Book Review: Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

Confessions of the FoxConfessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars.

Giveaway, I’d like to thank the author and publisher for this Advanced Readers Copy.

Great story of the repressed and disenfranchised. Style, possible historical document with modern day editors notes, keeps niggling at my brain, but I can’t remember what book it reminds me of. Certainly nothing similar in topic or time period.

A passage that I particularly like, page 163: “Spinoza once ask’d himself the question of whether or not ’twas acceptable for a person to lie to save his own life. Do you know what he said? … He said that it is immoral for free individuals to limit another person’s power to be free, to act freely, to make free choices. No matter the circumstances. … You’re free. You freed yourself. You’re free. And anyway … I’ve seen people much free than you hold fast to honesty. Even in the face of death.”

By page 262, I decided this is a brilliant and complicated book.

Like all the best historical fiction, the novel has a comprehensive “Resources”, aka bibliography. I also believe that the acknowledgements (page 319) are worth reading.

Read 3/29-4/14/18

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Book Review – The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Blind AssassinThe Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

Brilliant.

I admit that this was my second go at the book, it’s not my preferred linear style; it was worth coming back.

Once I was hooked it was a beautiful, complicated story.

The ending left a smile on my face.

Read: 11/16-22/2017

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Book Review – The English Agent by Phillip DePoy

The English Agent (Christopher Marlowe Mystery #2)The English Agent by Phillip DePoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounded up.

#2 in the Christopher Marlowe Mystery series.

From mom.

I would have enjoyed more if I had read the first book in the series prior to this – and if my schedule had allowed more reading in one sitting, instead of the short bursts over a period of 10 days. Starting and stopping, I found it difficult to keep the locations and intrigues straight. Again, if I had read the first book, I believe I would have had a clearer understanding.

The writing is crisp and evocative. The history, research, and plotting, ingenious.

I need to get a copy of the first book in. the series (and the third) and then read all of them in order. It’s definitely worth another look.

Read: 10/4-14/2017

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Book Review – The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

The Ghost OrchidThe Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars, rounded down.

Gothic ghost story with a parallel Victorian era spiritualist and a modern day story that takes place in the same location. Though I found some of the plot lines predictable, it was interesting watching the characters react to the way things would unfold; and not everything was predictable.

On the cover of my edition is a blurb from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that I believe nails it: “Compelling reading, a classic page-turner for anyone who like to be haunted by a good read.”

Read: 12/13-12/14/17

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Book Review – The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence

The Alchemist's Daughter (Bianca Goddard Mysteries, #1)The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 stars.

First book in the Bianca Goddard Mysteries series.

I found the language irritating. Of all the wonderful word of Chaucer and Shakespeare, it seemed she felt the need to make up words? Perhaps I’m wrong and they are period appropriate, or perhaps I was taking it too seriously, but I prefer my historical fiction a bit more historical. Instead of taking a shower to clean off, I feel like I should read some Shakespeare to cleanse my brain.

Will not be looking for the sequels to this one.

Read: 9/13-9/14

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