This is a book I picked up on a whim, a suggestion from my brother regarding the movie that will be coming out. I have to say I was disappointed in theThis is a book I picked up on a whim, a suggestion from my brother regarding the movie that will be coming out. I have to say I was disappointed in the ending, but you can't change history right? As it was based on a true story, the author did stay as true to the facts as he could. I have seen the different versions of the movie trailer and believe that the movie has made a lot of changes from the book, so I'll be interested to see that when it releases.
The book focuses on Hugh Glass and his travels, mostly with the Rocky Mountain Fur company. It does touch on his previous adventures with pirates and his short stay with the Indians. There is a lot of the daily struggle of finding food, shelter and crossing of the middle states passing messages and searching for the men who abandoned him in his time of need. There are several encounters with Indian tribes (mostly bad, but some good) as he travels back and forth across the middle states of the 1820's America. Strength, intuition, determination and luck getting him through each day. ...more
The firm of Challoner, Murray & Balfour is a mystery to most who cross its path. They deal with monster hunting and most people don’t have monsterThe firm of Challoner, Murray & Balfour is a mystery to most who cross its path. They deal with monster hunting and most people don’t have monster-related problems, or wouldn’t admit it if they did. The members of this firm are hands-on, and the three gentlemen take their jobs as seriously as their lives. There are a few occasions where others become involved in their cases and because they are gentleman, they take help where they can get it, though with a pinch of caution.
There is the potential for evil in woman and man, no matter what the time period. In these stories, Juliet E McKenna does not shy away from portraying both sexes in good and bad lights. I haven’t read any of her other books and am very excited to have been introduced to her in this way. Each story held my attention, and I even read a couple of them twice, just for the fun of it.
Speculative fiction has always held an interest with me. There are such a wide variety of ideas that come from it, and you never really know what you are going to end up getting. What I enjoyed most about the stories is that they were reminiscent of one of my favourite books, The Hound of the Baskervilles. It never fails to put a smile on my face and I found it very exciting to have those same feelings aroused while reading these stories.
These are four very enjoyable stories from author Juliet E McKenna: Invisible men, beasts, secrets, and misconceptions. All of them are engrossing and suspenseful, and, with the addition of very good illustrations by Nancy Farmer, this is definitely a read you’ll want to pick up. I recommend it to readers of Victorian Era horror. Each story is enchanting and memorable. ...more
When amateur sleuths Tonica and Ginny are approached by Seth, the bar ‘s cook, to help his friend keep ownership of his house, they agree. But Seth’sWhen amateur sleuths Tonica and Ginny are approached by Seth, the bar ‘s cook, to help his friend keep ownership of his house, they agree. But Seth’s friend Deke is a simple man and may have gotten himself into something that is out of their control. Deke is being evicted by his landlord for being involved in a dog fighting ring. Deke knows nothing about the dog fighting, but has found himself in the middle of a big mess.
As Tonica and Ginny begin asking questions, they find themselves mixed up with the wrong type of people and in a lot of danger. The story is punctuated by the thoughts of Tonica’s tabby cat and Ginny’s shar-pei puppy, who help to entertain and make this an exciting romp of a detective story. It was also interesting to see how L. A. Kornetsky managed to navigate the realistic and serious subject of dog fighting with such a humorous flair.
Explosions, bar brawls, and intelligent sleuths combine for a great read. I’d recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries....more