Shogun (James Clavell)

book_cover_shogunSet in the 1600’s of medieval Japan, immerse yourselves in this tale of the invincible Japanese warlord Toranaga, the bold English pilot Blackthorne, the beautiful Mariko torn between two ways of life, two ways of love, and a host of many other unforgettable, stirring characters. Shogun is a 1000+ page turner which captures any reader’s imagination. [Read more…]

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THE WHITE QUEEN (Philippa Gregory)

9781416563693_p0_v2_s260x420The best part of reading a historical fiction book, about a time in history of which you are mostly ignorant, is that some of it reads like a thriller. Since this book covers the kingdoms of Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III, I had no idea when one would end and another would begin. [Read more…]

THE RED QUEEN: A NOVEL (Philippa Gregory)

cvr9781471128783_9781471128783_hrLet she who is without sin cast the first stone…Henry VII’s mother, and what a scheming mother she is. This poor soul was married thrice and had a son by the ripe old age of 14! But all that rape and ownership by cruel men didn’t crush her ruthless spirit. If you get in the way of this mean queen, she’ll have you pushing up daisies.
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RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK (1966 Britain)

Perhaps my fave film company– Hammer Studios–usually masked low production costs to present a picture with a rich look. Thus making the lack of cash a mere bagatelle. But they had that indefinable something to always make it watchable. Having the most beautiful woman (Barbara Shelley) to ever grace a cinema screen certainly helped with this one. [Read more…]

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