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review 2017-04-24 14:50
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy - Ellen Datlow,Terri Windling,Jeffrey Ford,Genevieve Valentine,Maureen F. McHugh,Delia Sherman,Kathe Koja,Elizabeth Wein,Elizabeth Bear,James P. Blaylock,Kaaron Warren,Leanna Renee Hieber,Dale Bailey,Veronica Schanoes,Catherynne M. Valente,Ellen Kushner,Car

Loved it. Wonderful collection. There might be one or two stories that aren't quite as strong as the rest, but it hardly matters. They are imaginative, well-constructed, and a great deal of fun. I particularly enjoyed the stories who owe a debt of inspiration to the Brontes, Austen and Trollop. I'm a big fan of most things Datlow and Windling (the editors) do, and this is no exception. 

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review 2016-06-27 00:00
Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire - Julia Baird Review forthcoming.
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review 2016-02-10 12:32
Did Queen Victoria & Prince Albert Kill the Romanov Royal Family: How King Henry VIII breaking with Rome in the 16th Century ended the Russian Royals in the 20th Century - Nikola Vukoja

This was real short. Definitely did not feel like a book. I got very frustrated with this.

**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

Source: This was real short. Definitely did not feel like a book. I got very frustrated with this. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
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review 2015-10-26 13:30
The life of Queen Victoria’s most rebellious daughter
Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter: A Biography of Princess Louise - Lucinda Hawksley

Of all of Queen Victoria’s nine children, Princess Louise was perhaps the most un-Victorian, making her a very interesting royal to read about. Louise painted and sculpted, hung around with pre-Raphaelites, and was a member of the Aesthetic movement. She also embraced exercise, admired unconventional women like novelist George Eliot, supported women’s rights when even her libertine brother Bertie believed females should be compliant and submissive, refused to marry a foreign prince, almost certainly had love affairs, and  may have had a child out of wedlock--which is perhaps why more than 75 years after her death the files on Princess Louise at the Royal Archives remain closed and unavailable for researchers, as if there is something about her that is so shocking it still must be hidden. Even with that source restriction, Lucinda Hawksley has put together a fascinating and intriguing account of Princess Louise, and  through her a picture of Britain and its extended royal family from the Victorian age, when her mother was queen, to the dawn of WWI, when her nephew Kaiser Wilhelm was causing trouble in Germany.

Source: jaylia3.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/the-life-of-queen-victorias-most-rebellious-daughter
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text 2015-10-11 03:21
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 208 pages.
Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka - Rick March,Dick Blau

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...A writer in the Lewisburg (Pennsylvania) Chronicle wrote, "The modern imported dances such as the 'Polka'... are redolent with the lasciviousness of Paris and Vienna." The prevalence of the dance at elite balls was dampened when, in September 1853, American newspapers widely reported that Queen Victoria had prohibited polka dancing in her presence. No doubt, the queen's consternation only increased the dance's appeal to rebellious youth.

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