Monthly Archives: August 2011

Up Next – Queen of Kings

Ugh.  Three pages in and I find out this involves vampires.  Not my thing.  But I will read it anyways!


Read – The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada

This is a beautiful and haunting book.  The story opens in the 1990s with a concert featuring a beautifully crafted violin.  The story then traces the roots of how the instrument was crafted:  by a luthier in a concentration camp.  The violin owes it existence to a bet between to ruthless Nazi commanders of the camp.

This book is simple and that alone makes it hauntingly beautiful.  The last few chapters do seem to bounce around a bit, but it makes sense in the end.  Probably some of the most chilling parts of the book are the openings of the chapters, which feature actual Nazi documents from the concentration camps.  The disregard for human life is stomach churning, but adds an additional depth of emotion that makes this book that much more poignant.

Highly recommended.

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Historical Fiction, Read


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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


The Twilight Warriors is the engrossing, page-turning saga of a tightly knit band of naval aviators who are thrust into the final—and most brutal—battle of the Pacific war: Okinawa.


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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Currently Reading


Read: Lily of the Nile – Stephanie Dray


With her parents dead, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is left at the mercy of her Roman captors. Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, it falls to Princess Selene to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers…

I stepped into this book knowing that it was close to the same story line as Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter.  And indeed, it was almost frighteningly close for the first three chapters.  I assume that it should be expected considering the subject matter is widely known.

I did like the differences.  While Selene and Helios share the bond that is unbreakable in both books, it does come to an end in each as well… although for entirely different reasons.

Cleopatra Selene discovers that she truly is her mother’s daughter, and she comes to know the power and responsibility that her mother shouldered.  Guided by the knowledge that she is Isis Resurrected, Selene engages in a dangerous game of strategy and test of wills with the man who ultimately brought her parents to their deaths… Julius Caesar Octavianus… Augustus… Octavian.

I did enjoy this book, and read it in only two or three days, although spread over a week.  I thought the last chapter was like walking into a brick wall.  The story came to a screeching halt and I was left wanting more.  More comes out in October, 2011… as Stephanie Dray releases Song of the Nile.

Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra’s daughter has become the emperor’s most unlikely apprentice and the one woman who can destroy his empire…

Color me happy in October.  I’ll snatch this up as soon as possible.

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Historical Fiction, Read