A rather good play about Galileo and the struggle of science and knowledge. Personally, I would have enjoyed more from the two women characters in ter...moreA rather good play about Galileo and the struggle of science and knowledge. Personally, I would have enjoyed more from the two women characters in terms of development. The production is nicely acted and there are some wonderful uses of humor.
Disclaimer: For the sake of honesty, I picked up this book after one of the authors sent me an email. She had noticed that I placed a later book in th...more Disclaimer: For the sake of honesty, I picked up this book after one of the authors sent me an email. She had noticed that I placed a later book in the series on my TBR shelf and recommended reading them in order.
The concept behind this novel is interesting, and the writing is compelling. Taking the story of Oedipus, Grossack and Underwood recast it though the lenses of Jocasta, adding more depth to a woman who was known solely for her relationships. The writing is good, and in particular, the inversions and solving of riddles of the story – such as the Sphinx, are great. They get huge bonus points for the Sphinx twist. It’s strange then, that the central character of Jocasta is one that needs more depth. In some ways, she is just as unknowable in the novel as she is in the myth. Part of this is because of her reaction when the truth about her second husband is revealed. Quite frankly, shouldn’t there be some more internal conflict, and part of it is that I am never quite sure why the people seem to think that she is a good queen, other than the fact that she shows herself to the people. It isn’t a lack of skill on the part of the author, Jocasta’s brother Creon is a fascinating done character, but perhaps limits of the character herself. It is this limit that makes the good, but not great. I shouldn’t find myself wondering more about Niobe, say, than Jocasta. I will, however, be reading other books in this series.
Who isn’t interested in the Titanic? Well, that’s okay, I forgive you. I'll try not to judge; we all have our iffy bits.
This book is mystery set upon...moreWho isn’t interested in the Titanic? Well, that’s okay, I forgive you. I'll try not to judge; we all have our iffy bits.
This book is mystery set upon the famous ship before it sinks. It’s true that the mystery and it’s solution aren’t of a nail biting sort. The historical detail, however, is wonderful. It is a plausible story based heavily on historical detail. There are more guest shots than in Cameron’s Titanic movie. Not only the famous Maggie (Molly) Brown, but the father escaping with his children, even the nanny has historical basis.
It also is nice to read a book where a married couple is actually truly happy and fond of each other. Reminds me of the Tommy and Tuppence characters.
Ken Burns’ Civil War is a landmark. This book is not Ken Burns’ Civil War. What it is is an introduction to th...moreDisclaimer: ARC provided via Netgalley.
Ken Burns’ Civil War is a landmark. This book is not Ken Burns’ Civil War. What it is is an introduction to the conflict. Gallagher’s book contains four sections detailing the War. It is heavily illustrated and includes photographs, artwork, and battle diagrams. It is written that an adult or child of at least ten can easily read the book. It is a general introduction, a good one with some depth. What really does stand out is the inclusion of perspectives of those who were not on the front lines. There are profiles of women as they struggle to survive at home, a detailed analysis of freed slaves as well as the effect on trade. More than the big battles are being offered here. The section about the aftermath of the war is rather brief (Lincoln’s assassination is briefly mentioned). The information about the generals such as Lee, Grant, and Sherman, while not in depth as a biography of the men, does offer more than a Wikipedia entry. There could have been a bit more about Arlington. Overall, however, this book is an excellent starting point for the would be Civil War scholar or buff. This book, furthermore, would be ideal for a child who either has a interest in history or whom you want to gain an interest in reading.