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review 2017-10-09 19:02
Book Review: A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

Book: A Discovery of Witches

 

Author: Deborah Harkness

 

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Supernatural

 

Summary: Deep in the heart of Oxford's Bodleian Library, Diana Bishop - a young scholar and the descendant of witches - unearths an enchanted alchemical manuscript. Wanting nothing to do with sorcery, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery has set a fantastical underworld stirring, and soon a horde of daemons, witches, and other creatures descends upon the library. Among them is the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire with a keen interest in the book. Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense, A Discovery of Witches is a mesmerizing and addictive tale of passion and obsession that reveals the closely guarded secrets of an enchanted world. - Penguin, 2011.

 

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review 2017-04-12 19:21
A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

Well, A Discovery of Witches is a lengthy tome, and I still hold that if you put Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane into a blender and hit pulverize, you'd get this on the other end.

 

On the other hand, Harkness writes better than either Stephenie Meyer or Katherine Howe.

 

Will I read the next volume of this trilogy (which my library has)?  Not sure.  But this was a fun read, despite some of the ludicrous moments.

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text 2017-04-07 03:45
A Discovery of Witches - About 10 Chapters In
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

If you took a soupcon of Harry Potter (orphaned protagonist has undiscovered magical gifts), a lot of Twilight (the local vampire is in lust with her because he thinks she smells terrific, and breaks into her flat to watch her sleep), and a good bit of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (a so-called historian knows nothing about doing historical research; the magical past of her own family is an issue), you would have this novel.  I think I'm still reading it because I can't wait to see the next nonsensical development.  (Note: I love Harry Potter, Twilight amused me one night when I had a head cold and 12-year-old me was picking the books to be read, and Deliverance Dane was a massive waste of my time and the author's efforts.)

 

Also it was free.  Which is good.  Because the odds of my keeping this one are approximately 0% at this point; this baby's going back where it came from after I've wallowed in the insanity.

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review 2017-03-22 00:00
The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution
The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution - Deborah E. Harkness,Kate Reading This is going to be one of those books that makes me annoyed at a lot of other books. I've read a fair bit about the scientific revolution, and this is all completely new to me to the extent that I'm now irritated at all the other books I've read for not including any of it.

It's a wonderful exploration of scientific culture in the late 16th-century, including pushes to increase mathematical literacy for national economic development, collecting-comparing-publishing findings from experiments, in fights over priority and credit, and government support of large-scale scientific projects, mostly focusing on how individual practitioners fit into all this. The idea that this was all going on, and that Francis Bacon (who the author dislikes!) was more or less whining because he didn't get to be in charge of it and gentlemen shouldn't get their hands dirty doing actual work, was frankly a little mind blowing.

Really good, very enjoyably read by Kate Reading, would recommend.
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text 2016-09-03 04:44
EEK!
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

Oh no I'm finally on the last book! Honestly I wanted to hold off from reading this, but it kept calling to me on the shelf. So here I am giving into my desire to read it. I'm both looking forward to it and dreading the end at the same time. This is one series I didn't expect to take interest in but by book one I was sold.

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