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text 2017-09-12 00:07
A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel

I am currently reading this. No one writes like Hilary Mantel. I can only describe her style like a slow burn -- events gradually build up and then a passage hits you like a million light beams.

 

And this is a story of The French Revolution: war, blood, anarchy, science, philosophy, a doomed monarchy. What took me so long?

 

I used to read entire books within days. Now it takes me weeks. Maybe our ADHD social media-addled society is to blame? Or maybe it's just me. Enough with the excuses. 

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review 2017-09-05 00:59
The Underdogs
The Underdogs - E. Munguía,Mariano Azuela,Ana Castillo

Anyone who has learned anything about the Mexican Revolution knows that it was a complicated era in that nation’s history that just seemed to continue without end.  The Underdogs was the first novel about the conflict even as it continued to grind on and written by a former participant Mariano Azuela.

 

The majority of the narrative follows Demetrio Macias, who finds himself on the bad side of the local chief and is burned out of his home before feeling to the mountains.  Gathering his friends, Macias begins battling the Federales becoming a local then regional military leader.  Joining with a growing Villista army around Zacatecas, Macias and his men achieve a remarkable feat during the battle that leads to victory and a promotion of Macias to general.  The main reason Macias journeys to Zacatecas is an idealistic Federales deserter, Luis Cervantes, who conveniences the leader to join the growing Villista force.  But after the battle, both men become disillusioned with the overall Revolution leading to simply leaving—Cervantes—for the United States or just keep fighting until the odds become too much—Macias.

 

This relatively short, well-written, yet seemingly disjointed narrative is considered the greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution because of this final aspect.  Although this was Azuela’s first novel, it reads very well—in translation—and gives someone not interested in history a little knowledge about the defining moment in Mexican history if only in a brief glimpse.

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review 2017-09-04 12:26
Review of A Revolution in Color by Jane Kamensky
A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley - Jane Kamensky

It has been a long time since I enjoyed reading a history book as much as I did A Revolution in Color by Jane Kamensky.  This book tells the story of John Singleton Copley, the master-painter who came to prominence during the years of the American Revolution.  It is much more than a simple biography though - the book also tells the story of Revolutionary Boston, New York City, and London as Copley moved around during his life.  It looks at the world of painting and how important it was considered by most people of the time both in America and abroad.  For me, this book took a period I have read a great deal about, and it make it exciting again with new information about aspects of the period I had never really thought about.

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review 2017-08-28 17:27
Cute story for a tween
The Red Necklace - Sally Gardner

A mix of adventure and paranormal set around the French Revolution, with teen protagonists and mustache twirling style baddies. I wished the girl would had fought back some more, but her quiet courage and composure made up for it.

 

The book is big on self-acceptance too, with most characters having some attribute making them different from the norm.

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text 2017-07-27 17:17
inspiring me to rewatch Fury Road
The Geek Feminist Revolution - Kameron Hurley,C.S.E. Cooney

also, absolutely loving the shout outs to some of my favorite authors (including explicit mention of Elizabeth Bear's Dust, Chill, and Grail).

 

 

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