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The Poet and the Vampyre by Andrew McConnell Stott

Posted by Sherry on 2/4/2017 in Biography/Memoir, England, General, Poets and poetry |

The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters by Andrew McConnell Stott. What sad, dissipated, lost, and horrible people! This book is about the Shelleys, Percy Bysshe and Mary, Mary’s step-sister, Claire, Lord Byron, and for some reason, Byron’s erstwhile doctor, John Polidori. It’s mostly about the […]

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Christmas in Canterbury, England, 1067

Posted by Sherry on 12/7/2016 in Children's Fiction, England, Historical fiction |

Juliana, the protagonist of the novel The Striped Ships by Eloise McGraw, is exiled from her comfortable home in Winchester by the coming of the Norman invaders to Saxon England. On the morning after St. Nicholas’ Day, she is sleeping in the priory almshouse when she is awakened by bells: “She was awakened by St. […]

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The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The Ringed Castle, Book Five in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. Checkmate, Book Six in the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. I can’t believe I read the whole thing, but I’m glad I did. I began reading this six volume series back in December 2013 with Game of Kings, the first book in the […]

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Come With Me to . . . by Gloria Fowler

Posted by Sherry on 5/22/2016 in England, France |

Come With Me to Paris by Gloria Fowler. Illustrated by Min Heo. Come With Me to New York by Gloria Fowler. Illustrated by Min Heo. “Min Heo is an illustrator and recent graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area of […]

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The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcock

Posted by Sherry on 3/25/2016 in Adult Fiction, England, Historical fiction |

It was Easter, two years after Father Peregrine had come to be their abbott. Easter, the greatest feast of the Christian year, and all the local people had come up to the abbey, and the guest house was full of pilgrims come to celebrate the feast of the Resurrection. So many people, so many processions, […]

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Baker’s Dozen: Books to Read for my Around the World Project

I’m planning a new project for 2016, an expansion of my Africa Project. This one is an around the world project in which I hope to read at least one children’s book from or related to each nation of the world. Some countries are easier than others to find books, available in English and written […]

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The Flight and Adventures of Charles II by Charles Norman

Posted by Sherry on 10/28/2015 in Biography/Memoir, England, General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

This Landmark history book is not the best example of the series, nor is it bad. The narrative could have afforded to be a little more narrative, if you know what I mean. More story, fewer travelogue facts about where Charles ran to next. But it’s still a great improvement on the history books from […]

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Damerosehay novels by Elizabeth Goudge

Posted by Sherry on 7/19/2015 in Adult Fiction, England, General, Literary fiction |

The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge. Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge. The Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge. I read these three related novels in the wrong order. I read Pilgrim’s Inn and reviewed it before I read The Bird in the Tree, the book that begins the saga of the Eliot […]

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Exploring the World in Books

Posted by Sherry on 3/9/2015 in Africa, Antarctica, Around the World, China, England, General, India, Israel, South Africa |

I am taking a blog break for Lent, but I thought I’d share some of my old posts from years gone by. I’ve been blogging at Semicolon since October, 2003, more than eleven years. This post is copied and edited from February 28, 2005: Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without […]

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Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Posted by Sherry on 2/12/2015 in Children's Fiction, England, General, Historical fiction |

Eloise Jarvis McGraw is the author of three other books that we have either read, or read aloud, in out homeschool in connection with out history studies. Her historical fiction for middle grade readers is challenging, with complex characters and vivi depictions of time and place. The Golden Goblet and Mara, Daughter of the Nile […]

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