Tag: Victorian

Something Sinister by Olivier Bosman

I really enjoy Victorian mysteries, so was pleased to accept a copy of this book from the author.  I should note first off that this is the third book in the D.S. Billings Victorian Mystery series, and I much prefer to read a series…

Twelfth Night by Deanna Raybourn

Twelfth Night is a novella in the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn.  I’m not really a big fan of these novellas that all the series authors seem to be required to write.  It just isn’t long enough to tell a satisfying story. …

Review of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

I’m still trying to decide if I liked The Moonstone better or The Woman in White… but it’s a silly question, really.  Both books are fun reads, if you can say that about Victorian novels the size of these two books.  You can see…

Review: A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy is probably a love-him or hate-him kind of author, and I love him.  The more I read, the more respect I have for his work.  With some authors, you feel like you’re reading the same book over and over again, but every…

Mini-review: Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn

At this point in my mid-winter doldrums, it was definitely time for something fluffy.  If you like Victorian mysteries with a little bit of romance, you can’t do better than Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series.  Each of these books is better than the…

Review: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I read The Woman in White because so many bloggers listed it among their favorites.  I’m glad I did.  The Woman in White is a Victorian mystery and a love story, and is full of drama, action, and fascinating characters. Written in 1859, the…

Old memories, new challenges, and a mini-review

This weekend I traveled to sunny California for my husband’s 20th high school reunion.  I haven’t gone to my own reunions, so this was a strange experience.  Even without knowing anyone, I couldn’t help but flash back to my own not-so-pleasant high school experiences…

Review: The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

I first read Return of the Native when it was assigned in my high school English class.  I was a senior at the time and basically an emotional mess.  This book was a perfect fit. Reading it again, I wondered if it would read…

Review: Middlemarch, Part 2

I finished Middlemarch at last, and while I’m a little bit happy to move on to a new book, Middlemarch is a book I’ll be thinking about for a long time!  It’s too big a novel for me to write any kind of comprehensive…

In the Middle of Middlemarch (Reading the Classics Part 1)

Reading about bloggers’ favorite books recently inspired me to pick up some classics I missed in college.  A lot of people mentioned Middlemarch as a favorite. I always meant to read something by George Eliot so this was long overdue, and I’m really enjoying…

Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

I greatly enjoyed the first book in this series, Soulless, primarily because of its unique voice and story. The world of fantasy these days seems to take itself much too seriously and this series was refreshing in its different view of the supernatural ,…

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