The Ghost Rebellion: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5 by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

I'm at a loss as to what I can actually review about this book, given that it's book 5 in the series, and given that nearly anything about the setup is a spoiler for previous books.  Secrets were revealed in previous books, but there's more to learn this time, and some of it goes all the … Continue reading The Ghost Rebellion: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5 by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

I figured it was about time to introduce another monster to the Project: Monster lineup.  You know, because variety is the spice of life.  And partly because I feel compelled to expand to more monsters before I dig quite so deep into the lore of each one.  It had the bonus that, while I'm familiar with Jekyll … Continue reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

"The Opera Ghost really existed!"  So claimed Gaston Leroux in this famous opening line from his most famous novel. Court report, theater critic, journalist, international correspondent.  These are some of the hats that Gaston Leroux wore before turning to detective fiction in 1907.  He wrote Le Fantôme de l'Opéra as a serialized pulp adventure in 1909-1910, … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

Pax Britannica, Book 3 – Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat by Jan Morris

If you've made it through the first two books of this series, you already know exactly what to expect. If you choose to start here because you're more interested in the post-Victorian reversal of fortune, then it's safe to say you could jump in and not really be lost. You'd miss out, but you wouldn't … Continue reading Pax Britannica, Book 3 – Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat by Jan Morris

Pax Britannica, Book 2 – The Climax of an Empire by Jan Morris

As the second book in the Pax Britannica series, this one covers the Victorian Era at its peak of Empire just as the title suggests. As with the first, it's less about the direct through-line of history and more about the people, attitudes, and social expectations of the age. Books like this make it very … Continue reading Pax Britannica, Book 2 – The Climax of an Empire by Jan Morris