Misfit

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,204
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (2,381 of 2,713)
Location: Seattle, WA USA
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I am a voracious reader of historical fiction, and I prefer it meaty with a well written storyline instead of barbie doll dress up time. I know we aren't all going to like the same books all the time, but I still believe it's important to review the bad books as well as the good - how does a consumer stay informed otherwise?

Why do I use a moniker instead of my real name? No, I'm not *hiding* be… Read more

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A King's Ransom by Sharon Penman
A King's Ransom by Sharon Penman
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I don't think it's any secret that I'm a huge Penman fan (or Penmenian as my good friend J calls it), and I was thrilled to spot this on the Vine newsletter and get an early shot at it.

This is a difficult book to review, since those who are familiar with Richard's history don't need another rehash, and those fresh to the story don't need me spilling the beans. And trust me, there are plenty of surprises to be had, even for those who think they know about Richard being held hostage and his troubles with the French king and his younger brother John.

That pretty much leaves me to discussing MY reading experience, and all I can say is WOW. I was gripped on the first pages… Read more
The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy) by Elizabeth Chadwick
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Summer Queen is the first in a planned trilogy based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine (or Alienor as she is called here). After the glut of Eleanor novels a couple of years ago, this review is written with the assumption that most readers are familiar with Eleanor's history. This review will discuss those known events freely and might be a bit spoilerish for those new to the period, so consider yourself warned.

Arranged marriages can't have been easy under the best of circumstances, but Louis and Alienor had so many things against them from the get-go: raised to the church until his older brother dies, having to take the throne earlier than expected upon his father's… Read more
Omamori by Richard McGill
Omamori by Richard McGill
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 21 Aug 2012
This novel is set around events that are historical facts and will be freely discussed in this review. In the event that you weren't paying attention during history lessons and are not familiar with what happened in Germany, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki then this review might be a bit spoilerish.

The story is centered around Hosokawa-Napier Limited, a silk weaving dynasty that was founded in 1871 between American and Japanese partners. The Great Depression has had its impact on the silk trade, and the current partners, Douglas Napier and Baron Tadashi Hosokawa have to look to new ways to keep their business alive. Manufacturing and selling silk parachutes seems the… Read more

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