Genre: Historical Fiction

1906 by James Dalessandro

1906 by James Dalessandro

Posted March 12, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  When I borrowed this book from Overdrive I thought it was going to be entirely about the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906.  I was a bit surprised when the story opened with an arts correspondent and a fledgling cop.  For a moment, I thought I had borrowed the wrong book.  But I was hooked fast. Dalessandro opens by introducing us to a web of characters convening in San Francisco.  With so many different personalities involved, it would have been easy to get lost.  Dalessandro wove the multiple perspectives perfectly.  We learn about the deep lines of corruption in […]

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The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

Posted January 25, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  This book is pretty heavily loaded.  You want to talk about your controversial material?  Your sad, real life stuff?  In these pages, John Irving discusses: abortion prostitution addiction war Alzheimer’s Disease child abuse rape homosexuality infidelity racism Communism The list goes on an on.  I’m not complaining about the addressing of these topics, but man, I did not know what I was getting into.  It’s a fairly long book, so there’s a lot of ground to cover.  I’ll be as brief as possible, but holy moly was this a lot. 1.  This book is not about any one person, but […]

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Posted December 18, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Finley Jayne has lost another position at another grand house and is running out of options.  This time?  Totally not her fault.  And when she’s knocked unconscious, she’s lucky to wake up in Griffin’s grand estate where she is well-cared for an respected through his own generosity.  The group she’s joining has troubles of their own, however. There’s a madman on the loose, stealing relics of Queen Victoria.  He calls himself the Machinist and they’ve met him before – last time, he nearly killed one of them.  Finley causes rifts in trust, but brings in an ally from the […]

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A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

Posted December 7, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments

  Joey and Mary Alice are being shipped off to their grandmother’s house. Every year during summer break, Joey and his little sister Mary Alice are packed off and set on a train to go visit their grandmother.  She lives in a small town a good ways off from the wild Chicago life that the kids are used to, and so it takes them a little while to adjust.  Every year, though, is a new adventure. From dead bodies to the oldest living settler, every summer is filled with surprises for the kids, who never quite know what their grandmother […]

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The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade

The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade

Posted November 6, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Sorry guys, this is a DNF @ 10%. This wasn’t the book I was looking for. I’m going to be honest – I was hoping this book would have a lot more to do with the history and the archaeology aspects.  The beginning was promising.  By 10% into the book, which is where I quit it, it became excruciatingly clear this is a thriller. Rasputin was mentioned, and I paused, for a moment.  I thought perhaps, for a second, things were going to be interesting.  Unfortunately, this book appeals to a different audience.  I imagine it to be the sort […]

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