Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Curse Of The Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody #2), by Elizabeth Peters

Genre: Historical Mystery
Date Published: 1981
Publisher: Dodd, Mead, and Company
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 285 pgs (my edition)/10 hours

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Synopsis: Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson does not relish the joys of home and hearth. For while she and her husband, the renowned archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson, dutifully go about raising their young son, Ramses, Amelia dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Providentially, a damsel in distress--coupled with a promising archeological site--demands their immediate presence in Egypt. The damsel is Lady Baskerville, and the site is a tomb in Luxor recently discovered by Sir Henry Baskerville, who promptly died under bizarre circumstances. Amelia and Radcliffe arrive to find the camp in disarray, terrified workers, an eccentric group of guests...and a persistent rumor of a ghost on the grounds. Now the indomitable Amelia must battle evil forces determined to stand between her and her beloved antiquities--and make her foray into the truth a most deadly affair...

My Rating:
.....For being an excellent and even comical reread!

Book Review: A Spool Of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler

Genre: Contemporary fiction
Date Published: February 2015
Publisher: Bond Street Books
# Of Pages: 358 pages


Synopsis: "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. from Red's father and mother, newly-arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.
Brimming with all the insight, humour, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler's work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

My Rating:
.....For surprising me with how much I liked it

Monday, June 11, 2018

It's Monday! A Recap Of Last Week And My Current Reading Plans

Happy Monday folks!

I can't believe it's Monday already.  Where did my week go?!!  Heck, how are we already almost mid-way through June?!  My brain is still in May!

Ah well, at least I got some reading done.  It's been a comfort reads sort of week, where I re-read some old favorites for the simple reason that I felt the need to read something familiar and fun.  I blame the pregnancy; it seems that instead of craving certain foods, I'm craving certain stories :)

Anyway,  here's what I finished last week (click on the covers to see my review).  Once again, these are books that I've already read several times.  I love them very much, and I'll continue to love them in the years to come.

Now that these books are done, I'm moving on to yet more comfort reads (sequels), and a book that I have to read for a book club.  I'll let you guess which one is the book club read :)

Ok, apparently I have to stop now.  My husband suddenly wants to run errands and go mattress shopping.  Like now.  Right now.  Like I have to get up immediately......I suspect he's had a little too much coffee this morning.

Anyway, have a great day folks!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Book Review: The Clairvoyant Countess (Madame Karitska #1), by Dorothy Gilman

Genre: paranormal mystery
Date Published: 1975
Publisher: Doubleday & Company
# Of Pages: 179 pgs


Synopsis: Another irrepressible heroine by Dorothy Gilman, who has already captivated thousands of readers with the zany adventures of the CIA's sprightly and most unorthodox spy, Mrs. Emily Pollifax.
But Madame Karitska, the "clairvoyand countess", has a style all her own: the unpredictable result of psychic powers, an exotic past, and enough eccentricities to prepare everyone she meets to expect the unexpected.
Madame Karitska has just set up shop reading fortunes in her small apartment when a when a chance encounter with Detective-Lieutenant Pruden of the Police Department embroils her in an exciting swirl of intrigue, mystery, and mayhem. A skeptical lieutenant soon discovers an extraordinary woman.
Murder, robbery, voodoo possession, a witch's curse, a missing person--Madame Karitska can and does handle them all, to the consternation and amazement of everyone concerned.

My Rating:
.....For being a very enjoyable paranormal mystery novel with a memorable protagonist

Book Review: Crocodile On The Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1), by Elizabeth Peters

Genre: Historical/Romantic Mystery
Date Published: 1975
Publisher: Dodd, Mead, and Company (this edition by Grand Central Publishing)
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 262 pgs/ 10 hours

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Synopsis: Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archaeological site run by the Emerson brothers--the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one--one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy--and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last...

My Rating:
.....For continuing to entertain me!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Book Review: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Genre: Fantasy
Date Published: September 21 1937 (2002 this edition)
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin (Houghton Mifflin this edition)
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 366 pgs/ 11 hours

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Synopsis: (J.R.R. Tolkien’s own description for the original edition) “If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did)—if you do not already know all about these things—much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period.

“For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.”

My Rating:
.....For continuing to be such a wonderful classic!

Book Review: Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy
Date Published: June 2009
Publisher: Tor Books
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 592 pages/25 hours

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Synopsis: Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.
Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.
By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery; and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

My Rating:
.....For being a really good and creative read