The Witch of Cologne — Tobsha Lerner

The Witch of Cologne has a really awful cover. I actually resisted buying/borrowing it for a while, because the cover featured a woman in an awkwardly unlaced corset and sporting the 16th century equivalent of bed-head. but really now… Kushiel’s Dart had as raunchy a cover, and it was great fun, so I finally was […]

Prince of Tides: Role Reversal?

Pat Conroy’s Prince of Tides is the story of a family in crisis and how the determination to keep the source of that crisis a secret almost destroys the individual members of said unit. Amazon.com offers this as plot synopsis: …it is the story of a destructive family relationship wherein a violent father abuses his […]

The Price of Vanity

I’ve read Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery twice, and seen the Reece Witherspoon movie once (movie pretty poor adaptation, but as a gusty, flawed heroine, Witherspoon is exactly as I imagined Becky to be), and though it didn’t resonate with me the same way Gone With the Wind/Scarlett did, Becky Sharp remains to me […]

A (Anti) Heroine I Can Root For

I’m currently reading Gone With the Wind for the 1038th time, and it really struck me how remarkably self-preserving the anti-heroine, Scarlett, is. She’s grown up in fabulous wealth but when bad times come, she rolls with the punches. When Atlanta is being evacuated ‘coz the Yankees are coming, she drives a wagon full of […]