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Thud! (Discworld, #34)
really liked it
This is another entry in Terry Pratchett's marvelous Discworld series. This time the action is in Ankh-Morpork, with the resident dwarf and troll popu ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Nov 29, 2012
The Devil's Detective
it was amazing
This wins for the bleakest, most disturbing, novels that I have read this year. It's also inventive, twisted and complex, and a novel that kept me awa ...more
Oct 17, 2015
Aug 03, 2015
A Seat at the Table: A Novel of Forbidden Choices
really liked it
I enjoyed this one, filled with Jewish lore and recreating the UltraOrthodox world of New York City in detail. Elisha, on the brink of adulthood, and ...more
Jul 08, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld, #28)
really liked it
A boy, a cat and a group of laboratory rats are planning one last scam to fund getting to someplace peaceful. The twist in this is that the cat and th ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Mar 22, 2013
A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark
really liked it
(This is actually a trade paperback edition, but the database won't let me make one. Sigh. So it goes)

A very readable, if somewhat erratic look at the
Apr 13, 2015
Apr 07, 2015
The Annotated Sense and Sensibility
it was amazing
This is a great addition to the library of anyone who loves to read Jane Austen. The annotations are clear, and the pictures throughout the text add a ...more
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 20, 2010
A Breach of Promise (William Monk, #9)
really liked it
At the end of the Crimean war, a young soldier returns home disfigured and maimed, and is taken care of by Hester, the friend of William Monk. Monk is ...more
not set
Sep 11, 2010
A Razor Wrapped in Silk (Porfiry Petrovich , #3)
really liked it
A tale that involves factory workers, a teacher, a murdered actress and her catatonic sister in Tsarist St. Petersburg, with the return of two investi ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one, despite the fact that it is very long -- more than a thousand pages on my Nook. This crafts the story of Hiyoshi, a man who ...more
May 13, 2016
May 02, 2016
really liked it
I had a grand time with this fantasy set in an alternate London during Queen Victoria's reign. Dodger is a tosher -- a scavenger in the sewers -- who ...more
Apr 16, 2013
Mar 13, 2012
The Cat's Table
really liked it
I found this one interesting to read, and it reminded me a bit about my own travels by cruise ship. While I found some of it impossible to believe ser ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Sep 01, 2011
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household
really liked it
A great book about Queen Victoria and the people who served as her maids-of-honour, ladies-in-waiting not to mention her private secretaries, footmen ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Nov 07, 2012
To Defy a King (William Marshal, #5; Bigod, #2)
it was amazing
Elizabeth Chadwick's release for 2010 is a knockout. She continues her saga of the Marshal family in 11th and 12th century England, with the story abo ...more
May 2010
Jul 31, 2010
The Alaska Cruise Handbook: A Mile-by-Mile Guide
it was amazing
A book that has only whetted my appetite for my upcoming holiday this summer. If you're only going to buy one book about cruising Alaska, this is the ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs
really liked it
This was a great read on ancient Egypt and how it has influenced our world from the Greeks and Romans all the way up to today. There's some snarky com ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Oct 30, 2013
A Woman of Passion
really liked it
This is a highly fictionalized (and sexualized) retelling of the life of Bess of Hardwick, as seen by author Virginia Henley. Most of it focuses on he ...more
not set
not set
Aug 2001
Aug 13, 2010
Palace Walk (The Cairo Trilogy #1)
it was amazing
A very smart, moving novel about a very dysfunctional family in Cairo, Egypt during the British occupation, and the events leading up to the 1919 Revo ...more
Nov 21, 2012
Jun 05, 2011
really liked it
One of Ms. Small's better, earlier romances, before the rot set in. Miranda and Jared's marriage is a forced one, and not at all easy, especially afte ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2010
Before Versailles
really liked it
This one by Karleen Koen shifts from the world of the Verneys to that of France of Louis XIV. The heroine is Louise a young maid-of-honour in attendan ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Oct 26, 2010
Roasting in Hell's Kitchen
really liked it
One of the most famous of television's chefs, this is Ramsey's own story, in his own words -- a tale of hard work, ambition, and adversity. Yes, the l ...more
Mar 2010
Sep 24, 2010
it was amazing
A chilling, tightly written story of WWII, about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 in Prague. It's a story that took me right from the st ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
really liked it
A very good book that looks at evolution, and how it works. Nye writes his subject well, and breaks it all down into easy to digest chapters for the n ...more
Jul 31, 2015
Nov 05, 2014
Born to Rule
it was amazing
A look at five granddaughters of Queen Victoria who would become consorts of five monarchs in Europe, just before the First World War. Each story is t ...more
not set
Mar 12, 2005
Aug 07, 2010
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
really liked it
I have always been a fan of Mary Cassatt's art, and I came away after reading this one with a renewed sense of who she was, and what her art was about ...more
Apr 2004
Sep 23, 2010
Persona Non Grata
really liked it
Another entertaining entry in the Ruso series, with a visit to the old family homestead in the south of France. Tilla and Ruso's relationship is reall ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
really liked it
Interesting look at Wallis Simpson. Best parts -- the look at her childhood and life before meeting Edward VIII. Sadly the author does go off on a cou ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Aug 08, 2011
The Lady and the Unicorn
it was ok
This was one I really wanted to enjoy, but I just could not. It turned out to be tiresome, and while there was an interesting section or two -- mostly ...more
not set
Dec 09, 2010
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
really liked it
A fine read at what it would really take for mankind to make that voyage to Mars. Roach looks at what has gone on before in the space programme, how i ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Nov 07, 2010
The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation, #2)
really liked it
Book #2 in the Pink Carnation series.

Sequel to The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Again, a rather light, but fun, novel about spies, daring res
not set
Oct 21, 2010
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke
really liked it
A very enjoyable novel set in 18th century Boston and the town of Satucket. Jane Clarke struggles with the choice of Phinnie Paine as her husband, and ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
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