Year: 2013

The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman

What if one of those ugly wishes, we mutter in anger before thinking it through, came true? That is the defining moment in the childhood of the protagonist in “The Ice Queen”, and it turns her into ice. Feel not and be not tempted to make wishes. As an adult, she is then stroke by […]

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What French Women Know – Debra Ollivier

What is it about French women that seems so sensual, intelligent, beautiful, sophisticated, and above all French from an Anglo-Saxon (American or British) perspective? That is what American-born, French-wed Debra Ollivier explores in this tongue-in-cheek book with the catch phrase: about love, sex and other matters of the heart and mind. Despite the fact that […]

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Dissolution – C. J. Sansom

Dissolution is one of those immaculate novels where the reader is immersed in history, not that history is a heavy cloak, but where the author brings a period in time to life and the pages are saturated in historical details which makes the time period in question even more vivid. C. J. Sansom works magic […]

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The Red Chamber – Pauline A. Chen

The Red Chamber is Pauline A. Chen’s retelling of Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese classic of massive length and encompassing some 400 characters. Pauline A. Chen’s The Red Chamber is more mainstream, if that terminology is applicable in connection to a novel set in 18th century, Qing dynasty. The Red Chamber is a […]

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