin Burgess, Gary L. Willprecht

When I was in my teens, I had a poster showing Earthrise – a photo, I know now, by Bill Anders – with the quote “Someday I would like to stand on the moon, look through a quarter of a million miles of space and say There certainly is a beautiful Earth out tonight.” I loved that… Continue reading In the Shadow of the Moon – Francis French, Colin Burgess, Gary L. Willprecht

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The Forgotten Sister by Jennifer Paynter

What an odd book. It’s a truth universally etc. etc. that Jane Austen continuations and retellings are hit or miss – mostly miss – and heaven knows that Pride & Prejudice especially has been told from every point of view except the horse that draws the Bennets’ gig. I was intrigued by this one because… Continue reading The Forgotten Sister by Jennifer Paynter

books · non-fiction

Fire and Rain – David Browne, Sean Runnette

I was born during Woodstock. Not, you know, AT Woodstock, though it is fun to tease my mother, but while it was going on and about two and a half hours southeasterly. I grew up on this music, to the point that there are songs by the featured artists that I simply know, with absolutely… Continue reading Fire and Rain – David Browne, Sean Runnette

books · mystery

A Scandal in Scarborough – Stuart Fortey

What a strange book. What a very odd book indeed. The premise is that Sidney Paget is the illustrator of the Sherlock Holmes stories in the Strand (true), a job he received accidentally – the publishers intended to hire his brother Walter (also true). Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock can blame Sidney for the deerstalker. Scandal in… Continue reading A Scandal in Scarborough – Stuart Fortey

books · fantasy

Miss Landon and Aubranael – Charlotte E. English

Miss Landon and Aubranael fell through the cracks, and I regret that. I read it – quite a while ago, in fact – and I enjoyed it – very much, in fact. But somehow I never wrote a word of a review, despite the fact that I received it through LibraryThing’s Member Giveaway. It takes… Continue reading Miss Landon and Aubranael – Charlotte E. English