Maybe not. I would have thought you would have been more snarky. This little kindle book outlines whatLinda Hilton, did you write this? Is this you?
Maybe not. I would have thought you would have been more snarky. This little kindle book outlines what Kindle independent authors need to do to please readers. In other words, how they need to do their job. It is somewhat humorous but far more serious in nature. ...more
This would make a good movie or mini series. It is a thrilling mystery set in London. For some reason, however, it feels a little too long. Perhaps beThis would make a good movie or mini series. It is a thrilling mystery set in London. For some reason, however, it feels a little too long. Perhaps because all the women are uninteresting crones or sex objects....more
So how cool is it that one of the most infamous spies in US history was caught by a group of CIA agents led by two women? Yep. That cool. I first hearSo how cool is it that one of the most infamous spies in US history was caught by a group of CIA agents led by two women? Yep. That cool. I first heard about the women leading the team in the International Spy Museum (go to it), and that made me pick up this audio book when it was one sale. It is very gripping. While Ames is the centerpiece, there is information about both women and how they conducted their careers. Additionally, there is a nice analysis of how stupidly Congress responded. Really worth reading or listening too. ...more
I first read Trifles when I was thinking about teaching it. It is a marvelous play, and to be honest, not everyone gets it right away. A shame really,I first read Trifles when I was thinking about teaching it. It is a marvelous play, and to be honest, not everyone gets it right away. A shame really, but that seems to be the point. The devil is in the details as it were and where does guilt truly lie is a question that concerns everyone, everywhere. Society too, sometimes at least, does shoulder some of the blame. This book is about the murder trial that inspired Trifles for Susan Glaspell covered the trial in her years as a reporter. One night, a wife wakes up and finds her husband dying beside her in bed. He has been stuck by an axe. She gets her children, the doctor, the law, and eventually after her husband is buried, she is arrested and charged for his murder. While the authors cannot solve the murder after so many years remove, they do offer possible scenarios. At the very least, the wife’s guilt is in question simply because of how the evidence was handled. The book details not only the crime, but the trial as well as dealing with the life of a homestead wife. Believe me when I say, Little House on The Prairie (the TV series) got it all wrong. The book offers not only a look at how women were treated at the turn of the century as well as how family was viewed. In some ways, we have changed, but in others, modern society still carries the echo. We all should do well to pay attention to this story.
I give the author full points for having tension between a couple because of her job as police officer. However, this is theNot my cup of tea.
I give the author full points for having tension between a couple because of her job as police officer. However, this is the second time I have tried to read it and I just can't get into very much. I do give it another credit nod for the friendship between the central characters.
I think its the romantic sub-plot that irks me, and at times it is a little too cute for me. ...more
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. To change any portrait of Charles I of England to a saint’s image, simply add a halo. From the removal of centuries itDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. To change any portrait of Charles I of England to a saint’s image, simply add a halo. From the removal of centuries it is impossible for anyone in know to separate that portrait from the tragic ending. Charles I always seems about to weep or shake his head in disappointment whereas any portrait of his eldest son, Charles II, always seems about to knock some women over and tup her.
Killers of the King isn’t about Charles I or II, though both men hover over the narrative and take over in parts. Regardless, the book isn’t a hagiography. It is, as the title indicates, about the fate of the men who signed Charles I’ s death warrant, who arranged for his head to leave his body. The later Romans who turned a man into a de facto saint.
Of course, it isn’t quite about the men who killed the king or the men who tried to save the nation, depending upon whose side you are on. It’s about the hunt of them after the executions of Charles, a hunt that starts before the Restoration and continues long after.
While Spencer does seem to be more of a Royalist than a Roundhead, often the Roundheads are dealt with in a sympathetic matter, the cost that they paid, not so much in terms of blood but in connection, or lack thereof, to their families as some of the men are forced to become what were then, world travelers.
In America it seems that we look at the English Civil War in one (or a combination) of three ways: (1) A war that in some way lay the foundation for the American Revolution, (2) something those crazy Brits did that means nothing to else or (3) what are you talking about. Yet, Spencer shows that there is a connection that those outside of New England (and perhaps even there) have forgotten for some of the Regicides traveled to America, and some of the history about this event, in particular a story about a cow herd, show that the Revolutionary spirit was alive and well before the American Revolution, and in fact, indicate that Jefferson’s charges in the Declaration go back further than most people are aware.
There is also a connection to more modern concerns because the hunt for the Regicides went beyond the borders of England, in particular, to the Netherlands and that echoes those concerns we have today about jurisdiction and extradition. The case described in this book, reminds one of the capture of Eichmann by Israel.
Spencer’s style isn’t the best. Other writers, Ackroyd and Starkey for instance, have a far more conversational style. Spencer’s style borders on that of a lecture, but an entertaining one that doesn’t ignore the more interesting, if slightly less important, aspects of the story. Considering that I wasn’t fully aware of Spencer being that Spencer until after I started reading the book, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good the writing was.
Highly recommend for those interested in British History. ...more
While I think this brief collection of three essays is good, I truly don’t think it is worth the price tag. The title is also somewhat misleading. BotWhile I think this brief collection of three essays is good, I truly don’t think it is worth the price tag. The title is also somewhat misleading. Both Christine Granville and Noor Khan have had plenty written about them. Granville has two books just about her, Khan has one biography and both women appear in any discussion or history of SOE. It’s a good introduction, but there are better books out there about the same subject. See the series published by Chicago University Press for instance....more