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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
4.05
it was amazing
Remember Fourth Grade? Sister Mary Anne taught us to singsong "Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred and ninety two." Then we skipped to ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2011
 
1015
The Hot Gate (Troy Rising, #3)
4.24
it was amazing
I have in the past been peeved with John Ringo, and have even used the dreaded "B" word (BORING) about one of his works. Well, hallelujah and raise th ...more
not set
Jun 25, 2011
 
1303
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
4.04
it was amazing
This was a real treat for me. I'm not an angel fanatic;I don't have collections of angelic pictures and statuettes like some gals do. In fact, I usual ...more
not set
Nov 16, 2011
 
1286
Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes
3.80
it was amazing
I always thought that history depended on who was telling the story at the end of the day. Turns out I was right on. Imagine yourself as a citizen of ...more
not set
Aug 19, 2015
 
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The Face in the Frost
3.93
it was amazing
I just reread this old and faithful friend. Oh! the magic mirror! Oh, the tomato coach! I LOVE the way this guy's mind works. In his books, no fairy t ...more
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Jan 30, 2010
 
1245
A King's Ransom (Plantagenets #5)
4.32
it was amazing
Nothing causes me more happy excitement than a fat historical novel by Sharon K.Penman. She has the gift of narrative. She feeds her readers a ton of ...more
May 2014
Feb 11, 2014
 
3
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)
3.69
really liked it
This is an amazing book. It is not at all my usual cup of tea, but its hero(?) is Sir Richard Francis Burton, whose career has always fascinated me, s ...more
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Nov 17, 2010
 
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After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
4.06
it was amazing
To me, the Islamic World has always been like one of those tedious wooden puzzles that taken apart, can rarely be put back together. I stare at them a ...more
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May 21, 2010
 
1172
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)
4.21
it was amazing
As I write this, it is two in the a.m. and I am almost dizzy with the desire to return to the marvellous fantasy worlds of Days of Blood and Starlight ...more
not set
Nov 03, 2012
 
2
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.35
it was amazing
I knew that I would like this book. I had read a bazillian reviews, all trumpeting the virtues of the plot, the characters, the pacing et cetera. My p ...more
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Oct 17, 2010
 
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Forged: Writing in the Name of God
3.97
it was amazing
This book is another winner by Bart Ehrman, whose works I have reviewed before. Ehrman has the knack of dealing with complex issues in in assessable t ...more
not set
May 16, 2011
 
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The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850
3.77
it was amazing
I like to think that I know a lot about history. Periodically, authors like Brian Fagan teach me how much more there is to know. This book is bursting ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2010
 
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Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years
3.77
it was amazing
I can't praise Philip Jenkins enough! In Jesus Wars, he takes one of the most complex, abstruse questions in the history of the Western World and make ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2010
 
1022
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
This novel may be marketed as YA, but do not make the mistake of thinking this is either juvenile or cutesy-poo. This is an exciting, well written adv ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2011
 
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A Long Time Until Now
3.81
it was amazing
When I heard Michael Z Williamson was writing a time travel novel, I began to drool in anticipation. I love the entire time travel sub-genre, especial ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2015
 
1041
Citadel (Troy Rising, #2)
4.27
really liked it
Not too long ago, I reviewed a novel by John Ringo rather harshly. It deserved it. But I'm crazy-happy to tell you that his latest, Citadel, is a rock ...more
not set
Feb 01, 2011
 
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A Distant Mirror:  The Calamitous 14th Century
4.11
it was amazing
To me, there is nothing more satisfying than a fat book about the Middle Ages. On that ground alone, Barbara Tuchman gives me a nice warm glow. Howeve ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2010
 
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Into the Storm (Destroyermen, #1)
3.94
it was amazing
Take a large helping of Tom Clancy and another of Harry Turtledove and you have an approximation of Into the Storm, by Taylor Anderson. This is a trip ...more
not set
Feb 05, 2010
 
1154
Shakespeare: The Biography
3.95
it was amazing
It is O'dark thirty in the morning and I have just finished this Marvelous Book. You'll note I used capitals which I did on purpose because this book ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
 
15
The Vespertine (The Vespertine, #1)
3.44
really liked it
As I see it, most of the truly exciting story-telling today is done in the YA world. The contemporary publishing scene is clotted with self-important ...more
not set
Apr 05, 2011
 
35
Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry
4.37
it was amazing
I've been reading in the news that Elizabeth Taylor's jewels are going to be the stars of a traveling exhibit before they are auctioned. So I went to ...more
not set
Nov 07, 2010
 
999
Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)
3.94
it was amazing
Alex was hiking in the Michigan woods, looking for inner peace, running from the "monster" in her head. She thought that she had it bad. Her parents w ...more
not set
Dec 14, 2011
 
1296
The Watchers (The Angelus trilogy, #1)
3.66
it was amazing
A brain damaged boy, an expensive call girl and an amnesiac security expert cross paths in Lausanne Cathedral. Their story winds the Book of Enoch, th ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2013
 
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The Guns of the South
3.95
it was amazing
This is the story of what happened when time travelers gave Robert E. Lee advanced weaponry in order for the South to win the Civil War. It is also my ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2010
 
1173
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
3.80
it was amazing
"Oh rapture! Oh bliss! Oh bliss! Oh rapture!" - Gilbert and Sullivan
H.M.S. Pinafore

What bliss and rapture to walk into the bookstore with money in you
...more
not set
Jan 09, 2013
 
1155
Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms, #1)
3.75
it was amazing
I laughed so hard my ribs hurt. I laughed so hard my cat ran away and hid under the bed. I laughed----NO, I howled like a hyena with a hotfoot. This i ...more
not set
Apr 01, 2012
 
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The Left Hand of Darkness
4.05
it was amazing
I love a book where the characters must overcome great hardships. I also love books that feature complex relationships between the characters. This on ...more
not set
Jan 29, 2010
 
41
Big Trouble
3.81
it was amazing
This book is a candidate for funniest book of all time. My best advice for potential readers of Big Trouble is to wear Depends. You will laugh so hard ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2010
 
1282
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
4.32
it was amazing
The theme is freedom. Laia becomes a slave to liberate her brother from prison. Elias, a soldier, faces desertion or death to gain his liberty. Laia i ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2016
 
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Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore
4.07
it was amazing
I wasn't certain what I was getting into when I opened this book. After all, how could one write a biography of Helen of Troy without sources? It isn' ...more
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Feb 04, 2010
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