cover title author avg rating rating my rating review Down_arrow date read date added
The Polish Officer (Night Soldiers, #3)
The career of Polish intelligence officer during World War II; kind of a thriller, but fighting against it every step of the way. Furst is best known ...more
Mar 06, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
This is a historical--it's Henry VIII's court through royal "dude behind the throne" Thomas Cromwell's eyes. Cromwell is modern man in the making, the ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Stallion Gate
Smith is trying to do too much with his character. Joe is a prize fighter, professional grade jazz pianist, full blooded Indian, Army sergeant on-site ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
Rules of Civility
Pleasant. Our narrator, Katey, is so wonderfully drawn, it seems Towles thought all the other characters should sound just like her. In fact, the othe ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
Written by a Vietnam vet who is obviously looking back through a fog of interpretive miasma. Some extremely anachronistic sections, particularly with ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Jan 03, 2012
Far Bright Star
Tough dude in the horse cavalry chasing Pancho Villa in Mexico. Brutal, doomed, poetic Cormac McCarthy pastiche, but well-done copying. Won a 2009 awa ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
The Tentmaker
Solid Western with excellent characterization and some new takes on old archetypes. Up there with McMurtry's best. Bit of a rushed finish with one unb ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
The Gift Of Stones
Starts out as a pretty good fantasy story set in the stone age then becomes an extended and not very original reflection on the meaning and uses of st ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
In Sunlight and In Shadow
Jan 2014
Dec 10, 2013
Rss More books shelved as 'historical' »