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Shomeret | 1392 comments Because of the way I read books at the same time, my book journal seems like a jigsaw puzzle at times. I have to continue notes for some books until later in the journal. I'm not exactly sure how many books I read in July. We'll see how many I have when I finish recording them in these posts.

1)Sinfonia: First Notes on the Lute: A Vampire Chronicle: Book One by David Landrum (historical fantasy) Source: Author
Started: 6/23 Finished: 7/7

Why Read: I thought that a vampire who plays the lute was unusual enough that I should try it.

Comments: She was playing the lute during the Tudor period. There was also some development of vampire social structure. I liked it. See my review at

2)The Muse by Jesse Burton (historical fiction) 335 pages. Source: Publisher mailed print copy Started: 7/1 Finished: 7/5

Why Read: The publisher requested that I review this book. I was interested in the Caribbean immigrant in London who is the 1960's protagonist. I was also interested in the Jewish family in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. This book also deals with art and artists. It sounded potentially intense and informative.

Comments: I strongly identified with artist Olive Schloss in Spain. Rating B+ See my review at

3)The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint (children's fantasy) 291 pages. Source: Library Started: 6/13 Finished: 7/1

Why Read: A GR group called Into The Forest was reading it. I love cats and Charles De Lint. He's my most read author.

Comments: Lillian Kindred experiences magical transformation into a cat, and alternate continuities. Rating B+

4)Mata Hari's Last Dance by Michelle Moran Sources: Net Galley and Edelweiss Started: 7/7 Finished: 7/15

Why Read: I have this Mata Hari obsession that goes back a number of years.

Comments: I feel that Mata Hari's story needed to be told chronologically because it's difficult to see her sympathetically unless you know everything that happened to her before she came to Paris. Michelle Moran took a different approach. She gave us scattered flashbacks of her past. The flashbacks were powerful, but I wanted to see them earlier in the narrative. Rating B- See my review at

To Be Continued...

message 2: by Ann (new)

Ann (annrumsey) | 14992 comments Shomeret: I have read one Michelle Moran book, Nefertiti. She regularly writes about historic female characters, I suppose I should try another someday.

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