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Silence and Circumstance
3.93
it was amazing
Agatha Christie has disappeared December 1926 for 11 days, but she has left clues for her governess and a host of colleagues (and the reader of course ...more
May 07, 2015
May 07, 2015
 
The Greek Passion
4.25
it was amazing
In my opinion, The Greek Passion is the best book by Kazantzakis I have read, in translation, of course, superior to his Last Temptation of Christ and ...more
Jun 1984
Aug 17, 2008
 
Force 12 in German Bight
4.86
it was amazing
Set mostly on a pipeline dredging barge on the roughest waters of the North Sea, Mr. Boschert opens with a body cut in half in England. The barge is p ...more
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
 
The Stuarts in 100 Facts
4.69
it was amazing
Concisely writtten facts and factoids about the Stuarts and their times with much humor. Excellent overview of monarchs, queens, royal mistresses, ran ...more
Dec 14, 2015
Sep 01, 2015
 
Rembrandt's Eyes
4.15
it was amazing
Excellent biography of Rembrandt and his times with great reproductions.

Well written and entertaining as well as informative.
not set
Jul 30, 2008
 
The Jericho Tablet
4.50
it was amazing
The Jericho Tablet is a fast-paced novel that is a genuine page-turner. The author uses his extensive background in archaeology, languages, Middle Eas ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
 
Scaramouche
4.06
it was amazing
Excellent description of swordplay. A wonderful, entertaining story.
not set
Aug 03, 2008
 
The Aleppo File
5.00
it was amazing
Although set five years in the future, The Aleppo File reads like current events. Author Barry Webb's expert knowledge of the U.S. military, intellige ...more
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016
 
A Thing Done
4.12
it was amazing
An engrossing read with a likeable protagonist set in 13th century Florence. Well-reasearched and readable without the History and the times intruding ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
 
The Gentling Box
3.83
it was amazing
Well written unique tale of malevolent spirit in 1864 Hungary among Gypsies.
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
 
Southern Cross
3.77
liked it
Fast moving, mood suggesting film noir, interesting mix of characters, and an unexpected ending.
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
 
Wartime
3.85
it was amazing
World War II in Yugoslavia by one of Marshall Titos closes companions. Essential for understand the ethnic diversity and hostilties that led to the di ...more
Aug 1980
Aug 05, 2008
 
Bid Time Return (aka Somewhere in Time)
3.90
liked it
This is one of those rare situations where I found the film SOMEWHERE IN TIME to be better than the book.

Perhaps it is because I saw the film first, t
...more
Jun 1981
Sep 19, 2008
 
Matador
4.03
it was amazing
One of the two best novels I have read set in the world of bullfighting It fictionalizes the last corrida of the great Manolete.
May 1958
Jul 30, 2008
 
Peony
3.96
really liked it
Delightful story of Chinese servant in homes of Jews in China. Customs of both cultures interacting presented sympathetically.
not set
Aug 03, 2008
 
Julian
4.17
it was amazing
Vidal's best novel in my opinion. Well written and informative about the last pagan Roman/Byzantine emperor.
Jun 1980
Aug 06, 2008
 
The Russian Dagger: Cold War In The Days Of The Czars
4.00
it was amazing
Cowles makes very clear the issues in the Balkans that led to The Great War. Well written and entertaining.
Jun 1980
Aug 05, 2008
 
The Crisis
3.67
really liked it
By the American Winston Churchill, an excellent Civil War novel I read and loved in high school.
Mar 1948
Aug 05, 2008
 
The Moneyman
3.75
really liked it
A typically entertaining work of historical fiction set at the French court of "Charles the Well Served.
not set
Aug 03, 2008
 
Rembrandt's Jews
3.64
it was amazing
Very informative about the life of Sephardim in 17th century Amsterdam. Readable too.
Sep 2007
Sep 19, 2008
 
House Divided
4.30
really liked it
Another well-written meaty work of fiction about the Civil War for GWTW fans.
not set
Aug 03, 2008
 
The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
4.07
it was amazing
A wonderfully written explanation of the Golden Age of Dutch history and culture.
Jan 28, 2000
Jul 30, 2008
 
The Last of the Just
4.26
it was amazing
An intense tale of life in a Nazi concentration camp, with a poetic last sentence.
May 1990
Sep 17, 2008
 
Blood and Sand
3.62
it was amazing
The other great novel about the world of bullfighting, in translation of course.
Oct 1952
Jul 30, 2008
 
Freedom or Death
4.20
really liked it
A good description of Greeks versus Turks, but not as strong as The Greek Passion.
Apr 1975
Aug 17, 2008
 
The Bearkeeper's Daughter
3.96
it was amazing
Entertaining and informative novel about the rise of Theodosia to Byzantine Empress.
Jan 1987
Sep 26, 2008
 
101 Best Scenes Ever Written: A Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers
3.28
it was amazing
Having seen most of the films, it was a pleasure to revisit them. Entertaining.
Jul 30, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
 
The Tango Singer
3.55
really liked it
Not bad. Literary. Much information about the history of Buenos Aires
Oct 16, 2008
Oct 17, 2008
 
The Maltese Falcon
3.92
it was amazing
Still enjoyalble as one of the classic unsentimental PI novels.
May 2004
Aug 23, 2008
 
The Mephisto Waltz
3.67
it was amazing
We liked it better than ROSEMARY'S BABY, and it had a great ending.
not set
Oct 28, 2008
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