Category: reviews

A poem a day

Posted February 17, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
A poem a day

Last year, during the season of Lent and Easter, I read a poem each day from the collection The Heart’s Time. I loved using this as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation. In late 2018, poking through a bookstore bargain table, I came across 365 Poems for Every Occasion, a compilation from the Academy of […]

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My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Posted January 27, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Jane Gardam, Bilgewater (1976) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are stamped […]

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A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Posted January 20, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 20 Comments
A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword at Sunset (1963) Can a story still be compelling when we already know how it ends? In the case of the Arthurian legend, the appeal never seems to wane. Something about this doomed hero, who will be betrayed by friend and wife and sister and son, yet still strives for goodness and […]

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The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

Posted December 23, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

E.H. Shepard, Drawn from Life (1961) Ernest Shepard, best known today as the illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh and its companions, wrote two memoirs that have just been added to the lovely series of Slightly Foxed Editions. These small, colorful hardcovers, bound in the UK, are typeset in a clean, nicely balanced format that is a pleasure […]

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Early Christians: The Blood of the Martyrs

Posted December 16, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Early Christians: The Blood of the Martyrs

Naomi Mitchison, The Blood of the Martyrs (1939) Naomi Mitchison, who died in 1999 at the age of 101, was a prolific writer who dipped into quite an astonishing number of genres. She wrote historical fiction based in both prehistoric and historic times, contemporary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, travelogue, essays, memoirs, biography, plays … is […]

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Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Posted November 26, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Books mentioned in this post were received for review consideration from the publisher. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. Here’s a video showing some of my favorites among the newest publications by the Folio Society, which I hope might interest you as gifts for your loved ones this season […]

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Classics Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

Posted October 21, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Classics Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) The new Folio Society edition of this book is available here. A copy was received from the publisher for review consideration. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. It’s no secret that Ursula K. Le Guin is one of my […]

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Vacation reading: Two duds and a winner

Posted August 12, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews, reviews / 33 Comments
Vacation reading: Two duds and a winner

As promised, I took along some newer books on vacation recently, and managed to finish three of them. Alas, two were not much fun to read, but the last was as entertaining as I’d hoped! Read on to find out which one… The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss had a premise […]

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Beautiful Books: Uncle Silas

Posted July 29, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Beautiful Books: Uncle Silas

J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas (1864) It’s yet another classic book review! I’ve been doing a lot of these lately as I try to plow through my accumulated TBR pile. But while on vacation I took a whole bunch of newer books along with me on the e-reader, so I hope to have something […]

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Classics Club: Invisible Man

Posted June 24, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Classics Club: Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952) Race is a topic I’m reluctant to even approach here on the blog. I’m mindful of my privileged status and hesitant to make any pronouncements about people whose experience I cannot truly share or comprehend. However, I do not think it’s helpful to isolate ourselves in separate racial camps and […]

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