How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country by Daniel O’Brien

I classify this audiobook as both history and historical fiction.  I also classify it as both humor and horror.  And it's one of the best reads I've had so far this year. According to the introduction, the author Daniel O'Brien was told by a college professor that no one in his class would ever be … Continue reading How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country by Daniel O’Brien

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn

Think you can crank out a novel about the Knights Templar just because you played a few rounds of Dungeons & Dragons?  Do you feel like you know the Victorian era just because you've read every story featuring Sherlock Holmes?  Do you pepper language with "thee" and "thou" to make your characters feel elevated and … Continue reading Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn

Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I by Samantha Wilcoxson

This review was written February 22 upon finishing an uncorrected ARC proof of Queen of Martyrs.  By request, I have postponed the review until April 13, one day following the release of this book. Full disclosure with apology to the author: I am friends with Samantha Wilcoxson, and I had an unreasonably heavy hand in pushing her … Continue reading Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I by Samantha Wilcoxson

Henry V

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. … Continue reading Henry V

Good Things

It's nice when I can report good things.  What else is a personal blog for, after all, if not that? At work, that arbitrary March 1 deadline of stupid I was up against has been nullified.  I completed the "rush" portion of the project early. At home, I got rewarded for that deadline.  My good … Continue reading Good Things