Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Bellini Card

The Bellini Card  (#3 in Yashim the Ottoman series) by Jason Goodwin 2008 / 304 pages read by Steven Hove 10h 24m Rating B+/ historical crime In the mid-15th century a Turkish sultan named Mehmed conquered Constantinople and much of the rest … Continue reading

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The Shell Game

The Shell Game by Steve Alten 2009 / 488p. Rating:  A- /dystopian I read this on the recommendation of my son-shine, Isaac.   He warned me that it was definitely 9/11 conspiracy-theory type stuff,   but said he enjoyed it … Continue reading

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Villette by Charlotte Bronte (England) 1853 / 432 pages rating:  9.5 / classic I truly enjoy reading classics –  they provide a peak into the past from the viewpoint of that past.   Yes, it takes a bit of work … Continue reading

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Thoughts about historical fiction

It’s probably apparent from my reading choices and ratings that I really enjoy and appreciate good historical fiction but what does that mean,  “good”?   I know it when I read it?   (LOL!)    Pretty much.  It can mean … Continue reading

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Mr. Churchill’s Secretary

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal 2012/ 384 pages read by Wanda McCadden 9 h. 48m. Rating:  D / historical crime/spy I’m still wondering just what this book is –  is it historical fiction,  feminist fiction, a mystery or a … Continue reading

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Homicidal by Paul Alexander 2011/ 77 pages read by Paul Christy 2h 47m rating  8 / true crime This is the story of Lonnie Franklin Jr, known as the Grim Sleeper,  who unbeknownst,  pretty much terrorized LA for decades killing or … Continue reading

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The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French) 1943/112 pages rating 10/classic I have no idea how I missed this book,   but in deference to Saint-Exupery I felt really should read it.   It is his most famous work by a long … Continue reading

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