Tag: 2014 Gems

Gems of 2014

Posted December 16, 2014 by Lory in lists / 22 Comments
Gems of 2014

It’s time for an end-of-year roundup! With this post, I’m introducing the Emerald City Book Review Gem, to be awarded to my favorite books of the year in various genres and categories. (Note that books were read and reviewed, but not necessarily published in 2014.) Click on each title to be taken to my original […]

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In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Posted November 28, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
In the Kingdom of Ice (Nonfiction November Review)

Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice (2014) For my third and final Nonfiction November title (following One Summer: America 1927 and Empty Mansions), I thought it would be interesting to delve into American history once more. This time, upon recommendations by many including Books on the Table, I chose In the Kingdom of Ice, […]

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Nonfiction November

Posted November 7, 2014 by Lory in brief reviews / 28 Comments
Nonfiction November

After an intense week of immersion in fantasy fiction for Witch Week, it’s time for something different! So this month, I’m joining in Nonfiction November, hosted by I’m Lost in Books, Regular Rumination, Sophisticated Dorkiness, and Doing Dewey. I hope this event will inspire me to read and post more about non-fiction, as well as […]

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Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

Posted November 5, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

UK paperback, Mammoth We’ve arrived at the fifth of November, known as Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night in the UK, and the last day of Witch Week according to the book of that title by Diana Wynne Jones — which, appropriately, has been our readalong selection for this event. This being the first time I’ve […]

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A Traveller in Time: Hild

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 7 Comments
A Traveller in Time: Hild

Nicola Griffith, Hild (2013)   Hild is not a novel for everyone. If you are put off by the thought of a dense, slow-moving narrative largely preoccupied with political machinations in a remote period of British history, populated by a large cast of characters whose every other name seems to begin with Os- or Aeth- […]

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Darkness in Delphi: My Brother Michael

Posted September 19, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Darkness in Delphi: My Brother Michael

Mary Stewart, My Brother Michael (1960)   Mary Stewart is rightly acclaimed for creating wonderfully robust settings in her books, which serve as much more than mere stage backdrops to the action. So strong is the sense of place, sometimes, that the setting almost becomes a character or a plot device in its own right. […]

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A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Posted August 29, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Cynthia Voigt, A Solitary Blue (1983) I owe Cynthia Voigt an apology. When she won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song in 1983, beating out my favorite book at the time (The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley), I retaliated by refusing to read it or any others in what came to be an acclaimed seven-book […]

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Five of a Kind: All-of-a-Kind Family

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Five of a Kind: All-of-a-Kind Family

Sydney Taylor, All-of-a-Kind Family (1951) I don’t know why I never read All-of-a-Kind Family when growing up, but I was reminded that I needed to thanks to The Midnight Garden’s Classic MG/YA Readalong. I was very glad to finally get to know this beloved account of five girls growing up in a Jewish family on […]

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A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Posted July 18, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch (2014)   Why aren’t there more books like this? Rebecca Mead takes us on a deeply personal, yet wide-ranging tour of one of her life’s touchstones, Middlemarch by George Eliot. In the process we learn about Eliot’s own life and times, gaining insights into the origins of the book’s […]

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Delighting in Absurdities: Barchester Towers

Posted July 11, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Delighting in Absurdities: Barchester Towers

Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers (1857) For me, the key to Barchester Towers was found near the end, in this passage: The sorrows of our heroes and heroines, they are your delight, oh public! Their sorrows, or their sins, or their absurdities; not their virtues, good sense, and consequent rewards.  Indeed, Trollope’s gift lies in creating […]

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