Genre: History

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree is a story of two girls separated by time, their relationships, and the search that holds them together across centuries.  It’s a romance, it’s a time travel story, and it’s historical fiction.  I was not quite what I expected. I went into The Phantom Tree expecting something more akin to Philippa Gregory’s writing – a court of Tudor intrigue, incredible characters and a respectable amount of villainy.  While there is nothing particularly wrong with The Phantom Tree, it is first and foremost a romance. As far as romances go, it was interesting enough.  Predictable, of course.  We have Alison’s love […]

Posted August 15, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Midnight Front by David Mack

The Midnight Front by David Mack

When I pulled The Midnight Front out of my TBR Jar, I was soooo not into it.  I looked at the cover and groaned and told myself “I should just donate this one now, I don’t want to read it.”  Which is horribly unfair to the author, by the way, but I got it in my PageHabit box months ago and was only vaguely interested in it then.  The author largely writes for pre-established series like Star Trek and while that can be a dream job, I guess, I’ve found that it doesn’t always pan over to quality of work. I know, I’m […]

Posted July 11, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Song of Susannah by Stephen King

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

Where Wolves of the Calla felt incredibly slow-paced, Song of Susannah rushes past.  In my previous reads, I haven’t really thought about it too much (since the Dark Tower has been a series I’ve read straight through, rather than sneaking other book in between) but nothing really gets accomplished in this one.  King moves the story along, but unlike the satisfaction you get at the end of Wolves of the Calla when the minor boss has been defeated, we are left in Song of Susannah without resolution. I suppose the bright side that is knowing you have to get some sort of resolution in The […]

Posted June 28, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

These womens’ story is heartbreaking and absolutely needs to be told. The Radium Girls worked in luminous paint factories across the United States.  Factories like these existed worldwide, but it was the American plants that told the girls to follow a process called “lip, dip, paint”.  This process involved sticking the paintbrush in their mouth and twisting it to get a nice point, dipping it in the paint, and painting the dials.  The girls weren’t permitted to use water – it would waste too much of the precious substance.  They did this over and over again.  Day after day. The […]

Posted June 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Vikings by The Great Courses

The Vikings by The Great Courses

Where I adored Myth in Human History, this set of lectures just didn’t do it for me. Professor Harl is clearly passionate about his subject, and has a lot of knowledge about Scandinavian history.  Anyone interested in the Vikings and that period of history could learn a lot about it from Professor Harl, but this isn’t the type of lecture series you put on in your car and absorb as you navigate traffic.  For this one, if you really want to take in the important stuff, you need to sit down with a pen and notebook and take notes. He spends the […]

Posted April 18, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

So.  This is a middle grade book, and I don’t think I realized that when I added it to my TBR.  I left it because, darn it, the topic seemed interesting.  And it was!  Though I Googled it, and MG is ages 8-12 and I don’t know that it’s a good idea for an 8-year-old to read this book. Here’s the scoop.  A bunch of counterfeiters wanted to get their buddy out of jail, so one of them decided it would be a good idea to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body and ransom it.  Because, obviously, that would be my first thought as […]

Posted February 7, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //