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Winterkill (Joe Pickett, #3)
The book opens with a Federal employee losing his mind and wantonly slaughtering a large number of elk. When Joe arrest him he has another one of his ...more
May 30, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi
I loved this book because it had Pico Della Mirandolla as a distal character, and brought some context to the Florentine Platonic academy. I especiall ...more
May 10, 2015
May 12, 2015
Frontier Medicine: From the Atlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941
Thus far I am disappointed in this book. It's not that I am not learning anything, it's that I am not enjoying the process as much as I might like. I ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
Shadow on the Crown
This is one of my bookgroup's picks in support of a local author. I was turned off by the purple prose of the prologue, but a fellow groupie's "bodice ...more
Jul 17, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
The Glass-Blowers
This is a novel set in the French Revolution, in a large family network of glassblowers. Much of it could be dismissed as boring, but Du Maurier makes ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 09, 2014
The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century
This was a real page turner, and not the diary of a seafaring woman, as I expected from the title. A historian of interracial relationships, romantic ...more
Apr 05, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
The Samaritan Treasure
I was thinking about letting this book slip off my shelves, but then I read the charming story about Jane Austen's inspiration for Mr. Darcy. I'm not ...more
Dec 02, 2013
May 27, 2012
Breaking Point (Joe Pickett, #13)
Breaking Point might refer to Butch Roberson, a man whose retirement land has been declared a wetland despite no evidence of water by the EPA. Typical ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
Stone Cold (Joe Pickett, #14)
**spoiler alert** Joe is again Rulon's tool in trying to recoup his reputation within his agency. He's sent to Medicine Wheel County to see what's hap ...more
Jun 18, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
Andrew Carnegie
This is one heavy book, full of photographs of Carnegie and his extensive properties, wife and child. Having long avoided any more American history I ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
Endangered (Joe Pickett, #15)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed the description of Nate's new business, falcons for hire, and the fact that he and Olivia had set up together. Unfortunate ...more
Jun 25, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
Force Of Nature (Joe Pickett, #12)
This is Nate's story, but it develops a lot of the Pickett family dynamics as they can't really help Nate. I didn't find his emotional development ver ...more
Jun 15, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
I loved this book even if it took a historical figure Fludd and placed him in the 1950's. I don't think he's never introduced by his Christian or firs ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
Painterly Perspective and Piety: Religious Uses of the Vanishing Point, from the 15th to the 18th Century
I love this book because it supports my other reading, like rereading Frances Yates. Yates is a romp and a harshly criticised scholar from the wild an ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
WWW: Watch (WWW, #2)
**spoiler alert** Average between volume one and two here as I aim at 4.5 for my rating. I would read more of this author and I have placed a hold on ...more
May 17, 2012
May 27, 2012
WWW: Wonder (WWW, #3)
I loved reading the earlier two books in this trilogy because I like Caitlin, the main character. But I found her less compelling in the final book, p ...more
Jun 10, 2012
May 27, 2012
The Mermaid Chair
This a charming novel about a woman whose life has grown too small. When the artist Jessie is called to return to Egret Island because her mother has ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 18, 2015
Savage Run (Joe Pickett, #2)
The designation mystery is really a default category-this series has mystery elements, but it is about a very upright game Warden, Joe Pickett. If I a ...more
May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015
Widdershins (Newford, #11)
I drew this off my shelves to read, thinking it was a novel I had held in reserve, but notes in the back confirm I have read it before. But it was new ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
Singer from the Sea
Haven, a world in the same timestream as Newholme, consists of a riverine continent and a desert continent. It starts on the latter, with Geneviere, a ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)
I would suggest reading this in graduate student style-read the opening and conclusion first, and then follow the various folk ways that are of intere ...more
Nov 2014
Dec 05, 2014
Open Season (Joe Pickett, #1)
This was a found book, and I was astonished at the depth of analysis in it, a profound book dressed up like an action/mystery. Having worked in an env ...more
May 26, 2015
May 27, 2015
The King's Deception (Cotton Malone, #8)
**spoiler alert** Well this one was another surprise, and I am issuing a spoiler alert after this paragraph. The King's Deception is named for a cover ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Dec 20, 2014
I believe this to be Jeanette Winterson's first attempt at YA fiction. I enjoyed this book immensely, especially something she said about an evil adul ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2011
Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric
What I thought is what I am thinking-I am dragging myself through this book with rapt attention to costumes, and the authors repeated judgement that w ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 09, 2011
Track of the Cat (Anna Pigeon, #1)
I liked the setting extremely, the desert canyon where the ranger's body is found sounds so beautiful, if sullied by murder most foul. I can't recall ...more
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 30, 2015
The Work of William Morris
I read a 1977 version of this, probably a reprint. What I found of interest was that Morris divided the history of pattern on three stages, the Egypti ...more
not set
Mar 09, 2014
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
I can't really catagorize this book in my usual genres because it actually a prolongued essay. My short synopsis is that Johnson wishes to replace the ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
**spoiler alert** Waterland is told by a history teacher, Tom, who questions the value of his discipline. His student provides a foil throughout the n ...more
Nov 2014
Dec 03, 2014
The Labyrinth Key
In case you haven't figured it out,. I have never sorted fantasy from science fiction-to me, it is all speculative fiction, and if I knew how to edit ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 29, 2012