The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2021 - ‘The Imitation Game’ is the movie that introduced many people to the story of Bletchley Park during WWII.  The group of ‘boffins’ and assorted geniuses at Bletchley included Alan Turing, who developed a computer that broke the Nazi military codes and likely helped shorten the …

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The Outlander by Gil Adamson

The Outlander by Gil Adamson, House of Anansi Press, 2007 - It begins in the frontier west - the age of horse and buggy with a widow in flight.  She’s young and on the run after having killed her husband.  She’s barely keeping ahead of two armed and dangerous looking men – her brothers-in-law.  We …

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Barbarians of the Beyond

Barbarians of the Beyond by Matthew Hughes, Spatterlight Press, 2021 – available through Amazon Matthew Hughes has had forty-two stories published in science fiction’s premier platform, the ‘Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction’.  In addition he’s published over thirty books, he’s won or been nominated for every fantasy and science fiction award you can think …

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FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE

Fireflies and Chocolate, Ailish Sinclair, GWL Publishing 2021 (available through Amazon) In 1607 Jamestown was established and the early settlers soon began importing indentured European servants/laborers into the new world. The system of indentures in that period was similar to slavery, differing only in that those sold under indentures gained their freedom when they had …

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Old Children’s Classic – Pinocchio

Pinocchio by Carol Collodi (my copy published by Simply Read Books, 2002, illustrated by Iasssen Ghiuselev) 1807 saw the first publication of Thomas Bowdler’s ‘Family Shakespeare’, an edition of the Bard’s works where all the parts deemed racy, blasphemous or otherwise unsuitable for the young or female readers were removed.  ‘Cleaning up’ tales for children …

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