“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

Dune Readalong, Part III

This is the final post in the Dune Readalong hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  The image to the left was done by gorrem.  This post will contain spoilers. What is your reaction to finally learning the identity of Princess Irulan?  Do you think that her convention added to the story? You know, I wasn’tRead more