“The Courtesan’s Secret” by Claudia Dain

  Generally, I avoid romance novels like the plague.  I avoid romance novels even more than I would avoid the plague, as the plague doesn’t generally pop up in my day to day life.  However, every now and again I realize that I’m in a situation where I have to choose between a romance novelRead more

The Way of Kings Readalong

During the past month, I participated in a readalong of Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” that I enjoyed tremendously.  It was awesome to be able to have so many interesting conversations with other bloggers about the novel as I read.  Because of this, I decided to participate in another readalong beginning August 1. The readalong pageRead more

Thomas the Rhymer

One of the books that I picked up during the Borders liquidation sale was Ellen Kushner’s “Thomas the Rhymer.”  I thought that before reading it I would like to take a look at the legend upon which it was based. “Thomas the Rhymer” (also known as “True Thomas”) is a ballad that is closely relatedRead more

“A History of Modern Russia” by Robert Service

  Since I’ve focused primarily on fiction thus far, I thought it might be nice to review one of my favorite nonfiction books.  Service does a fantastic job providing a recap of 20th century Russian/Soviet history that is both highly readable and well-researched. One of the biggest problems with history books about the Soviet eraRead more