I really enjoyed this Victorian-era mystery/thriller by Karen Odden, although I did have some issues with the pacing at the end. Nell Hallam is a young woman who sneaks out of her brother’s home every night to play piano at the Octavian Music House. … Continue Reading “Review: A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden”
If you’ve finished the Lady Julia Grey series, you’ll be excited about this new series by Deanna Raybourn. Raybourn seems to have started three other series in the last few years (A Blade of Summer Grass, City of Jasmine, and Night of a Thousand… Continue Reading “A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn”
I finally finished it! Not the best way to start a review, I’m afraid. I didn’t read this book as well as I would have liked. By that I mean, I got halfway into this book and realized the only way I was going… Continue Reading “Review of Daniel Deronda by George Eliot”
Well, I’m clearly no good at read-alongs, because I failed to post the last two weeks and honestly, I enjoyed the book so much I finished it well ahead of schedule. So there you are. Reading on a schedule doesn’t work for me. That… Continue Reading “North and South: the Read-a-long Wrap-up”
This is a book I wouldn’t have picked up if not for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge. Of all the books on that list, this one was a question mark for me. I haven’t read much of the “adventure fiction” of the 1800s,… Continue Reading “Full of Cheesy Goodness: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard”
I only discovered Sherlock Holmes last year, although I always wanted to read the stories. I love Victorian literature and classic mysteries, so Sherlock Holmes is a perfect fit. Maybe I was inspired by the movie with Robert Downey Jr, which I thought was… Continue Reading “Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”
Spring-Heeled Jack is pretty much what you’d expect it to be – it’s good, fun steampunk set in an alternate version of Victorian England. The “twist” is that it actually explains how the alternate reality came to be. It also involves a whole cast… Continue Reading “Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder”
“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you’ve read the past week and planning to read next. War and Peace, that’s what! I’m feeling the need to actually finish this book. Now… Continue Reading “It’s Monday; What are You Reading?”
At the same time as many of my friends are having babies, a lot of my favorite series’ heroines are getting pregnant as well. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this: I don’t want my heroines to have… Continue Reading “Pregnant heroines and Gail Carriger’s Heartless”
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