Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis is one of my all time favorite books. This is my third or fourth time through the novel, I can’t remember which. 441 more words
On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
“When the Countess Ellen Olenska returns from Europe, fleeing her brutish husband, her rebellious independence and passionate awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to be married to her cousin May Welland, “that terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything.” As the consequent drama unfolds, Edith Wharton’s sharp ironic wit and Jamesian mastery of form create a disturbingly accurate picture of men and women caught in a society that denies humanity while desperately defending ‘civilization.’” 911 more words
It’s the 1980′s and Eddie Socket, a gay man in the second half of his twenties, is still waiting for his life to really begin. Certain that he will someday be some kind of artist he scrapes by on the odd temp job, word processing mostly, and shares an apartment in New York’s East Village with his long time friend Polly who spends her nights in acting classes. 501 more words
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
First Published: 2006
Pages: 391 (Paperback)
Series: Temeraire #2
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Soar on the wings of adventure
Captain Will Laurence, formerly of His Majesty’s Navy, has had only a few months to adjust to his new life as the captain of a fighting dragon, but now he can’t imagine a life outside the British Aerial Corps – nor a life without Temeraire.