Category Archives: classic

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

Synopsis (from Goodreads): When the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizzie, Horatia offers herself instead. Her sister is already in love with someone else, and Horatia is willing to sacrifice herself for her family’s happiness. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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The Etruscan by Mika Waltari

Synopsis: Set in the 5th century BC it is the first person narration telling the story of Turms from Ephesus a.k.a Lars Turms. We meet Turms as a young man, an exile who, after burning the temple of Kybele in … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Sinuhe the Egyptian by Mika Waltari

A quote instead of synopsis (because it is a pretty good quote and explains roughly everything): “I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory of the gods … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevski

Synopsis (mostly from Goodreads): Returning to Russia from a sanatorium in Switzerland an epileptic young man and also a descendant of one of the oldest Russian lines of nobility, Prince Myshkin, finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love. He is … Continue reading

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Review: The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard

Lovely Melfka lent me this one – thank you very much, I owe you again! Synopsis: A large dragon is lying paralyzed on a plain in the Carbonales Valley. Its body grows bigger and bigger but is not longer active. … Continue reading

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Review: Inceptio (Roma Nova 01) by Alison Morton

I found out this series while visiting Carole Rae’s blog – thank you my dear for an excellent tip! Synopsis (from Goodreads): New York, present day, alternate reality. Karen Brown, angry and frightened after being made unemployed and a kidnap attempt, … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Memoirs of Harriette Wilson by Harriette Wilson

I am not going to include any synopsis here because it doesn’t make sense. How to summarize memoirs? One of the most famous ladies of ill repute of the Regency London (the beginning of the 19th century) tells you about some … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Synopsis: A naïve young woman whose name is supposed to be ‘rare’ and ‘original’ (Daphne?) but is never revealed in the book, stays in a Monte Carlo hotel along with a rich woman, Mrs. Van Hopper, who has employed her as … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Synopsis: This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world – and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not … Continue reading

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Rameau’s review archive: Värisuora (Smiley’s People: George Smiley 07) by John le Carré

Synopsis: John le Carre’s classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him — and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley — unprecedented worldwide acclaim.Rounding … Continue reading

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