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The Sweet Girl
did not like it
I discarded this one after reading the first 60 pages. I started the novel because I thought it would be a historical novel about ancient Greece, feat ...more
Jul 24, 2014
Jun 21, 2013
The Light Between Oceans
did not like it
Ah well, wound up tossing The Light Between Oceans after 75 pages .... actually, after 75 pages I started skimming, and skimmed the rest of the book i ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2012
The Night in Lisbon
it was amazing
Wow. Fantastic. The frame of the story is that of a man telling another man the story of his past few years. That story concerns a man who has incurre ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
Lighthouse (St. Simons Trilogy, #1)
liked it
This book was first published in 1971. The author, Eugenia Price, based the novel on real people who lived 1790s through the early 1800s. She invented ...more
Feb 13, 2017
Feb 02, 2017
The Train of Small Mercies
did not like it
The concept was good: tell stories of people waiting to see the funeral train of Robert F. Kennedy go by in 1968. The execution just didn't work. The ...more
Jan 2012
Nov 23, 2011
Sister Noon
it was ok
This novel has a main character named Mrs. Mary-Ellen Pleasant. I found out that she was an actual person:
Nov 06, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
The Lieutenant
liked it
One-sentence summary of the novel: “You do not learn a language without entering into a relationship with the people who spoke it with you.” I liked t ...more
May 18, 2010
May 11, 2010
Human Acts
liked it
The book is based on a historical event known as the Gwangju Uprising. The Gwangju Uprising occurred in the city of Gwangju, South Korea, from May 18 ...more
Jul 27, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
The Elephant's Journey
liked it
Saramago's experimental writing style, which lacks punctuation, capital letters, and paragraphs; the style was successful in communicating the store; ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 08, 2010
Burnt Shadows
really liked it
Interesting, character-driven novel...... except for the last 50 pages; at which time, the author becomes dues ex machina, manipulating the characters ...more
May 09, 2011
Apr 10, 2011
The Scarlet Pimpernel
liked it
Straightforward adventure tale, set during the time of the French Revolution. If the gentle reader can accept (1) all members of the aristocracy are h ...more
Dec 28, 2011
May 16, 2010
King Hereafter
not set
Nov 11, 2017
Last Train to Istanbul
Library: Ord-2
not set
Apr 18, 2018
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
it was amazing
based on the author’s own life
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
Sweet Dates in Basra
really liked it
Overall: a pleasant tale of 1940s Iraq. Jewish and Muslim neighbors support each other as though they are all one family. There is a female empowermen ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
The Love-Artist
it was ok
Alot on the sights, sounds, and smells of Rome. The plot is thin but it isn't the focus of the novel anyways so that's OK. The ending is very vague.
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 03, 2010
The King Must Die
liked it
There's a summary of the myths regarding Theseus at the end of this book. I'd recommend reading it before reading the novel (as I did) because it expl ...more
Nov 2010
Apr 14, 2010
Pictures at an Exhibition
did not like it
I tossed this novel after reading about a third of it. The subject was interesting: Nazis stealing art, and postwar efforts to recover it. The non-fic ...more
not set
Nov 02, 2013
A Separate Peace
liked it
4* for style, 3* for content. I'm not normally interested in the hijinks at a boy's boarding school. I didn't like the hero/narrator. And ... The even ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
did not like it
First line:
"And so let us beginne; and, as the Fabrick takes its Shape in front of you, always keep the Structure intirely in Mind as you inscribe it.
May 07, 2016
Jan 16, 2013
The Flowers of Adonis
really liked it
Based on the life of Alcibiades (born 450 B.C. died 404 B.C.).

Fails the Bechdel test.
(The Bechdel test asks if a work of fiction features at least tw
Jul 26, 2017
Mar 16, 2017
Lucky Us
did not like it
The cover is really cool -- really, a zebra riding on the back of a lion? Awesome! I liked the first couple of pages also. And then -- tedium. I decid ...more
not set
Aug 06, 2014
liked it
First half 4.0 stars, second half 2.5 stars. I had a hard time doing the "willing suspension of disbelief" once Eleanor Roosevelt entered the novel.
Jun 14, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
Cleopatra's Daughter
TWINS Cleopatra Selene, her twin brother, Alexander, and their young brother Ptolemy suffer the loss of their parents, Cleopatra and Marc Antony, when ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2011
The Invention of Everything Else
really liked it
An engaging introduction to the last days of inventor Nikola Tesla. This is fiction based on fact, combined with a bit of whimsical speculation. Recom ...more
May 2008
Apr 03, 2009
Falling Angels
really liked it
Based on an actual event in England during the Woman's Sufferage movement before World War I. Engaging, but not as good as Chevalier's other novels.
Oct 2001
Jan 09, 2010
A Pigeon and a Boy
did not like it
Boring. There was an interesting bit, but then, the author goes on to other subjects for pages. I finally gave up.
not set
Jul 04, 2013
All the Flowers in Shanghai
did not like it
The author writes well; I just didn't like the story. I particularly did not like the first-person narrator.
not set
Jan 26, 2012
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
The story is set in Paris, France in the Late Middle Ages, during the reign of Louis XI (1461–1483).
not set
Feb 21, 2013
really liked it
Was a 5 * read but I didn't care for the ending so knocked it down to a 4 * rating.
Mar 31, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
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