I enjoyed The Red Queen more than I did The White Queen. I felt more sympathetic to this "queen" than I did to the other. As with all of Gregory's booI enjoyed The Red Queen more than I did The White Queen. I felt more sympathetic to this "queen" than I did to the other. As with all of Gregory's books, this one keeps a decent pace with something interesting popping up just when it starts to get boring. I waited a while between The Cousins' War books as where I read her Tudor series one right after the other. I have book 3 waiting, but I think I might read something else in between because it is a lot to soak up all in a row. There must be 10 characters name Elizabeth and several Edwards and Henrys. If you are reading late intot he night it is easy to get lost every now and then. I liked the book overall and would recommend it if you like alternate histories or "what-if-it-happened-THIS-way" type books....more
I was all excited when I came across this book on PBS; I had to order it. Lily Dale is a spiritualist town not far from where I grew up in Western NewI was all excited when I came across this book on PBS; I had to order it. Lily Dale is a spiritualist town not far from where I grew up in Western New York state. Everyone around there knows about Lily Dale; it’s been there for over a century. I’ve always found the occult very interesting, so a town where you have to be a registered medium in order to own a home is interesting if nothing else. I also figured that there would be a little bit of local history, which I love as well. With this in mind, you can imagine how disappointed I was by the way this book took on the aloof skeptics point of view! Honestly, if I wanted to hear someone snicker behind their hand at any religion that is slightly different than the norm, I’d watch Fox News. I found it somewhat insulting that way the author paints everyone to be fakes or crazies, stopping just short of calling them liars, after they have all granted her access and repeatedly taken her into their own homes with open arms. Particularly upsetting to me was the ending of the book where she starts to believe in Spiritualism and then talks herself out of it because it’s so rediculous. I’m not a Spiritualist myself, but I don’t like people acting snarky about someone Else’s religion.
I read The Black Tower simply because I liked the two previous Bayard books that I have read. He has a way of putting a huge twist and sometimes moreI read The Black Tower simply because I liked the two previous Bayard books that I have read. He has a way of putting a huge twist and sometimes more than one, in the end that you wouldn't have guessed at in a million years. This book is no exception. The story is about the possibly switching out of the son of Louis the 17th for another boy, the effort to prove this boy's identity and a way to keep him alive. I won't spoil it with the final twist, but it was so off the wall that I never even considered it! There are some pretty tense moments in the last half of the story that I actually found myself holding my breath over as I read. If you like historical intrigue, you'll like this one I'd bet....more