Archive for the Historical Fiction Category

11.20.2014

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Japanese Geisha: Most westerners believe that geishas are generally prostitutes—culturally accepted prostitutes. They sing; they dance; they make you feel welcome into the country or at least in the tea house. However, Arthur Golden’s tale of Chiyo transforming into the fascinating maiden Sayuri goes in depth to describe geishas as true artists who live [...]

11.20.2014

The Altarpiece by Sarah Kennedy: Book 1 of the Cross and Crown Series.

Whenever we learn of a story involving monumental changes to the status quo, we often learn about those imposing change and those resisting it. But we seldom learn about the rest who are caught in the middle of the struggle. When King Henry VIII divorced Katherine of Aragon and installed Anne Boleyn as the new [...]

11.21.2011

The Borgia Betrayal by Sara Poole

In The Borgia Betrayal, Sara Poole continues with her story of the Francesca, the poisoner for the Borgias, which was begun in Poison. If I hadn’t read the first book, I don’t think that I would have bothered with this one. The novel doesn’t seem to advance the plot too much. Francesca is uncertain about [...]

07.19.2011

India Black by Carol K. Carr

Do you like action movies? Do James Bond movies make your heart race? Then you might want to try India Black by Carol K. Carr. This book is full of action but is not particularly believable. The idea of a madam turned spy is kind of hard to swallow, and I had been hoping that [...]

03.11.2011

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

As soon as you start reading A Discover of Witches, you understand why it was an Amazon book of the month and has been so highly reviewed. Deborah Harkness, a history professor at USC, is a talented writer. The premise of the book twists the witch/vampire genre lending both history and science to the story. [...]

02.17.2011

Lavinia

There is something you should know before I tell you about this book. I have the sophistication of a 9 year old boy when it comes to poetry. I’m more of a Shel Silverstein kind of girl than someone who reads Beowulf. That being said, I’ve never read Virgil’s The Aeneid, which is the source [...]

02.15.2011

Trail of Blood by Lisa Black

Trail of Blood is the most recent book in Black’s books focused on Theresa MacLean. This is the third book in the series (the Library has them all if you want to start with the first). I enjoyed the plot development in this book, but wished the author had figured out a way to tell [...]

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