5 stars. This big fat book covers 3 years, leading up the American Revolution. Hardly any time travel at all – but several time travelers! And *surprise* some of them are not very nice people. Lots of drama about Loyalist vs Tory, and the oaths which the Highlanders made to King George… should they break … More A Breath of Snow and Ashes & Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon
Dragons + jewel heist + art museum = definitely got my attendtion. Didn’t finish book 1 of series, but this one was very good.
Jack and Jill went up the hill and who prepared water for their baths? Twin sisters Jack and Jill. One is pretty, one is a tomboy, but they are identical – how can one be less pretty than the other? Their parents did it to them. And they’re going to learn how to fix it. … More Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
The Dark Ages – a time when nothing happened. Yes? No. Tuchman follows the life of the last Count of Coucy through the 1300s. The book opens before his birth, with a description of chivalry and the state of the continent, and of course a chapter on the Black Death, the plague which left Europe … More A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman
How is this book not required reading? Also, its so much better than the first book, Wizard of Oz. On the other hand, given the movie, it’s just as well this was never Disneyfied. You know that pretty girl in the fairy dress on the cover? Look out for her in the book. She’s a … More The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Do questions make a good review? Why is making cloth women’s work? When did it become men’s work? How closely does the modern suit-and-shirt resemble the earliest form of clothing? What about other cultural forms of clothing? Why shouldn’t hunting be women’s work, since some women hunted? When is farming women’s work, and when is … More Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
Mom’s been gone forever, Grandma just had a stroke, and Daddy is a scientist at an army base so super-secret that the place has no name. Modern? No. The year is 1945, and the USA is at war with the Germany. And Japan. Daddy is working on the super-secret “gadget”. I, an adult, figured out … More The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages