Of Noble Family

18873823Title: Of Noble Family
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Glamourist Histories, book 5
Genre: Historical fantasy, manner punk, comedy of manners

Opening sentence:

The presence of an infant in any gathering offers all the substance for conversation on might require.

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How to Be a Victorian

17321139Title: How to Be a Victorian
Author: Ruth Goodman
Genre: Nonfiction, history, everyday history

Spring has been a bit hectic and I have not had a lot of excess energy to write reviews. I have been reading a stack of book but I it has been kind of quiet here. I was in London in Marts with my sister and we had a great trip. You can see my pictures on pinterest. On our way home we went through Gatwick airport and went into the airport bookstore. I couldn’t find any fiction I wanted to read, but I did pick up How to Be a Victorian.

The very short review is: I love it – it is so engaging!

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The Curse of Chalion

61886Title: The Curse of Chalion
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Genre: Fantasy, epic fantasy, political fantasy

Opening sentence:

Cazaril heard the mounted horsemen on the road before he saw them.

I picked this up because I had just finished reading Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen and was reminded just how much I adore fantasy that is all about politics. Not the politics of our world (though I like that as well) but the political games of second world fantasy. I like intrigue, spycraft and political maneuvering in my fiction. There is a reason why West Wing and Spooks are among my favourite tv-series. The Curse of Chalion had turned up in my recommendations when I based them on Trickster’s Queen. It had really good reviews from a stack of authors whom I respect so I thought, why not give it a go.

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