The Witch Hunter’s Tale: Author interview with Sam Thomas

Posted February 17, 2015 by Lory in interviews / 5 Comments
The Witch Hunter’s Tale: Author interview with Sam Thomas

Today, I’m pleased to welcome author Sam Thomas to talk about his latest “Midwife Mystery,” The Witch Hunter’s Tale, published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in January, 2015. This third installment in Sam’s series about a mystery-solving midwife in seventeenth century York, England, follows The Midwife’s Tale and The Harlot’s Tale but can also be read […]

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Hidden Treasure: Shadows on the Rock

Posted February 13, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Hidden Treasure: Shadows on the Rock

Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock (1931)   In Shadows on the Rock, Willa Cather departed from the prairie narratives for which she is most well known to write a historical novel about late seventeenth century Quebec. Her central characters are a French apothecary who longs to return home, but is bound by love of […]

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A book I fell in love with

Posted February 11, 2015 by Lory in elsewhere / 4 Comments
A book I fell in love with

Today, I’m over at Bookish Illuminations as part of a two-week celebration of “Books that we fell in love with.” What a great idea for Valentine’s Day! I’m talking about Beauty by Robin McKinley, one of my very favorite fairy tale retellings. Please check it out, and be sure to visit all the posts from […]

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Words and Pictures: The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

Posted February 9, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Words and Pictures: The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

The kitten has a luxurious, Bohemian, unpuritanical nature. It eats six meals a day, plays furiously with a toy mouse and a piece of rope, and suddenly falls into a deep sleep whenever the fit takes it. It never feels the need to do anything to justify its existence; it does not want to be […]

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New Release Review: How To Be a Heroine

Posted February 6, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
New Release Review: How To Be a Heroine

Samantha Ellis, How To Be a Heroine (2015) I remember well the day a friend casually said, upon seeing some book lying around at my place (I think it was The Hobbit), “I don’t read fiction.” Now, I understood of course that there were different tastes in the fictional realm, and that Tolkien was not […]

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Tagged: I Mustache You Some Questions

Posted February 4, 2015 by Lory in personal, tags / 20 Comments
Tagged: I Mustache You Some Questions

Katie of Bookish Illuminations tagged me for this post. It seemed fairly painless, so here are my answers! Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name 1. Lorelei 2. Loris (as in slow) 3. Lore 4. Lorig (pronounced with a soft “ch” sound, as in German e.g. “honig”) Mercer Island Library, where I […]

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Why do so many books have the same title?

Posted February 2, 2015 by Lory in discussions / 35 Comments
Why do so many books have the same title?

All right, not exactly the same title. But there are some current titling trends that have proliferated to such an extent that many books start to sound the same to me. And I really wonder: what are the publishers and authors thinking? Don’t they have any concern that this may be a wee bit confusing […]

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Put the Library on Hold: End-of-month review

Posted January 31, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 22 Comments
Put the Library on Hold: End-of-month review

It’s the end of my library-free month, when I tried to read exclusively from books I had already on my own shelves. And I did read all ten of the books I had earmarked for this month, at least in part. I read only the first third of the omnibus The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks, […]

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New Release Review: An Appetite for Violets

Posted January 30, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: An Appetite for Violets

Martine Bailey, An Appetite for Violets (2015) Start with an intriguing opening: a mouldering, uneaten feast, seen through the eyes of a hapless young man in search of his runaway sister. Add some piquant ingredients: the voices of servants, with their own lives and thoughts under the genteel surface imposed by their aristocratic employers. Take […]

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I’m in Shiny New Books!

Posted January 29, 2015 by Lory in elsewhere / 6 Comments
I’m in Shiny New Books!

Today marks the publication of Issue Three of Shiny New Books, which, if you haven’t yet encountered it, is a terrific online quarterly put together by four UK-based bloggers, featuring the best new fiction, non-fiction, and reprints. I’m thrilled to have two of my reviews included in this issue! I got to share my enthusiasm […]

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