As I've said when reviewing other cookbooks, I'm not a cook. I can do some basic things in the kitchen, so when I saw this book, I thought, "How coolAs I've said when reviewing other cookbooks, I'm not a cook. I can do some basic things in the kitchen, so when I saw this book, I thought, "How cool this would be?" I figured it'd have some basic things in there--and if I couldn't do it, well, my mother can or we could combine our skills (she's epic, I'm not, haha) and we'd go from there. This, unfortunately, is one of those cookbooks that reads more like a textbook and while Tony mentions that you can find these supermarket items, you can't. Maybe up in NY you can find them easily, we looked and found nothing. So, for the skillset, I'm going to say you need a lot and as for the ingredients, they're not going to be easily found.
I did enjoy looking at the photos and reading histories and the like. All in all, it is a fun book. Tony knows his pizza and his love for it, definitely shines through. As with the Bible, there's even a Ten Commandments! The only other complaint I have is that after a few reads, the spine is cracked and is separating from the book. Not a particular fan of that.
Biographies are often thought of as dry and boring reads. I tend to agree sometimes; there are some biographies that merely drive you mad and make youBiographies are often thought of as dry and boring reads. I tend to agree sometimes; there are some biographies that merely drive you mad and make you want to pull your hair out instead of want to read further. Fortunately, Kara Cooley who is very quick to remind you in the beginning that she had 22 years of experience in Egyptology. What I find amusing is that the blurb provided on Goodreads sums everything up nicely. It says, “An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power in a man’s world.Hatshepsut, the daughter of a general who took Egypt’s throne without status as a king’s son and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty, was born into a privileged position of the royal household. Married to her brother, she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her inconceivable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of king in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular twenty-two year reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut out-maneuvered for a seat on the throne. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays with the veil of piety and sexual expression. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut had to shrewdly operate the levers of a patriarchal system to emerge as Egypt’s second female pharaoh.”Ms. Cooley does a fine job of offering her theories of things, walking along the line of non-fiction and fiction flawlessly. It’s a hard task she has set herself up for, seeing as there is very little on Hatshepsut that exists beyond the above mentioned blurb. For some strange reason, they desecrated her images and any trace of her. Of course, since we do actually know about her and there were some images that remain. I was very fascinated to hear the theories and ideas she offered and gave me a far better idea of the Pharaoh’s life and her politics. There were moments where it did jump around and I had to reread the passage to be certain that I got it right. If you’re curious about Hatshepsut, I would recommend this book very much. It’s a fast read, surprisingly, and it will get you thinking.4 out of 5!...more
Firstly, my apologies to the author for being so late in my review. Now, onto the review. I was excited to join this tour because very seldom–if ever,Firstly, my apologies to the author for being so late in my review. Now, onto the review. I was excited to join this tour because very seldom–if ever, was I given the opportunity to read a book based on Native American history and I was excited for it. Ms. Black has clearly researched this topic well and you’ll quickly lose yourself in the pages. It’s very easy to envision yourself 4000 years ago, standing in the sun with Deer Cloud and his people. Ms. Black knows the terrain and the geography so well, I really did feel like I was a part of the world she created. This is based in what would eventually become Texas, so it’s interesting to hear about people who lived thousands of years ago. Theirs was a way of life that was simple, yet had many complications. It goes to show that no matter the time period, we all go through things like that.
My biggest complaint is that the dialog could have been formatted better and I didn’t find the sex scenes as particularly useful. They didn’t seem to add anything or advance the story. I prefer something that does that; rather than simply have it there without much reason. Also, whilst I know peyote was used as a hallucinogen, but I don’t think they used it as often as they did in the book. I could be wrong; but it almost felt like that all the people seemed to do was get high and have sex. Yet, this book is 350 pages and in these pages, she has weaved a great tale about Deer Cloud and his struggles and triumphs, his finding his place and overcoming obstacles. It’s an enjoyable read ultimately. You should give this a try....more
The premise sounds absolutely fascinating, am I right? It’s nice to hear Henry V’s story from someone other than the man himself (or the writer posingThe premise sounds absolutely fascinating, am I right? It’s nice to hear Henry V’s story from someone other than the man himself (or the writer posing as the man himself). If you’re unfamiliar with his story, wiki has it summed up really nicely in a rather short package for you. If you’re looking to watch the Shakespeare adaptation, The Hollow Crown: two words: Tom Hiddleston. He plays Henry fantastically. Now, I used him in a visual in this book and it made it ever so much more enjoyable. I like imagery of whom I’m reading about. I admit that I was glad I have a vivid imagination because this book is heavy on action but not on descriptions. Be aware that the author is Polish and this is translated; thus, some expressions are confusing and leaves you kind of baffled.
It’s also very historically accurate, so if that isn’t your taste, you may want to skip it. Rich with intrigue, adventure, daring battles and all of the things that make tomes like this fascinating.
I don’t mind a book where there’s more than one POV, I really don’t. Game of Thrones are amongst my favorite books and there’s a lot of POV changes. In this, there are quite a number of changes and it’s really hard to keep up with them. I found myself rereading things and then realising, “Oh hey, POV change.” That’s slightly frustrating, but if you can keep up with that, that in itself is a possible. I wasn’t entirely sure how all of said characters connected at times and I wanted that cohesiveness.
I’m told there’s a sequel, but it has not been translated yet. So any questions I have, I can’t answer yet....more
The Novice begins with action straight away. You start the book and boom! There are Muslim warriors on the warpath, so to speak. This is not for the fThe Novice begins with action straight away. You start the book and boom! There are Muslim warriors on the warpath, so to speak. This is not for the fainthearted, as we read about the crimes they commit in their wake. Pillaging, burning down buildings, rape, Murder of everyone…not even children were spared. A convent, sadly, is amongst the buildings that are ransacked and burned. This is how we first come to meet Sara, a novice nun.
To sum it up without giving too much away, in order to save the other nuns, Sara remains behind as a distraction and the others escape. However, the saracens find her and though she has put up a valiant fight, they cut her hair and strip her of her habit and leave her bound to a tree. She is fortunate that a knight comes upon her and rescues her. They soon fall in love, however, Sara conceals that she hasn’t taken her final vows and the knight leaves her, out of respect for her vows. She moves into Naples with an uncle and cousin, however, the time there is not particularly happy when a count named Umberto becomes obsessed with her. The question is, will her knight find her and save her? Will she ever escape Umberto’s grasp?
The overall message of the story is simple; be honest! Or else you may end up losing the one you love forever. I also liked the message of determination, of never giving up despite the odds that may be against you. I admit this is the first time that I had ever read one of Mirella’s books and I greatly enjoyed it. It was a fast read for me; I read the whole thing in four hours and I hope to acquire more of her books in the future. I think you’ll enjoy this book if you enjoy history, romance, daring knights, damsels in distress…et cetera. I hope you’ll be certain to give her a try.
My only dislike is that there are some characters who are mentioned and there really isn’t closure for them, so yo speak. Donato, Emma, Agostino, the four nuns. Where did they go? What became of them?
Have you ever read a book where you’re pretty sure the author has left something kind of epic out? That there’s just something missing that you can’tHave you ever read a book where you’re pretty sure the author has left something kind of epic out? That there’s just something missing that you can’t (or perhaps you can) place your finger on? For me, this book was missing description. I found a lot of dialogue but the book was missing descriptions–of everything! It was sort of sad because Isabella was a beast, as they say today. To sum her up for you; she arrived in England at the age of 12 to marry Edward II; there was a big conflict growing between France and England–their marriage was supposed to be a balm for that. However, the king and the barons of England were waging a war amongst themselves; due to to the patronage he lavished on his favourite (and rumored lover), Piers Gaveston. During the first years of the marriage, she supported Edward and she even was able to work with Gaveston to help influence the King. Having the support of the French Monarchy also bolstered her status and influence.
However, the barons had Gaveston killed and Edward eventually had a new favorite, Hugh Despenser the younger and he also attempted to take revenge on the barons, which caused a civil war. Isabella could not tolerate nor could she work with Hugh Despenser and by 1325 her marriage to Edward was at a breaking point. Under Despenser’s influence, her children were taken from her, her lands taken and her allowance was reduced. She traveled to France on a “diplomatic” mission and while there, she began an affair with Roger Mortimer and they decided to depose Edward. His forces deserted him and Isabella easily took over, becoming regent for her son, Edward III. So that’s her life, summed up for you.
Now, there was plenty of opportunity for the author to really go in depth, yet I felt he sort of just brushed over the facts; where he could have described her surroundings, he didn’t. He could have gone in depth with their opinions and their feels, yet I feel he restrained himself for some reason. Each chapter was short–two or perhaps three pages. I would have rather had a I totally imagined Isabella being portrayed by Lena Headey.lengthy chapter that elaborated on things more. Another point is brought up often–that Isabella is beautiful–but we are never once told what she looked like. Just that she was beautiful. what I did know of her from history, I kind of envisioned Lena Headey as Isabella.
This is not to say that overall I didn’t enjoy the book. What was there wasn’t horrible. I just wanted there to be more in depth writing. I wanted to be transported to that time–and I was not. This could have been a fast read, but it wasn’t…I kept losing interest. A pity. I had very high hopes…alas. I was let down....more
I admit, I was excited to read this book (because Joseph is a fab writer) and when I finished it in three hours, I had the feeling of incompleteness.I admit, I was excited to read this book (because Joseph is a fab writer) and when I finished it in three hours, I had the feeling of incompleteness. Each story held potential but it never really got there. You know when you're on a roller coaster and you think you're going to go down this massive drop and then it's nothing really at all?
It felt like that.
I saw another review that nailed it--he had begun a story...but that was it. For me, it lacked depth and detail and made the words seem flat and lifeless. I found myself wishing he had spent more time on the stories, fleshing them out more; or taking one of them and fleshing it out into a full length novel.
It kind of felt like a book full of writing prompts. So much potential there that just never really was reached. ...more