This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud. We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then. The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint … More A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy
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
It’s storm season here, and I’m not sure I ever read 1st book in the series, so… Not bad. The action is fun. Most of the dialogue is good, some is very B-movie or clunky. Harry keeps finding himself in situations where he has no access to his wizard tools. Yay improvisations! No buildings were … More Storm Front by Jim Butcher
If a white supremacist doesn’t want the black nurse touching the newborn, and then the newborn has an emergency, what is the correct action? Baby dies, and the drama starts. This is a book full of very realistic people. Sometimes, even when ordinary people go through extraordinary circumstances, they are still boring.
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
I actually know what Gemina means, and I still missed the plot twist. Because it was such a twisty twist! But when Our Intrepid Heroes figured it out, the trail was right there, ready to be missed due to the frantic pace of the action. And figuring out The Traitor was easy, except that you … More Gemina by Amie Kaufman
Warning, this book is hard to put down. I stayed up pretty late, actually it was early again, to read 600 pages in one sitting. A mining colony is bombed, some citizens are rescued by 3 ships of the Fleet, and the bombing ship chase the Fleet to destroy all witnesses. Then things go really … More Illuminae by Amie Kaufman