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Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Interview

David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
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    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677


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Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I by Sandra Byrd
Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I

Book Drunkard, March 21, 2014

As I’m not a great fan of Elizabeth I, part of me didn’t want to read this book. But, I loved the first two books in the series sooo much (Sandra Byrd even made me slightly sympathetic to Anne Boleyn ��" also not a fan of her) that I just couldn’t say no.

It is a wonderful book. As well written as To Die For and The Secret Keeper, it pulled me right in and kept me intrigued from start to finish. With drama coming in all directions, which is exactly what you’d expect from anything Tudor related, it was hard to put down.

Sandra has become one my favourite Tudor authors ��" no, one of my favourite authors, period. She is so creative with the way she brings an obscure historical figure to life and makes the book so much more interesting than just the same old same view of the ‘regular’ Tudor characters. It’s a great change to read about the more well known people through the eyes of someone you’ve never heard of. Elin von Snakenborg is a very interesting person and I’d love to read more about her in the future.
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Seduction by M J Rose

Book Drunkard, March 21, 2014

I’ve not been lucky enough to read any of M. J. Rose’s books up until now. What a treat, indeed! At first I was worried I might be lost not having read the other books in the series, but I wasn’t. I’m even more eager to read them now!!

With a narrative that takes the reader from the present to the mid 1800s and even further back at times, it tells of Jac L’Etoile, who is a mythologist and researcher. Also in the mix is Victor Hugo who I didn’t know much about before but am now fascinated with. I love the mixture of history with the fiction ��" it’s my favourite aspect of really great Historical Fiction. Not all authors can do it well. M. J. does.

It’s a gorgeously written book. I don’t usually save quotes from books, but I did with this one. One of the best, for me, was “If you could just grasp one thread of who you’ve been ��" of what you’ve lived ��" you’d be able to reel that past in and earn from all the different souls you’ve been”. I became completely lost in all of the worlds in this book and was truly sad when I realized there was only one chapter left. This book will definitely be on my Best of 2013 list at the end of the year. Amazing!!
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Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
Mrs. Poe

Book Drunkard, March 21, 2014

Sometimes when you read a book, the only word that can describe it is FABULOUS!! Mrs. Poe is one such book. I had a hard time putting it down and honestly, it’s been a few months since a book did that for me.

I will admit to not knowing much about Poe (and even less about Frances, who was a poet). Their relationship was my favourite part of the story. Though both were married ��" she to a man whore and he to a nut case ��" their friendship turned into more. And is it any wonder? That leads me to Mrs. Poe. How utterly and deliciously creepy she was. I found myself eagerly awaiting her presence in the story as she brought a darkness that I found intriguing.

I was completely drawn in to the story from the first page to the last. Not only is Lynn Cullen’s storytelling ability spot on, but her vivid descriptiveness gives the reader a real sense of being right there with Frances, Edgar, Virginia and the rest. The depictions of areas in New York, from the opulent to the seedy, gave breath to life in the 1800s. I love it when an author transports me to another time and drops me, quite happily, in the middle of another era with people who become special to me because they were obvious special to her, too.
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Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison
Mother Earth Father Sky

Book Drunkard, March 21, 2014

Mother Earth Father Sky by Sue Harrison isn’t my regular type of read ��" I tend to stick with more ‘recent’ historical fiction ��" but wow, it sure is worth it stepping out of the box sometimes!

The story opens with Chagak who is out gathering grasses on a beautiful, seemingly normal day when from afar, she sees the horrors of her village being attacked. Nothing will be the same after that day.

I was pulled into the tale from the very first page and was kept clutched there, quite happily, until the very last page. Sue Harrison is a wonderful author who really puts a ton of effort into the details of the story and into each and every character. Speaking of the characters, I became deeply connected to them, especially Chagak. I adore strong females in books and she is most definitely one of them. I want to be like her when I grow up.
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Storyteller Trilogy #1: Song of the River by Sue Harrison
Storyteller Trilogy #1: Song of the River

Book Drunkard, March 21, 2014

Sue Harrison’s book, Song of the River, is the first in her Storyteller trilogy. It’s set in Alaska in the 7th century BC and tells of Chakliux who, when born with a deformed foot, is left out to die but is instead mistaken for an animal gift by someone in another tribe who takes him in. If that’s not interesting enough, add in a few murders and you’re got yourself an exceptionally entertaining read.

The author once again (see my review of another of her books HERE) succeeds in writing characters that I came to care for. Not only that, but the story lines are unique and suitable for the time period ��" and no modern language!! I hate when I read a historical book and it sounds like they were all born in the 1980s. Pet peeve! Thankfully you won’t find that with Sue Harrison’s books. I’m amazed at well she writes about this time period and the research must have been painstaking.

I’m so thrilled to have found this author. In fact, as much as I love Jean Auel’s books, I love Sue’s more. She definitely has a new fan in me.
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