Thoughts on “The Glittering Hour” by Iona Grey (Spoiler-Free)

Summary here. The backdrop of The Glittering Hour is an entertaining one; a post-war Britain using glamour and materialism to mask it's festering wounds left by a lost generation killed in a terrible war. It's a time of great luxury, but also of great grief and poverty; of sickness and depression. It is the perfect setting [...]

The Amulet of Samarkand: Book One of the Bartimaeus Series (Spoiler-Free Review)

I don't have any recollection of people discussing this series in the early 2000s. I only have vague memories of Bartimaeus's face leering at me from atop a bookshelf at our school library in middle-school. I chose to read it only because I discovered it among my fiancé's books from his childhood home. It left [...]

Thoughts on “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware

Amazon Summary: When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the [...]

Thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” by Gary Stewart with Susan Mustafa

"My father wrapped me tightly in the dirty blue blanket and laid me there on the floor, making sure the pacifier was in my mouth so I would not cry before he was able to make his escape. He turned away, leaving me alone on the stairwell, clad only in a white towel that served [...]

Spoiler-Free Thoughts on “Drood” by Dan Simmons

Summary: On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens–at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world–hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. Did Dickens begin living a [...]

Spoiler- Free Thoughts on “11/22/63” by Stephen King

Summary: Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of [...]

I Couldn’t Finish “The Last Unicorn” by Peter Beagle

So spoiler warning, I guess, even though this book was written over forty years ago.  I usually don't write blog posts about books I don't finish but I thought I would make an exception with this one as it hasn't been since The Magus that I have had such a drastically different opinion from the [...]

Thoughts on “The Terror” by Dan Simmons

WARNING: CONTAINS MILD TO SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK.  The Terror and her flagship, Erebus, are stranded in the arctic. Their food source is contaminated. Sickness is rampant. Their ships have been ravaged by ice. And no rescue is expected. .......Oh, and, also, there's an immortal polar bear demon that can only be appeased by [...]

Thoughts on “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK OUTLANDER AHEAD. Strap in, folks, this is gonna be a long review. Then again this was a long book, so what do you expect? What I liked:  The great characters. I didn't always like Claire, but she always felt like a person and not just a vassal through which the author [...]

Thoughts on “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL. As an avid fan of du Maurier's Rebecca, I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed with My Cousin Rachel. It started off very strong with little Philip coming face to face with the corpse of a man who had been hanged for murdering his wife, a scene [...]