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review 2016-06-02 18:11
Fever At Dawn
Fever at Dawn - Gárdos Péter,Elizabeth Szász

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This being based off a incredible true story, I feel pretty bad criticizing it. But it has to be done. And then there are bits of the story that personally disappointed me; things which, for the most part, have nothing to do with the writing. So all the super-subjective thoughts are at the end of the review, but first...

This is a translated book, which is awesome. Media from other countries made readily available and understood for us English speaking peoples. However, I feel like maybe a lot was lost in translation. This is a hopeful story, yes, but hope amid disease and death and darkness. This is a love story, but love amid hatred and war. And even when these horrifying elements are at the forefront, I did not see them as such. The idea and the words are there, but there was a gravity missing to it all. Similarly, though this is a love story, I did not get a good sense of love between Lili and Miklos, and it was not as hopeful and inspiring as it should have been, giving the true story. I felt nothing.

Additionally, though there are quotes from Lili and Miklos' letters strewn throughout, most of the story is prose. While it worked for some parts of the book, I think maybe just their letters or, at the very least, more of them would have been better, due to that we are told Lili and Miklos wrote often to each other, and grew to love one another through their letters, but we don't actually get to see much of that.

Also, the book is written from the POV of Lili and Miklos' son, who is, of course, the author of the book. While it could have been a nice touch, it didn't come across as very personal and usually came across as jarring, as you would be in Miklos' head and then Miklos would be referred to as "my father", and it always made me do a double-take.

Now for the subjective thoughts...

One of Miklos' friends, while a good friend, was pretty constantly chock of innuendos. Miklos was a die-hard socialist, which was just hard to hear promoted so valiantly and zealously. Though probably not aware of how serious it was, Lili received the Eucharist as a non-Catholic, but still intended to convert. Miklos claims to be very serious about conversion to the Catholic Church, but really seems to be just serious about Lili. He proposes a less binding oath to the Church, in which they would be bound to the Church, but the Church not to them?? I've never personally heard of such a thing, but that doesn't mean anything. More research needed on that bit. I guess regarding the religious stuff, there was enough mentioned about their religious beliefs and desires to make it a pretty big deal, but not a lot of follow-through. I wanted to know if Lili and Miklos ever converted and became practicing Catholics. Did Miklos ever really wish to be Catholic at any point in his life, or was it all for Lili?

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review 2015-06-20 18:31
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke - Anne Blankman

I really liked the story, the setting, the atmosphere, the mystery, the intrigue, the betrayals, the friendships and the bravery exhibited by our main characters throughout it all. The blend of fact and fiction is very impressive and must be commended. Probably my favorite part of the book was the Author's Note, where Blankman explains what's real and what isn't. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I didn't connect with the characters emotionally this time around like I should have, and my opinion of the book suffered for it.

So it's a good book, excellently written and impeccably researched, but it simply wasn't doing anything for me.

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review 2015-05-22 00:06
The Song At The Scaffold
The Song At The Scaffold - Gertrud von le Fort

I love the story behind this book, but the book itself fell a little flat. Perhaps because it is told from a point-of-view that is pretty detached from everything that is going on and also because the characters do not hold much personality. Still, I am even more intrigued in the Carmelite nuns who were the last victims of the French Revolution.

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review 2015-05-14 01:46
A Man For All Seasons
A Man For All Seasons (Modern Classics) - Robert Bolt

I love St. Thomas More but I generally detest reading plays so I wasn't quite sure of how I would feel about it. Thankfully, it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable school books in a long time. It was meaningful and ponderous, but witty all the same throughout. And I loved the idea of the Common Man, and how he tied most of the scenes together.


Though I am still unsure why plays are published as books when they should obviously just be watched like they were meant to be...

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review 2015-05-12 21:51
Christ and the Americas
Christ And The Americas - Anne W. Carroll

Here is the deal. This should be a fantastic history book. Finally, one that incorporates the important viewpoints along with the historical facts. And it would be great, if that was what it is. Unfortunately, this book is rife, positively RIFE, with typos and factual errors with historical figures leaving for expeditions years before an expedition that they apparently took "later" and kings issuing edits before their births and all sorts of names mentioned and no explanation as to who the heck these people are. In addition, the Index is the most pathetically useless thing ON THE PLANET. What, pray tell, is the use of an Index in which only 2 of every 10 important persons, battles, events, or amendments looked up is actually there? Of absolutely no use, that's what. Someone should rewrite this book, fixing the errors and the occasional utter bias, and then it would be of actual use.

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