You know you've stumbled upon a good book when you can't stop thinking about it when not reading. That was the case with this novel.
As others have saiYou know you've stumbled upon a good book when you can't stop thinking about it when not reading. That was the case with this novel.
As others have said, this will appeal to fans of Little Women , as the Alcotts were the model for the Marches. I didn't know too much about LMA's upbringing, so this was interesting. It certainly was not an easy life. I was intrigued enough that I will likely search it some biographies, to round out the picture.
The romance was bittersweet, especially the ending. We think of fans and press being invasive today, but it appears to have been just as bad during LMA's lifetime. I had to wonder if she would have persued a writing career if she had known how great the invasion to her privacy (something she valued a great deal) was to be. For our sakes, perhaps it is good that she did not.
Did something like the events in this book ever happen? Who knows, but I'd like to think they could have....more
The artwork on this is lovely, but the story absolutely captivated me. Set in the nineteenth-century Silk Road, it's very much about the relationshipsThe artwork on this is lovely, but the story absolutely captivated me. Set in the nineteenth-century Silk Road, it's very much about the relationships of the family, the differing traditions between clans, and showing day-to-day happenings. If you're looking for lots of action, adventure, and grand quests, this isn't the place. But for a slice-of-life type of story, this is a charming book. I can't wait to pick up the next few volumes!...more
I first read this after seeing the movie (which is also quite good, although simplified in many ways, and the ending was a bit confusing) to clear upI first read this after seeing the movie (which is also quite good, although simplified in many ways, and the ending was a bit confusing) to clear up some questions I had about a few of the relationships. I fell in love immediately. I also love that there are a number of poems and stories attributed to Ash and Lamotte, and some of them are quite entertaining.
It's hard to pin down exactly what I loved about this book, but I think it may come down to the thrill you get when you discover some obscure fact about a favorite author. Multiply that by two, who seem to have a relationship no one knew about, a modern-day partnership between scholars, and a race against a collector who has very few scruples about completing his collection of Ash artifacts, manuscripts, and letters....more
Mysteries can leave me either raving or ranting. I'll admit up front, I knew this story before reading, because I was a huge fan of the A&E seriesMysteries can leave me either raving or ranting. I'll admit up front, I knew this story before reading, because I was a huge fan of the A&E series, but there were changes in the television show from the book, so some things were new. Even knowing who was going to get bumped off and who the killer was, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and was even a little sorry to come to the end. Stout's telling of the story, through Archie Goodwin, is wonderful. We don't know anything that happens until Archie does, and things that occur out of his sight and hearing are only told to us when he hears about them. You don't feel as though you've sprinted past the narrator and got to the conclusion before he does.
Cookie has been a favorite designer of mine for a while, and this book gives a glimpse into how she comes up with her amazing designs. It breaks downCookie has been a favorite designer of mine for a while, and this book gives a glimpse into how she comes up with her amazing designs. It breaks down the creation of socks, from cuff to toe, gives tips on making charts or designs work in the round, and provides a blueprint on how to create your own unique designs. Then, to top it off, she offers a number of patterns, all building on the steps detailed in the first half of the book.
A definite must for anyone who enjoys knitting socks....more
I first read these books back in 1980/81. Back then, the first in the series didn't really hold my interest, and I spent more time with Elfstones andI first read these books back in 1980/81. Back then, the first in the series didn't really hold my interest, and I spent more time with Elfstones and Wishsong. Maybe it was the lack of female characters or maybe it felt a little more sword than sorcery for my tastes at that age. Whatever the reason, I never gave it much attention. Coming back to the books as an adult, I found that I did enjoy Sword. Maybe not quite as much as the other two, given the familiarity I already had with them, but I liked getting a better glimpse into Allanon's character and seeing the young Shea and Flick Ohmsford, which shows where Wil got his values from.
I'll admit, I never read any of the other Shannara novels; I moved on to other genres and authors, but these stories definitely made an impression on me. Like many of my favorites from younger days, reading them now allows me to see things I missed and understand characters a little better....more
The idea for this novel came about when one of Anthony's daughters was involved in a local archaeological dig. Tatham Mound is a real place, a previouThe idea for this novel came about when one of Anthony's daughters was involved in a local archaeological dig. Tatham Mound is a real place, a previously undiscovered Safety Harbor burial mound belonging to the Tocobaga tribe. The burials dated to the time of Spanish exploration of Florida, probably during the expedition led by Hernando de Soto. Based on the discoveries in the mound, Anthony has created a tale of what life might have been like for the people before they were virtually wiped out by war and disease.
This has been a favorite book of mine since it first came out. The protagonist is a man known as Tale Teller (he has other names throughout his life, but this is his final one). He is dying and recounts his life story to the Spirit of the Mound, hoping that his failure to complete a quest to obtain a magic crystal which would have saved his people might now be forgiven, and he may be permitted to be buried with his loved ones. The journey takes him from Florida north, up among the Cherokee and passing through various other tribes, before returning to the area in which he was born. Much of it is conjecture, because cultures have died out, but by extrapolating what is known from other cultures and artifacts gleaned from sites, Anthony has managed to flesh out a story that follows the life of one man, as well as the last days of an entire people....more
I absolutely loved this book, as evidenced by the five stars. It was simply told, and gave a good idea of the friendship that developed between theseI absolutely loved this book, as evidenced by the five stars. It was simply told, and gave a good idea of the friendship that developed between these two men over the years that they worked together, at least from Logue's side of things. Given who George was, it's understandable that there was some distance maintained, but it's still clear that there was genuine fondness on each side.
I think, before the movie, which is based on this book, came out, most people weren't really aware of the problems the king faced when speaking in public. For myself, I heard a lot about the abdication of Edward VII in favor of being able to marry Wallis Simpson, but having been born long after Elizabeth II was firmly established on the throne, I never knew much about her father and the troubles he faced in his own reign (or before that, really). It was a nice chance to fill in some of the blanks and get a more rounded picture.
Now I'm looking forward to seeing the movie even more than before....more