Genre: History

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Posted March 4, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Erik Larson has a way of writing non-fiction that makes you fall for the players.  History should be told in precisely this way, as a story.  History can either be presented statistically or artistically.  Most audiences will be far more captivated by a narrative than just names and dates.  This is why I like authors like Tom Holland and Erik Larson. Dead Wake tells the story of the RMS Lusitania.  In May 1915, the Lusitania was en route from New York to Liverpool when a torpedo was shot at it from a German U-Boat.  The Lusitania carried 1900 people on that […]

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The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

Posted August 15, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments

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 […]

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The Midnight Front by David Mack

The Midnight Front by David Mack

Posted July 11, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment

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 […]

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Song of Susannah by Stephen King

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

Posted June 28, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  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 […]

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Posted June 19, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  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. […]

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