A much lesser known book this week by one of the most famous Renaissance authors, Boccaccio. I’ve reviewed his famous and well loved Decameron some weeks past, and I thought I’d visit another book of his which is much less well known but just as enjoyable. Unlike the firm fictional nature of The Decameron, Of […]Read more "Book Review: Of Famous Women by Giovanni Bocaccio"
There are many ways to write a historical book that isn’t a textbook, and depending on how it’s written you’re automatically opening or closing doors in terms of your audience. Spend too much time on the story, and you lose people who want more hard historical facts. Spend too much time on the nitty gritty […]Read more "Book Review: The Popes By John Julius Norwich"
Love Tolkien? This book is a must for you, then. Within its beautiful leather-like binding it does exactly what it says on the tin, providing as much information about Tolkien and Arda in a book that isn’t the size of a massive binder. It doesn’t have every word or definition on can think up, though: […]Read more "Book Review: Tolkien, A Dictionary by David Day"
I was gifted the book Shamanka shortly after it came out, and initially I didn’t know what to make of it. It doesn’t necessarily fall into the genre of YA fiction but it’s a book that adults can easily enjoy as the premise and its execution are both rather uniquely done. The protagonist of the […]Read more "Book Review: Shamanka by Jeanne Willis"
I’ll be upfront and honest: I’m not the world’s biggest Austenite. I enjoy her books for sure, but I’m hardly the type to go big over the stuff as seen in Austenland. However, I have a long and sentimental love for Northanger Abbey, one of Austen’s lesser known and lesser loved books. Published in 1817, the […]Read more "Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen"
If you’ve heard of The Nutcracker at all, it’s probably via Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. Centered around the Christmas Eve of one little child, Clara, the ballet takes on a whirlwind of musical and visual delights in another land of candy and toys. The original source material by Hoffmann follows pretty much the same story as […]Read more "Book Review: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann"
Happy Christmas Eve, everyone. For all the varying emotions that the Christmas holidays can bring, I hope you are having a much better time of it that old Ebeneezer Scrooge all those many years ago (1843). A Christmas Carol is one of the most famous and beloved Christmas stories. It details the grumpy Scrooge who […]Read more "Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens"