Showing posts from November, 2012

Review: The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O'Brien

Title: The Lincoln Conspiracy
Author: Timothy L. O'Brien
Publisher: Ballantine Books (a division of Random House) September 18, 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction
Labels: Suspense, Detective, Murder, Mystery, Post Civil War
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 368
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good

It is early summer 1865 in Washington D. C. President Abraham Lincoln had recently been murdered. His grieving widow still occupies The White House. 
Irish-American Detective Temple McFadden, happened upon a man that he'd known that had taken part in questionable activity during the Civil War. At a train station Temple watched as this man was murdered. In this man's coat pocket were two leather notebooks. Temple removes these notebooks and makes a speedy and precarious run for safety. Two groups of men follow Temple. Temple in taking these notebooks which turn out to be two separate diaries, create havoc in his life and in the life of his wife and friends. Temple is a savvy yo…

Thanksgiving Day!

I've had events happen lately in my family that "could" sadden this happy holiday of thankfulness.
My brother is in jail. He may be in jail for an extended period of time.
My beloved uncle Melvyn died, and of the same disease and in the same manner my mother died.
My uncle's wife Beverly broke her left hip and left arm 1 week after my uncle died.
Maybe you can relate to facing a holiday with anxiety and apprehension because you know you should be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day.
This morning I was looking through my notebook that I collect quotes and poems in to utilize for this occasion. I came across a quote from Charles Dickens.
"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some." On Facebook I've noticed since the 1st of November people listing each day something they can be thankful for. Some of these things are minor, such as being thankful for chocolate. Some are of gr…

Update For Mid November 2012

I'm working on maintenance, cleaning up, changing things around-----on this blog.
I plan to go back to having a blog roll with links for those blogs I follow, instead of having buttons.
I will probably pick a different template.
I plan to utilize the additional pages listed on the top of my blog for book challenges and lists, as opposed to being placed on the side bar.

From mid December until just after the first of the new year, I will take a holiday break.

I have scheduled the following books for review:

The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy O'Brien, my day to post is November 30. I'm reviewing this book as apart of The Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I'm currently on page 800. My personal goal was to have this book finished by the time the movie premiered in December. This book is for The Classics Challenge I'm in (to read 50 classics over a 5 year period.)

A World Undone, The Story of the Great War 1914-1918 by G J Meyer. Thi…

Review: If She Only Knew by Lisa Jackson

On a northern California rain slick highway, a car out of control hits a guardrail and careens over. The passenger dies, the driver survives but with facial lacerations and memory loss. A police investigation begins uncovering more unanswered questions that truth. Marla the lone survivor of the car crash is discharged from the hospital to a home and family she does not remember. She has an infant son she does not remember. She has a husband and older daughter she does not remember. Her brother in-law Nick she has no memory of, yet the heated attraction between the 2 is difficult to cool-off.

Although I can state I read this book in only a couple of days, and it was entertaining and suspenseful. I did not enjoy reading this story as much as Shanghai Girls.
If She Only Knew was not a powerful and moving story---it did not educate my mind, nor influence my life. The romance element is more of lust and sexual gusto, not a love story.
I guessed quickly those who were in on the plot, as we…

Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Time period for Shanghai Girls is 1937-1957. 
Sisters Pearl and May Chin are young, beautiful, and happy, with their life in Shanghai, China. Their father is a business man. Their mother is a foot bound, docile, complacent, superstitious, obedient, wife and mother. She looks to her husband to provide and make all decisions. The Chin family have servants to cook and clean and grow their garden. The girls spend their time planning the next outing in what they will wear and whom they will see. They earn a little money posing for photographs that will appear in advertisements and calendars. They live a seemingly charmed life.Their father announces one day that both girls have been sold for arranged marriages. The sisters are shocked and angered, they plead with their father to not go through with this. Their father demands they be obedient in this decision, it is the only way. Their father has lost everything because of his gambling debts. The girls are to travel via Hong Kong to Americ…

Review: Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton

John Melton, an English poet began writing Paradise Lost in 1658 and finished 1663. It was published 1667. It is an epic poem in blank verse. It is an English Heroic Verse without rhyme.
Paradise Regained is didactic and not a sequel to Paradise Lost. Paradise Regained was published 1671.
Paradise Lost was and is still controversial. People did as I did and pre-judged and judged. After reading Paradise Lost they forgot (the fact) it was fictional, not Biblical. Yes, John Melton did base his epic poem on the rebellion and fall of Satan, the fall of man, creation, the Creator God, man's alienation from God because of the fall of sin (which God permitted). * It is still fiction.
Paradise Regained is a didactic poem, dealing with the Temptation of Christ.

Paradise Lost:
I want to reiterate what I stated above in the brief synopsis. There has been controversy and debate over Paradise Lost since it was first published. Some believe Milton was a Satanist, or tried to slice and dice the Ge…