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text 2017-09-07 02:27
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 15 pages.
What Was It? - Fitz-James O'Brien

  This one was a bit of a ghost mystery that left myself and my reading buddy & ghost story fan my Mom thinking on what "was it" and how it came to be.  

  A bit of a ghostly mystery  

 

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review 2016-07-08 00:00
Falling for Fitz
Falling for Fitz - Katy Regnery Falling for Fitz - Katy Regnery Review Pending
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review 2016-02-28 17:34
If you like the Lightfoot song, read this
Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Michael Schumacher

A pretty good history of the famous ship and its sinking. I truly enjoyed how Schumacher dealt with the actual sinking in an understated way, mirroring (or at least attempting to) the feeling that the other boats would have at the sudden disappearance of the ship.

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text 2015-08-11 17:10
I work so I can afford books...

I usually never ever buy recently published books, instead I wait for the price to drop a bit or buy paperback. But now and then a new book is published that I just have to have.

 

Today I ordered Robin Hobbs Fool's Quest: Book II of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy...

 

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review 2015-04-12 00:00
The Rifleman's Wife: The Experiences of an Officer's Wife and Chronicles of the Old 95th
The Rifleman's Wife: The Experiences of an Officer's Wife and Chronicles of the Old 95th - Mrs. Fitz Maurice As per the description above, this is mainly the story of a Rifleman’s wife *after* the Napoleonic war, the years 1827 to ’31, but the last section does contain ripe anecdotes from the Peninsular campaign, including the battles at Ciudad Rodrigo and Vittoria. This is a memoir, though, so the Rifles are All Good and whatever bad parts of memories have been left out. Also, like memoirs by military men at this time, it feels rather impersonal.

In the earlier sections of the book, she, her husband, two children, nurse, dogs, and baggage cross France on their way to his posting in Malta. The sail to Malta is a true tale of terror, including near-shipwreck. Their sail back home, though, is a happier adventure: They pass by a water-volcano as it is spewing to create “Graham’s Island,” of scientific-debate fame. That short chapter was so cool I reposted it on my blog, including a painting of their ship and the volcano-spout.

This memoir is also available as PDF via Google books; a machine translation text version (messy) is available at General ebooks.
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