Book Review: Dance With Death

Dance With Death (Barker & Llewellyn #12) by Will ThomasMystery320 pagesExpected publication: April 13, 2021, by Minotaur Books June 1893. Private enquiry agents Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewellyn are hired to help protect the young Russian Tsarevitch, the future Peter III, who has traveled to London to attend a royal wedding. With him are his private … Continue reading Book Review: Dance With Death

Book Review: Queens of the Crusades

Queens of the Crusades: England's Medieval Queens, Book Two Alison WeirNonfiction/History560 pagesExpected Publication Date: Feburary 23, 2021, from Ballantine Books The Crusades have fascinated the Western world since they began in 1096, when Pope Urban II called on the leaders of Europe to raise armies in support of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos as … Continue reading Book Review: Queens of the Crusades

Book Review: To Be Taught, if Fortunate

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky ChambersScience Fiction138 pages In the not-so-far-away future, four astronauts leave Earth to explore interstellar space. Thanks to the unfathomable distance and the time it takes to travel the distance between stars, they spend the majority of the journey in cryosleep, where they age incredibly slowly compared to the … Continue reading Book Review: To Be Taught, if Fortunate

Dune: The Book and Its Influences

Earlier in the fall, partly prompted by the then-upcoming Denis Villeneuve film, Jackie at Death by Tsundoku and I decided to embark on a buddy read of the epic science fiction classic, Dune, written by Frank Herbert. It was Jackie's first time reading the book and the I-don't-know-how-many-th time through. We had multiple discussions throughout … Continue reading Dune: The Book and Its Influences

Book Review: The Lost Queen

The Lost Queen (The Lost Queen trilogy #1)by Signe PikeHistorical Fantasy527 pagesPublished September, 2018, by Touchstone Though scholars and armchair historians have spent centuries debating the historicity of the stories of King Arthur and his knights, no one has ever nailed down historical figures who can be decisively called 'King Arthur' or 'Merlin' and serve … Continue reading Book Review: The Lost Queen