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The Buried Pyramid
I'm disappointed. The plot seems so contrived, and the characters feel flat and uninteresting to me--emotionless, humorless and just not fully fleshed...more
not set
Sep 06, 2007
The Laughter of Dead Kings (Vicky Bliss, #6)
Gee, I must've been in a pretty bad mood or something the first time I read this, because it wasn't nearly as dreary as I remember it being. Still, I'...more
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
The Hippopotamus Pool (Amelia Peabody, #8)
This is a pretty fun one, with multiple bad guys, and lots of craziness towards the end, but the best part for me is that this is the book where Ramse...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)
While I always thought of this book as one of my favorites of the early Peabody books, and judging by how even the ones I wasn't as fond of were someh...more
Jan 11, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody Series #7)
Ahahaha, I forgot this is the book where Emerson gets amnesia! I haven't read this one as often as the others in the first part of the series, mainly...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, #1)
I've read this book sooooo many times already, but when I saw the audio version on sale for $5.00, I just couldn't pass it up. Though it took me a lit...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
Seeing a Large Cat (Amelia Peabody, #9)
Sigh! I think I've read this book 5 or 6 times by now, and I still love it. This one is a major turning point of the series. Ramses, David and Nefret...more
Sep 21, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2)
So, I've read this book several times before, and it was always one of my least favorites of the early Peabody books for some reason. But listening to...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades: Memoirs of Usamah Ibn-Munqidh
Man, this was cool! Since it was written in the late 1100s, I was expecting it to be pretty difficult, but it think it helps that this is a modern tra...more
Jan 15, 2012
Dec 07, 2011
The Daughters of Mars
Probably my least favorite of the three Keneally novels I've read so far, but there's a lot I liked about it--the changing relationship between sister...more
May 30, 2013
May 01, 2013
Spirit and Dust (Goodnight Family #2)
Well...I liked this. I did. But not as much as I hoped or expected to. When I finished it, I sat for awhile trying to put my finger on the why of it,...more
May 19, 2013
Jul 03, 2012
Sacred Treasure--the Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic
I thought this was pretty interesting, but it's not quite what I expected. Glickman talks mainly about how the Cairo Genizah was rediscovered and who...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jul 14, 2012
The Egyptologist
I thought this was fantastic, though I can see why not everybody loves it--it definitely requires some patience and some reading between the lines. It...more
Dec 10, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be! Mertz writes her non-fiction egyptology books with the same sense of humor she exhibits in her fic...more
Mar 25, 2011
Sep 17, 2008
Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt
I liked this one even more than I did Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, probably mostly because while Red Land, Black Land covers the...more
Apr 04, 2012
Sep 17, 2008
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
Well...I did not like this nearly as much as I did the Percy Jackson series. Not even close. Much as I hate to rate this a two, I can't say I actually...more
Jun 29, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
The Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody, #5)
Barbara Rosenblat's narration gets better and better, and yet again, even though this isn't one of my favorites in the series, the audio version is fa...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind
I listened to the audio version, narrated by Simon Vance, who was fantastic.

This was a really fascinating read. Pollard and Reid did a truly excellent...more
Oct 08, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody Series #3)
This hasn't typically been one of my favorites in book form, but man, Barbara Rosenblat's narration kind of made this magical for me. I had a difficul...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jun 29, 2012
The Laughter of Dead Kings (Vicky Bliss, #6)
I wanted to like this one a lot more than I actually did. The first five Vicky Bliss books are some of my all-time favorites, and I expected the fifth...more
Nov 23, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
Treason's Harbour (Aubrey/Maturin, #9)
Yet another book in the series where not really a lot happens, and yet...

Things I loved: Maturin's beloved diving bell and all the chaos surrounding...more
May 15, 2013
May 03, 2013
Night Train to Memphis (Vicky Bliss, #5)
This one is definitely the most angsty of the series--really kind of heart wrenching in spots! Still very funny though at the same time--Schmidt, as a...more
Mar 08, 2011
Aug 26, 2007
Lion in the Valley  (Amelia Peabody, #4)
Once again, very fun to experience this story again on audio, but in this case, I definitely still prefer the print version, mainly because the voice...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
Seeing a Large Cat (Amelia Peabody, #9)
I feel like this is the last Peabody book that I really loved--things just get soooooo complicated in the next couple of books, and angsty, and then.....more
not set
Aug 25, 2007
Treasures of the Pharaohs
Really enjoyable--the text is basically a brief history of ancient Egypt, and the photographs are excellent. I have really got to visit all this stuff...more
Nov 13, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peabody, #4)
Okay, yeah, this one gets pretty silly. But also so, so funny! And also, here we are introduced to the recurring character of the Master Criminal, aka...more
not set
Aug 25, 2007
The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen
Howard Carter's really interesting and well-written first-hand account of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, complete with plenty of ph...more
Apr 15, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
One of my all-time very favorite books--I love the characters, the humor, the Victorian Egypt setting, the cheesy mummy factor...pretty much everythin...more
not set
Aug 25, 2007
The Falcon at the Portal( Amelia Peabody, #11)
Man, this book made me SO MAD when I read it the first time. There's so much angst, and a TOTAL cliffhanger-ish ending...whaaaat?

I didn't find it quit...more
not set
Aug 25, 2007
The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)
This one is more like your over-the-top adventure story--a lost oasis, a secret society in the Sudan still living as they did in ancient times... It's...more
not set
Aug 25, 2007
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