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This was a difficult read, two volumes of victorian historical fiction addressing a feminist heroine, Hypatia. If you have heard of her at all, you kn ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 29, 2012
The Dream of Scipio
This was one of the most remarkable novels I have ever read. The theme introduced is how one participates in epochs of change. Set in three different ...more
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas, #1)
**spoiler alert** This wasn't worth the trouble of carrying it home from the library. While it seems to be about Dragon, it's actually about his roman ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
A Change Of Climate
Hilary Mantel is my current favorite author. I loved Fludd for it's subtle searching out of the failure of Vatican II to grant corporate or personal r ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
The Road from Coorain
I loved this book because of the writing, and since I didn't read the jacket, I had no idea who the author was at first. I was reading it in the same ...more
not set
Oct 14, 2011
The Elixir of Youth
The Elixir of Youth is a science fiction/action story about a genetic cosmetic tonic. It's entertaining because it is narrated by an argumentative phi ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
Emanuel Swedenborg: Visionary Savant in the Age of Reason
I have many mixed feelings about this book-on one hand it is one of the best introductory texts to Swedenborg, and on the other it is seriously flawed ...more
not set
Nov 02, 2011
Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition
It was fascinating to find out the details of this eccentric historian's life. Jones does a good job of tracing the themes in Yate's concern with Pans ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Wrong Reflection
The Wrong Reflection is a wonderful book about the joys of being embodied, and how seductive our sensory experiences: the scent of popcorn at the beac ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
Six Moon Dance
OMG! This is amazing, complicated fiction with passages I flagged because they had the truth of pure poetry. It started out with what seemed to be an ...more
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
The City in the Dawn
**spoiler alert** I wouldn't recommend reading this because the author had a heart attack in the shower before he completed the story. While it is int ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Spectacular Death of the Medieval Cathars
I enjoyed this book thoroughly-It doesn't give much information of the belief system of the Cathars, but is does a great job of explaining the politic ...more
not set
Jun 19, 2011
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
This book is somewhere between history and true crime writing. I read it because Daniel Burnham, creator of the Chicago World's Fair was Swedenborgian ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Swedenborg: An Introduction to His Life and Ideas
I thought this was a good introduction to Swedenborg, especially Lachman's understanding of Swedenborg's scientific writing. I would have to reread Ec ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason
**spoiler alert** I did not have a high opinion of this book which is freighted with heavy vocabulary and a fluffy diffusive approach to a topic near ...more
Jan 2013
Apr 15, 2015
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
I'm not one for sports books but this is transcendent and psychological. It is also a great glimpse into cultural history as our focal hero makes his ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
We Are Water
**spoiler alert** This was a tome picked up by my book group which seems to have a penchant for the psychological. Having enjoyed Middlesex, also a bo ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 17, 2014
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
I look forward to reading other works by this author because I found this historical fiction wonderful and unsettling. The abandoned Mary Celeste is o ...more
May 11, 2015
May 12, 2015
Junkyard Dogs (Walt Longmire, #6)
I took me awhile to get used to the voice or writing style of this novel, which I picked up because I absolutely loved the TV show Longmire. And then ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible
I was lukewarm about this popular history of the King James Bible. It makes clear that the translation effort was definitely the work of a politically ...more
May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O (Ballad, #1)
I think highly of Sharyn McCrumb, partially because she writes about thinks I love in a voice I understand. This mystery novel is psychologically excr ...more
May 21, 2015
May 25, 2015
Blood Trail (Joe Pickett, #8)
This book focuses on the ethics of hunting, especially after someone starts hunting the hunters. Front and center are extreme environmentalists who fi ...more
Jun 09, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
Destroyer Angel (Anna Pigeon, #18)
This was one of her best, as far as I am concerned. I loved Heath, the disabled heroine, and her saavy adoptive daughter Elizabeth. Leah also comes of ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 30, 2015
Hen Frigates
This was a great book, and I suspect the author of the Mary Celeste used it as a reference. Druett's husband is a maritime illustrator so she uses his ...more
Jun 19, 2015
Jun 26, 2015
If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him... (Elizabeth MacPherson, #8)
My first Elizabeth MacPherson novel, I think, because I haven't quite grasped her character. This book seemed almost like a collection of short storie ...more
Jul 11, 2015
Jul 11, 2015
Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis
I've been reading books on bullying because I have witnessed it in adult circles and I recognized that I haven't really had a game plan in response, e ...more
May 12, 2015
May 12, 2015
How to Cook a Wolf
This is what I would call a belle lettres cookbook, as it is chatty and somewhat arch in it's approach, especially when directed at wartime privations ...more
May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015
The Miniaturist
Obviously I loved the book, given my five star rating and I will look forward to future novels by this author. I picked it up because I have always be ...more
May 02, 2014
May 04, 2014
House of Secrets (House of Secrets, #1)
This hovered between two and three stars so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Three children, an athletic boy, a nerdish girl and their dyslexic lit ...more
Jul 16, 2015
Jul 16, 2015
The Awakeners: Northshore & Southshore
I chose to define this as speculative fiction because it is another Mathusian setting, with population control a central issue for the predatory Flyer ...more
Apr 2015
Apr 01, 2015
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