Purchased for my Kindle app on Debra's birthday, March 7. So sad to hear about her sudden death on Feb. 8, 2015. I look forward to reading these. I enPurchased for my Kindle app on Debra's birthday, March 7. So sad to hear about her sudden death on Feb. 8, 2015. I look forward to reading these. I enjoyed getting to know Debra a bit in the Yahoo group Renditions of Camelot.
House of Pendragon 1. The Firebrand 2. The Recruit
Merrily Watkins mysteries: #01 The Wine of Angels #02 Midwinter of the Spirit #03 A Crown of Lights #04 The Cure of Souls #05 The Lamp of the Wicked #06 TheMerrily Watkins mysteries: #01 The Wine of Angels #02 Midwinter of the Spirit #03 A Crown of Lights #04 The Cure of Souls #05 The Lamp of the Wicked #06 The Prayer of the Night Shepherd #07 The Smile of a Ghost #08 The Remains of an Altar #09 The Fabric of Sin #10 To Dream of the Dead #11 The Secrets of Pain
Companion guide: Merrily's Border: The Welsh Marches and Their Secrets...more
This was offered free on Amazon, and my mother's ancestors moved from Kentucky to Missouri to Kansas, so I'm hoping to get some insights into their exThis was offered free on Amazon, and my mother's ancestors moved from Kentucky to Missouri to Kansas, so I'm hoping to get some insights into their experiences....more
Read this for bookclub, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. It's pure fluff, and that just isn't my thing. Yeah, it's just the kind of book for a moviRead this for bookclub, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. It's pure fluff, and that just isn't my thing. Yeah, it's just the kind of book for a movie - a pleasant, but short diversion, ultimately forgettable. Probably works better as a movie actually, but I don't have any strong desire to look for it and watch it. I gave it three stars just because it was short, and sweet. I only rolled my eyes a few times.
Book description from Amazon.com : Reeling with heartache after her husband abandons her for a younger woman, Adrienne Willis flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend a friend's inn. Here she hopes to find the tranquillity she so desperately needs to rethink her life. But almost as soon as she gets there, a major storm is forecast and a guest named Dr. Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and is trying to escape his own shattered past. Now, with a fierce nor'easter closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort-and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives....more
Book Description (from Amazon.com) Literary sleuth Thursday Next is out to save literature in the fifth installment of Jasper Fforde’s wildly popular sBook Description (from Amazon.com) Literary sleuth Thursday Next is out to save literature in the fifth installment of Jasper Fforde’s wildly popular series
Beloved for his prodigious imagination, his satirical gifts, his literate humor, and sheer silliness, Jasper Fforde has delighted book lovers since Thursday Next first appeared in The Eyre Affair, a genre send-up hailed as an instant classic. Since the no-nonsense literary detective from Swindon made her debut, literature has never been quite the same. Neither have nursery rhymes, for that matter. With two successful books of the Nursery Crime series under his belt, Fforde takes up once again the brilliant adventures of his signature creation in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the Thursday Next series. And it’s better than ever.
It’s been fourteen years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult sixteen year old. However, Thursday’s got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed at the Rheinback Falls and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what’s going on—there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld. And that’s not all—The Goliath Corporation is trying to deregulate book travel. Naturally, Thursday must travel to the outer limits of acceptable narrative possibilities to triumph against increasing odds.
Packed with word play, bizarre and entertaining subplots, and old-fashioned suspense, Thursday’s return is sure to be celebrated by Jasper’s fanatical fans and the critics who have loved him since the beginning. ...more
This book got off to a VERY slow start, and I nearly quit reading halfway through. The second half, once Roosevelt was on the actual journey, was muchThis book got off to a VERY slow start, and I nearly quit reading halfway through. The second half, once Roosevelt was on the actual journey, was much more interesting. It's one of those books where you can say "Wow, I learned a lot" when you are finished. I'd give the first half a 2 rating and the second half at least a 4, maybe a 4.5.
Book description: The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.
Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.
From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt’s life, here is Candice Millard’s dazzling debut. ...more