Twilight: So Sparkling Bright

As a rule, I am impatient with the gaggle of quirky, silly sidekicks that populate many books and movies for the sole function of comic relief. Fantasy books are particularly egregious offenders in this regard because there is an abundance of lesser creatures that can be employed as throwaway comic characters with funny speech patterns … Continue reading Twilight: So Sparkling Bright

A Tale of Sprites and Goblins: Books Inspired by Shakespeare

There is probably no English author quite as well known by reputation as Shakespeare. The only others who could come close would probably be Chaucer, Dickens, and more recently, Agatha Christie. But for a playwright with such a firm position in the annals of English literature and a reputation as “serious literature for serious people,” … Continue reading A Tale of Sprites and Goblins: Books Inspired by Shakespeare

10 Adventure Books: 100 Books to Read #4

One of the enduring types of fiction, one of the most prolific types of stories told to this day, through whatever medium, is the adventure story. There are quests, colourful characters, cut-throats, intrigues, losses, rescues, betrayals, cloaks, daggers… the works. I’m categorizing ten of my 100 books to read as predominantly adventure stories. 1. Kidnapped … Continue reading 10 Adventure Books: 100 Books to Read #4

Enjolras, Cromwell, and Counter-Revolutionary Dictates of Common Sense

So I was reading along in The Nest of the Sparrowhawk, and in one scene a paragraph of narration caught my attention and reminded me of something else. In the scene, some Cavaliers have been cornered in the upper room of an illegal gambling house by Cromwell's guards. They draw their swords initially, taking umbrage … Continue reading Enjolras, Cromwell, and Counter-Revolutionary Dictates of Common Sense

The Nest of the Sparrowhawk Book Review

The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Emmuska OrczyMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThe Nest of the Sparrowhawk is an intrigue placed in the upheaval following the execution of Charles I and during the Protectorship of Cromwell. Lady Sue, orphaned daughter of royalist parents, has been placed under the guardianship of Cromwell supporter, Sir Marmaduke de … Continue reading The Nest of the Sparrowhawk Book Review