Another pre-1950 historical novel with a slow set-up. Two descendants of Marcus from “The Eagle of the Ninth” meet in Britain. Justin is a surgeon, Flavius is a Centurion captain. They meet the emperor, or one of the current Emperors, there is one in Britain and two in Rome. They discover an assassination plot and … More The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff
Dealing with Dragons Read this many many years ago, and loved the way it turned so many tropes upside down. Princess! Dragon! Knight! Wizard! Mix and match and come up with a rollicking story. Now I found out that Mark Reads has, uh, read the whole Enchanted Forest set. It is hilarious how often Mark … More Enchanted Forest Chronicles
The country is at war in Vietnam. Samuel is at war with his father. Sam AKA Bullet sleeps through class but runs fast in cross country. School is now integrated, but are they really? This book made me cry in three different places. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME, CYNTHIA VOIGT? View all my … More The Runner by Cynthia Voigt
When bad things happen to nice girls. Don’t date guys who think its cool to drink at parties and then drive home… Izzy has to deal with losing half her leg. Its tough. She’s sad. But so is her family, so she puts on a brave face. Who is a friend, who can’t stick with … More Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt
So, this story is a classic. A groundbreaking novel. Are some parts familiar because they’ve been copied so often? There are quite a few twists that were really new, but perfectly logical in-story. Also scary, such logic! Stavia is a middle-aged council woman, her son is 15. In alternate chapters, she’s aged 10-22, and we … More The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper
Theseus and the labyrinth, Celtic knots – getting from here to there isn’t always fun, and a map is only as useful as you’re ability to read it. Interesting read. Source: Searching for the String: Labyrinths in Classical and Medieval Art
This is the third time I tried to read this book. It’s such a classic, but I just can’t read it through, not even the ‘comic’ characters. The End, I give up on it.