The Far West

Over the last week I read the family Patricia C. Wrede’s latest, The Far West, which is the third (and, apparently, final) volume in the series that began with The Thirteenth Child and Across the Great Barrier; and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. I read the last fifth of book on Saturday evening, and my voice was beginning to [Read More...]

Jack McDevitt: The Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath Series

Julie recently reviewed Jack McDevitt’s Polaris; I’ve been working through that series as well, and here’s my take on it. The Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath series has a very different feel than the Academy series. It also concerns archaeology, but as it is set 9,000 years in our future, and other intelligent species are scarce, it pretty much [Read More...]

The Woman in White

Having thoroughly enjoyed Wilkie Collin’s The Moonstone, I went out and got a copy of the same author’s The Woman in White. Short answer: it’s even better. The Moonstone‘s climax is marred by a plot point that seems completely implausible today, although it would have seemed more more reasonable when it was written, whereas The Woman in White has no [Read More...]


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