Genre: Historical Fiction

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Posted December 29, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

You’d think that, reading the title, I’d have figured out going in that this was going to be a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Which, by the way, I did not enjoy.  In fact, I can rarely remember myself being so bored by so short a books, except maybe The Chimes.  So you’d think that, based on my deep disinterest of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this one would have missed my TBR. I am so, so glad it made it on the list. Has anyone ever seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?  It […]

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Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Posted December 26, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

This is not Jurassic Park. Okay, so absolutely NOTHING in other reader’s reviews or in the description led me to the hope that this was going to be another Jurassic Park-esque novel.  There were two things that let me to delude myself:  the cover art, and the dinosaur.  But this is not a dinosaur book.  This isn’t even science fiction.  Dragon Teeth is a western. I prefer Crichton’s science fiction. So, I think it’s important to note that Dragon Teeth was published posthumously.  Crichton was a prolific writer and there were a lot of rough, half-finished manuscripts lying around either completely abandoned or set aside for […]

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Posted November 27, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

This is a beautifully written story, but I highly recommend reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. There were some things that Kathleen Gita did extraordinarily well.  Her Russian accents and pronunciations are lovely and flowed well, but it was in the narrative itself that she lost me.  Her reading is very flat and reminded me of an AI robot in everything except the dialogue.  Fortunately, The Bear and the Nightingale is heavy on dialogue and storytelling, so I was able to listen all the way through.  The quality of the reader is huge when you are listening to an audiobook, and if […]

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Posted October 15, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I’m not sure what I like best in Sky in the Deep:  the characters, the setting, the love story, or the plot. I think it’s very rare for a novel to hit all the points perfectly.  Most novels will have amazing characters in a riveting plot, but lose something in the worldbuilding.  Or else, they’ll be in these gorgeous fantasy worlds, but the pacing will be so frustrating.  I really can’t think of anything to criticize about Sky in the Deep.  It’s an easy book to fall in love with. Eelyn is an Aska warrior, fierce and brave.  Everything four years, her […]

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Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Posted September 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

I have a historically sordid history with steampunk novels – I am drawn to them, but I rarely love them.  The exception, of course, has been Etiquette & Espionage, which I thought was a hoot.  It wasn’t the steampunk elements that drew me to Ink, Iron, and Bone – this time, it was the promise of someone with the ability to create worlds. Unfortunately, this didn’t really pan out for me either.  I feel like there’s some irony in this – for a book about scriptologists (world writers), the world building itself was unsatisfying.  Clare does a lot of telling and not […]

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