Reviews posted this week:
The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini – When Virginia seceded from the Union and Richmond became the capitol of the Confederate States of America, not everyone in Richmond celebrated. The Van Lew family were staunch Unionists. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy spinster in her 40s, decided to show Christian charity to the Union soldiers being held in Libby Prison. This led to her building and running a large Union spy network in Virginia.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor is just starting school again. She was kicked out of her house for a year for talking back to her stepfather. She wears whatever clothes she can find that sort of fit. Now she needs to find someone who will let her sit down on the bus.
Park has a seat to himself and doesnâ€™t want to share it with the weird looking new girl but the bus driver is yelling so he tells her to sit there. Great, now heâ€™s going to be stuck with her.
Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin
One of my main hangups with reading short story collections is feeling like I need to read it all. I’m giving myself permission to skip at will here. So far I’ve read the George RR Martin and the Jim Butcher and I’m in the process of reading the Diana Gabaldon. I’ve only read a few more of the authors in here so I’ll skip about.
Wizard Harry Dresden has spent a year recuperating on a magic island in Lake Erie.Â He has a mystical parasite in his head that is causing him extreme pain that is only held at bay by the guardian of the island.Â Now Mab, the Queen of Winter, is offering him a cure.Â All he had to do is one little job for her first.
I thought Skin Game was good and immediately passed it on to my brother who is a bigger fan. I feel the way you do about short stories. I usually skip around and skip stories if they don’t grab me right away. Come see my week here. Happy reading!