Recent Reviews

The Cottage of Delight

by William N. Harben

A well written story about love and sacrifice in a time over a century ago. The protagonist (John) is a crude self made young man who is a no nonsense hard working brickmason. He works for a benevolent old contractor who befriended him. John's lives in a house with his promiscuous mother, her promiscuous friend and her small neglected niece in a small Georgian town. Love, marriage, annulment, sacrifice, deception, and at the end the ultimate sacrifice.

Reviewed on 2015.11.27
by Larry

The Snowshoe Trail

by Edison Marshall

A passionate adventure of hate and murder; love and devotion in the Canadian wild.

Reviewed on 2015.11.27
by Larry


by Edmund Beecher Wilson

I have great honor to read this book

Reviewed on 2015.11.25
by mohamed

The Hawks of Outremer

by Robert E. Howard

Renegade Irish chieftain Cormac FitzGeoffrey is prowling the Holy Land in the uneasy truce after the 3rd crusade. He is looking for his old liege lord. His search sends him after a outlaw Arab, who hopes to betray both Saladin and the remaining Christians and carve an empire of his own in the chaos.
Great plotting and description, with lots of gore. The only hero who comes close to Cormac is Conan.

Reviewed on 2015.11.25
by Lisa Carr

The Leech

by Phillips Barbee

This is an OK story. It's interesting up until the end - and the author handled the ending well enough. But I do hate negative endings, so I'm not rating the story too well.

A monster from space seeks to *eat" the Earth. A solution is finally found to the problem - for now.

Reviewed on 2015.11.24
by JoJo Biggins

Anything You Can Do ...

by Gordon Randall Garrett

An alien crashes on Earth, and is unable to believe humans run the place. So he kills and eats them (raw). Eventually he is tracked down, but the bigwigs don't want him killed, they want him captured. So they set a huge decade-long plan into effect.
An okay story. Some of the medical technology is a bit far-fetched, and the nuclear war seems to have made women scarce, but it'll do for a pre-teen.

Reviewed on 2015.11.24
by Lisa Carr

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

Its the best by dickens, my favourite

Reviewed on 2015.11.23
by Ayush Ashish

Andivius Hedulio

by Edward Lucas White

Although it gets off to a bit of a slow start, now that I'm about half-way through this novel it has me thoroughly hooked. Set in the late 2nd Century A.D., in the reign of the Emperor Commodus, the titular narrator recounts a series of adventures and misadventures which begin when he first manages to gets crosswise with two powerful families and then is falsely accused of treason. Accompanied by his resourceful Greek slave Agathemer, the young Roman aristocrat goes on the run and encounters strange coincidences, good fortune and terrible reversals, and a variety of interesting characters, taking the reader on a fascinating tour of both the upper crust and the underbelly of Roman society at the zenith of the Empire. Definitely worth reading, if you enjoy historical novels about Rome, especially since most tend to be set in the Late Republic and Early Empire.

Reviewed on 2015.11.20
by H. E. Parmer

The Bread Line

by Albert Bigelow Paine

Four friends come up with a pie-in-the-sky scheme to start a newspaper that's going to net them millions ... but getting it going proves tougher than they predict. The reader can likely predict what will happen just from the title, but it's a nice read anyhow, with a touch of romance.

Reviewed on 2015.11.20
by Leah A. Zeldes

Samantha at the World's Fair

by Marietta Holley

One of a series of humorous first-person novels purportedly by "Josiah Allen's Wife," Samantha, this one covers the Upstate New York couple's visit to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

It takes a while to get into Samantha's country dialect and I'm not entirely certain I did figure out all of it and she's pretty preachy, especially on the subjects of temperance and wimmen's, er, women's issues, and inclined to ramble. In fact, she doesn't even get to the fair till Chapter 10.

The story is even lighter on plot than "The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair," and, despite funny bits here and there, less amusing overall. Although Holley includes lots of description of the fair itself, much of it reads as if she took it from "The Best Things to Be Seen at the World's Fair" or some other guidebook.

Chicago history buffs with an interest in the fair will likely want to read this for completism's sake, but there's not much here for anybody else. "Josiah Allen's Wife" published a slew of books and was apparently very popular in her day; perhaps her other volumes are more entertaining.

Reviewed on 2015.11.20
by Leah A. Zeldes

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