Monthly Archives: September 2011

Read – Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

As you may know, I griped and groaned much after reading a few pages of this book.  It seems that you cannot pick up anything anymore without it pertaining to ghosts, vampires, werewolves or some other form of dumb sparkly creature.  I felt disappointed that one of my favorite subject, Ancient Egypt, was getting the same treatment.

How wrong was I.

Queen of Kings weaves a story of lies based on the true story of Cleopatra, Antony and Octavian, Caesar Augustus.  What I initially feared was a silly story of vampirism quickly turned into a story involving myth, legends, love, power… everything you could hope it would be.

After Cleopatra hears that Antony has killed himself, believing that she betrayed him with Rome, she makes a bargain with the ancient goddess Sekhmet: Antony’s life for her soul.  Her wish is granted, but with terrible consequences.  What ensues is a wild story involving witches, warlocks, Hades and Persephone, immortals and mortals locked in a battle brought on by Octavian’s need to control Egypt and Cleopatra.  Cleopatra’s love for Antony unleashes a monster that she struggles to control, and who frightens the young Roman emperor.

An amazing book, full of folklore, amazing imagery  – all told at a tremendous pace that makes the book impossible to put down once you start.  I am more than happy to eat crow on this one, and admit that I was wrong!

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Read


Queen of Kings… oh, how I wronged thee

So for all two or three of you who follow me, I must say I was very, very wrong about this book, Queen of Kings.  Even though it involved vampirism… it is brought to light in a whole different manifestation – as the wronged goddess Sekhmet.  I am about halfway through the book now, but will post a review in the next day or two, as I do not believe it will take me too much longer to finish this one out!

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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Currently Reading


Short break

I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to lately.  But now that fall appears to be setting in for the long haul, I will be snuggling up with my books more often.  I am deeply grateful to any who read my silly posts.  i have been able to help a couple friends find new books to read, and they genuinely seem to enjoy the selections I make for them.  It’s fun to match books with people.

I am still struggling with the Queen of Kings book.  I haven’t made it past that three page thresh hold since finding out it involves vampires.  I shall give it the old college try again.

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Uncategorized