This book is being published in America under the name War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou.
I thought this book was historical fiction writing at itsThis book is being published in America under the name War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou.
I thought this book was historical fiction writing at its best. War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou is the middle book of Conn Iggulden's trilogy and it is outstanding. It can be read as a stand alone and is really much better than the first one of the series. Iggulden's expertise is writing about battles and making them come alive as he did on his excellent Genghis Khan series. You won't find the romantic scenes of Phillipa Gregory's much inferior series on the same subject.
The book concerns Henry VI's reign and the Duke of York's rule during Henry's long illnesses. I still don't know what was wrong with Henry as he was comatose for 18 months and suddenly woke up on Christmas Day with no memory of the recent past and an apparently changed man. I read that some people think he was a schizophrenic but that doesn't seem right to me. During his illness Richard, the Duke of York, ruled in his stead, apparently quite successfully.
The strength of this book is making the characters fully formed. They have good and bad sides and it is really hard to call one side right or wrong. You can see both points of view. Richard seemed to be quite a good guy to me. He could have had Henry murdered any time and taken the crown for himself and yet he didn't. He became the arch enemy of Henry's wife, Margaret of Anjou, and the struggle in this book is between those two people. He did take Henry under his control several times which really irritated Henry's wife.
Margaret of Anjou was really an annoying person to me. If she had worked with Richard instead of fighting, so much bloodshed could have been avoided. It makes you wonder what could have been accomplished if they could have put their differences aside and worked together. On the other hand, Margaret came to England from France at 15 years old. She was living in a foreign land, had a husband who was comatose and was trying to protect her son. I thought it was amazing how much control she exercised at such a young age.
This book presented a well balanced view of the start of the War of the Roses. I learned quite a lot from it. The writing was great, the characters were quite human and it kept my attention from start to finish. I highly recommend this book....more
I did a little happy dance when I finished this book. Was it that good? No, it was opposite. I was so happy that I had finished this piece of drivel I did a little happy dance when I finished this book. Was it that good? No, it was opposite. I was so happy that I had finished this piece of drivel that I was jumping for joy. John Grisham has always been a mediocre writer but a good storyteller. He was neither in this book. His writing was appalling bad and the "plot" (I use that word loosely) was so hackneyed as to be almost unreadable.
It's a shame because the issues dealt with in the book are important. The strip coal mining in Appalachia is horrific and why this is allowed to continue is beyond me. The loss of American jobs is an important story as more and more communities turn to drugs to support themselves. Sometime we might elected a politician who actually cares about these important issues. This book will never galvanize anyone to take needed action and it should. Grisham has let us down in more than one way.
I would never ever recommend this book to anyone. Go find something good to read and avoid this drivel like the plague....more
I really liked this little mystery set in Scotland. It may be that I am just fond of Scotland but I found this delightful. First of all, the last pla I really liked this little mystery set in Scotland. It may be that I am just fond of Scotland but I found this delightful. First of all, the last place I would have thought to find Lord Peter is fishing in the Highlands. The thought of that alone makes me giggle.
The murder surrounds a disliked artist and five other painter/fishermen are the suspects. It's quite entertaining as Peter makes his way through the conflicting alibis. The ending was a surprise for me.
This is not my favorite book in the Saxon series but Uhtred is alive and suffering from the wounds he received in Pagan Lord. No matter what4.5 stars
This is not my favorite book in the Saxon series but Uhtred is alive and suffering from the wounds he received in Pagan Lord. No matter what he does, he just can't seem to recover so he must rely on others more than he does. In the best scenes in the book, in my opinion, are him establishing a relationship with his son, Uhtred, and his daughter, Stiorra, who is a big surprise to her father.
Aethelred finally dies (yippee) and Uhtred must step in to protect Aethelflead's, the widow, rights. What's up for grabs is Mercia and Aethelflead's brother, Edward wouldn't mind being king of Mercia and Wessex. Uhtred must head north to protect her burbs from the Irish Norsemen. If ther4e's not one thing there's another.
I really liked getting to know Stiorra. She is such a pleasure. I just love how surprised Uhtred is about her.
This is another bang up book in the Saxon series. I am really worried about Uhtred. Will be get Bebbanburg back before he dies? I already can't wait for the next one. ...more
This is the best Sean Duffy book in the four book series. I only hope McKinty writes more as the character and story line are developing so well. Duf This is the best Sean Duffy book in the four book series. I only hope McKinty writes more as the character and story line are developing so well. Duffy is a man who is looking for a place to belong. As one of the very Catholic policeman in the RUC, he tries to date women who want nothing to with him because he is a policeman and had swastikas painted on his house's front door. He's a square peg looking for a square hole instead of a round one and that leads to a lot of his problems in this book.
After a watching a botched interception of guns, Duffy wanders off and stumbles into a double homicide. The homicide leads to more murders, supposed suicides and investigations into missing JAVA missiles and more trouble than any man should have to bear. There is an inept American stumbling around that may be CIA. He is training a new policeman and checking for bombs under his car. He is being recruited for a top Irish secret agency.
Duffy is a complex character that is evolving. That is a hard thing to do. I think of Lee Child's wonder Jack Reacher's novels and realize Reacher is not evolving. He's who he is. That's why I find Duffy so exciting. It's interesting to find a character who changes, grows and matures. He is not completely good like real life people aren't. He has layers. The writing is taut and fast paced. It makes it difficult to put the book down. You just want to find out what will happen next.
This is a really good book in a really good series. I highly recommend it....more
A friend gave this to me for Christmas. I had never heard of Colin Bateman before but I am a fan now. I started laughing from the first page and laug A friend gave this to me for Christmas. I had never heard of Colin Bateman before but I am a fan now. I started laughing from the first page and laughed most of the way through. The story takes place during The Troubles when a politician is running to be the peace candidate. Everyone is involved from the police, the IRA and the UVF and all of them are out to get Dan Starkey, freelance writer for the Belfast papers. I don't want to give it away but it has a wonderful ending, in an awful kind of way, that took me totally my surprise.
For those who like a truly funny mystery this is a standout. ...more
There will be people who really like this. Unfortunately, I am not one. I found this novel comparable to one by Nicholas Sparks and, yet, he is extremThere will be people who really like this. Unfortunately, I am not one. I found this novel comparable to one by Nicholas Sparks and, yet, he is extremely popular. I found it to be so-so. The characters were cut-out paper dolls and the story was just so slow and plodding. For people who like this genre, I am sure it will be a good read.
This is a companion book to the "Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and tells the story of Miss Queenie, the woman Harold was on the journey to see. Queenie is in a hospice run by nun dying from a tumor in her throat area. She can no longer talk and writes her story in shorthand that was transcribed by a nun. She wants to give it to Harold when he arrives to explain herself to him. The story meanders between her times with Harold, her "exile" and her current circumstances. When I say meander, I mean meander. I was silently screaming to myself, "Just get on with it".
I don't want to go on and on but this was just not my cup of tea....more