Category Archive: Reviews

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Apr 24

Albert Nobbs [Reading Challenge 2018]

Albert Nobbs by George Moore Waitingstar Publishing, New York, 2011   [Challenge # 38: A book made into a major motion picture] Finished Albert Nobbs, a book that kept me guessing until the end. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, since I’ve always liked books with gender bending, or obscurely gendered, protagonists. I …

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Apr 18

Antiques Swap [Reading Challenge 2018]

Antiques Swap, by Barbara ALlen

Antiques Swap by Barbara Allen Kensington Books, New York  2016   [Challenge # 48: A mystery] I never was much of a mystery reader. I did enjoy a good Nancy Drew back in the day, but post-grade school, I’ve been pretty meh on the genre. I’m not sure why. My mother was an avid fan, …

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Apr 07

City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas [Reading Challenge 2018]

City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley Random House Trade Paperbacks, New York 2013   [Challenge # 3: A book taking place mostly or all on the water] I was a little concerned that City of Fortune, which was a history of the city of Venice between the 11th and 16th …

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Mar 25

The Worm Ouroboros [Reading Challenge 2018]

The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison Ballantine Books, New York, 1967   [Challenge # 48: A high fantasy] The Worm Ouroboros is one of the great granddaddies of fantasy, sandwiched between Lord Dunsany, who was an influence, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who received its influence. As such, it’s a kind of a bridge, but one …

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Feb 09

The Dinosaur Lords [Review]

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán Tor Fantasy, New York, 2016   I bought this book for my cousin, thinking it was grimdark fantasy by the cover, perhaps set in some He-man barbarian milieu like Robert Adams’s Horseclans novels, but with dinos as the mounts. Before I sent to her, I thought I’d read it …

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Jan 09

The One Gold Slave [Reading Challenge 2018]

The One Gold Slave (Atlaind Book 1) by Christian Kennedy Waitingstar Publishing, New York, 2011   [Challenge # 5: A Free book] Ah, my first finished read of 2018, by which things are starting smashingly well. First up: A Freebie, in this case, an Amazon giveaway by the author. I knew full well what kind …

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Jan 02

Reading Challenge 2018

It’s January again, so it’s time for another reading challenge courtesy of Authors Water Cooler. The Challenge consists of a list of 50 categories/subjects for a book, 12 of which we can choose with the option of extra credit if we finish early. Some categories are new, some were carried over from last year. Last …

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Dec 31

Who I Am [Reading Challenge 2017]

Who I Am by Peter Townsend Harper Collins Publishers, Kindle edition, 2012   [For extra credit: A biography or autobiography about someone still alive.] I had planned to finish up my 2017 Reading Challenge with Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon, by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton, but it was stolen, …

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Dec 30

The King of the Fields [Reading Challenge 2017]

The King of the Fields by Isaac Bashevis Singer Broadway Paperbacks, New York, 2010   [Challenge # 5: A translation.] This is my next-to-last Challenge read for the year, and I want to reiterate, it’s been fun. Many of the books I’ve read are from the stash I collected over the years, and each has …

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Dec 26

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens [Reading Challenge 2017]

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued his Empire by Jack Weatherford Broadway Paperbacks, New York, 2010   [Challenge # 9: A book about a person you know little about.] Winding up my book challenges for 2017. Am looking forward to next years’ reading. Who knows where it …

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